Number of pounds of food waste disposed of by food manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers combined in 2011, according to a study from the Food Waste Reduction Alliance, Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Restaurant Association: 4.1 billion
In addition, number of pounds of food waste disposed of by consumers per person per month: 20
Source: Food, Nutrition & Science.
Percentage of Americans who believe civility has declined in recent years, according to a poll by Weber Shandwick and public affairs firm Powell Tate partnered with KRC Research on Civility in America: 71
Percentage who expect the decline to continue: 54
On average, number of times per day that Americans encounter incivility: 2
Source: Weber Shandwick.
Despite challenging economic times, percentage of college students who think of volunteering at a nonprofit as a way to develop skills and gain the experience needed to land a future job, according to the 2013 Deloitte Volunteer IMPACT Survey: 46
Percentage of HR executives who say that when evaluating a job candidate, experience gained through skilled volunteering would be taken into account: 81
Percentage of Americans who have student loan debt, according to a Country Financial Security Index survey: 20
Percentage who say their education loans are affecting decisions, such as getting married, buying a home and/or saving for retirement: 55
Source: Country Financial.
Estimated percentage of business-to-business (B2B) marketers and salespeople who think customer-related-management (CRM) systems don't always capture or provide the information needed to close bigger and higher-margin deals, according to a poll by Corporate Visions Inc.: 80
Percentage of respondents who said their companies required them to use a CRM system to track their activities: 87
Percentage who agreed that they simply "check the boxes," which does not provide them with useful assistance for closing business: 78
Source: Corporate Visions Inc.
Percentage of people who get into a tizzy about packing, according to a survey by Contactspod: 22
Percentage who need to write a checklist: 44
Percentage of respondents who need at least one day to prepare: 20
Percentage who allocate one or two hours packing time: 33
Source: Contactspod by Polaroid.
Percentage of Americans who say the country should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along as best they can on their own, according to the Pew Research Centre: 46
Source: Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Today, percentage of college costs that are paid for by scholarships and grants, up from 25 percent four years ago, according to a national study from Sallie Mae and Ipsos: 30
Average amount of such aid, up from $4,859 in 2009: $6,355
Percentage of college expenses that parents now fund from income and savings, down from 2010's peak funding of 37 percent: 27
Parents' average annual out-of-pocket spending, down from $8,752 in 2010: $5,727
Source: Ipsos Public Affairs.
Percentage of smartphone photographers -- those who've taken at least 10 photos in the last three months -- who now use only their smartphone to take photos, according to a study by Suite 48 Analytics: 58
Percentage of respondents who use both their smartphone and their digital camera: 33
Source: Suite 48 Analytics.
Estimated number of children -- one every 30 minutes -- who are treated in emergency rooms across the country for TV-related injuries every year, according to a study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics calling attention to the dangers of TV tip-overs: 17,000
Percentage of children injured by TV tip-overs who are 5 years old or younger: 70
"Every increased possession loads us with new weariness." -- John Ruskin, author
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