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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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Very well done. Very professional. Great interviews and quality content. Love it!

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!

iTunes Ratings

523 Ratings
Average Ratings
313
202
5
0
3

Quality

By smm9060 - Jan 22 2020
Read more
Very well done. Very professional. Great interviews and quality content. Love it!

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!
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A Sustainable Mind - environment & sustainability podcast

Latest release on Aug 12, 2020

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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!

Rank #1: 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

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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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

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Rank #5: 013: Charting Your Own Path to a Career in Sustainability with Take 3's Tim Silverwood

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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.

Oct 30 2015

31mins

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Rank #6: 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:

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Feb 27 2019

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Rank #7: 019: Children and Healthy Eating Habits with Kathryn Kemp Guylay

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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.

May 05 2016

40mins

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Rank #8: 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:

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Aug 17 2019

45mins

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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 022: Fermentation on Wheels with Tara Whitsitt

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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.

Aug 21 2016

32mins

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Rank #11: 029: Coffee Scrubs and Eco-podcasting with Trashy Beauty's Barbara Lee

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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.

Dec 14 2017

32mins

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Rank #12: 017: Upcycling Plastic, from Runway to Everyday with Sara Wiener

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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.

Mar 30 2016

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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 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.

 

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Sep 20 2019

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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: 038: Mountain Climbing and Climate Science with Explorer John All

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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.

Feb 22 2018

46mins

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Rank #17: 039: Public Policy and Environmental Podcasting with Earth Matters Host Lawson Hunter

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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.

Mar 01 2018

55mins

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Rank #18: 030: Wildlife documentaries with Eyes on Conservation podcast host Matt Podolsky

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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.

Dec 21 2017

55mins

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Rank #19: 035: Veganism and Animal Cruelty, Creating a Better Planet for Everyone, with Erica Sodos

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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.

Jan 26 2018

56mins

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Rank #20: 034: Urban foraging and eating local with Mallory O'Donnell

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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

Jan 18 2018

45mins

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077: Kind Cup - Bringing Innovation to Menstrual Cups and the Feminine Hygiene Industry with Christine Brown

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Kind Cup Kickstarter Campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kindcup/kind-cup-the-innovative-menstrual-cup?ref=72obwi&token=02b39bee   Visit our site for a full transcript of this episode at www.ASustainableMind.com/077      Founder and designer of Kind Cup, Christine Brown, grew up in a small agricultural beach town in Southern California. A sixth-generation Carpinterian, Brown is a part-time avocado farmer, and American Sign Language teacher and advocate. Brown studied Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College, and Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies for graduate school in Washington D.C. at Gallaudet University.     In this episode Marjorie and Christine Brown discuss:
  • How menstrual cups work and why they can be a much better alternative to tampons and pads.
  • How Christine came up with the idea for Kind Cup. 
  • The design elements that make Kind Cup unique.
  • Marjorie’s personal experiences with menstrual cups over the last 15 years and why she loves the Kind Cup design. 
  • What to consider when choosing a menstrual cup that works best with your body and lifestyle.
  Resources from Christine Brown:
  • Direct Relief - Kind Cup's non-profit partner (DirectRelief.org) - Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – without regard to politics, religion, or ability to pay.
  • Intersectional Environmentalist Group (IntersectionalEnvironmentalist.com) - A platform for resources, information, and action steps to support intersectional environmentalism and dismantle systems of oppression in the environmental movement, led by environmental activists and sustainability advocates.
  • Put a Cup in It (PutACupInIt.com) - A collection of resources about reusable menstrual products overall and great general info if you are new to the conversation about menstrual cups
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  Connect with Christine Brown and Kind Cup:   Connect with Marjorie Alexander:     Want to help us spread the word?   Post a screenshot of ASM in your favorite listening app and tag us on your Instagram story!   Subscribe, Rate & Review ASM on Apple Podcasts: ASustainableMind.com/Apple

Aug 12 2020

40mins

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076: Is Bamboo the Next Big Thing? with Scott Brady of Cariloha

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Scott Brady is the Vice President of Communications for Cariloha, based in Sandy, UT. He oversees all internal and external communications for the company. In 2007, at the height of economic crisis and recession, Scott was part of the team that helped develop and bring the eco-friendly and sustainable Cariloha retail brand to market. Despite the struggling economy, Cariloha flourished and continues to grow. Now the brand is the only company that features sustainable bamboo in all of its product lines.       In this episode Marjorie and Scott discuss:
  • What makes bamboo sustainable.
  • How bamboo compares to other fabrics we typically used in bedding, bath, and apparel products.
  • The benefits of bamboo for people that use it.
  • How to quickly make a big impact on the sustainability practices of a company of any size
  Resources from Cariloha and Scott Brady:   Connect with Cariloha:   Connect with Marjorie Alexander:   Want to help us spread the word? Post a screenshot of ASM in your favorite listening app and tag us on your Instagram story! Subscribe, Rate & Review ASM on Apple Podcasts: ASustainableMind.com/Apple

Jun 16 2020

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075: Eco-friendly Small Business with Moji Igun of Blue Daisi Consulting

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Moji Igun is the founder of Blue Daisi Consulting. Her company serves small businesses that want to reduce their waste and implement more earth-friendly business practices. She works with individuals to use their companies as an avenue to make a more positive social and environmental impact. 

