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Helping high school students transition into college, and maybe into sustainability careers.

tnAchieves, the partnering organization to Governor Haslam’s TN Promise, still needs 1,000 volunteers to provide a local support system to our students.  The time commitment is small – only ONE hour per MONTH – but the impact can be life changing, especially for students who are the first in their families to consider college.  The five-minute application can be found at https://tnachieves.org/mentors/apply/.  After completing the application, tnAchieves will contact you regarding a one-hour training where you will receive a handbook.  tnAchieves will also communicate with you weekly to ensure you always feel comfortable working with your students.  The application deadline is this Friday, December 1st.  Giving back with tnAchieves is easy and impactful!


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You can compost year-around. Composting is good for the environment.

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“Baby, it’s cold outside”

So cold that my compost bucket (which we keep outside on our fire escape) had frozen shut.

After a weekend of numerous home cooked meals, our compost bowl was starting to overflow, and its contents needed to retreat to the outdoors.

There was no way I was getting the lid off the bucket, so I figured I would bring it inside to warm on up.

frozen-compost Nice and cozy compost bucket

When I got back from work, I soaked up the remaining water and was able to add my food scraps no problem.

The bucket is back outside now,  but I am sure that will not be the last time it gets to dodge the fire escape’s winter chill. Stay tuned!

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My husband and I always get a live Christmas tree that we plant in our yard. We have only lost one tree in 36 years. It’s really fun to watch them grow. The first year we were married we got a live/cut tree and it was very dry about a week after we got it. My vote goes for real trees! The best way to water live trees that you plant is with ice cubes.

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We have surpassed Thanksgiving. Now it is finally acceptable to enjoy anything Christmas.

Since K and I now live together we had the very adult discussion about artificial vs. real Christmas trees. K’s family has historically gone with real trees, while my family has pretty much always went the fake route.

From an environmental standpoint which is better?

christmas-tree Our Michigan grown Fraser Fir

Both have their own pros and cons.

Artificial Tree Pros

  • Don’t have to buy a new tree year after year, cheap
  • Convenience: can come pre-lit, no needles

Artificial Tree Cons

  • Will eventually be disposed of in a landfill
  • Not made from environmentally friendly or recyclable materials (such as PVC)
  • Most likely made in China (guessing here)

Real Tree Pros

  • Can be composted and mulched up
  • Local, grown in the USA
  • Bolsters local, small business economies
  • Smells awesome

Real Tree Cons

  • Water, land, and resources used on Christmas tree farms
  • Most…

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Last weekend, on a sleepy, grey, Montreal day I decided to confront my closet. That’s right I did it. I decided that Band-Aid was coming off.

#JanuaryGoals guys. Now is the time of year to kick your motivation in the pants. What other month makes you feel as fresh and empowered as January?

Besides discovering some (really) terrible shopping choices, the process of totally tearing through my things was a rude awakening. Like a boiling hot cup of soup to the face, laying out my ENTIRE wardrobe completely altered my awareness of:

  • How I shop
  • What I care about
  • What I actually need
  • How my things make me feel


By definition, awareness is a concern or well-informed interest in a particular subject or situation. After purging my third pair of pants, I stopped and realized I’ve been living with a total lack of awareness. Accumulating “things” to satisfy my…

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The idea of living a low-impact life can be daunting. (Find out what I mean by low-impact living here). When I first explored the idea, I was overwhelmed by all the information. But it doesn’…

Source: 10 Steps to Starting a Low-Impact Lifestyle

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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.



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

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