Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sustainable Heroes - Kate Fletcher

We recognize Kate Fletcher this month as part of our series that recognizes notable individuals making an impact in the sustainability industry.

photo via http://katefletcher.com


Learn more about Kate and her latest projects by following her on Twitter: @katetfletcher




Monday, July 21, 2014

10 ENERGY SAVING TIPS FOR THE KITCHEN

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Check out these 10 Energy Saving Tips For The Kitchen from Sustainia:


1. Cover your pot to speed up cooking by 6%.

2. Use one-pot steamers and stacked steamers to cook meals on one stove plate.

3. Chop your vegetables into smaller pieces to cook faster.

4. Match your pots to the stove plates to stop heat from escaping.

5. Use the kettle to boil only the water you need.

6. Cook in bulk and save time and money by making meals you can eat the following day.

7. Don’t open the door when you use the oven as heat can escape. Be patient.

8. Save time and electricity by defrosting food in the fridge and not the microwave.

9. Cook with ingredients that are at room temperature. This saves cooking time.

10. Bake a few dishes in the oven at the same time.


Learn more about Sustainia on their Facebook page.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sustainable Heroes - June

I'd like to introduce a new series on our blog,  called "Sustainable Heroes".  In keeping up with industry happenings, I've come across a lot of great press surrounding the initiatives of those celebrities and philanthropists who are taking great strides to improve the future of our environment.  I thought a series highlighting notable individuals who are doing great things in the "green" industry would be a great way to share these wonderful stories with our readers.

This month we recognize comedian and actor, Will Ferrell:



- Active member of the National Resources Defense Council
- first celebrity to drive the BMW Hydrogen 7
- Ferrell built a very eco-friendly house,with solar-energy system
- Ferrell partnered with Robert Redford in a project to Save the Colorado River Delta.

Check out this hilarious promo video for the Raise the River Project:




Will Ferrell also uses his humor in this "Green Team" video, which offers tips on how to be more sustainable and eco-friendly:










Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer is here!

Summer is here, and on top of the sun and the longer days it means the farmers' market will be back in town. We're so fortunate to have a huge farmers' market that sets up right around the corner from our house. It's been a part of our Saturday routine to take a trip out to the market to get the food we need for the week ahead.

Taking these trips has played a huge part in our efforts to be more "green" and has improved our diets at the same time. Foods sold at farmers' markets are locally grown, not shipped from across the country - using valuable gas and resources to get it here. If helping out the environment isn't enough to convince you to take a trip to your own farmers' market, the prices and health benefits certainly should be!

Most stands at this particular market offer a choice of three baskets of fruits or vegetables for only $5! This is typically how much I would spend on peppers alone, buying from the nearest grocery store. The cheaper prices have made eating healthy less of a burden on our family's budget. Buying from the farmers' market also takes away the temptation to buy junk food - you won't find bulk packages of Oreo's being sold at one of the stands.

While every market is going to be a little different, I highly encourage everyone to at least check out the nearest market, it could end up being a great, new part of your weekly routine!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tips and Tricks

Here are a few of the ways we're being more environmentally conscious (and saving money too!)

1.) Ditch the sandwich baggies - having a reliable set of Tupperware will save you money and spare the landfills from your bags when you're done with them. 

2.) Buy a timer - Time your showers! I know how hard it is to avoid taking long, hot showers, but setting a timer should help remind you to turn off the water!

3.) Invest in a Brita - Unfortunately, I'm one of those people that gets grossed out by tap water. So instead of buying tons of bottled water, I've bought a Brita filter to handle it.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Happy World Environment Day!

June 5th is World Environment Day! It's a day every year dedicated to taking action to improve the environment. To tell you the truth, I hadn't even heard about this day until last year when my son's school celebrated.

There are stakeholders around the world dedicated to raising awareness about efforts to save our planet, but it's also encouraged that we use the day to do something good for the Earth. It can be as simple as taking a shorter shower, or skipping on the store-bought spring water for the week.  I'd love to hear what everyone else is doing to help out!

Friday, May 30, 2014

LEED Certification - Check it out!

I'm happy to say I've been doing a lot more reading on what big businesses and people are doing to help out the environment. You may have already heard about this one, but LEED Certification serves to encourage builders to construct more environmentally-sound structures. I suggest taking a look to learn more! It's great to know that big things are happening as we try and make our small changes.