This episode is sponsored by Public Goods - Just one version of every essential in just one place. Get 10% off with promo code ASM at checkout. Check out PublicGoods.com.

In this episode Marjorie and Moji Igun discuss:

  • The benefits to small business owners of running a green operation
  • Where to start if you want to make your business more sustainable
  • What types of certifications are available for eco-friendly businesses

Resources from Moji Igun:

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Want to help us spread the word?

Post a screenshot of ASM in your favorite listening app and tag us on your Instagram story!

Subscribe, Rate & Review ASM on Apple Podcasts: ASustainableMind.com/Apple

Apr 13 2020

31mins

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074: Kamea Chayne of Green Dreamer Podcast on Sustainable Fashion and Mindfulness

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Kamea Chayne is an author, creative, the curator of ConsciousFashion.co, and the host of Green Dreamer Podcast. Challenging our dominant views of "advancement" that equate with destruction, degradation, and disconnection from the things that matter most, she curiously explores what it takes to realize a world of ecological balance and diversity, intersectional sustainability, and true abundance and wellness for all.

Want to start your own cause-based podcast? Let’s get you launched!! For more details on how you can work with me 1-on-1 to get your show up and running, please visit 

http://www.ASustainableMind.com/launch

In this episode Marjorie and Kamea Chayne discuss:

  • How to take action and contribute to conservation efforts in your community
  • How retail therapy caused Kamea to have a huge wake up call and start ConsciousFashion.co
  • How mindfulness determines our impact on ecology
  • Easy tips on how to keep your wardrobe both fresh and sustainable

Resources from Kamea Chayne:

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Subscribe, Rate & Review ASM on Apple Podcasts: ASustainableMind.com/Apple

Feb 07 2020

37mins

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073: Seabin Project’s Pete Ceglinski on Cleaning Our Oceans, Simple Solutions, and Focusing Upstream

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Australian surfer, father, and clean ocean advocate Pete Ceglinski is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Seabin Project. Seabin, a device designed to reduce, and ultimately eliminate pollution in our oceans, acts as a trash can for our waters and has the ability to remove microplastics, microfibers, plastic bags, bottles, cigarette butts, and more. Along with the development of the Seabin Project as a business, Pete is heavily involved in the technical design and development of the products. Since he co-founded the invention in 2015 there have been Seabins installed in over 40 countries, resulting in a total of 1.95 tons of waste extracted from our oceans every day.

Want to start your own cause-based podcast? Let’s get you launched!! For more details on how you can work with me 1-on-1 to get your show up and running, please visit http://www.ASustainableMind.com/launch

In this episode Marjorie and Pete Ceglinski discuss:

  • How Seabin is creating strategic partnerships with municipalities and marinas to get Seabins installed all across the globe
  • How a Seabin works and how simplicity was their key to success during the creation process
  • Where Pete and the Seabin team see taking their invention in the near future 
  • How you, your company or group can get involved, even if you don’t live near the water

Resources from Pete:

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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/

Website: asustainablemind.com

Subscribe and Rate & Review ASM on Apple Podcasts: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/1039692339

Jan 13 2020

52mins

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072: People of Color in the Outdoor Community with José González of Latino Outdoors

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José G. González is the Founder of Latino Outdoors. He is an experienced educator as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. He is also an illustrator and science communicator. His commentary on diversity and environmental/outdoor equity has been featured by High Country News, Outside Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and Latino USA, among others. He engaged in collaborations with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Department of Interior, and the National Park Service during the Obama Administration. He also represented Latino Outdoors in several coalitions including the Latino Conservation Alliance, the Next 100 Coalition, and California Parks Now. He has been recognized with several honors, including the National Wildlife Federation Environmental Educator Award, Grist Magazine “Grist 50”, and The Murie Center Spirit of the Muries, among others. You may have also seen him in various outdoor spaces or read his poetic musings.

He received his B.A at the University of California, Davis, and his M.S at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources & Environment.

Want to start your own cause-based podcast? Let’s get you launched!! For more details on how you can work with me 1-on-1 to get your show up and running, please visit http://www.ASustainableMind.com/launch

In this episode Marjorie and José González discuss:

  • The importance of having minorities represented in the outdoor community - as participants and as leadership
  • The challenges that some communities encounter regarding outdoor access and how to overcome those challenges
  • How strategic partnerships play into building a more racially diverse outdoor community and why not just commitment, but alignment, plays a key role in success partnership success
  • How to support youth in building healthy relationships with nature

Resources from Jose:

Connect with José González & Latino Outdoors:

José González:

Latino Outdoors: latinooutdoors.org

Connect with Marjorie Alexander:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/

Website: asustainablemind.com

Subscribe, Rate & Review ASM on Apple Podcasts: http://getpodcast.reviews/id/1039692339

Dec 26 2019

41mins

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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:

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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.

 

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Sep 20 2019

1hr 10mins

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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

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Aug 17 2019

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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

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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!

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Jun 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:

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  • YouTube! You can learn anything from how to build wind turbines to how to drive stick shift!

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May 11 2019

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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!

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Apr 14 2019

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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

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Feb 27 2019

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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

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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

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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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By smm9060 - Jan 22 2020
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Very well done. Very professional. Great interviews and quality content. Love it!

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!