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A Sustainable Mind - environment & sustainability podcast

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

Cara MacMillan is a financial planner & consultant. She teaches sustainable investing as well as how to integrate sustainability into your everyday life in order to save money and save the planet each and every day. She has a book out titled It's Only Money and it Grows on Trees talking about the roll of money in our families and our culture. Her next book is right around the corner, being released in November 2016, called Make Big Money and Make a Big Difference on investing wisely with our planet in mind.


27 Sep 2016

Rank #1

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

Cindy Blain had a background in marketing and tech but wanted a life for her family out of Silicon Valley and closer to nature. She has worked with environmentally focused non-profits such as the Presentation Retreat & Conference Center and Sacramento Tree Foundation. Now, as the Executive Director of California ReLeaf, she is at the helm of not just any non-profit but a network of over 90 organizations throughout California that are dedicated to planting and caring for trees in the urban forest. In this conversation we go behind the scenes of California ReLeaf, discuss how trees improve every facet of our lives and consider how sprawled cities can learn a thing or two from the compact development of smaller countries.


7 Mar 2016

Rank #2

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024: Fracking is No Laughing Matter with Comedian Ron Placone

Ron Placone tours nationally as a stand-up appearing at clubs, colleges, theaters and everything in between. He also speaks for colleges and advocacy groups with his one-man performance lecture on Battling Political Apathy. In this episode we discuss the theme of this master's thesis - fracking and the role that media plays in environmental issues. Ron gives us some interesting insight from his first-hand experiences and has suggestions for how we can make fracking a thing of the past.


9 Sep 2016

Rank #3

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

Lauren Nixon is a food and wellness educator giving workshops in and around D.C. Philadelphia and New York. She has a passion for creating spaces where people feel empowered to combine healthy food and self-care practices to gain a well-rounded understanding of how to nourish themselves.


27 Oct 2015

Rank #4

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

Tim Silverwood is an educator, environmentalist and speaker. He founded Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative, asking everyone to complete one simple action each time they visit a beach, waterway or anywhere else; take 3 pieces of litter with you when you leave. Tim has also participated in research of the Great Pacific garbage patch, co-founded Circular Economy Australia and is the director of Rechusable.


30 Oct 2015

Rank #5

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

Born in Moldova, Izolda Trakhtenberg learned how to communicate in multiple languages through a year-long immigration process. Today, Izolda facilitates workshops that inspire people to tap into and master their leadership, creativity, and communication skills. She worked as an educator for the National Geographic Society. Later, she traveled the world as a NASA environmental education trainer. Additionally, she is the author of five books, including Speak From Within: Engage, Inspire and Motivate Any Audience. She is also the host of the Tell Your Story Better and The Creative Kind podcasts. Izolda, her husband, and their two cats live in Maryland. In this episode we cover: Is there a difference between educating children and adults? Why is NASA interested in studying Earth? The most effective way to educate those around you about earth-friendly habits A great free resource for teachers and everyday people that want to study Earth's ecology and atmosphere Izolda Trakhtenberg Online: IzoldaT.com The Creative Kind, a daily Podcast Tell Your Story Better, a weekly podcast Izolda's book, Speak From Within Social Media Instagram: @IzoldaT Twitter: @IzoldaT LinkedIn: IzoldaT Facebook: @IzoldaTSpeaker Book Izolda for a presentation! Suggestions & Resource from Izolda: Globe.gov - A Worldwide Science and Education Program Who does Izolda look up to in the field of environmental activism? Retired NASA Soil Scientist Alyssa Levine Anthropologist and primate activist Jane Goodall Conservation scientist and CEO of Conservation.org M. Sanjayan International Fund for Animal Welfare NASA image library (now public domain) Books: Earth in the Balance by Al Gore Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver Silent Spring by Rachel Carson Blue Gold by Maude Barlow ----- 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


27 Feb 2019

Rank #6

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

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.


8 Mar 2018

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019: Children and Healthy Eating Habits with Kathryn Kemp Guylay

Kathryn Kemp Guylay is an author, speaker, certified nutritional counselor and coach with a master’s degree in business. She is the founder of Nurture, a national non-profit that provides wellness education to tens of thousands of children and parents. Not only is Kathryn a sought-after wellness expert, but she also hosts her own radio show on wellness at KDPI-FM in Ketchum, Idaho. Guylay is on a mission to help children all over the world eat more healthy fruits and vegetables of all types through her new book Give it a Go, Eat a Rainbow which was illustrated by her son Alexander.


