A Sustainable Mind | Interviewing environmental activists, community leaders, and green business owners
A Sustainable Mind is a podcast created for the earth-conscious individual, ecopreneur, environmental activist, sustainability enthusiast, grassroots organizer, minimalist, conscious consumer and the eco-curious. If you are looking to get inspired, motivated and take ACTION to be the change you want to see in the world you are in the right place. Delivered to you each week, Marjorie Alexander brings you environmental changemakers whose campaigns, companies and projects have changed the planet for the better. Featured guests discuss their relationship with nature early on, their journey to a green career, light-bulb moments, sustainable habits, lessons from launching their projects, and much more. Each episode ends with ACTIONABLE advice and resources for you to hit the ground running!
069: Angel's Envy Whiskey Toasts The Trees with Ashley ErwinSep 26, 2019 39:04
Ashley Erwin grew up in rural, northern Georgia. In her words it was the “Type of place where fertilizer goes to greeting ya soon as the front door went to close, where cow tipping and horse jacking and bonfire-truck-meet-ups with blue label sodas stacked heavy in ice chests were the norm, and where ‘mams and sirs were added on to ever’thing less a slap upside the head were what ya’s hankering after.”
In this episode, Ashley Erwin and Marjorie Alexander cover:Why Angel's Envy is teaming up with the Arbor Day Foundation to plant trees and how you can get involved What makes bourbon…BOURBON? Why, the trees of course! The family history of Angel's Envy, including Lincoln Henderson, the creator of Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel as well as JD’s “Gentleman Jack” What techniques go into making Angel's Envy bourbons and ryes so unique
*** Use the hashtag #ToastTheTrees along with images of Angel’s Envy cocktails, neat pours and bottles. Let's give Ashley lots of trees to plant next year in Kentucky! ***
Connect with Angel’s Envy, Ashley Erwin and the rest of the Whiskey Guardians:AngelsEnvy.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AngelsEnvyBourbon/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/angelsenvy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Angels_Envy Ashley Erwin on Angel’s Envy: https://www.angelsenvy.com/people/whiskey-guardians/los-angeles/ashley-erwin/ Ashley Erwin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bonfirebooze/ The Angel’s Envy Whiskey Guardians: https://www.angelsenvy.com/people/whiskey-guardians/
Suggested Resources from Ashley:500 Main from Angel’s Envy has insider stories, events and limited whiskey releases: https://500main.angelsenvy.com 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson: https://amzn.to/2lHMdDk
068: Clean Energy in our Communities with Ted Bardacke of Clean Power AllianceSep 20, 2019 01:10:00
Description:In this episode, Ted Bardacke and Marjorie Alexander cover: What is clean energy and how does it get to us? What is the future of renewable and carbon-free energy? Will we ever succeed from the grid? How can residents get access to clean energy in their area? What if there are no local utilities offering clean energy in my area? About our Ted Bardacke:
Ted Bardacke, Executive Director of the Clean Power Alliance, has forged a unique career focusing on sustainable urbanism and economic development that spans three continents, including major stints in local government, non-profit organizations, journalism and academia.
Ted comes to the Alliance from the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, where he was Director of Infrastructure and Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Sustainability Office. In those positions he was instrumental in both crafting and then implementing the city’s first-ever Sustainability Plan, with a particular emphasis on pursuing distributed systems in the electricity and water sectors, and utilizing mobility infrastructure to pursue low-carbon and ecologically beneficial outcomes.
From 2003 to 2013, Ted worked in the Green Urbanism Program at Global Green USA and during the 1990s was a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times of London, based in Mexico City and Bangkok. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Graduate School of Architecture at Columbia University, Ted has been a Visiting Fellow at Mexico City’s Centro de Transporte Sustentable and is a permanent Lecturer in the Urban Planning Program at UCLA.
Connect with Ted Bardacke and Clean Power Alliance: Clean Power Alliance website: https://cleanpoweralliance.org Benefits of Clean Energy: https://cleanpoweralliance.org/about-us/#benefits Residential Rates: https://cleanpoweralliance.org/rate-options/residential-rates/ Power Sources: https://cleanpoweralliance.org/about-us/power-sources/ Clean/Green Jobs & Contracting Opportunities: https://cleanpoweralliance.org/get-involved/job-contracting-opportunities/ Suggested Resources from Ted:
Online:Local Government Commission Sam Roth’s Twitter (Energy Reporter at the LA Times)
Books:The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells Losing Earth: A Climate History by Nathaniel Rich
067: Sustainable & Ethical Fashion with Aspen Murray of EthigirlAug 17, 2019 45:33
Description:In this episode, Aspen Murray and Marjorie Alexander cover: The reality of working conditions at some of the sweatshops that make our clothing Companies who are creating ethically and sustainably produced clothing How to spot sustainable clothing while shopping at traditional stores About our guest:
Aspen Murray is a young activist who is dedicating her life to the pursuit of making ethical + sustainable fashion the norm. She firmly believes that we all have the power to vote with our dollars, but that we need to reform how we look at conscious consumerism: it shouldn't be difficult, it shouldn't be inaccessible to certain people, and it's okay if we mess up − because the onus should never fall entirely on the consumerConnect with Aspen Murray and Ethigirl Online: Ethigirl Blog: Ethigirl.com Some of my favorite pieces: Sustainable Fashion Swaps For Summer 2019 Trends Personal Pieces: Dealing With Burnout Responsible Reduction: How To Get Rid Of Old Clothes Ethigirl on Social Media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ethigirlblog/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ethigirl/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ethigirlblog Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/ethigirl_/ Suggested Resources from Aspen:
Online:Consignment shops Depop Thredup Patagonia ModCloth Matatraders.com Everlane The True Cost documentary Fashion Revolution Best Dressed on Youtube (hilarious by the way!)
