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The Environment and Sustainability

During April, the first of our 9 month investigation at Smarter Life, Better Planet, we will hear from experts in the environmental movement and consider what it takes to create a better planet for generations to come.
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Why heirloom vegetables are about far more than just tomatoes... #sustainability http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/where-interior-design-meets-heirloom-vegetables-video

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Nature Deficiency in City Kids: New Technologies Are Challenging Old Assumptions. #sustainability #technology http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/nature-deficiency-in-city-kids-new-technologies-are-challenging-old-assumptions

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Pamela J. Gordon was recently named one of “The Top 10 Women in Sustainability," and is President and Founder of Technology Forecasters Inc. She helps technology companies create more efficient supply chains and reduce their environmental impact profitably. In the interview below, I ask her about her work and the promising role technology can play in solving our environmental challenges. http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/how-to-achieve-maximum-enjoyment-with-minimum-impact-video

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The New Era of “Better Living Through Chemistry.” ...This is a very exciting turn of events—one that is going to place chemistry back on its deserving pedestal in the eye of public awareness (after all, without modern chemistry, we wouldn’t have computers, cell phones, or the internet), and give it a new place among the environmental sciences... Read the entire post here: http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/the-new-era-of-better-living-through-chemistry

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Are Household Chemicals Inherently Toxic? (VIDEO) The following video is taken from an interview I conducted with Amy Cannon, the Executive Director of Beyond Benign and the first person to receive a PhD in “Green Chemistry.” One of the most promising sciences that is currently transforming the way we think about sustainability...http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/are-household-chemicals-inherently-toxic

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High Hopes for the Killer Whales of Puget Sound ...I was recently able to catch up with the Director of the Nature Conservancy in Washington State, Karen Anderson, to hear about the complex issues facing Puget Sound, and why the Conservancy’s Puget Sound Project is one example of the most advanced environmental practices happening today...http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/high-hopes-for-the-puget-sound-video-interview

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Does Your Thinking Match Reality? ...Contemplating the world in this way means continually striving to embrace the biggest picture possible, expanding our perspective to take into account as much complexity as we can handle. And it is only from a perspective that is as big and all-encompassing as the challenge itself that we can make truly informed choices—and teach our children to do the same...Read the full post at…

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Are We Thinking Big Enough? (VIDEO) Just how big are our environmental challenges, and how big does our thinking need to be in order to leave a vibrant planet for future generations? Karen Poiani, Ph.D., is the Chief Conservation Strategy Officer for The Nature Conservancy. In her 16 years with the Conservancy, Karen has witnessed an evolution of thinking...http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/are-we-thinking-big-enough-video

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Big Green Purse: Saving the Planet Through Smart Spending. An interview with author Diane MacEachern... http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/big-green-purse-an-interview-with-diane-maceachern

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Live Long and Save the Planet. When you have a child and you’ve had at least a few years to watch them grow, it’s natural to begin to reflect on the different stages of human life. At my age (I’m 37), I’m not generally interested in issues that affect the elderly. It seems like the grandmother stage is very far away, something I can’t even picture very well. That’s why I was surprised to find myself intrigued by the subject of Saturday’s World Health Day on healthy aging...

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Live Long and Save the Planet. When you have a child and you’ve had at least a few years to watch them grow, it’s natural to begin to reflect on the different stages of human life. At my age (I’m 37), I’m not generally interested in issues that affect the elderly. It seems like the grandmother stage is very far away, something I can’t even picture very well. That’s why I was surprised to find myself intrigued by the subject of Saturday’s World Health Day on healthy aging...

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Live Long and Save the Planet. When you have a child and you’ve had at least a few years to watch them grow, it’s natural to begin to reflect on the different stages of human life. At my age (I’m 37), I’m not generally interested in issues that affect the elderly. It seems like the grandmother stage is very far away, something I can’t even picture very well. That’s why I was surprised to find myself intrigued by the subject of Saturday’s World Health Day on healthy aging...

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Tomorrow is World Health Day! Watch and share this official World Health Day 2012 video, and join the conversation on healthy aging on Twitter #AddHealth2Life to be part of the change. Be sure to join us again on Smarter Life, Better Planet on Monday for a comprehensive look at the ups and downs of a more mature global population on our environmental future. http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/tomorrow-is-world-health-day

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The New Era of “Better Living Through Chemistry.” ...This is a very exciting turn of events—one that is going to place chemistry back on its deserving pedestal in the eye of public awareness (after all, without modern chemistry, we wouldn’t have computers, cell phones, or the internet), and give it a new place among the environmental sciences... Read the entire post here: http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/the-new-era-of-better-living-through-chemistry

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Are Household Chemicals Inherently Toxic? (VIDEO) The following video is taken from an interview I conducted with Amy Cannon, the Executive Director of Beyond Benign and the first person to receive a PhD in “Green Chemistry.” One of the most promising sciences that is currently transforming the way we think about sustainability...http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/are-household-chemicals-inherently-toxic

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How Do We “Raise Our Awareness”? If we want to create a society based on truly important values (and pass those on to our kids), we all need to take the time to reflect on what gives our lives meaning and purpose. At Smarter Life, Better Planet we want to provide an opportunity to not only get clear about the values we each feel are most important, but to learn more, explore more, and get involved in…

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We were able to catch up with Earth Hour’s Co-founder and Executive Director Andy Ridley, and hear about how hundreds of millions of people will turn out their lights for an hour to celebrate the planet we live on... http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/earth-hour-is-happening-tonight-at-830pm

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Reflecting on Earth Hour: The Power of Social Media. “Let us stand together to make of our world a sustainable source for our future as humanity on this planet” This was the tweet that the great humanitarian Nelson Mandela sent out to his followers regarding Saturday’s Earth Hour 2012—a record-breaking... http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/reflecting-on-earth-hour-the-power-of-social-media

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Earth Hour: The Inspiration for This Month’s Investigation. This month, we are endeavoring to raise our awareness about the environmental challenges facing our world, and to learn about how we can each contribute to a better future. We’ll hear from passionate leaders and explore everything from... Read more and comment here: http://www.smarterlifebetterplanet.com/blog/earth-hour-the-inspiration-for-this-month%E2%80%99s-investigation

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Welcome to Smarter Life, Better Planet! We aim to create a network of progressive women that will engage all of us to think more deeply about what matters most in our lives. Every month, we’ll focus on a new theme, exploring the ways in which we can make positive changes in our families, our communities, and the world. As the months roll on, our investigation will build on itself and carry us into new territory and new understandings. Let us know what you think: http://bit.ly/HmdUDR

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