5 May 2016

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022: Fermentation on Wheels with Tara Whitsitt

Tara Whitsitt is a social activist, artist and food preservationist. Her passions for fermenting and growing food, living communally and teaching inspired her to launch Fermentation on Wheels, a mobile food preservation teaching space. Here Tara gives vegetable fermentation workshops that correspond with the regional and seasonal produce of each destination during her travels. In this episode Tara and I discuss living and eating in community, where our food comes from and of course fermentation.


21 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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

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.


14 Dec 2017

Rank #10

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

Some of Sara’s greatest memories growing up were of sewing with her grandmother Bella. When she combined her love of sewing and making old things new again with the overabundance of plastic bags Sara Bella UpCycled was born; a company that up-cycles consumer plastic bags into beautiful, wearable art for both the runway and the everyday.


30 Mar 2016

Rank #11

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

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. 


17 Mar 2018

Rank #12

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

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.


5 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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067: Sustainable & Ethical Fashion with Aspen Murray of Ethigirl

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: Ethigirl Blog: Ethigirl.com Some of my favorite pieces: Sustainable Fashion Swaps For Summer 2019 Trends Personal Pieces: Dealing With Burnout Responsible Reduction: How To Get Rid Of Old Clothes Ethigirl on Social Media: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ethigirlblog/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ethigirl/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ethigirlblog Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.ca/ethigirl_/ Suggested Resources from Aspen: Online: Consignment shops Depop Thredup Patagonia ModCloth Matatraders.com Everlane The True Cost documentary Fashion Revolution Best Dressed on Youtube (hilarious by the way!) Books: Anything by Yvonne Chenard, Founder of Patagonia Wear No Evil by Greta Eagan


17 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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

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.


21 Dec 2017

Rank #15

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038: Mountain Climbing and Climate Science with Explorer John All

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.


22 Feb 2018

Rank #16

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

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.


1 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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

Mallory O'Donnell has spent the last several years foraging in rural New Jersey and now shares their experiences, favorite ingredients recipes with the world through the blog How to Cook a Weed. In this episode, we discuss great ways to get started with foraging in your backyard or garden, how to stay safe while eating local plants and the benefits of seeing your immediate environment through a different set of lenses. If you are interested in truly eating local Mallory is a fantastic resource. Check out Mallory's blog at howtocookaweed.com


18 Jan 2018

Rank #18

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

Erica Sodos is a motivational speaker, emcee, magician, psychic entertainer and one of the few female mentalists in the world. She also happens to be a vegan and a fierce animal rights activist. In this episode, Erica and I discuss vegan alternatives to your favorite foods, the difficulties of keeping a positive attitude while being an activist and the dark reality of eating animal products.


26 Jan 2018

Rank #19

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

Samir Lakhani, 26, is a social entrepreneur dedicated to restoring health and dignity to developing countries through environmental initiatives. Prior to founding Eco-Soap Bank in 2014, Samir was deeply involved in climate-resilient aquaculture and nutrition projects in northern Cambodian villages. He has also developed solar lighting social enterprise projects in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Currently, he serves as the Founder & Executive Director of Eco-Soap Bank—a global soap-recycling organization—which operates in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. To date, Eco-Soap Bank has reached over 1.1 million people with recycled soap and free hygiene education. In 2017, Samir received a CNN Hero Award for his work with global hygiene. In this episode we cover: How do you recycle soap in a sanitary way? How is soap that is not recycled impacting our environment? Where do you get the soap and who receives the recycled soap? How do you change the everyday habits of a community that is respectful of their history and traditions? Key Takeaways: 5 million bars of soap are thrown away EACH DAY! And it's not biodegradable! Recruiting hygiene ambassadors that are of the local culture helps spread the message more effectively. When you have big ideas, don't wait for it to be perfect, launch it now! But also consider longevity. Get involved with Project EcoSoap - donate to the Kickstarter and help spread the word! Samir Lakhani and Project Ecosoap Online: Project EcoSoap on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/projectecosoap/project-ecosoap-zero-waste-big-impact\ Project EcoSoap website: https://projectecosoap.org/ Eco-Soap Bank: https://ecosoapbank.org/ A fun video message from Samir about EcoSoap! Project EcoSoap on Social Media: Instagram: https://instagram.com/projectecosoap Facebook: https://facebook.com/projectecosoap Twitter: https://twitter.com/projectecosoap Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCObHCVqoIDGrpRR5mJfGl1A Suggested Resources from Samir: Suggested online resource: YouTube! You can learn anything from how to build wind turbines to how to drive stick shift! Books: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance


11 May 2019

Rank #20