Books:Anything by Yvonne Chenard, Founder of Patagonia Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan
066: Sustainable Intimacy Products with Wendy Strgar of Good Clean LoveAug 9, 2019 49:59
In this episode, Wendy Strgar and Marjorie Alexander cover:Bioplastic as sustainable packaging - what is it, where do you get it and why more companies aren't using it How petroleum in personal hygiene products can impact the body Staying emotionally connected with your partner Active grieving after a loss Connect with Wendy Strgar and Good Clean Love Online: Good Clean Love website: GoodCleanLove.com The scientific (and independent) research behind the Good Clean Love products: https://goodcleanlove.com/pages/science Good Clean Love on Social Media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goodcleanlove/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/makeloveorganic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/goodcleanlove Suggested Resources from Wendy:
Suggested online resource:Calm App
Books:The Book and Nature, Man and Woman by Allan Watts 21 Lessons for the 21st Century and Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
About our guest:
Wendy Strgar is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Good Clean Love. Wendy started Good Clean Love in 2003 after hearing from many women about, and experiencing for herself, the painful side effects of using petrochemical-based hygiene and intimacy products. Under Wendy’s leadership, Good Clean Love is a champion of sustainable business practices. In 2018, the company launched a carbon offset initiative; its flagship product, Almost Naked personal lubricant, became the first-ever Carbon Neutral intimacy product in the world. Good Clean Love is also one of the only personal care product brands whose products are packaged using bioplastic, a material made from recyclable sugar cane.
065: Dirty Gourmet: The Best Camping Food for Your Adventures with Emily NielsonJun 27, 2019 29:45
Dirty Gourmet is a women-owned outdoor company dedicated to empowering outdoorists to make food a part of their soul-nourishing outdoor experience. The founders of Dirty Gourmet, Mai-Yan Kwan, Emily Nielson, and Aimee Trudeau together after a bike tour across Canada and years of camp life took it upon themselves to rethink the idea of food in the outdoors. Whether you're a car camper getting started with a picky family to feed, or a lightweight backpacker looking for inspiration to get you to your destination, they have plenty of tips and recipes for you on our website and in their cookbook, Dirty Gourmet: Food for your Outdoor Adventures.
In this episode we cover:How splitting up your trip types into 3 categories is important to enjoying cooking and eating awesome food in the great outdoors Two must-follow rules for enjoying cooking during your outdoor adventures A super easy homemade granola recipe! Emily Nielson and Dirty Gourmet Online: Dirty Gourmet website: DirtyGourmet.com My favorite recipes on the blog: Raspberry Almond Cacao Oatmeal Fire Roasted Indian Eggplant Goat Milk Gouda Veggie Sandwich Dirty Gourmet on Social Media: Instagram: https://instagram.com/dirtygourmet/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dirtygourmet Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dirtygourmet/ Dirty Gourmet: Food for your Outdoor Adventures
Suggested Resources from Emily:
Suggested online resource:
Books:Any work by biologist and naturalist EO Wilson The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
064: Samir Lakhani of Project EcoSoap - Recycled soap and hygiene education around the worldMay 11, 2019 38:48
Samir Lakhani, 26, is a social entrepreneur dedicated to restoring health and dignity to developing countries through environmental initiatives. Prior to founding Eco-Soap Bank in 2014, Samir was deeply involved in climate-resilient aquaculture and nutrition projects in northern Cambodian villages. He has also developed solar lighting social enterprise projects in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Currently, he serves as the Founder & Executive Director of Eco-Soap Bank—a global soap-recycling organization—which operates in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. To date, Eco-Soap Bank has reached over 1.1 million people with recycled soap and free hygiene education. In 2017, Samir received a CNN Hero Award for his work with global hygiene.
In this episode we cover:How do you recycle soap in a sanitary way? How is soap that is not recycled impacting our environment? Where do you get the soap and who receives the recycled soap? How do you change the everyday habits of a community that is respectful of their history and traditions?
Key Takeaways:5 million bars of soap are thrown away EACH DAY! And it's not biodegradable! Recruiting hygiene ambassadors that are of the local culture helps spread the message more effectively. When you have big ideas, don't wait for it to be perfect, launch it now! But also consider longevity. Get involved with Project EcoSoap - donate to the Kickstarter and help spread the word! Samir Lakhani and Project Ecosoap Online: Project EcoSoap on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/projectecosoap/project-ecosoap-zero-waste-big-impact\ Project EcoSoap website: https://projectecosoap.org/ Eco-Soap Bank: https://ecosoapbank.org/ A fun video message from Samir about EcoSoap! Project EcoSoap on Social Media: Instagram: https://instagram.com/projectecosoap Facebook: https://facebook.com/projectecosoap Twitter: https://twitter.com/projectecosoap Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCObHCVqoIDGrpRR5mJfGl1A Suggested Resources from Samir:
Suggested online resource:
YouTube! You can learn anything from how to build wind turbines to how to drive stick shift!
Books:Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
063: Slugs and Snails and Squid, Oh My! with Malacologist Jann VendettiApr 14, 2019 01:02:30
Jann Vendetti is the Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacological Research at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Malacology is the study of mollusks (snails, clams, octopus), and Jann's focus is snails. She was a postdoctoral researcher at California State University, Los Angeles and received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley's Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology. She is interested in urban biodiversity of snail and slug species, both introduced and native.
