Videos about Zero Wastehttp://www.grrn.org/video/
The Story of Stuff
with Annie Leonard
Zero Waste Systems
with Eric Lombardi
Promoting the life and legacy of Rachel Carson, 5/27/1907 - 4/14/1964. Fostering a culture of Sentinel Lions who share Rachel's ethics and values. Working for sustained political and cultural change to prioritize public health.
| Greenmarket Documentary: From Mountain Sweet Berry Farm To Manhattan|
In a new short documentary by Serious Eats, Rick Bishop of Mountain Sweet Berry Farm shows the love and care that goes into the whole farmers market process.
Implementing Local and Sustainable Food Programs in California Hospitals: Tips for health care industries on how to conceptualize, structure, and implement food programs that support local family farmers.
This guide provides health care facilities with practical suggestions to utilize sustainable food programs that support local family farmers, ranchers, and associated businesses. It is targeted towards hospital administrators, food service directors, dieticians, and others involved with food purchasing decisions, in the hope that they will implement some of the suggestions presented. This publication integrates the experience of San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility (SFPSR) and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) with cutting-edge research conducted at UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz concerning the Farm to Institution market that focuses on hospitals and educational systems. Insights into the broader array of sustainable food criteria – such as organic and humanely raised – are referenced in this guide; however, the content concentrates mostly on local sourcing.
Download the FREE PDF (5 MB) here: http://www.caff.org/
This lovely reading of Rachel Carson’s The Sense of Wonder serves to reinforce the knowledge that having the capacity to appreciate the beauty of nature affects our lives in countless positive ways. I listened to this half-hour-long CD on at least five separate occasions and each time came away with something new. Renowned for her influential work Silent Spring and credited widely as the founder of the modern environmental movement, Carson is no less of an inspiring force nearly a half century after her death. The Sense of Wonder relates her experiences of sharing the joy of outdoor discovery with her young nephew, Roger, and is part homage to the wild landscape of Maine and part parenting manual.
Contending that the importance of adult encouragement of natural discovery to a child’s development cannot be overstated, the author feels that all too often mothers and fathers are discouraged from doing so either due to the “inconvenience” of these adventures and/or a feeling of ignorance about how to teach things they themselves do not know. Carson strongly believes that whether or not a particular star, animal, or plant is correctly identified by name misses the point entirely—the true appreciation of nature stems from perception rather than knowledge. The struggle to combat materialism and indifference is centuries-old, of course, but I still found it hard to believe that The Sense of Wonder wasn’t written recently. Though a short work, it is extremely powerful, and I highly recommend it for all.
E-waste is a serious issue, as seen in the documentary Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground. Here is a company that is doing something about it! Global Environmental Services works with an extensive network of OEM(TM)s and product brokers on the recovery side of the electronics industry. They can provide accurate and up to the minute pricing for used technology for any model, configuration, or condition of equipment. GES also has the expertise to provide the same information at the component level. This network allows GES to provide consistent product availability and pricing information. GES works to solve problems, not relocate them. Loading a container and shipping scrap indiscriminately is reckless. They follow best practices of recycling in the best interest of the environment and require all of their downstream partners to do the same. GES is currently being audited to become an e-Steward!
The NE IPM Center’s School IPM Working Group has a 2 year project to pilot IPM education in K-12 classrooms using IPM curricula developed at Penn State (http://paipm.cas.psu.edu/53.
Other IPM curricula
1. Relies on poisons (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides).2. Ignores the source of pest problems. (Allows conditions to get worse.)3. Kills off beneficial plants and insects.4. Pollutes water, soil, food and air and contaminates buildings and landscapes.5. Harms people, pets and wildlife.
1. Relies on a plan. (Don't spray 'em, outsmart 'em!)BE A WISE CONSUMER
2. Prevents and corrects the source of pest problems. (Improves conditions.)
3. Protects soil fertility and bio-diversity.
4. Protects the quality of water, soil, food and air. (Enhances the quality of buildings and landscapes.)
5. Protects the health and the safety of our families and community.
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The November 22, 2006 Danvers, Massachusetts chemical plant explosion should motivate policy makers and citizens to assess community vulnerabilities statewide and take steps to reduce chemical hazards, especially in residential areas and schools. The activity would be an opportunity for communities to create a new appreciation for the positive role of government as the protector of public health, safety and the public's right to know and control what the chemical industry puts in our air, water, food, and bodies.
This disaster is also an opportunity for officials to educate the public about hazards to health and safety. If we have learned anything from the aftermath of 9/11, there is an urgent need to stop the false assurances that hazardous solvent vapors and fumes from burning buildings and toxic runoff are "safe."
"The Safe Hometowns Guide," How to do a Community Reassessment of Chemical Site Safety and Security after September 11, 2001.
PTA in Action Newsletter: What is your school's chemical IQ? The healthy school check up for national preparedness month. There is an urgent need for responsible leadership to improve school safety and security by eliminating the improper storage and use of hazardous chemicals in our schools.
· What is our legacy? Who are the visionaries and significant pioneers, trail blazers, ground breakers, champions in environmental health and what are the milestones of environmental health? (Suggest names from the beginning of the Environmental Section, throughout APHA, and "outside" public health and public interest partners.)
· Who are the leaders today? (Note: Recognizing leaders within the Environmental Health section and APHA and also in 'other' organizations and agencies would be a good way to link to some of the sister/brother orgs in the environmental galaxy...What are the challenges people are working on today in environmental health science and environmental health policy?)
· Who are today's luminaries? Who are the individuals in the environmental "movement" within our Environmental Section but also other organizations (local, global) that are carrying the torch forward?