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A Sustainable Mind - environment & sustainability podcast

English, Sciences, 3 seasons, 100 episodes, 2 days, 23 hours, 36 minutes
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!
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061: Experiments in Earth-Conscious Living with Rob Greenfield

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: 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 Learn about educational and moving films at 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
2/14/201942 minutes, 24 seconds
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060: Love and The Clean Money Revolution with Joel Solomon

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: 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"   ----- Do you like A Sustainable Mind? Don't forget to subscribe, share, and rate & review.  Did you know that ASM is now a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Become one of our donors with a tax-deductible donation on
1/19/201947 minutes, 10 seconds
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059: Everyone has a 1% with Kate Williams, CEO of One Percent for the Planet

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!   ---------- Do you like A Sustainable Mind? Don't forget to subscribe, share, and rate & review.  Did you know that ASM is now a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Become one of our donors with a tax-deductible donation on
1/6/201938 minutes, 22 seconds
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058: Sustainable Beekeeping and Making a Difference in the Peace Corps with Katherine Milling

11/29/201839 minutes, 41 seconds
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057: Let's talk microplastics with Jay Sinha of Life Without Plastic

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  Show Notes for this episode:
11/5/201847 minutes, 43 seconds
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056: Climate Adaptation, what it is and why it matters, with Doug Parsons

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.   In this episode we cover: How Doug got started in podcasting What exactly adaptation is and how it differs from sustainability The vocabulary and semantics of climate solutions: mitigation, resiliency, sustainability, adaptation...what do they all mean? Why adaptation is an important consideration alongside traditional environmental sustainability Lots of fantastic resources!   Visit Doug Parsons at Get resources from this episode at
10/15/201846 minutes, 17 seconds
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055: Being the change and making an impact at any age with Sam Demma and Dillon Mendes of PickWaste

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: Our Guest:
9/1/201846 minutes, 26 seconds
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054: Capturing Big Trees and Cultivating Curiosity with author and professor Matt Ritter

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 ( 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.
8/12/201855 minutes, 5 seconds
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053: Environmental Podcasting, Gardening and the Florida Trail with Misti Little of The Garden Path Podcast

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. 
8/3/201847 minutes, 33 seconds
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052: Protecting our Public Lands with The Conservation Fund’s Director of Strategic Planning Will Allen

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  
7/12/201849 minutes, 22 seconds
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047: Gardening and Coding with From Seed to Spoon app developer Dale Spoonemore

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.
5/8/201853 minutes, 19 seconds
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046: Top 5 Tips for Reducing Paper Waste

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
5/3/201830 minutes, 6 seconds
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045: Fighting for Clean Water Worldwide with WaterAid America's CEO Sarina Prabasi

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.
4/26/201834 minutes, 54 seconds
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042: Eco-friendly and Sustainable Event Planning with Chance Thompson

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.
3/22/201853 minutes, 10 seconds
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036: Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation Through Law Enforcement with Jessica Graham

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.
2/8/201830 minutes, 38 seconds
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035: Veganism and Animal Cruelty, Creating a Better Planet for Everyone, with Erica Sodos

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.
1/26/201856 minutes, 32 seconds
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034: Urban foraging and eating local with Mallory O'Donnell

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
1/18/201845 minutes, 11 seconds
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033: Rebuilding coral reefs and keeping our oceans healthy with Gator Halpern and Sam Teicher of Coral Vita

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.
1/11/201837 minutes, 10 seconds
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032: Easiest Ways to Go Green in 2018

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.
1/5/201818 minutes, 33 seconds
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031: Solving food waste and ending hunger one box of produce at a time with Rick Nahmias

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.
12/28/201745 minutes, 17 seconds
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027: Revolutionizing recycling one cigarette butt at a time with TerraCycle's Tom Szaky

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.
11/30/201732 minutes, 3 seconds
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026: Our Right to a Healthy Environment with Maya van Rossum