In this episode we cover:What are the different types of terrestrial and marine mollusks? How is climate change impacting various mollusk populations? How do mollusks compare to and differ from more familiar taxa such as mammals? Jann's favorite mollusk - the purple sea snail! Jann Vendetti & The Natural History Museum of LA Online: Jann Vendetti on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jann-vendetti-455b4412/ City Nature Challenge 2019 - April 26, 27 & 28: http://citynaturechallenge.org/ Natural History Museum of LA (NHMLA): https://nhm.org Snails and slugs Living in Metropolitan Environments (SLIME) Project: https://nhm.org/site/activities-programs/citizen-science/slime iNaturalist (app used in the City Nature Challenge): iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/inaturalist/id421397028?mt=8 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.android&hl=en_US Website: https://www.inaturalist.org/ Suggested Resources from Jann:
Who do you look up to?
Dr. Eugenie Clark, the “Shark Lady”: https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/sharks-rays/eugenie-clark-shark-lady
Sylvia Earle - Mission Blue Foundation: https://mission-blue.org/Mission Blue, the documentary on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/70308278
Suggested online resource:
Books:Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist Stephen Jay Gould: The Unofficial Stephen Jay Gould Archive: http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ Stephen Jay Gould's books on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2X4C2pc Natalie Angier: Natalie Angier's books on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Xh79y9
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062: Environmental Education at Any Age with The Earth Lady Izolda TrakhtenbergFeb 27, 2019 01:00:34
Born in Moldova, Izolda Trakhtenberg learned how to communicate in multiple languages through a year-long immigration process. Today, Izolda facilitates workshops that inspire people to tap into and master their leadership, creativity, and communication skills. She worked as an educator for the National Geographic Society. Later, she traveled the world as a NASA environmental education trainer. Additionally, she is the author of five books, including Speak From Within: Engage, Inspire and Motivate Any Audience. She is also the host of the Tell Your Story Better and The Creative Kind podcasts. Izolda, her husband, and their two cats live in Maryland.
In this episode we cover:Is there a difference between educating children and adults? Why is NASA interested in studying Earth? The most effective way to educate those around you about earth-friendly habits A great free resource for teachers and everyday people that want to study Earth's ecology and atmosphere Izolda Trakhtenberg Online: IzoldaT.com The Creative Kind, a daily Podcast Tell Your Story Better, a weekly podcast Izolda's book, Speak From Within Social Media Instagram: @IzoldaT
Facebook: @IzoldaTSpeaker Book Izolda for a presentation! Suggestions & Resource from Izolda: Globe.gov - A Worldwide Science and Education Program Who does Izolda look up to in the field of environmental activism? Retired NASA Soil Scientist Alyssa Levine Anthropologist and primate activist Jane Goodall Conservation scientist and CEO of Conservation.org M. Sanjayan International Fund for Animal Welfare NASA image library (now public domain)
Books:Earth in the Balance by Al Gore Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver Silent Spring by Rachel Carson Blue Gold by Maude Barlow
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061: Experiments in Earth-Conscious Living with Rob GreenfieldFeb 14, 2019 42:24
Rob Greenfield is a world-renowned adventurer and activist and is embarking on his next big project, Food Freedom. Through Rob's extreme projects from cycling across the USA on a bamboo bicycle for sustainability (three times), to dumpster diving in thousands of grocery store dumpsters to raise awareness about food waste and hunger, to wearing 30 days worth of trash to create a visual of how much trash just one American creates, he has inspired countless people to positively change. Rob has been featured on thousands of media outlets around the world, hosted shows on Discovery Channel and has given two TEDx talks. You can see his media page here.
In this episode we cover:Rob's journey from nature-loving kid, to materialistic teen, to environmental changemaker Some of Rob's favorite adventures and experiments How his choice to give up his computer caused him to question his impact in the world Rob's best advice for those just getting started in eco-conscious living Rob Greenfield Online: RobGreenfield.tv Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn Rob's current project Food Freedom The Trash Me experiment where Rob wore all the trash he produced for 30 days Some of my favorite blog articles by Rob What is My Heart’s Deepest Desire? How to Create an Environmental Activism Campaign One of Rob's bamboo bike tours: Goodfluence Tour Suggestions & Green Resource from Rob: Take 12 hours off from devices each day if you can and go tech-free for 1 full day each week. Learn about Winona LaDuke and other inspiring people at RobGreenfield.tv/people Learn about educational and moving films at RobGreenfield.tv/films Check out the project, film and books from the Story of Stuff
Books:Anything by Gandhi and MLK (access Gandhi's writing free at Gandhi Serve Foundation) The Moneyless Man and other books by Mark Boyle
060: Love and The Clean Money Revolution with Joel SolomonJan 19, 2019 47:10
Joel Solomon is Co-Author of The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism. As a Founding Partner of Renewal Funds, a $98 million mission venture capital firm, he has invested in over 100 early growth-stage companies in North America, delivering above market returns while catalyzing positive social and environmental change. Joel is a founding member of Social Venture Network, Businesses for Social Responsibility, Chair of Hollyhock, Co-Producer of RSF's “Integrated Capital Institute”, and serves on the University of British Columbia Board of Governors.
