Blog Highlights from 1/21/2014 – 2/3/2014

  2014 National Biodiesel Conference + Expo – Official Blog Highlights from January 27 Highlights from official blog of the 2014 National Biodiesel Our Sustainable Path To Success: A Progress Report – This report focuses on issues material to our business, organized into three primary sections: Environmental Stewardship, Social and Governance. WSP Media Highlights – 2013 – WSP research on the water soft path approach is mentioned in this December 2013 article in The Castlegar Source about the need to “think outside the box” when it comes to long-term planning for water use in B.C.’s Kettle River watershed Smart Blog On Food and Beverages – As packaging becomes almost as important as the product it holds, packaging design has been elevated to an art form. NRDC Blog Highlights Cornell’s Sports Greening Efforts | Cornell Sustainable Campus Blog highlights form Cornell University 2012 Highlights: Sustainable Forestry This week, we are celebrating our achievements from the past year, where we have seen our rates of growth soar. Today, we focus on our efforts in sustainable forestry…...

Turn Your Trash Into Art – Ideas To Create Art From Recycled Materials

Benefits of recycling Recycling makes use of materials that would otherwise be thrown in the landfill by processing and collecting trash or waste materials. Recycling can benefit the environment and community by minimizing the amount of garbage thrown out. It also helps to conserve resources by minimizing mining, cutting down trees, saving energy, water and fertilizers associated with farming and also help to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Recycling also saves the energy needed in mining, and reduces the green house gases. Therefore, recycling your household waste can be an essential element for sustainability. Turning waste into art Many people have the artistic ability to turn junk into art. Some of the artists can really boast about how environmentally conscious they are and how they can make junk beautiful. It is not only for children’s art and craft, but anyone of any age can practice using materials that they would usually throw away and turn them into art. Some of the artists can make incredible master pieces from recycled materials. Recycled art ideas We all know the old saying “one man’s junk another man’s treasure.” We could create art form just about anything we want if we have the eye for it. There can be great pleasure found in creating art from the things you would normally throw away. Some of the materials that may be used for creating art are old Christmas wrapping papers that could be recycled, old metal tin, buttons, old metal straps and so on. If your kitchen could use some extra touch, you can remodel your kitchen or bathroom with old...

Intern Profile: Jason Sather

Hello Everyone, My name is Jason Sather, and I am one of the new interns here at Nourish the Planet in Loveland, CO.  I graduated from Prescott College in 2012 with a B.A. in Sustainable Community Development with an emphasis in Ecopsycology and a strong breadth in Earth Sciences. Now 34 years old, I have spent much of my adult life working in the construction industry with experience as a professional plumber and carpenter, among others.  I like to tell people I build things and fix things.  With what I have learned in extensive undergraduate studies encompassing topics like agroecology, earth system science, adventure education, psychology, and sustainability I like to think that I can help fix some of the problems we face as human participants in this more-than-human world while building new systems that help us make sense of our place in it. It wasn’t until my first collegiate environmental science class in the late nineties that I was introduced to the effects my life had on the world around me.  The ideas that were introduced there created a chain of events that have widened my perspective of the world, and led me here to Nourish the Planet.  Along the way I have learned much about our world and the human effects on it.  Sustainability has become for me much more than a goal, it is a way of life. For me sustainability is about responsibility and some sacrifice.  It is our responsibility as humans being the most impactful species on the planet to be humans doing the most to be sure that our actions and effects do...

Intern Profile: Adam Smith

Hi, my name is Adam Smith. I grew up in a small town in Michigan, graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2011 with a BA in physics and math and recently moved to Boulder after a stint working on sail boats (I’m a licensed captain). Beyond sustainability and aquaponics, I play a lot of ultimate Frisbee, home brew, and enjoy getting outside, obviously. When did you first become interested in sustainability? I first got turned on to some of the bigger ideas of sustainability working on my senior project in high school which involved building a biodiesel reactor and designing passive solar buildings for our campus. I really caught the bug and have been trying to learn more ever since. What are the most interesting/important things that you’ve learned since being an intern at Nourish the Planet? It’s been great to see the procedures in place for monitoring the various systems. My past experiences with aquaculture and hydroponics have been very hodgepodge, seeing a steady-state system is great. How do you incorporate sustainability into your life? My biggest commitment to sustainability is that I try not to consume excessively. I like to live frugally and make or reuse things rather than buying them new. What do you want to see change in the world in the next 10 years? I think the biggest improvement would be if people start to rethink our transportation system. It’s bigger than driving better cars or even biking though, you have to also look at how cities are laid out and really redesign the whole built environment. It’s one of the big areas where change...

Blog Highlights from 10/22/12 to 10/26/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: The Strangely True Tale Of Johnny Appleseed – The Johnny Appleseed story may be one of legend but it is also one of truth. Obama and Romney, Oil and Science – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth talks about the Second Presidential Debates mention of gas prices and the President’s lack of ability to do anything about them. Colorado Goes Fracking Free: We Have the Power – Mariel Hemingway of The Guardian gives her plea for Colorado to go “Frack Free.” Antarctic Ozone Hole Is The Second Smallest It’s Been In 20 Years – Our warm year in the arctic has caused the ozone hole to shrink, but how long will it take to disappear? Sweden Plans to Import 800,000 Tons of Garbage Each Year – Sweden is importing trash and getting paid for it, both in energy and in cash! An Airline Fleet Fueled by Natural Gas – Qatar is putting their massive reserves of natural gas to use and have developed a method of converting natural gas into liquid airline fuel. Vital Farms: Raising the Ultra-Organic Egg – Vital Farms is raising chickens and eggs the right way! Electric-Car Maker Tesla Bucks Traditional Dealership Network – Tesla is going against the grain and setting up their own stores to fully promote their electric cars. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Blog Highlights from 10/8/12 to 10/12/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: The Mattapan Mobile Farmstand Uses Pedal-Power To Bring the Farmers Market To Your Door – This bike allows farmers to bring produce to you without a huge truck or any carbon emissions! $6 Gas and Why We Can’t Let GM Fail – Shaahin Cheyene of Accelerated Intelligence, Inc. gives you his view of his new Chevy Volt and why electric cars should be our future (they’re already our past). A Bad Harvest, Rising Prices … Isn’t It Time To Change The Way Food Is Done? – Mike Small of The Guardian gives his take on why the way we do food production has got to change. SXSW Eco: Searching for a New Environmentalism – “BBQ, Hipster Honkey-Tonk,” and Environmentalism’s new direction. Paul Ryan vs. Joe Biden: The VP Debate Tackles “Green Pork,” Oil, & Solyndra – Last night’s Vice Presidential debates briefly touched upon America’s energy issues, but still no mention of climate change. Should Belugas Swim Wild and Free? – The Georgia Aquarium has proposed to take 18 wild belugas for the purpose of breeding and display at aquariums around the country. Should this happen? Photos: Seed Diversity: A Global Route To Food Security? – Look at these compelling photos of proponents for seed diversity in their daily lives. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...