Peter and the Starcatcher: A Sustainable Smash Hit

June 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Peter and The Starcatcher, based off of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson‘s prequel to J. M. Barrie‘s Peter Pan, is more than just a Tony-winning success. Two of it’s five Tonys were for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume design, two awards that are impressive enough as is. However, the fact that these two awards denote the scenery and costumes as the best of the year, it should be noted that not only are they the top of the top – they’re sustainable too.

That’s right. Donyale Werle’s sets are made almost exclusively from sustainable materials. The ship and other set pieces are made from recovered lumber, and decorated with everything from old silverware to painted rope, plastic cups, and more, and Paloma Young’s costumes add to that mix with kitchen implements, old plastic bags, and more.

I could go into detail, but I’m just going to let Ms. Werle tell you herself. Check her out here:

The Green Sixteen: A New Kind of March Madness

March 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

It’s that time of year again. Spring is fast approaching, baseball season is starting, and of course, March Madness has begun! The yearly NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship started last Thursday (3/15), and this Thursday (3/22) starts the third round of play, affectionately known as the Sweet Sixteen. The teams are competing for one of the most prestigious and well-know titles in all of sports, and fans around the country are following every game on national TV, cheering for their favorites and filling out brackets with their predictions of who will win. Even President Obama is in the sprit – each year of his presidency he has revealed his picks in TV segments called “Barack-etology.” However, there’s a whole other group of sixteen colleges and universities competing for a lesser known, but equally, if not more important title: The National College Sustainability Championship, AKA the other March Madness.

The contest works similar to the NCAA tournament, and occurs « Read the rest of this entry »

Did MLK have a better approach to environmentalism?

January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

I found this awesome article online today, and thought you all would appreciate it. Check it out:

http://climatesafety.org/why-environmentalists-should-stop-taking-martin-luther-kings-name-in-vain/

The basic idea of the article is that MLK had the right idea by taking an optimistic approach towards his political campaigns, rather than the do-or-die, the-end-is-near “scare tactics” that many environmentalists are considered to use. I am wholly in agreement with this point, and I would think that this blog emphasizes that. Keep a positive outlook, and do what you can, and we WILL succeed.

Happy MLK Day everyone!

 

Sustainable Tips for the New Year

January 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

For those of you still looking for some sustainable resolutions, The Sustainable Lawyer has a bunch of Sustainable Tips for the New Year.

My personal favorite suggestions:

  • Commuting
  • Donating to a local compost heap
  • STARTING SMALL

If you haven’t already checked out my own tips, you can find them here.

Remember, as I always say, every little bit helps!

Do I Matter?

December 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’ve spoken to a few people about this blog recently, and all of the expressed the same sentiments: They felt that no matter what they did, whatever they were doing would make too small of an impact to matter, and therefore just didn’t do it. They thought that just like they felt no reason to go bottle free, or recycle, or shut the water while brushing their teeth, that I shouldn’t bother with this blog because it won’t make a noticeable difference.

However, this is exactly what the point of this blog is. I want to get the message out there that no matter who you are, where you live, or what you do, you are making an impact on the environment, so why not make it a good one? I think that the tips I present provide enough easy, painless ways to make this happen. « Read the rest of this entry »

Whose Problem? Part Final: My Solution

December 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

For the past week, I’ve been posting about the question “Whose Problem?” is it to solve our sustainability issues. Today, I plan on giving you MY solution. Keep in mind that I am neither an expert nor will this be a complete solution. My aims here are to provide a framework, a ground-plan, some sort of basis upon which others should build. « Read the rest of this entry »

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