Episode 12: June wrap-up – Go climate finance!


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This week, I wanted to talk about what I’ve learned this month. When I teach sustainability, I use five principles, the last of which is reflexivity. That means that sustainability calls for us to check in regularly, see if what we’re doing makes sense, and think about next steps. This month’s lessons The biggest thing […]

June 25, 2019

Episode 11: U.S. Green Mutual Funds Stink


Climate Tips, Episodes

This month I’m focusing on climate finance. In episode 9, I talked about how money contributes to climate change. Last week, in episode 10, I changed my German checking account to a green bank and discovered that this simple, one-time change will save me 1 ton of carbon dioxide this year. This week, I looked […]

June 18, 2019

Episode 10: German Green Banks Rule!


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This week, I change my German checking account to a green bank. My goal was for this single change to allow me to save 1 ton of carbon emissions. And I’m really excited to tell you how it went: Green banks in Germany In Germany, there are three main green banks: the UmweltBank—or environmental bank—which […]

June 11, 2019

Episode 9 – More Money, More Emissions


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This month, I want to focus on a big-ticket action to reduce my carbon emissions by one whole ton going into summer. I’m going to look at the role money plays in climate change, and what I can do with my money to make a difference. This week I give some background about money and […]

June 4, 2019

Episode 8: Cosmetics and climate change


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This week I take a step back from DIY deodorant to look at the climate impacts of cosmetics in general. Take a listen: The last two weeks, I shared an interview with my friend Josh Huffman. This week I want to take a step back and talk more generally about the effects of cosmetics on […]

May 28, 2019

Episode 7: DIY deodorant with Josh Huffman, Part II


Episodes, Recipes

In the second half of my interview with Josh Huffman, I talk about my experience making my deodorant and Josh gives me tips to perfect my recipe as well as more general advice about making your own cosmetics. And I share a recipe for an exfoliating face mask with only two ingredients. You can listen […]

May 23, 2019

Bonus: Josh’s DIY Face wash


Climate Tips, Recipes

Ingredients: 1/2 + 1/8 cup of baking soda (anti-bacterial properties, exfoliant) 1/4 cup of coconut oil (anti-bacterial properties, moisturizer, helps remove oil, BUT coconut oil is fairly comedogenic, so it can contribute to clogged pores, so I balance it out with:) 1/8 cup of olive, grape seed, or avocado oil (similar properties as coconut oil, […]

May 14, 2019

Episode 6: DIY deodorant with Josh Huffman, Part I


Episodes, Recipes

This week and next I’m talking to my good friend Josh Huffman, who’s been making his own cosmetics for over six years, about deodorant. I’d like to share his deodorant recipe: Josh’s deodorant Ingredients, equal parts of Coconut oil Shea butter Baking soda Arrowroot powder (can substitute with cornstarch) Melt the coconut oil and shea […]

May 14, 2019

Episode 5: Spargelwoche


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These are the second two weeks of my April challenge: to eat at least one meal with local, seasonal produce. I’ve been in Lower Saxony with my husband’s family the past two weeks. But I’m happy to report that this past week was a flying success! Food groups and food miles After seeing information about […]

May 7, 2019

Episode 4: Potato, Potato


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This month I’m focusing on seasonal produce. I’ve challenged myself to make a dish with a different local, seasonal ingredient each week. You can listen to the first episode of this challenge here: Eating in season: Why should we care? Not all food is grown and harvested in all seasons and growing food out of […]

April 23, 2019