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September 20, 2016

Turning Garbage Into Energy

Overflowing Landfills

Sara El Yafi grew up in Lebanon. Its a tiny country (the size of Connecticut) with 6.5 million people and very little useable land. For years, people would come by and pick up the garbage and nobody thought anything of it. Then things changed.

It turns out, the company that had the contract to take the trash away was stuffing trash into an already-full landfill for several years after it was supposed to be closed and capped off. There was no room so why pick up trash if you’ve got nowhere to put it?

The result– stinky streets and pissed off residents.

The Solution:

Sara, he granddaughter of one of Lebanon’s [...]

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November 1, 2015

Humans are like reckless teenagers??? Well, yes.

I had the privilege of interviewing Duane Elgin on the show last week. He’s sat on Presidential councils and is a leading voice globally around the subject of our collective future. He’s awesome.

A topic that came up is one that I found quite compelling. The assertion is that humanity is now in its adolescent stage. Most people in the progressive health, green, and conscious capital movements are trying to have “adult” conversations with a culture that can’t quite hear it yet. That’s a problem since the icebergs are melting and the population is growing rapidly. In fact, Duane mentions that a modern urban planning nightmare lies in planning [...]

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May 2, 2015

Commentary: A Step In the Right Direction to Bridging the Food Gap

When you eat unhealthy, processed foods lacking nutrition – say a doughnut – everything seems great at first… But then, your brain gets foggy, energy levels dip and your motivation is zapped as your body deals with what you’ve just supplied it. When these foods become the staple of your diet, they can lead to obesity and disease. Most of us that take an active role in improving our health and overall wellness recognize that nutritious foods are the start to any plan to live with more vitality.

Unfortunately, there’s millions of Americans who don’t even have the option to make a choice toward a nutritious diet due to limited access to these foods. This report from the United [...]

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March 23, 2015

A Cracking Good Project Grows in Atlanta

The Atlanta Black Crackers were a hit in the Negro leagues and the segregated South. Though long gone now, an innovative plan taking root in the suburbs of Atlanta will keep the team’s memory alive and help revitalize an entire community.

The former practice field for the team has become an overgrown and underused area of the Bush Mountain neighborhood of Southwest Atlanta, but since 2011, a plan has been brewing to change that. Grow Where You Are, an organization that takes a new tact at urban redevelopment, is crowdfunding an agro-ecological nature park on the two-acre site – what they call the Atlanta Black Crackers Lab Camp – where native wildflowers, medicinal plants and [...]

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