Today, we are taking a moment to honor those affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon Tragedy which happened one year ago today. The families of those who lost their lives are in our hearts and we stand #BostonStrong with the survivors.
Monday, April 14, 2014
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- First 70 degree day of spring! Head to Follain to pick up some earth-friendly, chemical free sunscreen.
- Check out the Sea Change: Boston Exhibit
- Net Impact Sustainability Breakfast
- Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink Forum at the Museum of Science
- Green Justice Coalition Energy Efficiency Summit
- Invasion of the Lionfish Lecture at the New England Aquarium
- Last chance to check out the Museum of Science before the craziness of April Vacation begins. Why not check out their live presentation on climate change?!
- Save some $$$ while cutting your environmental impact by turning off your heat and committing not to turn it on again until November or December.
- Enjoy a vegetarian Easter celebration.
Friday, April 11, 2014
I am obsessed with this *free* phone app. Simply type in a cosmetic product you use and the app will instantly tell you if it is safe or not and why. It is as if you have the entire Skin Deep Database at your fingertips! Think Dirty also has a mechanism for favoriting products so you already have a list of safe products handy next time you hit the drug store!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
On Tuesday evening, I attended the Fourth Annual NEWIEE Awards Gala at the Lenox Hotel. It was an inspiring evening that also happened to fall on "equal pay day," or the day to which women would have to work to make the same amount a man would have made in their job in 2013. This added a extra bit of fire to the event which celebrated female leadership in the energy & environmental sectors.
The keynote address was delivered by Karen Gordon Mills the Former Administrator of the Small Business Administration. She spoke to the importance of entrepreneurship and the role of women in the U.S. economy - using the incredibly successful story of Spanx founder Sara Blakely as an example.
The awards were then presented to these very-deserving leaders:
NEWIEE Achievement Awards:
- Alicia Barton, Chief Executive Officer, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
- Janet Gail Besser, Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, New England Clean Energy Council
- Elin Swanson Katz, Consumer Counsel, State of Connecticut
NEWIEE Leadership Award:
- Patricia Stanton, Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy, Conservation Services Group
Each recipient graciously accepted their award and spoke to the importance of "stepping up," "asking for what you want," and "becoming a good mentor to younger women." Great advice all around!
We then sipped on coffee and snacked on desert. I am excited to see what NEWIEE has in store for their two other signature events this year!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Its not often that I cover menswear on Boston Green Blog, but lets be real, women aren't the only ones who shop! Luckily there are some great green clothing options for men in the Boston area. One such brand is Osmium, based out of Stoneham. All of their offerings are made in America, including 80% of their products that are produced in Everett! This helps reduce the customer's carbon footprint since the average t-shirt usually travels through 4 countries before reaching its final destination.
One of Osmium's shirts takes sustainable style to the next level. The Chandler is made of Tencel, an eco-fiber derived from Eucalyptus trees. It is made by breaking down sustainably-harvested eucalyptus pulp with a non-toxic organic solvent, then forcing the slurry through small apertures to create fibers that can be spun into thread. This process also uses 5-10% less water than is needed to process cotton. So, do your part to support the local economy while also being mindful of the earth's resources by checking out Osmium!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
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Ah yes, spring cleaning continues. Dusting is a quick and easy step towards a clean and healthy home. Here are some dusting tips that reduce your exposure to toxins that may be in your household dust or in your usual cleaning supplies:
Skip the feather duster. Interior household dust often includes tiny paint particles from slamming doors and opening and shutting windows. If you live in a building that was constructed before 1978, this paint most likely contains some amount of lead - which if inhaled through dust can decrease IQ and lead to serious developmental issues. So, instead of using a dry duster that irritates particles back into the air, use a wet rag instead. Using a rag is also more efficient because many brands of paper towels are made from virgin forests! Warm water is also the best method because it ensures that you aren't replacing household dust with toxic cleaning chemicals. If the dust is particularly hard to remove, try using vinegar and lemon juice on the rag as well.
Monday, April 7, 2014
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- Go outside! Temps may hit 60 around noon!
- Its Spring! Time to purchase your Hubway Pass.
- New England Aquarium Lecture Series: The Future of Forage Fish
- Cannoli Friday at Hub Bicycle Shop
- Lecture at Harvard Museum of Natural History - Avian Adaption in a Changing World
- Having a lazy weekend? Check out some of Boston Green Blog's Netflix picks!