In praise of slow cycling

This is all about how to encourage more everyday people to ride bicycles as transportation and leave the car at home.



This is all about being sustainable and the importance of trees, and listening to the “Lorax” inside of all of us.


Cleaning up our planet one piece of trash at a time.

Trash is everywhere. Soda cans, plastic bags, and cigarette butts litter the environment, choke wildlife, and threaten our planet. By combining technology, social awareness and art, the Litterati is tackling this ever-escalating problem one piece of litter at a time.

Let’s see how many photos we can take using Instagram at Nashville State Community College, including cigarette butts. After taking the picture and posting it, don’t forget to either recycle it or put it in a landfill trash can.

Post to Litterati on Instagram using #litterati.



August 18th at 2 PM Central Time
Student Internships and Utilizing RFPs as Ways to Involve Students in On-Campus Projects

Colleen Butterfield, Project Manager, Education, Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy’s PowerSave Campus program is a student-led initiative that promotes green careers, generates actual energy savings, increases awareness of the importance of energy efficiency, and encourages academic infusion of sustainability concepts. At this webinar, representatives from the program – which includes 16 campus and counting – will be presenting best practice case studies to help kickstart energy efficiency projects started on your campus. This particular presentation will focus on community colleges, but the projects are also field tested at four year universities. The webinar will also feature a round robin for questions as well as advice from those at community colleges about how to overcome unique challenges and barriers to initiating energy efficiency and/or student internships on campus.

Carson Bennett , Campus as a Living Lab Faculty Liaison, and Luis Campos, Executive Director, Facilities, Central New Mexico Community College
In order to utilize the built environment as a “Living Lab” for students to learn about sustainability concepts, the Physical Plant Department at Central New Mexico Community College includes an educational requirement in its RFP (Request for Proposals) process. Any vendor who wins a contract with the Physical Plant must be willing to provide educational opportunities to students at the college. These agreements have resulted in photovoltaic array installers visiting Math classes, construction companies displaying how they recycle demolished building materials, and our waste and recycling provider gathering data for use in Statistics, Psychology, and Technical Writing courses.

When it’s time, join the meeting from here:

(This meeting does not require a password.)

Audio Connection

913-469-2799 (JCCC Webex)
No advance registration is required. For more information and additional access link, see:

Here are some examples of Trash Fashion shows used to promote recycling, upcycling, and sustainable living among college students.




http://www.fiu-eco-couture.org/   It was a senior project by an architecture student.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.658254967619383.1073741840.393013250810224&type=3          Part of Eco-Mania 2015 at Lehigh University by their Eco-Reps.


Learn how to use active transportation to get around Nashville.



I move because…

Read about why different Nashvillians move.




Fall bike to work day in Nashville, TN is Thursday, Nov. 20. A group will leave the Richland Creek Greenway trail-head at 7:05.  Everyone is welcome to join in, and try commuting by bike. It’s a lot of fun, even in the cold.

This is an awesome invention for saving the planet. Would it be possible?


That was the question asked of 120 World Leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit on September 23 by the voices of your generation. Watch them in action and spread the word.

This is a film about how bicycle transportation transformed a neighborhood.

Watch this short video on “How to cycle in the city”. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152693683939809&set=vb.22898109808&type=2&theater#

The first annual Healthy and Sustainable Living MOOC will start on September 1, 2014 on WizIQ.
Course Highlights: Healthy Living, Sustainable Living, Mindfulness Meditation, Sustainability Treaties, Self-compassion, and Emotional Style.

title=”BiblioCycle” target=”_blank”>http://www.bpl.org/press/2014/07/08/mayor-walsh-launches-innovative-mobile-reading-initiatives-across-boston/

Collect cigarette butts and ship them to a company called TerraCycle and they will be made into many useful items.
Check out News Channel 5 for more information about this program and how you can help.

Buy these stickers to put on paper towel dispensers to encourage the use of hand blower driers. Some cool facts:
A single “These Come From Trees” sticker can save around a tree’s worth of paper, every year
More than 50,000 stickers distributed since 3/07
Laminated stickers hold up to washing.
A typical fast food restaurant with two bathrooms can use up to 2000 pounds of paper towels a year
The average coffee shop uses 1000 pounds of paper towels a year
A single tree produces around 100 pounds of paper
Roughly 50,000 fast food restaurants in the US
200,000 gas stations in the US
14,000 McDonald’s in the US
10,000 Starbucks in the US
An experiment in environmentalism, viral marketing, and user interface design
with the goal of reducing consumer waste paper!

