In America, the production of meat has increased 500% since 1950. The mass production of meat causes a number of environmental problems. Growing the incredible amount of grain to feed animals has a large  environmental impact. Nearly three-quarters of all water quality problems in the nation’s rivers and streams are negatively impacted by agriculture in the United States – Environmental Protection Agency. Much of the agriculture here is to raise animals for the meat industry.

What is actually in our meat is also up for question. “Pink slime” has been in the news recently. This is beef trimminings that used to only be used in dog food and cooking oil. The trimmings are now sprayed with ammonia and added to most ground beef as a cheaper filler.

Meat processing uses a lot of energy. “If Americans were to reduce meat consumption by just 20 percent it would be as if we all switched from a standard sedan to the Prius”,  Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist at the Bard Center, and Pamela A. Martin, an assistant professor of geophysics at the University of Chicago.

Meatless Monday is a movement that encourages meals on Monday to be meatless. Part of the mission is to reduce environmental impacts but also to prevent health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The website contains meatless recipes and encouragement to eat less meat in your diet.

I stumbled upon a new word – Vegcurious- while reading WorldChanging by Alex Steffen. “Vegcurious is a term used to refer to someone who does not identify as vegan or vegetarian but feels or shows some curiosity in cutting meat and dairy products out of their diets.” I’ve recently found myself slowly changing my eating habits. Two days ago I was in the organic section of Wegmans and happened to buy vegetarian burgers. I’ve never had one. My roommate of 3 years is vegetarian and I never tried one when we lived together. However, I’ve become more aware of the environmental problems that revolve around meat production and I’ve been reading a lot about this topic lately, so I bought them. I’m also currently growing tomatoes and strawberries on my balcony. I am vegcurious and proud of it 🙂

Are you vegcurious? If so, have you changed your diet? I’d love to hear your story!


Reuse Prom Dresses


Prom season is upon us and teens are actively searching for prom dresses. Young women typically only wear their prom dresses once and only for a few hours. This leaves unused dresses cluttering closets. I propose you search your/your daughters/nieces/cousins closets for old dresses and put them up for consignment 🙂




Dressella’s in Lansing, NY (near Ithaca) is currently accepting dresses for consignment. The first step is simply emailing a picture of the dress to them for value review. I just sent a picture of my prom dress (pictured left) to see what they say.

It’s a win-win for everyone. You get closet space back/extra money in your pocket and a teen gets an awesome, gently used dress for less money 🙂 Consider it.

Environmental Fellowships for Summer!


Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) Fellowships are 10-week, full-time summer positions that pair exceptionally talented students with challenging, real-world projects to advance innovative climate change solutions and leadership.  Fellows are provided mentorship, networking opportunities and a stipend. Deadline – Feb 24th.

Valentine’s Day with Organic Flowers


Most gift receivers will be thrilled to receive flowers on this love filled holiday, but will not consider that when they smell their gift they are breathing in pesticide vapors. Conventional bouquet’s use toxic pesticides and are usually grown and shipped from Columbia or Ecuador.

Consider sending organically grown flowers for Valentine’s Day this year. Try Organic Bouquet. For an added bonus you can order from their Flowers for Good collection and 5% will go to the cause of your choice.  California Organic Flowers is also a good choice for a non-toxic flower gift.

Winter Flower Choice

Winter Flower Choice

Another option is to home grow your flowers (which is quite charming) or buy in season flowers from a farmers market. Tulips, Dutch Irisis and Anemone are lovely choices 🙂

For more information consider reading this in depth article.

Happy February!

Want To Change The World?


When I learn about interesting environmental internships, fellowships, jobs, and conferences I will post them here for your consideration.

C2C Fellows encourages young people to change the world before they’re 30. “C2C stands for Campus to Congress, to Capitol, to City Hall, to Corporation” It is a program promoting leadership and teaches skills to take on big roles in government and business.

Over the next year, they will be holding a series of training workshops across the country. The first one will be held December 2-4 at Bard College in NY. Registration is only $30, but you do have to apply. They have limited space, so make your responses on the application creative 🙂

You can apply at

Have fun and good luck!!

Simple Changes


Have you ever felt overwhelmed while attempting to go green?  I can relate – there is a lot that can be improved across the board.

Every little thing you do/eat/wear/drink/use/buy/throw away has an environmental impact. Instead of becoming dizzy thinking about all your decisions at once. I propose you focus on one or two things you can start doing each week/month.

Exchange One Item in Your Diet

For example, I recently switched from “regular” milk to organic milk. I eat cereal every day and have a glass of milk at dinner. Not only do I get the benefit of not worrying about synthetic hormones in my twice daily serving but I love the way organic milk tastes!

If the price has been scaring you off – consider that organic milk has a longer shelf life. So there is a potential cost savings if your current milk has been expiring before you drink it.

Exchange One Cleaning Item

Have you ever gotten a headache from the fumes of cleaning supplies? Breathing chemicals is not healthy for you or your family.

We would not willingly take a walk down to the river and dump a gallon of chemical into it (at least I hope you’re not doing that..).

So why do we pour chemical into our toilet and flush it. This water eventually ends up in our rivers. Yes, I realize it is treated first, however treatment facilities do not have the capability to remove every chemical and some end up where we go swimming.

I switched out my toilet bowl chemical for a Seventh Generation cleaner. I enjoy this company because their policy is to consider the ramifications of their products on the people living 7 generations from now.

Save Money and the Environment

Do I honestly need this item? How often will I use it? Where did this item originally come from? Where will this item’s end of life be?

You may want to ask these questions before you buy that $5 plastic thing that you must have because it’s so cute. Chances are you don’t need the item and it’s probably been shipped about 8,000 miles to sit on that shelf. As a consumer you have the power. The less useless items you buy, the less that will be produced..ultimately leading to less plastic continents floating in our ocean.

These questions can prevent unnecessary purchases – which is good for the environment and your wallet.


I hope these three examples get you thinking about what simple changes you can make to your daily routine. Do you already do these? What simple things do you already do?