In this episode we cover:How Joel's experiences with cancer, working with Jimmy Carter and becoming the caretaker of an orca research lab led him to have a deep appreciation for nature What venture capital is and why is it important to our economy How Renewal Funds and other companies are giving back to the environment in a big way The connection between love and money
Joel Solomon Online:JoelSoloman.com Social Media: Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn Joel is the co-author of the new book The Clean Money Revolution: Reinventing Power, Purpose, and Capitalism
Suggestions from Joel:
"Political engagement," spend more time reading "sources of political thinking, interviews, and analysis that meet enough of our values and to stay informed and to care,"
"Read more books from people and voices who have been left out of the equation"
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059: Everyone has a 1% with Kate Williams, CEO of One Percent for the PlanetJan 6, 2019 38:26
Kate Williams is CEO of 1% for the Planet, a global movement inspiring businesses and individuals to support environmental nonprofit solutions, through annual membership and everyday actions. Kate stepped into her role at 1% for the Planet in May 2015 bringing a strong track record as a leader, including roles as Board Chair of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), as Executive Director of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, as founder and owner of a farm business enterprise, and as an elected political leader in her community. Kate earned a BA at Princeton University where she majored in history, and an MS at the MIT Sloan School of Management where she focused on organizational systems. Kate is a master’s distance runner, kitchen gardener, and always wants more time to read and write. Kate lives in Vermont with her husband and two children.
In this episode we cover:How companies that are not yet walking the walk can still help the environmental movement How perfection can be the enemy of progress to any worth-while cause Some of the benefits and challenges of environmental philanthropy How 1%FTP makes it easy for anyone (not just companies and non-profits) to give back and help the planet 1% for the Planet Online: 1% for the Planet - A global network of businesses, nonprofits and individuals working together for a healthy planet. More than $175 Million dollars given back to the environment. 1%FTP on Social Media: Instagram | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn Kate Williams on Social Media: LinkedIn Learn more: Join the Mailing List | Read the 1%FTP mission | Join the cause!
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058: Sustainable Beekeeping and Making a Difference in the Peace Corps with Katherine MillingNov 29, 2018 39:41
057: Let's talk microplastics with Jay Sinha of Life Without PlasticNov 5, 2018 47:43
Jay Sinha has a background in biochemistry, ecotoxicology and law. He Co-Founded and is Co-Owner of Life Without Plastic, the one-stop shop for safe, high quality, ethically-sourced, Earth-friendly alternatives to plastic products for everyday life.
Jay and his business partner Chantal Plamondon also co-authored a book released earlier this year called LIFE WITHOUT PLASTIC: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy.
In this episode Marjorie and Jay cover:What exactly happens when our bodies are exposed to BPA and other endocrine disruptors in plastics? What are microplastics and how do they get into the environment? What can individuals do to minimize their contribution of microplastics into the environment? How can we impact the government and industry from the position of a consumer? The future of sustainable small businesses
Visit Life Without Plastic at LifeWithoutPlastic.com
Show Notes for this episode: ASustainableMind.com/057
056: Climate Adaptation, what it is and why it matters, with Doug ParsonsOct 15, 2018 46:17
Doug Parsons first learned about adaptation in Queensland, Australia, while focusing on the impacts of climate change on the agriculture sector. Upon returning to the United States, he worked with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the National Park Service and the Society for Conservation Biology. His work has been modeled by state and federal agencies and he continues to work on climate change adaptation and conservation issues today.
055: Being the change and making an impact at any age with Sam Demma and Dillon Mendes of PickWasteSep 1, 2018 46:26
Sam Demma and Dillon Mendes started holding weekly trash pick-up events in their hometown of Pickering, Ontario. Now, a year later, they have a budding organization called PickWaste, where they are inspiring people of all ages to pick up one single piece of litter each day. They have both been named Top 25 Environmentalists in Canada and are dedicated to taking their message global.
Show Notes: asustainablemind.com/055
Our Guest: PickWaste.ca
054: Capturing Big Trees and Cultivating Curiosity with author and professor Matt RitterAug 12, 2018 55:05
Dr. Matt Ritter grew up in rural Mendocino County, California. After earning a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from U.C. Santa Barbara, he attended U.C. San Diego for a Ph.D. in plant biology. He’s a botany professor in the Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California, where he lives with his wife and two children. He’s the author of several books, including a new guide to California’s flora, California Plants: A guide to our Iconic Flora (www.pacificstreetpublishing.com). He also wrote the funniest and best-selling guide to California’s urban forest, A Californian’s Guide to the Trees among Us (Heyday, 2011). His writing has appeared in several magazines, including a regular column on tree diversity in Pacific Horticulture. He won the Cal Poly’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the International Society of Arboriculture Award for Excellence in Education. He is the California Coordinator of the American Forests Big Tree Registry, studies California’s native plants, and trees that escape cultivation, particularly Eucalyptus. He’s an avid woodworker, mason, and gardener.
053: Environmental Podcasting, Gardening and the Florida Trail with Misti Little of The Garden Path PodcastAug 3, 2018 47:33
Misti Little is gardener, creative, and outdoor enthusiast interested in deepening her connection to nature. She founded The Garden Path Podcast in 2015 to interact and share knowledge with other gardeners. In 2018 she began Orange Blaze: A Florida Trail Podcast to educate the hiking community about the little-known but beautiful Florida National Scenic Trail. She thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2010 and the Florida Trail in 2011 and currently lives near Houston, Texas with her husband and son.
052: Protecting our Public Lands with The Conservation Fund’s Director of Strategic Planning Will AllenJul 12, 2018 49:22
Today we are joined by Will Allen, the Vice President of Conservation Services and Director of Strategic Conservation Planning at The Conservation Fund in Chapel Hill, NC. He is also the author of the upcoming book The Science of Strategic Conservation.