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.
11/23/201746 minutes, 44 seconds
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025: Use Your Money to Make a Difference with Cara MacMillan

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.
9/27/201624 minutes, 11 seconds
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024: Fracking is No Laughing Matter with Comedian Ron Placone

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.
9/9/201648 minutes, 7 seconds
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023: Tiny House, Big Decision with Tiny House Podcast Co-host Perry Gruber

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.
9/7/201645 minutes, 22 seconds
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022: Fermentation on Wheels with Tara Whitsitt

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.
8/21/201632 minutes, 9 seconds
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021: Ecological Art and Bringing Nature Into the Home with Ashley Lieber

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.
7/28/201641 minutes, 9 seconds
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020: Radical Self Care and Natural Beauty Products with Tameko Rowe

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.
6/22/201652 minutes, 38 seconds
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019: Children and Healthy Eating Habits with Kathryn Kemp Guylay

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.
5/5/201640 minutes, 22 seconds
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018: Building Community Through Urban Farming With Greg Peterson

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 (, filled with online courses designed to educate and inspire others to grow food for themselves and others.
4/26/201658 minutes, 15 seconds
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017: Upcycling Plastic, from Runway to Everyday with Sara Wiener

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.
3/30/201639 minutes, 10 seconds
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016: Holism, Food Activism and Environmental Justice with Nikki Silvestri

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.
3/15/201644 minutes, 11 seconds
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015: The Urban Forest and the Importance of Trees with Cindy Blain

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.
3/7/201646 minutes, 19 seconds
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ASM: Sometimes Your Why Finds You

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.
2/23/201613 minutes, 26 seconds
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014: Origins of Nature Deficit Disorder and How to Get Kids Reconnected with Texas Children in Nature's Jennifer Bristol

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.
11/2/201536 minutes, 41 seconds
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013: Charting Your Own Path to a Career in Sustainability with Take 3's Tim Silverwood

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.
10/30/201531 minutes, 56 seconds
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012: What Should I Eat and Other Food for Thought with Food, Health & Wellness Educator Lauren Nixon

Lauren 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.
10/27/201535 minutes, 53 seconds
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011: Ending Food Waste One Ugly Apple at a Time with Jordan Figueiredo

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.
10/19/201536 minutes, 53 seconds
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010: Getting Real About What Kind of Action Really Improves the Planet with Colin Beavan

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.
10/13/201531 minutes, 17 seconds
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009: Saving the Rainforest One Cell Phone at a Time with Topher White

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.
10/8/201533 minutes, 31 seconds
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008: ASM Unplugged - Intentional Communities and Responding to Western Privilege with Ma'ikwe Ludwig

Ma’ikwe 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.   Just a few of my favorite takeaways from this episode: “Do you really give a shit about other people enough to be having it determine your decision making?” Tweet This: “There is a lot of choice here about how exactly you embody sustainability.” “We need to actually have a culture that supports people in living their values rather than having their values as something that is an afterthought in their lives. or that is the secondary thing. It really needs to become the primary thing. Living in a community like Dancing Rabbit allows you to do that.” A New Concept: Materialized empathy Life changing advice: Always follow your intuition, your life could depend on it. You don’t buy a lot of stuff but what is one item you’ve chosen to buy new that has drastically improved you life: Toaster over, perfect for cooking meals for 1! Books How to Love and Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh A Brief History of Everything by Ken Wilber Naomi Kline’s This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate How It Is: The Native American Philosophy of V. F. Cordova                      Resource list (Matt Stannard, Founder) Public Banking Institute Fellowship for Intentional Community Who are the people that you have found play an integral role in getting projects off the ground? Chong Kee Tan of San Francisco’s Bay Bucks Interview links: Dancing Rabbit   ----- Do you like A Sustainable Mind? Don't forget to subscribe, share, and rate & review.  Did you know that ASM is a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Become one of our donors with a tax-deductible donation on
10/6/201542 minutes, 7 seconds
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007: There's BPA in My What? Jay Sinha Talks Plastics and Running an Earth Conscious Business

