6 Tips on How to Go Green at College

Sustainability is a growingly important word in the media, but the truth is that many people still think that environmental concerns are a responsibility exclusive to the government and large companies. This idea could not be more wrong. Incorporating sustainable attitudes into our daily lives is a duty of every citizen who is concerned with our planet and how we will leave it for future generations.

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How to Set Goals to Become More Eco-Friendly

At some point, most people come to realize that living a more simplistic life has tremendous value.

For starters, it can reduce stress levels. While that alone is a good enough reason to simplify your life, there’s also the fact that you can contribute to a greener world. The information below can help you set goals to become more eco-friendly. Although it won’t happen overnight, you’ll appreciate making small changes that start to add up over time.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Zero-Waste Travel and How to Pack for It

When we travel, we do it to experience new things, explore exciting destinations, and share an adventure with our friends. While traveling enriches our lives and broadens our horizons, we still need to ensure we're not doing any great damage to the environment. Travelers who don't think in advance end up producing a lot of waste, especially plastics. This is a harmful process and it takes the planet ages to recover.

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Saving Water at Home and in the Backyard

The average American person uses 100 gallons of water every day.

That's enough to fill two bathtubs. Did you know you pay twice for most of that water: once for the water itself and once for the cost of heating it. Reducing the amount of water you use can mean big savings. Here is how you can save water in your home and backyard.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Why It's Important to Recycle as a Business

One of the biggest things that a company can do to get an advantage on the rest of the market is to start looking into going green. Whether you start a recycling program, switch to paperless transactions and data, or reduce your carbon footprint across the board, you will be showing your competition and customers that you are serious about innovating for the future of your company and the planet. This can put you on the front lines for new market innovations as well as entice a new set of customers to your company.

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Jade is a full-time mother of three children she adores. She graduated with her bachelors degree in Family Studies and Nutrition and works hard to implement her learning into her family life. When not writing, you can find her in the outdoors or exploring museums and aquariums with her loving husband and children. 

Earth Overshoot Day - Being Ahead of Schedule is a Bad Thing

This red-letter day each year comes around on a different date…and I am bummed it is so early in 2019…July 29! In this case, RED letter is bad news.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

Green Wisdom - From Breakdowns to Breakthroughs

The following is an excerpt from the recently-released paperback edition of “Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team,” authored by Nikki Pava, with a foreword by Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (2010-2016) and Founding Partner, Global Optimism.

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Nikki Pava is the author of Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team. She is also the founder of Alegria Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability engagement initiatives for mission-driven companies.

Prior to her work at Alegria Partners, Nikki founded EcoTuesday, a national networking forum that facilitated vital connections and essential change in the business community. EcoTuesday hosted more than 300 events in 12 cities across the country and brought together hundreds of sustainability professionals, making a positive impact in each city.

Nikki holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She lives in an eco-community in Costa Rica and is currently writing a book about teams in businesses that focus on reaching their company’s climate change goals.

Bananas Have Died Out Once Before - Don't Let It Happen Again

You probably take bananas for granted.

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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.

Sustainability Throughout Children's Lives

The Long View

If you’ve had a child, you’ve probably thought about what the planet will look like in the future. Really, even if you haven’t had a child, you’ve probably thought about that at least 1 to a million times.

When this miraculous event occurred (having the child, not thinking about the future), did you begin to take steps to mitigate your and your family’s impact on the planet? Oftentimes, with babies comes more waste. It’s not always the case, but it is more often than not in our Western culture.

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Nikki Pava is the author of Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team. She is also the founder of Alegria Partners, a consulting firm that specializes in sustainability engagement initiatives for mission-driven companies.

Prior to her work at Alegria Partners, Nikki founded EcoTuesday, a national networking forum that facilitated vital connections and essential change in the business community. EcoTuesday hosted more than 300 events in 12 cities across the country and brought together hundreds of sustainability professionals, making a positive impact in each city.

Nikki holds an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. She lives in an eco-community in Costa Rica and is currently writing a book about teams in businesses that focus on reaching their company’s climate change goals.