Check out the Conservation Fund at ConservationFund.org
051: Building Our Cities, One Recycled Shipping Container at a Time with Paul Galvin of SG BlocksJun 8, 2018 27:42
Paul Galvin, is the Chairman and CEO of SG Blocks, a premier designer and fabricator of container-based structures. SG Blocks has recently secured two low-income housing development projects in New York State and is partnering with Heart of Los Angeles to create the first container-based community center in L.A.
050: Greenlid, the world's first compostable kitchen composting bin, with Jackson WyattMay 31, 2018 35:06
Morgan and Jackson Wyatt are the co-founders of Greenlid, a disposable, compostable and leak-proof composting bin for your kitchen. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign and securing backing in the Dragon's Den (Canada's version of Shark Tank) these brothers aim to be in every kitchen in Canada and beyond.
049: Healing from the Inside Out with Eva Vennari of the Elevate InstituteMay 24, 2018 52:31
Eva Vennari is on a mission to dismantle the status quo of the sickness industry. Having spent most of her adult life suffering from all kinds of conditions she decided to take matters into her own hands and heal herself holistically.
048: Going Zero Waste and getting healthy with Kathryn KelloggMay 17, 2018 40:17
Kathryn Kellogg is a zero waste influencer and blogger at GoingZeroWaste.com. In this episode, we discuss common misconceptions about zero-waste living and how replacing one toiletry item with the DIY version helped solved her pain problem.
047: Gardening and Coding with From Seed to Spoon app developer Dale SpoonemoreMay 8, 2018 53:19
Dale Spoonemore is the co-founder of the From Seed to Spoon mobile app that helps gardeners all over the world plant amazing gardens, no matter their skill level or prior knowledge. We'll be talking about how gardening and coding got him out of depression, helped him improve his health and brought him closer with his family.
046: Top 5 Tips for Reducing Paper WasteMay 3, 2018 30:06
In this episode we will tackle some of the easiest ways to reduce paper waste in your life or simply not bringing in unnecessary paper to begin with. And don't worry about taking notes. All resources, statistics, and websites mentioned are accessible at asustainablemind.com/046
045: Fighting for Clean Water Worldwide with WaterAid America's CEO Sarina PrabasiApr 26, 2018 34:54
Sarina Prabasi is the CEO of WaterAid America, a non-profit that brings clean water, sanitation and hygiene to over 37 countries across the globe. WaterAid also provides job training so the communities can learn to sustain the well systems, water pumps, toilets, faucets, etc. on their own. WaterAid.org
044: Online Adventure Communities and Creating Your Own Opportunities with Love Her Wild's Bex BandApr 19, 2018 34:28
Bex Band is a professional nomad, an ordinary adventurer and an amazing story teller. She shares about her travels and excursions at LoveHerWild.com an online community she started, specifically for women, and Bex recounts her more personal tails on her blog TheOrdinaryAdventurer.com.
043: Positive Impact through Incremental Habits with Aint No Planet B's Zoe JazzApr 5, 2018 45:17
Zoe Jazz has been sharing her zero waste journey with the world through her awesome blog Ain't No Planet B. She touches on the typical eco lifestyle habits - versions of household products, recipes, and hair & beauty. But she also talks about the human element - decision making, positive motivation and constantly reminds us that you aren't a terrible person if you don't do everything perfect the first time. With the slogan 'baby steps to zero waste', Zoe really gets it and is one of my fave eco bloggers.
042: Eco-friendly and Sustainable Event Planning with Chance ThompsonMar 22, 2018 53:10
Chance Thompson is the senior manager of sustainability and PR for one of the world's largest event companies. In this episode, Chance tells us about the most rewarding and challenging parts of his job and shares helpful tips for us to bring large-scale sustainability solutions to our own events.
041: Slow Lifestyle, Culture Making, and The End of Poverty? with Matthew StillmanMar 17, 2018 56:47
Matthew Stillman is the conceiver and producer of "The End of Poverty?" - a feature-length documentary about the origins of poverty and why it persists in a world with so much wealth. He is also the founder of Primal Derma, bringing ancient recipes to modern skincare products.
040: Sustainable, Responsible and Impact (SRI) Investing with Dr. Marc de Sousa-ShieldsMar 8, 2018 58:30
Marc de Sousa-Shields is an international sustainable development and investment consultant. He co-founded and was first Executive Director of the Social Investment Organization (SIO) of Canada and has been an advisor to the United Nations and a member of the US Social Investment Forum International Committee. Marc has written for leading on-line corporate sustainability magazines, TheSustainableCentury.net blog, and the Sustainable Century Podcast. Marc's latest book "Invest Like You Give a Damn: Make Money, Change the World, Sleep Well at Night" is a DIY book for impact investing.
039: Public Policy and Environmental Podcasting with Earth Matters Host Lawson HunterMar 2, 2018 55:40
Lawson Hunter is the former president of the Green Party in Canada and has given his time to countless organizations, committees, and boards that focus on environmental issues. Lawson is now a blogger at NewsandComment.com and hosts the environmental podcast EarthMatters where he interviews folks in and around Ontario Canada that are creating local solutions for global problems.
038: Mountain Climbing and Climate Science with Explorer John AllFeb 22, 2018 46:03
John all is a scientist, mountaineer, and explorer. He has traveled to some of the most isolated places in the world to collect data, witnessing the effects of climate change first hand.
He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the American Climber Science Program and the author of Icefall, where he recounts his adventures at the farthest edges of this planet.
037: Advocating for a better planet with Ellen Hielkema of Power Women in Green PodcastFeb 15, 2018 30:39
Ellen Hielkema is the host of Power Women in Green, a podcast that highlights women that are making the world a better place through green business. In today's episode, we discuss her previous career in marketing, what her goals are for her podcast and how van life in Portugal changed the way she looked at the world.
