Addressing Climate Change One Sustainable Martini at a Time

I've found another example of innovation we can toast to — quite literally! With this new discovery, we can feel we're addressing climate change one sustainable martini at a time. Yes, while enjoying my vodka martini with sweet vermouth, I have been known to ponder sustainability and the planet's future. Who doesn't? I came across a company in New York City that has created what it calls the “world’s most sustainable spirit” The Air Company makes its vodka out of carbon dioxide captured from…


Sustainability for Agriculture Irrigation

  Did you know agriculture irrigation accounts for 70% of the water used worldwide? That’a a lot. At the same time, most of the world relies on flood irrigation to water crops as a more efficient alternative has proved elusive. Any innovations have not been widely adopted due to expense. Yet, one Israeli soil physicist has provided a sustainable solution in a tiny plastic widget. This modest innovation in drip irrigation could forever change agriculture, especially in resource-starved…


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Circular Economy and Sustainable Travel to St Kitts 

I have been recently writing again about the circular economy. My readers may remember by blog about  the Beer Industry and Sustainable Water with a Cherry Stout. Well, as much as I like a cold beer, I also like to practice yoga and run on the beach. With this in mind, let’s look at how one Caribbean nation is changing to renewable energy. First, some background. St Kitts and Nevis is a tropical two-island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea. Both of the mountainous islands were formed by…


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Teaching & Learning in the Circular Economy

  Since the industrial revolution there have been waves of technology and innovation.  We all remember the movie “The Graduate” and that technology wave told to Dustin Hoffman in one word: PLASTICS.  The next wave came along in the chemical/petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.  It also brought along the US Environmental Protection Agency, where, as many of you know, my career began.  Now, we all see the next wave coming with the Circular Economy. What does this mean?  The three…


Beer Industry Sustainable Water and a Chocolate, Cherry Stout

My readers know that I exercise, run, and practice yoga. There is nothing better than a good beer after all of this work. I recently had a Chocolate-Cherry Stout produced by the Firestone Walker Brewing Company from the central coast of California. The beer was great, and it also got me thinking about beer industry sustainable water efforts. Really, what can be better than a dark chocolate and cherry flavor combo? The result from Firestone Walker is a quintessential seasonal stout offering…