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!   Most versatile item for a plastic-free life: The mason jar – it can become a water bottle, is good for storing bulk food items, makes great freezer and leftover storage and even a lunch container Long-standing habit that’s contributed to personal and business success: Eating well – it provides clarity of mind, increased energy, decreasing stress, better sleep and promotes healthy living overall A cool new toy he just ordered in the mail: A Pela iPhone case made out of bioplastic from plant fibers LOTS of resources! Klean Kanteen (company) Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things Trash is for Tossers (blog) Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World Weck canning jars & accessories Programmed to be Fat (part of the The Nature of Things series)       Parting piece of guidance: Don’t be overwhelmed, start by simply getting out into nature. Get a sense of its importance and that will inspire you to make changes in your life Interview links: Life Without Plastic   ----- Do you like A Sustainable Mind? Don't forget to subscribe, share, and rate & review.  Did you know that ASM is a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Become one of our donors with a tax-deductible donation on
10/1/201547 minutes, 48 seconds
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006: Living a Zero-Waste Lifestyle with Bea Johnson

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 and her book by the same name. She continues to spread the zero-waste message through talks which she gives all over the world.   The turning point By living with less we all of a sudden had more time to do the things we enjoyed doing How she got started Eliminated plastic bags Bought all dry goods in bulk Made reusable bags out of an old sheet Resources Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste by Bea Johnson Patagonia 3-way Jacket Bulk app, for finding stores that sell items in bulk, populated by members of the voluntary simplicity and zero waste community and for renting out your home for renting out your car eliminating junk mail   ----- Do you like A Sustainable Mind? Don't forget to subscribe, share, and rate & review.  Did you know that ASM is a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Become one of our donors with a tax-deductible donation on
9/28/201534 minutes, 57 seconds
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005: Team Dynamics and Giving Back to the Community with Denzel Austin Thompson

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.   One purchase for $100 or less that’s drastically impacted your life Small backyard greenhouse (pictured below) Sustainable Mindset Book The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen Parting piece of guidance Think more like a plant, they’ve been around far longer than we have and we have a lot we can learn from them. Interview Links Denzel’s Facebook Page  Denzel’s Instagram   ----- Do you like A Sustainable Mind? Don't forget to subscribe, share, and rate & review.  Did you know that ASM is a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Become one of our donors with a tax-deductible donation on
9/24/201529 minutes, 9 seconds
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004: Fermentation and Other Kitchen DIY with Anne-Marie Bonneau of

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. What is one question your younger self would ask you? How can I get to where you are sooner? How can I start now? Tip for those hoping to spread their knowledge within the community. Attend lectures, learn something new and meet new people Environmental Resource My Plastic Free Life Books The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany by Bill Bufford The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz Interview Links (including webinar calendar) Fermentation vs. Canning   ----- Do you like A Sustainable Mind? Don't forget to subscribe, share, and rate & review.  Did you know that ASM is a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Become one of our donors with a tax-deductible donation on
9/21/201541 minutes, 3 seconds
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003: Consumer Culture and Resilient & Sustainable Communities with Laird Christensen of Green Mountain College

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.   Long-standing Habit Mindfulness, learned from the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, which focused on awareness and compassion Most Unexpected Gift in Developing MRSC Laird learned from his students what it means to build community in different places all around the country. Environmental Resource Post Carbon Institute – Empowers people to live healthier lives by covering research and education to change consumer habits. Sustainable Mindset Book A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold Interview Links Green Mountain College Masters of Science in Resilient & Sustainable Communities (MRSC) MRSC Facebook Page   ----- Do you like A Sustainable Mind? Don't forget to subscribe, share, and rate & review.  Did you know that ASM is a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Become one of our donors with a tax-deductible donation on
9/17/201536 minutes, 56 seconds