036: Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation Through Law Enforcement with Jessica GrahamFeb 8, 2018 30:38
Jessica is a crime-fighting conservationist. Through her work with INTERPOL's Environmental Security Program and the former Presidential Task Force for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, Jessica has seen a part of environmental sustainability that very few have. Today we will talk about the real implications of wildlife trafficking and illegal logging as well as what we as civilians and tourists can do to help.
035: Veganism and Animal Cruelty, Creating a Better Planet for Everyone, with Erica SodosJan 26, 2018 56:32
Erica Sodos is a motivational speaker, emcee, magician, psychic entertainer and one of the few female mentalists in the world. She also happens to be a vegan and a fierce animal rights activist. In this episode, Erica and I discuss vegan alternatives to your favorite foods, the difficulties of keeping a positive attitude while being an activist and the dark reality of eating animal products.
034: Urban foraging and eating local with Mallory O'DonnellJan 19, 2018 45:11
Mallory O'Donnell has spent the last several years foraging in rural New Jersey and now shares their experiences, favorite ingredients recipes with the world through the blog How to Cook a Weed. In this episode, we discuss great ways to get started with foraging in your backyard or garden, how to stay safe while eating local plants and the benefits of seeing your immediate environment through a different set of lenses. If you are interested in truly eating local Mallory is a fantastic resource. Check out Mallory's blog at howtocookaweed.com
033: Rebuilding coral reefs and keeping our oceans healthy with Gator Halpern and Sam Teicher of Coral VitaJan 11, 2018 37:10
Sam and Gator met at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where they helped launch the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship Club. After graduation and successfully developing and organized ecology projects around the world, their love for oceans inspired them to work together once more to launch Coral Vita, a company that is helping solve global coral degradation, one reef at a time.
032: Easiest Ways to Go Green in 2018Jan 6, 2018 18:33
In this episode, we list some of the easiest and most effective ways for just about anyone to live a more earth-conscious lifestyle in the new year. From reducing energy consumption at home to conserving resources through changes in diet, we've got you covered.
031: Solving food waste and ending hunger one box of produce at a time with Rick NahmiasDec 28, 2017 45:17
A decade ago Rick was an award-winning photographer and writer who focused on the faces and stories of marginalized communities. One day in 2009, while walking his dog, Rick literally stumbled across the idea that wasted fruit in backyards and farmer's markets across our community could become a sustainable source of nutrition for the food insecure. Now, over 8 years later, Food Forward delivers over 400,000 pounds of fruits and veggies each week to organizations that feed families and individuals in need in the LA Metro area.
030: Wildlife documentaries with Eyes on Conservation podcast host Matt PodolskyDec 21, 2017 55:18
After graduating from Ithaca College with degrees in both Environmental Science and Cinema/Photography, Matthew began a career as a field biologist. After working jobs in upstate New York, California, and Jamaica Matthew was offered a job working with the endangered California condor in the remote desert of Northern Arizona. It was this landscape that re-ignited his passion for filmmaking and storytelling – he began shooting for Scavenger Hunt one year after arriving in Arizona.
029: Coffee Scrubs and Eco-podcasting with Trashy Beauty's Barbara LeeDec 14, 2017 32:48
Barbara Lee is the founder of Trashy Beauty and host of the new podcast Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors. Barbara was born and raised in Hawaii, where she was instilled with the importance of protecting the fragile beauty of nature. Now, as a former journalist, barista, and conservationist, Barbara is combining her love of a minimal, zero waste lifestyle and coffee to inspire others to live a naturally beautiful life. In this episode, we discuss her inspiration for starting her coffee body scrub company, the challenges that come with starting your own podcast and her mission to bring awareness to the value of what we throw away.
028: Tackling Waste in the Health and Beauty industry with Plaine Products' Lindsey McCoyDec 7, 2017 31:34
After 10 years working on environmental education in the Bahamas, an archipelago full of single-use plastic, Lindsey McCoy and her sister Alison co-founded Plaine Products, a company that offers health and beauty products in aluminum bottles that can be returned, refilled and reused. Today we talk about the importance of perseverance and progress over perfection when it comes to an earth-conscious mindset.
027: Revolutionizing recycling one cigarette butt at a time with TerraCycle's Tom SzakyNov 30, 2017 32:03
Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a company that has successful recycling programs across the globe for materials including everything from chewing gum to cigarettes. Today we speak to Tom about how both individuals and large corporations can take part in the recycling revolution as well as what can be even more beneficial than recycling itself, in the fight against waste.
026: Our Right to a Healthy Environment with Maya van RossumNov 23, 2017 46:44
Lawyer and veteran environmentalist Maya van Rossum has been fighting for our right to a healthy environment for over 25 years. She has played a critical role in getting environmental legislation passed and is sparking a movement with her new book The Green Amendment. In this episode, Maya reminds us that access to a clean environment is NOT a constitutional right...yet.
025: Use Your Money to Make a Difference with Cara MacMillanSep 28, 2016 24:11
Cara MacMillan is a financial planner & consultant. She teaches sustainable investing as well as how to integrate sustainability into your everyday life in order to save money and save the planet each and every day. She has a book out titled It's Only Money and it Grows on Trees talking about the roll of money in our families and our culture. Her next book is right around the corner, being released in November 2016, called Make Big Money and Make a Big Difference on investing wisely with our planet in mind.
