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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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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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Educational and interesting

By SusiekinsBear - Nov 07 2018
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The guests are so knowledgeable and informative. I also love the host's voice. Five stars!

Yes please!

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Wonderful podcast on sustainable living. Accessible, informative, and interesting!

iTunes Ratings

509 Ratings
Average Ratings
303
200
3
0
3

Educational and interesting

By SusiekinsBear - Nov 07 2018
Read more
The guests are so knowledgeable and informative. I also love the host's voice. Five stars!

Yes please!

By ChiefStylist - Oct 21 2018
Read more
Wonderful podcast on sustainable living. Accessible, informative, and interesting!

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A Sustainable Mind - environment & sustainability podcast

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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!

006: Living a Zero-Waste Lifestyle with Bea Johnson

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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.

 

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
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Sep 28 2015

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025: Use Your Money to Make a Difference with Cara MacMillan

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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.

Sep 27 2016

24mins

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062: Environmental Education at Any Age with The Earth Lady Izolda Trakhtenberg

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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: Suggestions & Resource from Izolda:

Books:

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Did you know that ASM is now a 501(c)3 charitable organization? Become one of our donors with a tax-deductible donation on https://ASustainableMind.WeDid.it

Feb 27 2019

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064: Samir Lakhani of Project EcoSoap - Recycled soap and hygiene education around the world

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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: 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:

May 11 2019

38mins

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065: Dirty Gourmet: The Best Camping Food for Your Adventures with Emily Nielson

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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: Suggested Resources from Emily:

Suggested online resource:

Books:

Jun 27 2019

29mins

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043: Positive Impact through Incremental Habits with Aint No Planet B's Zoe Jazz

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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.

Apr 05 2018

45mins

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024: Fracking is No Laughing Matter with Comedian Ron Placone

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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.

Sep 09 2016

48mins

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003: Consumer Culture and Resilient & Sustainable Communities with Laird Christensen of Green Mountain College

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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 Interview Links

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Sep 17 2015

36mins

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018: Building Community Through Urban Farming With Greg Peterson

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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.

Apr 26 2016

58mins

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041: Slow Lifestyle, Culture Making, and The End of Poverty? with Matthew Stillman

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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. 

Mar 17 2018

56mins

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020: Radical Self Care and Natural Beauty Products with Tameko Rowe

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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.

Jun 22 2016

52mins

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028: Tackling Waste in the Health and Beauty industry with Plaine Products' Lindsey McCoy

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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.

Dec 07 2017

31mins

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015: The Urban Forest and the Importance of Trees with Cindy Blain

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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.

Mar 07 2016

46mins

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066: Sustainable Intimacy Products with Wendy Strgar of Good Clean Love

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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: Suggested Resources from Wendy:

Suggested online resource:

Books:

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.

Aug 09 2019

49mins

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021: Ecological Art and Bringing Nature Into the Home with Ashley Lieber

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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.

Jul 28 2016

41mins

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016: Holism, Food Activism and Environmental Justice with Nikki Silvestri

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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.

Mar 15 2016

44mins

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040: Sustainable, Responsible and Impact (SRI) Investing with Marc de Sousa-Shields

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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.

Mar 08 2018

58mins

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012: What Should I Eat and Other Food for Thought with Food, Health & Wellness Educator Lauren Nixon

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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.

Oct 27 2015

35mins

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002: Sustainable Burial Practices with Katrina Spade of the Urban Death Project

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After being disappointed with the options available for non-traditional burial Katrina Spade sought out ways to lay your 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.

 

Longstanding Habits
  • Jogging, to increase clarity
Cultivating New Habits
  • Downtime with friends and family
Environmental Resource
  • Yestermorrow Design/Build School offers hands-on workshops in sustainable design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft.
Sustainable Mindset Book

Sep 13 2015

34mins

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032: Easiest Ways to Go Green in 2018

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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.

Jan 05 2018

18mins

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071: Emotional Sustainability and Self-care with JJ Flizanes

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JJ Flizanes is an Empowerment Strategist and the host of several podcast including People’s Choice Awards nominee Spirit, Purpose & Energy. She is the Director of Invisible Fitness, a best-selling author of Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life and The Invisible Fitness Formula: 5 Secrets to Release Weight and End Body Shame. Named Best Personal Trainer in Los Angeles for 2007 by Elite Traveler Magazine, JJ has been featured in many national magazines, including Shape, Fitness, and Women’s Health as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox, the CW and KTLA. Grab a free copy of the Invisible Fitness Formula at http://jjflizanes.com/book

If you want to work with JJ she is offering special pricing on her 1-on-1 sessions just for ASM listeners. Learn more at www.ASustainableMind.com/JJ!

