Intern Profile: Stephanie Lynn

This week we have Aquaponics Intern Stephanie Lynn. She has been an amazing and dedicated addition to our team! Here is bit about her in her own words: I grew up in Indiana and moved to Colorado in 2007.  My educational background is in agronomy and pharmaceutics from Purdue, and environmental engineering from Colorado State.  I have always enjoyed science and math and I love to apply those principles to the real world.  I also enjoy spending time outdoors observing the world around me. When did you first become interested in sustainability? I became interested in sustainability during one of my plant breeding classes at Purdue.  The professor was from Africa and he often gave real examples of how many people around the world struggle just to be able to eat and drink.  These struggles were the result of environmental, educational, economical, and/or cultural factors. What are the most interesting/important things that you’ve learned since being an intern at Nourish the Planet? I have only been working a couple weeks now, but I have already learned about the dynamic interactions between the plants, aquatic life, and water.  In school I was taught about these interactions, but to be able to actually witness this first-hand is extremely valuable from an educational standpoint. How do you incorporate sustainability into your life? I have always incorporated the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle), but recently, I have been getting into growing my own garden.  I really enjoy learning new things and developing new skills. What do you want to see change in the world in the next 10 years? I would like to...

Blog Highlights from 10/1/12 to 10/5/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Debating the Facts on ‘Green Energy’ – Andrew C. Revkin gives you the facts and fact check surrounding the presidential candidate’s brief mention of green energy. Intern Profile: Lauren Staley – Meet our newest Fisheries Intern, Lauren Staley! Video: Dramatic Fall in Great Barrier Reef Coral Cover – Scientists are scrambling to decide the best course of action to help the Great Barrier Reef weather multiple sources of environmental stress. UK Scientists Developing Autonomous Flying Honey Bee Robots! – Could this be the solution to the Zombie Bee epidemic? A Tug of War Over Solar Tariffs – The U.S. case against cheap Chinese subsidized solar panels had its final hearing at the International Trade Commission this week. Urban Farming for Cynics – If urban farming isn’t the solution, then what is it? Pesticide Use Proliferating With GMO Crops, Study Warns – The combination of pesticides and GMO seeds have created “superweeds” resistant to both. What does this mean for our health? Why is it So Hard For Pandas to Get Pregnant? – With wild Panda populations decreasing, captive breeding programs may be their best bet. However it certainly isn’t as easy as it looks… Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...

Countdown to Celebrate Sustainability!

Announcing the 4th Annual Celebrate Sustainability Event A day of FREE education and fun  Nourish the Planet, in partnership with the Institute of Ecolonomics and Mountain Sky Ranch, is pleased to announce the 4th annual Celebrate Sustainability event on September 29th, 10 am until sundown, at the beautiful Mountain Sky Ranch.  This event is free for everyone and open to the public. This year will be our biggest yet, and we are lining up a fantastic day that will be both fun and educational for the entire family.  Mountain Sky Ranch is a gorgeous location where you will be able to fish, play pasture golf, take hay rides, tour the farm, and visit with the largest elite breeding/genetic Alpaca herd in Colorado.  We will also be featuring talks from local experts – including Nourish the Planet staff, demonstrations of our on-farm aquaponics systems and innovative aquaponic based livestock nutrition system, kid’s activities, alpaca & goat products for sale, food from Biggin’s BBQ, and live music from Davey and the Blu Dogs beginning at 4pm. “At Nourish the Planet, we dedicate our lives and day-to-day activities to sustainability.  This event reminds us to celebrate what’s great about this movement, and to share it with our community.  We have fun with this event, and really enjoy watching it grow from year to year,” said Wayne Dorband, CEO of Nourish the Planet. Mountain Sky Ranch is located West of Berthoud, CO. From US-287 take S.W. 42nd St west. Turn left onto N Co Rd 23 going south. Follow the signs for Carter Lake, and take W Co Rd 8e west. Continue on this...

Blog Highlights from 9/17/12 to 9/21/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Get Used to ‘Extreme’ Weather, it’s the New Normal – After this year’s summer full of extreme weather events, expect more of the same for years to come. Why Is Climate Change So Easy to Ignore? – With climate change becoming ever more apparent in our lives (extreme weather events, melting ice caps), why is no one paying attention? Pondering the Path To an Open Polar Sea – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth examines the trends of the rapidly disappearing polar sea ice. How to Survive Mass Extinction – Don’t bother stocking up on guns or turning your house into a fortress. Here are the real ways to survive. National Park Service Defends Refusal To Use Wolves To Control Elk Population At Rocky Mountain National Park – While many have advocated reintroducing wolves to cut down on the elk population, the National Parks Service cites concerns. Climate Change: What the Presidential Candidates Don’t Want to Talk About This Election – Could it be that despite one of the hottest summers on record, droughts, wildfires and rising food prices, no-one really wants to talk about climate change? Timon Singh of Inhabitat explains. Countdown to Celebrate Sustainability! – Local? Check out Nourish The Planet’s very own event celebrating all things sustainable! America’s Greenest Presidents – What do Theodore Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon and Jimmy Carter have in common? They are viewed as environmentally progressive presidents. Who else made the list? Pro Sports Go Green. Do Fans Care? – With major sports in America becoming more...

Last Chance to Register for our FREE Webinar

This is your last chance to join us for a FREE webinar with Dr. Carolyn Baker, hosted by Nourish the Planet and the Institute of Ecolonomics. Space is limited! Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/871451129   Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 11th at 7pm MTN, when we will be joined by author and speaker Dr. Carolyn Baker!  We are very excited and honored to be bringing Dr. Baker to you – she is the author of several books, including “Navigating The Coming Chaos: A Handbook For Inner Transition,” and “Sacred Demise: Walking The Spiritual Path of Industrial Civilization’s Collapse.”  Carolyn will be speaking to emotional and spiritual preparation for navigating a world in the midst of crisis and change.  Dr. Baker is also the editor for Transition Colorado’s Eat Local Guide.  For more information, please visit www.nourishtheplanet.com. Title: Ecolonomics in Action: Dr. Carolyn Baker Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT   After registering at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/871451129 you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar....

Blog Highlights from 9/3/12 to 9/7/12

Take a look at the highlights from Nourish The Planet and around the web this week: Mexico: Urban Farming Takes Hold – In Mexico City, in one of the worlds most polluted cities, urban farming is becoming popular. Obama and Romney Weigh in on Science Questions – Andrew Revkin of Dot Earth brings you Obama and Romney’s answers to the Science Debate Initiate’s questions. Lebanon’s cedar trees threatened by climate change – Due to warming temperatures and low snow fall, Lebanon’s cedar trees may not be able to naturally regenerate. Gulf Oil Spill Remnants From Hurricane Isaac Wash Up Years After Disaster – Post Hurricane Issac, the ugly long term effects of the Gulf oil spill show themselves. McDonalds to Open All-Vegetarian Location in India – No more Big Mac’s? McDonalds is adapting to tap into India’s predominate vegetarian market. As Arenas Go Green, Will Fans Follow? – Sporting events consume vast amounts of resources, but lately many have been working to cut back and raise public visibility of sustainability and environmental protection. 35 Years Later, Voyager 1 Is Heading for the Stars – After 35 years exploring the our solar system, Voyager is heading out into the Milky Way! Elon Musk’s electric dreams of sun-powered cars – Tesla Motor’s Elon Musk makes his case for why he thinks solar is the future. Be sure to check back next week and have a happy Friday from everyone here at Nourish The Planet! -Savannah...