024: Fracking is No Laughing Matter with Comedian Ron PlaconeSep 10, 2016 48:07
Ron Placone tours nationally as a stand-up appearing at clubs, colleges, theaters and everything in between. He also speaks for colleges and advocacy groups with his one-man performance lecture on Battling Political Apathy. In this episode we discuss the theme of this master's thesis - fracking and the role that media plays in environmental issues. Ron gives us some interesting insight from his first-hand experiences and has suggestions for how we can make fracking a thing of the past.
023: Tiny House, Big Decision with Tiny House Podcast Co-host Perry GruberSep 7, 2016 45:22
Perry Gruber is a man of many hats including entrepreneur, speaker, and social engineer. He is the founder of Copiosis, which is a new economic system for a post capitalist world. In addition to this he is the founder of The Tiny House Podcast which is the largest tiny house podcast in the world.
022: Fermentation on Wheels with Tara WhitsittAug 21, 2016 32:09
Tara Whitsitt is a social activist, artist and food preservationist. Her passions for fermenting and growing food, living communally and teaching inspired her to launch Fermentation on Wheels, a mobile food preservation teaching space. Here Tara gives vegetable fermentation workshops that correspond with the regional and seasonal produce of each destination during her travels. In this episode Tara and I discuss living and eating in community, where our food comes from and of course...fermentation.
021: Ecological Art and Bringing Nature Into the Home with Ashley LieberJul 29, 2016 41:09
Ashley Lieber is an ecological artist and educator. In this episode we discuss her ecological art series, Moss for Meditation, as well as maker culture, building sustainable community, hydroponics (one of my favorite topics), tips on how to get FREE SEEDS! and much more.
020: Radical Self Care and Natural Beauty Products with Tameko RoweJun 23, 2016 52:38
Tameko Rowe is a corporate employee turned eco conscious beauty and self care product line creator. Her company Cocoa Butter Mothers offers a range of products from nursing butters to beard balm, all crafted using responsibly sourced natural and organic ingredients, some of which come directly from Tameko's yard. Her intention is to continue to cultivate a deeper connection to self, encouraging clients to take time for luxurious self-care.
019: Children and Healthy Eating Habits with Kathryn Kemp GuylayMay 6, 2016 40:22
Kathryn Kemp Guylay is an author, speaker, certified nutritional counselor and coach with a master’s degree in business. She is the founder of Nurture, a national non-profit that provides wellness education to tens of thousands of children and parents. Not only is Kathryn a sought-after wellness expert, but she also hosts her own radio show on wellness at KDPI-FM in Ketchum, Idaho. Guylay is on a mission to help children all over the world eat more healthy fruits and vegetables of all types through her new book Give it a Go, Eat a Rainbow which was illustrated by her son Alexander.
018: Building Community Through Urban Farming With Greg PetersonApr 27, 2016 58:15
Greg Peterson is an urban farming and sustainability innovator who resides at the Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix. He opens his home weekly for tours and classes, not only telling people, but showing them, how he has been able to make a living through urban farming for over two decades and how they can do the same. Greg also runs Urban Farm U (UrbanFarm.org), filled with online courses designed to educate and inspire others to grow food for themselves and others.
017: Upcycling Plastic, from Runway to Everyday with Sara WienerMar 31, 2016 39:10
Some of Sara’s greatest memories growing up were of sewing with her grandmother Bella. When she combined her love of sewing and making old things new again with the overabundance of plastic bags Sara Bella UpCycled was born; a company that up-cycles consumer plastic bags into beautiful, wearable art for both the runway and the everyday.
016: Holism, Food Activism and Environmental Justice with Nikki SilvestriMar 16, 2016 44:11
Nikki Silvestri has had a long history of working to support environmental justice and growing sustainable communities. As a Co-founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People’s Grocery and Green For All Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions and economic development. Now as a Co-founder and CEO of Silvestri Strategies she is working to support thriving communities, economies and natural environments.
015: The Urban Forest and the Importance of Trees with Cindy BlainMar 8, 2016 46:19
Cindy Blain had a background in marketing and tech but wanted a life for her family out of Silicon Valley and closer to nature. She has worked with environmentally focused non-profits such as the Presentation Retreat & Conference Center and Sacramento Tree Foundation. Now, as the Executive Director of California ReLeaf, she is at the helm of not just any non-profit but a network of over 90 organizations throughout California that are dedicated to planting and caring for trees in the urban forest. In this conversation we go behind the scenes of California ReLeaf, discuss how trees improve every facet of our lives and consider how sprawled cities can learn a thing or two from the compact development of smaller countries.
ASM: Sometimes Your Why Finds YouFeb 24, 2016 13:26
In today’s episode I talk to you about a few things that came up for me over the last few months that caused me to stop recording for a while.
Well I am happy to be back on the mic once more and in this episode I announce some cool stuff I’m introducing to the show.
014: Origins of Nature Deficit Disorder and How to Get Kids Reconnected with Texas Children in Nature's Jennifer BristolNov 3, 2015 36:41
Jennifer Bristol is the State Coordinator for Texas Children in Nature which connects over 300 organizations with the children & nature movement in Texas. Prior to becoming the first State Coordinator for TCiN she created award-winning conservation education curriculum and youth development programs for Camp Fire and served as a park ranger for Texas Parks and Wildlife.
013: Charting Your Own Path to a Career in Sustainability with Take 3's Tim SilverwoodOct 31, 2015 31:56
Tim Silverwood is an educator, environmentalist and speaker. He founded Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative, asking everyone to complete one simple action each time they visit a beach, waterway or anywhere else; take 3 pieces of litter with you when you leave. Tim has also participated in research of the Great Pacific garbage patch, co-founded Circular Economy Australia and is the director of Rechusable.
