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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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Sep 26, 2019

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 20, 2019

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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Aug 17, 2019

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 9, 2019

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:

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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.

Jun 27, 2019

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:

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May 11, 2019

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:

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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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Apr 14, 2019

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:

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Feb 27, 2019

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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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 14, 2019

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

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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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Jan 19, 2019

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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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 ASustainableMind.WeDid.it.

Jan 6, 2019

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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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 WeDidIt.com.

Nov 5, 2018

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

Oct 15, 2018

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

Sep 1, 2018

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

Aug 12, 2018

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 3, 2018

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. 

Jul 12, 2018

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

 

Jun 8, 2018

Paul Galvin, is the Chairman and CEO of SG Blocks, a premier designer and fabricator of container-based structures. SG Blocks has recently secured two low-income housing development projects in New York State and is partnering with Heart of Los Angeles to create the first container-based community center in L.A.

May 31, 2018

Morgan and Jackson Wyatt are the co-founders of Greenlid, a disposable, compostable and leak-proof composting bin for your kitchen. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign and securing backing in the Dragon's Den (Canada's version of Shark Tank) these brothers aim to be in every kitchen in Canada and beyond.

May 24, 2018

Eva Vennari is on a mission to dismantle the status quo of the sickness industry. Having spent most of her adult life suffering from all kinds of conditions she decided to take matters into her own hands and heal herself holistically.

May 17, 2018

Kathryn Kellogg is a zero waste influencer and blogger at GoingZeroWaste.com. In this episode, we discuss common misconceptions about zero-waste living and how replacing one toiletry item with the DIY version helped solved her pain problem.

May 8, 2018

Dale Spoonemore is the co-founder of the From Seed to Spoon mobile app that helps gardeners all over the world plant amazing gardens, no matter their skill level or prior knowledge. We'll be talking about how gardening and coding got him out of depression, helped him improve his health and brought him closer with his family.

May 3, 2018

In this episode we will tackle some of the easiest ways to reduce paper waste in your life or simply not bringing in unnecessary paper to begin with. And don't worry about taking notes. All resources, statistics, and websites mentioned are accessible at asustainablemind.com/046

Apr 26, 2018

Sarina Prabasi is the CEO of WaterAid America, a non-profit that brings clean water, sanitation and hygiene to over 37 countries across the globe. WaterAid also provides job training so the communities can learn to sustain the well systems, water pumps, toilets, faucets, etc. on their own. WaterAid.org

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