How big is your ecological footprint.

Boxed water

A company the really cares about the environment:

Deadline is March 18.

The Cumberland River Compact will be giving away 1,000 FREE large diameter seedlings on Valentine’s Day. Come by to pick up your tree(s) – first come, first serve!

Date/Time: Friday, February 14 from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Location: River Center — Bridge Building — 2 Victory Ave. — Nashville 37213

The trees can be planted on public or private property. Planting address will need to be provided at pick up. Questions? Email us. (info@cumberlandrivercompact.org)

Remember that trees absorb storm-water, so they reduce the amount of urban runoff that reaches our neighborhood streams. Even a young tree can intercept hundreds of gallons of rain during a storm. Every tree makes a difference!

Winter bike commuting

Winter bike commuting

Feb. 14, 2014
An annual event celebrating bicycle commuting in winter. Encourage your friends to try. Fun stuff hosted locally. Any community can participate. Register or sign your community up: http://winterbiketoworkday.org/


The 1 : 1 Movement

This organization started in San Diego, California, by a group of individuals who care about the future of planet Earth. They believe we can all be part of the solution.


“We focus on raising awareness about sustainability, the issues surrounding sustainability, and how to continue the conversation on conservation. Our approach is from the bottom up, top down. Bottom up means grassroots educational programs that we lead in classrooms (K-12), colleges, and communities. Top down refers to our corporate outreach to work with business owners in how the market can be environmentally savvy for the wallet and community.” — website.


Great article on climate action.

The Ride for Reading organization was featured in Forbes magazine in December in a article about 12 days of charities worth supporting.

This organization was started by a 4th grade teacher here in Nashville, Tennessee.  He has a passion for literacy and riding bikes.  Check out the article.

A short film by Adam Neustadter.


Snow Biking to NSCC

The Environmental/Biking Librarian’s commute to work on Dec. 10, 2013.

Downtown train station at 6:30 am

Downtown train station at 6:30 am

West End Ave. at Centennial Park.

West End Ave. at Centennial Park.



Snow bike at NSCC at 7:25 am.

Snow bike at NSCC at 7:25 am.






Here is a new way to get around Nashville.  Car pooling with other people.

Drivers use their own cars and put a pink mustache on the front to identify themselves and greet people who might need a ride.

Rides can be booked by downloading the free mobile app for iOS or Android smart phones.


Their blog:  http://blog.lyft.com/

This transportation choice represents an alternative to taxis and limousines.


At Nashville State Community College.
Don’t Google it, TEL it!

On Saturday November 16 a group of volunteers planted hundreds of native species trees along Whites Creek on the Fontanel property.

American Plum, Shumard Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, Redbud, and Seviceberry.

For more information on trees go to www.tectn.org/tree

After the planting all the volunteers were welcomed by Barbara Mandrell’s daughter, Jamie, and treated to lunch in the log mansion.  Then they were entertained by Stephanie Quail, a country singer from Montana.












AASHE Presentation.


1. Reformat

Reduce font size and margins in your document before printing. If you must print out PowerPoint or other slideshow presentations, configure your print job to options like the Handouts View where you can choose a multiple number of slides to print per page. Some solutions cut out unnecessary information, such as banners and adverts, when printing material from the web.

2. Double up

Isn’t it great when the store has your favorite item on a two-for-one sale? Get as excited about winning two for one with every sheet of paper! Print on both sides. Make double-sided printing your default setting.

3. Portable Document Format

PDFs are the new paper. “Save as” or print directly to PDF. Scan paper originals to use, save, or distribute instead of making paper copies.

4. Print preview

Take a few minutes to preview your print. Say good-bye to the single straggler line of text on one page, and avoid making a copious paper trail of your quest to perfection.

5. Print on demand

Use print on demand capabilities. Publications and documents are not printed unless actually needed.

6. Streamline access

Print release technology such as pull printing and access control forces users to physically log in or input a code at the printer to start the actual print job, preventing mounds of unclaimed papers.