Sustainability, Acceleration, and Laughter - Kibikibi Partners Jemma and Emma

Laughter, camaraderie, give and take, vulnerability, and synergy...

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Julie is committed to telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping B Corps and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. She is also a writer for 3BL Media and Just Means and has been published in M&V Magazine and the Centre of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge among others. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida and is laser focused on becoming a better surfer than her husband, Thomas. 

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Sustainability is a growingly important word in the media, but the truth is that many people still think that environmental concerns are a responsibility exclusive to the government and large... read more
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02/21/2020
At some point, most people come to realize that living a more simplistic life has tremendous value. For starters, it can reduce stress levels. While that alone is a good enough reason to simplify... read more
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When we travel, we do it to experience new things, explore exciting destinations, and share an adventure with our friends. While traveling enriches our lives and broadens our horizons, we still need... read more
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11/14/2019
The average American person uses 100 gallons of water every day. That's enough to fill two bathtubs. Did you know you pay twice for most of that water: once for the water itself and once for the... read more
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10/23/2019
One of the biggest things that a company can do to get an advantage on the rest of the market is to start looking into going green. Whether you start a recycling program, switch to paperless... read more
Buzzard in dead desert tree
07/29/2019
This red-letter day each year comes around on a different date…and I am bummed it is so early in 2019…July 29! In this case, RED letter is bad news. Today is Earth Overshoot... read more
Book Cover for Green Wisdom on trail through grasses
07/01/2019
The following is an excerpt from the recently-released paperback edition of “Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team,” authored by Nikki Pava, with a... read more
Slices of banana on a bright blue background
07/19/2018
You probably take bananas for granted. In the United Kingdom, one in four pieces of fruit consumed is a banana and, on average, each Briton eats 10 kg of bananas per year; in the United States, that’... read more
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05/11/2018
The Long View If you’ve had a child, you’ve probably thought about what the planet will look like in the future. Really, even if you haven’t had a child, you’ve probably thought about that at... read more

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Group of five college friends sitting together on a wall
03/09/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
Sustainability is a growingly important word in the media, but the truth is that many people still think that environmental concerns are a responsibility exclusive to the government and large... read more
Woman comfortable at home with coffee and reading
02/21/2020
At some point, most people come to realize that living a more simplistic life has tremendous value. For starters, it can reduce stress levels. While that alone is a good enough reason to simplify... read more
Painted signs pointing to all points in the world on pole
01/27/2020
Anonymous (not verified)
When we travel, we do it to experience new things, explore exciting destinations, and share an adventure with our friends. While traveling enriches our lives and broadens our horizons, we still need... read more
Young child laughing with hose and water.
11/14/2019
The average American person uses 100 gallons of water every day. That's enough to fill two bathtubs. Did you know you pay twice for most of that water: once for the water itself and once for the... read more
Close up of stacked documents and folders and paperwork.
10/23/2019
One of the biggest things that a company can do to get an advantage on the rest of the market is to start looking into going green. Whether you start a recycling program, switch to paperless... read more
Buzzard in dead desert tree
07/29/2019
This red-letter day each year comes around on a different date…and I am bummed it is so early in 2019…July 29! In this case, RED letter is bad news. Today is Earth Overshoot... read more
Book Cover for Green Wisdom on trail through grasses
07/01/2019
The following is an excerpt from the recently-released paperback edition of “Green Wisdom: A Guide for Anyone to Start, Engage and Energize a Sustainability Team,” authored by Nikki Pava, with a... read more
Slices of banana on a bright blue background
07/19/2018
You probably take bananas for granted. In the United Kingdom, one in four pieces of fruit consumed is a banana and, on average, each Briton eats 10 kg of bananas per year; in the United States, that’... read more
overhead shot of two babies laying in flowers strung into shape of a heart
05/11/2018
The Long View If you’ve had a child, you’ve probably thought about what the planet will look like in the future. Really, even if you haven’t had a child, you’ve probably thought about that at... read more

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