In this episode, Marjorie and JJ discuss:   

  • What role victim mentality plays in how we advocate for environmental sustainability
  • Frequency and how it causes us to attract different people and situations
  • Resources available for individuals to step into a more empowered position in their lives

Interested in starting your own cause-based podcast? I want to help you launch and grow your show! For more details visit www.ASustainableMind.com/DIY

Connect with JJ:

JJ@JJFlizanes.com

JJFlizanes.com

Fit2Love.tv (where you can find ALL of JJ’s podcasts)

Spirit, Purpose & Energy Podcast

Men, Women & Relationship Podcast

Resources from JJ: 

Center for Non-Violent Communication

Imago Therapy

Episode 118 of Fit to Love Podcast

Non-violent Communication the Book

Karpman drama triangle

Dr. Christiane Northrup

Dr. Eben Alexander

Nov 22 2019

44mins

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070: Purpose & Cause-based Podcasting

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Have a passion for a worthy cause? Want to start a podcast? Let’s team up!

I am bringing you 30 days of 1-on-1 coaching with me and a DIY podcasting course to get your cause-based podcast launched.

This is perfect for anyone that feels they have a message to share that can change the world for the better. Let’s educate, inspire and promote action in your community!

Learn more at http://asustainablemind.com/diy/

Nov 19 2019

28mins

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069: Angel's Envy Whiskey Toasts The Trees with Ashley Erwin

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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:

Suggested Resources from Ashley:

Sep 26 2019

39mins

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068: Clean Energy in our Communities with Ted Bardacke of Clean Power Alliance

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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:   Suggested Resources from Ted:

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Sep 20 2019

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067: Sustainable & Ethical Fashion with Aspen Murray of Ethigirl

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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 consumer

Connect with Aspen Murray and Ethigirl Online: Suggested Resources from Aspen:

Online:

Books:

Aug 17 2019

45mins

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066: Sustainable Intimacy Products with Wendy Strgar of Good Clean Love

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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: Suggested Resources from Wendy:

Suggested online resource:

Books:

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.

Aug 09 2019

49mins

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065: Dirty Gourmet: The Best Camping Food for Your Adventures with Emily Nielson

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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: Suggested Resources from Emily:

Suggested online resource:

Books:

Jun 27 2019

29mins

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064: Samir Lakhani of Project EcoSoap - Recycled soap and hygiene education around the world

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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: 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:

May 11 2019

38mins

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063: Slugs and Snails and Squid, Oh My! with Malacologist Jann Vendetti

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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: Suggested Resources from Jann:

Books:

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Apr 14 2019

1hr 2mins

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062: Environmental Education at Any Age with The Earth Lady Izolda Trakhtenberg

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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: Suggestions & Resource from Izolda:

Books:

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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 https://ASustainableMind.WeDid.it

Feb 27 2019

1hr

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061: Experiments in Earth-Conscious Living with Rob Greenfield

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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: 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

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Feb 14 2019

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060: Love and The Clean Money Revolution with Joel Solomon

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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:

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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Jan 19 2019

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059: Everyone has a 1% with Kate Williams, CEO of One Percent for the Planet

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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:

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Jan 06 2019

38mins

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058: Sustainable Beekeeping and Making a Difference in the Peace Corps with Katherine Milling

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Nov 29 2018

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057: Let's talk microplastics with Jay Sinha of Life Without Plastic

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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

Nov 05 2018

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056: Climate Adaptation, what it is and why it matters, with Doug Parsons

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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 AmericaAdapts.org

Get resources from this episode at ASustainableMind.com/056

Oct 15 2018

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055: Being the change and making an impact at any age with Sam Demma and Dillon Mendes of PickWaste

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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

Sep 01 2018

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054: Capturing Big Trees and Cultivating Curiosity with author and professor Matt Ritter

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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.

Aug 12 2018

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053: Environmental Podcasting, Gardening and the Florida Trail with Misti Little of The Garden Path Podcast

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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. 

Aug 03 2018

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052: Protecting our Public Lands with The Conservation Fund’s Director of Strategic Planning Will Allen

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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

Jul 12 2018

49mins

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