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Source: Save the strawberries!
Don’t waste food. Freeze it.
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Source: Save the strawberries!
Don’t waste food. Freeze it.
Be more sustainable on picnics. Make your own utensils you can eat.
(From the Treehugger newsletter.)
The problem with this is where do bicycles fit in?
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future. In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 23 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining the spotlight on a different issue
2016 theme is:
By the United Nations
The Earth is not a trash can! Please don’t treat it like one.
Dear person driving the green sedan in front of me on the highway,
Tonight I was on my way to a sustainability event sponsored by the environmental non-profit associate board I serve on. I was driving along, listening to the radio, and minding my own business.
We were driving in the middle lane of the highway when your next action really stuck with me. You didn’t brake suddenly, or swerve into another lane endangering other drivers.
Instead, you rolled down your window and tossed some wrappers out onto the road, as if it were your own personal trash can. My jaw legitimately dropped and hung open for a good five minutes as a million questions ran through my mind.
How could you do that?
Why couldn’t you have just waited to where you were going to throw out those wrappers?
Who taught you that it was okay to litter?
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Here are some great tips for green Spring cleaning from Treehugger.
Spring is finally here! And if you haven’t started purging half your belongings like me, you can still do your spring cleaning responsibly. I will be using these methods to clean my new apartment when I move in next week. Ah! So soon!
This sounds like the new way all businesses and products should be.
Over the summer I had the opportunity to work with a start up called Oddisay as an expert sustainability consultant. Oddisay just officially launched as a sustainable goods marketplace. It is like Etsy, but with an eco-friendly focus.
For instance, when you open a shop on Etsy (which I have done before), there is no vetting on the materials your product is made of. You could say it is made of local, organic, biodegradable hemp all you want, but you never have to actually prove anything.
On Oddisay, every product that is posted gets evaluated by 3 key qualities:
Products on Oddisay must be made of sustainable materials that can be recycled, reused or reclaimed. Additionally, Oddisay strives to make sure that products are fairly sourced. It was described to my colleagues and I that…
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Here is a very sustainable cosmetics company.
I legitimately had no idea shampoo came in bar form.
After reading an article about LUSH Handmade Cosmetics and how they are striving for reduced packaging (I unfortunately cannot find the article I originally read), I decided to finally step into LUSH. To be honest, all this time I had avoided Lush because I found the the smell of the store so over-powering. All I thought was, “I do not want to smell like that LUSH store.”
But I went in, and I asked about their lack of packaging and for some suggestions about curly/wavy hair. I left with these purchases:
I don’t think I had ever been so excited to wash my hair when I got home (and I hate washing my hair). First of all, it smells AMAZING. Like I could stand there all day and smell it.
In the shower, it works…
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Some great ideas to go paperless when cleaning.
I am proud to say that I have not touched a sanitary paper in almost two months! Sanitary papers include paper towels, napkins, and tissues. The thing is: sanitary paper waste is so common yet so easy to eliminate.
Here are 5 ways you can eliminate sanitary papers in your life:
Cellulose cloths are either 100% pure cellulose or a concoction of cellulose and cotton (both biodegradable). When you purchase a pack of cellulose cloths, you usually get 3-5 sheets.
All you need in addition to those cellulose cloths to replace all small kitchen cleaning supplies is a pair of scissors!
I cut up my cellulose cloths into the following different sizes to cover the following needs:
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This is a great way to up-cycle your clothing and accessories.
I did a lot of purging today, and man I was ruthless. I went through some of my closet, dresser, and drawers. Most of the time as I was going through my things, these thoughts popped into my head:
The beginning of what I dubbed, “The Purge Pile”
“The Purge Pile” begins to grow
“The Purge Pile” starts to take over my doorway.
All of the boxes in my closet that are headed to the recycling bin
My plan is…
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This is a great idea.
Check out this blog review of People Towels and how they can replace paper towels. Pretty cool idea.
This first ever summit for the southeast region of the U. S. will be in Chattanooga, TN April 20-21.
“This first-of-its-kind conference in the Southeast will bring together transportation and tourism officials from states across the region, as well as local stakeholders from the Greater Chattanooga area. The goal of the Summit is to share best practices for developing, designating, and promoting bicycle route networks and to begin articulating a broader vision for the role of bicycle tourism in the Southeast.”
The Tennessee Bicycle Summit will be April 22-23 also in Chattanooga.
Try commuting short distances first. Maybe just 1 or 2 miles, then add a few miles each time you ride. You might just discover that sometimes riding a bicycle is more efficient than driving a car and can also be more fun.
Some suggestions for starting to bike commute:
3 events in Nashville, TN to connect active transportation to transit stops. From Walk/Bike Nashville.
If you value greenways, trails, bike lanes or sidewalks and support their role in improving the quality of life for all Tennesseans, please take a moment to sign our petition and contact your legislators.
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.
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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.)
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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. (firstname.lastname@example.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!
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use print on demand capabilities. Publications and documents are not printed unless actually needed.
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.
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.
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.
From: Matthew Stibbe is writer-in-chief at Articulate Marketing. He is also an avid blogger, closet geek and HP fanatic.
“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.”