7. Take the paperwork and cost out of admin

Did the term paperwork become synonymous with administrative forms around the same time that the phrase “lost in the paperwork” came into use? Paper is also expensive; Europe wastes €40 billion a year on paper invoicing. Administrative management software and web programs such as Turbine handle a range of tasks from record-keeping to performance reviews to invoicing to accounting, tying all your employee management into a single affordable, accessible, searchable system.

8. Collaborate online

Use online collaboration tools like Google Drive or Dropbox to access and work on the same documents.

9. Stop printing your email

Printing does not equal saving. Email is already storable, savable, and sendable. Plus mobile options these days give you easy access to email and calendars.

10. Stop printing the Internet

Instead of printing online material, use services like Instapaper or Pocket, which will save and store articles and pages you want to read and provide easy-to-read online and mobile formats.

From:  Matthew Stibbe is writer-in-chief at Articulate Marketing. He is also an avid blogger, closet geek and HP fanatic.

Greenwashing index

“It’s greenwashing when a company or organization spends more time and money claiming to be “green” through advertising and marketing than actually implementing business practices that minimize environmental impact. It’s whitewashing, but with a green brush.” — website

Rate products and businesses as to how environmental they really are here.

See what others have to say about products and businesses that claim to be good for the environment.


Campus Sustainability Day is Oct. 23.  Try riding a bicycle or walking to campus, or maybe coming by mass transit, (or maybe a combination of means of transportation).

Theme is: Climate Adaptation: Resilient Campuses & Communities.”

Be a Climate Hero


Climate Heroes is an independent Non-profit Association Loi 1901 registered in France. We produce a photo project by which we aim to shed the light on those men and women who stand out by their values and actions to help mitigate Climate Change, and can thus be set up as inspirational models.


Solar Carport Unveiled at Farmingdale State College : Farmingdale State College.

PARK(ing) Day parkingspacedayis an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.


Cardinal Flower, Blooms July – September

Named because bright red robes worn by the Roman Catholic cardinals.

Named because of the bright red robes worn by the Roman Catholic cardinals.




A Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly.

Induction in Core Academic Skills (iCAS).

General OneFile – Document.

This article is from TEL (the Tennessee Electronic Library) free for all Tennesseans.  http://www.tntel.info.

It is also a good “Plan B” for any student who cannot access the library databases on their campus.

Trees clean the air and give us oxygen.


Ginkgo: The Life Story of The Oldest Tree on Earth by Roger Cohn: Yale Environment 360.

Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge

Mayor's Neighborhood Challenge

Be recognized for fostering a healthy community and promoting an active lifestyle!
Take the Challenge! Mayor Dean is encouraging Nashville neighborhoods to join together to become more healthy, active, and green.
Your neighborhood group can receive points for activities like energy use reduction and active transportation.
The group with the highest scores will win excellent prizes like trees for your neighborhood or a healthy community dinner!

As of July 1, 2013, all Nashville residents must recycle their cardboard.  (Tennessean, Tues., July 2, 2013)

If you live in the older urban corn neighborhoods it will be free with extras provided.   Out of the urban district residents can choose from 13 drop-off sites within the Nashville area.

  1. Bellevue Metro Transit Authority’s Park & Ride
  2. Old Ben West Library Building
  3. Bicentennial Mall State Park
  4. Lakewood City Hall (3401 Old Hickory Blvd.)
  5. Elysian Fields Kroger (3955 Nolensville Pike)
  6. Granbery Elementary School (5501 Hill Rd, Brentwood)
  7. Hermitage Hobby Lobby
  8. Hillsboro High School
  9. Joelton Middle School (3500 Old Clarksville Pike)
  10. McGavock High School
  11. Rivergate Recycling (630 Myatt Dr., Madison)
  12. Whites Creek High School
  13. Youth About Business (3518 West Hamilton Rd.)

Intersection safety tips

Passing safely

Check out these stylist Bicycle Helmet Hats!

Turn your helmet into a statement about you.  Be both safe and stylist.

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
Arthur Conan Doyle

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
― Peter Golkin


Earth Charter


On 3 June, 2015 at 20:00 UTC, ECI will host a webinar on the second pillar of the Earth Charter: Ecological Integrity. This webinar will welcome a former ECI Council Member, Brendan Mackey from Australia. He will share his expertise and knowledge on the Earth Charter and on ecological integrity.

You can join this webinar for free here: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2835026-ec-15-webinar-on-ecological-integrity


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