012: What Should I Eat and Other Food for Thought with Food, Health & Wellness Educator Lauren NixonOct 28, 2015 35:53
Laura Nixon is a food and wellness educator giving workshops in and around D.C. Philadelphia and New York. She has a passion for creating spaces where people feel empowered to combine healthy food and self-care practices to gain a well-rounded understanding of how to nourish themselves.
011: Ending Food Waste One Ugly Apple at a Time with Jordan FigueiredoOct 20, 2015 36:53
Jordan is a Food Waste Superhero. He is the founder of the organization End Food Waste and the brains behind the Ugly Fruit and Veg campaign that recently took the food waste fight to the steps of Walmart! He’s been teaming up with people and organizations from around the world, from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to The National Resource Defense Fund to combat this major issue. Lucky for us the good thing about food waste is that just about everyone, no matter your circumstances, can help solve the problem.
010: Getting Real About What Kind of Action Really Improves the Planet with Colin BeavanOct 14, 2015 31:17
Dr. Colin Beavan is among the world’s foremost spokespeople on environmental issues and consumerism. He was called the Best Green Ambassador by TreeHugger and his blog was selected as one of the top 15 green blogs by Time magazine. He has spoken and consulted with brands such as eBay and Cliff Bars and has traveled the world speaking to audiences from California to the Czech Republic. When his film No Impact Man hit the environmental documentary scene it changed the landscape forever.
009: Saving the Rainforest One Cell Phone at a Time with Topher WhiteOct 9, 2015 33:31
Topher White is an engineer with a background in physics and kinetic sculptor. Little did he know that visiting the rainforest as a tourist would spark an idea as to how to help save it. Since 2013 Topher has been working around the clock designing a device out of used cell phones to thwart deforestation in real time. This interview offers a TON of great tips for anyone in tech or science looking to contribute to real world problems and for entrepreneurs in general.
008: ASM Unplugged - Intentional Communities and Responding to Western Privilege with Ma'ikwe LudwigOct 7, 2015 42:07
Ma’iwke Ludwig is the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit Eco Village in Northern Missouri and also sits on the Board of the Directors for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. With a long history of being involved in this work she is well-known for candidly discussing the blessings and challenges of living in an intentional community.
007: There's BPA in My What? Jay Sinha Talks Plastics and Running an Earth Conscious BusinessOct 2, 2015 47:48
Jay Sinha has a unique background in biochemistry, law, ecotoxicology and environmental research. In this interview he reveals a lot about the true nature of what is in the products we use on a day-to-day basis and then gives us an amazing resource list to do some research on our own. Get a pen and paper kids, you’re going to need it for this interview!
006: Living a Zero-Waste Lifestyle with Bea JohnsonSep 29, 2015 34:57
Bea Johnson is one of today's foremost experts in the area of zero-waste living and voluntary simplicity. She is most well-known for being able to fit her family of four’s trash for an entire year into a quart sized jar. She has helped people all over the world achieve various levels of voluntary simplicity and eco-friendly living through her blog ZeroWasteHome.com and her book by the same name. She continues to spread the zero-waste message through talks which she gives all over the world.
005: Team Dynamics and Giving Back to the Community with Denzel Austin ThompsonSep 25, 2015 29:09
Denzel Austin Thompson grew up in North Philly. During a service trip to New Orleans he got the idea to plant urban gardens in empty lots in his neighborhood back home. He is the co-creator of the Philadelphia Urban Creators and has since received multiple awards for his continued commitment to the community and his neighbors.
004: Fermentation and Other Kitchen DIY with Anne-Marie Bonneau of ZeroWasteChef.comSep 22, 2015 41:03
Anne-Marie grew up learning the DIY mentality from her father. She now puts it to use in the kitchen making all her food from scratch, from sourdough to kombucha and everything in between. She also hosts webinars to empower others to do the same. In this fun episode we discuss talking the talk and walking the walk in regards to sustainable living.
003: Consumer Culture and Resilient & Sustainable Communities with Laird Christensen of Green Mountain CollegeSep 18, 2015 36:56
Laird Christensen has dedicated his life to environmental activism and finding ways to create more sustainable communities. He has been an author, activist and educator during his career and that is how I came to know Laird, through his courses at Green Mountain College, where received my Masters in Environmental Studies. Laird is the Director of GMC’s latest masters program in Resilient and Sustainable Communities and in this episode we discuss his upbringing and his inspiration for developing the program.
002: Sustainable Burial Practices with Katrina Spade of the Urban Death ProjectSep 14, 2015 34:47
After being disappointed with the options available for non-traditional burial Katrina Spade sought out ways to lay our loved ones to rest without wasting burial materials or contaminating the soil. With a background in architecture and anthropology she came up with the idea for The Urban Death Project for which she has received an Echoing Green Fellowship.
001: Intentional Living with Greg Seaman of Earth EasySep 14, 2015 33:27
Earth Easy is the brainchild of Long Island native Greg Seaman. After living on both coasts and in both rural and urban settings, he and his wife with a three month old in tow, decided to simplify their lifestyle and move off-grid. Now, EarthEasy.com is a family run business allowing everyone involved to live out their ideals of treading lightly on this planet.
000: Welcome to A Sustainable MindSep 14, 2015 07:44
Environmental activist Marjorie Alexander came up with the idea for A Sustainable Mind podcast after being unimpressed with the podcast options for aspiring environmentalists. A Sustainable Mind is all about giving today's environmental change-makers a platform to share their story, educated and inspire others. This sustainability podcast is intentionally empowering, inspirational and action oriented so if you are an earth-conscious being then you are in the right place!