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Don’t Take a Single Breath for Granted

Posted on: May 26th, 2013 by
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Liam's Day of Service

Last week, I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker with our Urban Water team at Ford Community Challenge.  It was such an honor to explain to other change agents our design and how we used our $50,000 grant from the Ford Motor Fund. While there, I learned how other groups used their Ford grants, [Read the full story …]

Lines for Days…The Importance of Volunteering

Posted on: April 12th, 2013 by
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When I think of people standing in line for long periods of time, I think of Black Friday (the day before Thanksgiving).  Why else would people wait if not for a great deal?  Never in my wildest dream would I have imagined volunteers standing in line in the midst of high winds; sometimes lines longer [Read the full story …]

My Sustainable Community…

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by
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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead. People who know me the best, know that I have a hard time closing things, like cabinet doors.  Growing up, I could never sneak and get something out of [Read the full story …]

Sustainable Planting Event

Posted on: March 20th, 2013 by
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An Open Letter: My Personal Journey to Sustainable Development

Posted on: March 17th, 2013 by
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I spent the weekend at Sustainability Workshop at the University Michigan.  During this process, I was able to think about my journey to where I am today…ENJOY!! Everyone has a story.  I am no different.  But the difference between me and another candidate is that I actually practice what I preach when I go home [Read the full story …]

Can Business Really Have a Heart? My story on wind turbines.

Posted on: March 10th, 2013 by
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Growing up, I was a visually creative child; I could verbally design and explain what should be created but the actual drawing was left to my sister.  She inherited the artist gene and would make my thoughts come to life. However, I was a great paper windmill (windmills actually don’t generate electricity but help with [Read the full story …]

The Pursuit of (Im)perfect Fruit

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by
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There is no secret.  I am a vegan.  As a friend put it today, “the produce section is safe for you” and has always been my first and sometimes only stop in the grocery store.  But yesterday during my weekly shopping spree of goodness, I picked up what I thought were just a bag of [Read the full story …]

Farmer Jess:Buy Local, Think Global

Posted on: February 6th, 2013 by
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There is something that I must confess.  I am a foodie.  I love the taste, smell, feel of fresh whole foods, especially if the food in my plant-based diet didn’t travel more than hundreds of miles to get to my plate.  This is especially hard to find in Middle America in the winter so when I see locally [Read the full story …]

Why this MBA is taking engineering classes in her last semester

Posted on: February 2nd, 2013 by
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Attending one of the best engineering schools in the country has its perks, from the underground tunnels so I can walk from the parking garage to all of my classes throughout campus without going out in the snow to feeling inspired every day by the Neil Armstrong (a Purdue grad!) memorial.  But the biggest perk [Read the full story …]

Emissions Trading vs. Environmental Justice

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 by
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Recently, a friend who does sustainability work for one of the largest defense companies (she will remain anonymous for this piece) brought up the ethical dilemma she faces regarding emissions trading in her industry.  Yesterday, in my environmental and ecological regulatory compliance lecture, this issue was seen as one that could not only help companies [Read the full story …]