• Hiking Jenkinson Lake

    Hiking for me is nearly always a joy. Walking along the 8.5 mile trail that surrounds Jenkinson Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is pure pleasure.  The drive from Sacramento is only 50 minutes and the trail has an easy rolling terrain, full of shade.  Lots of places to dip your toes in the water and relax along the way…

  • Stay Calm and Drink Water!

    Stay calm, breathe! Drink water! Everyone tells us this is smart. But I have struggled to find an on-the-go tumbler that is earth-positive AND encourages me to drink, drink, drink.  The perfect no-spill bottle and straw by Contigo was my answer. Another gorgeous day working outside. I love summer; the breeze, the scent of gardenia and honeysuckle wafting by, the…

  • Plastic Pollution Makes Roads

    Plastic pollution is clogging our oceans and seas.  Fishermen in India are making a dent in the problem and putting it to good use. India and Plastic Pollution Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean,…

  • Transitions of Summer

    Transitioning into summer has been very enjoyable this year in Sacramento.  The temperatures have risen but now seem to be staying mostly in the high 80s and low 90s.  Since school ended in early June I have spent much of my time working on re-creating curriculum for my 5th graders next year and teaching summer school.  But I am definitely…

  • A Fully Transparent Solar Cell

    This Could Make All Windows & Screens A Power Source Posted on March 26, 2015 by Gretchen M Fogelstrom. The age of solar power is here.  Every day I read something amazing.  Read this article on a new solar technology that only produces a 1% return, but imagine – if every piece of glass were involved…! Collective Evolution March 24, 2015…

  • 70,000 Plastic Water Bottles

    Whales Swimming in an Ocean of 70,000 Plastic Water Bottles An art installation project in Bristol, England, is turning the spotlight on the problem of single-use containers. TAKE PART by Liz Dwyer Aug 30, 2015 ‘The Bristol Whales’ art installation. (Photo: Instagram) Running a road race—whether it’s a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or the grueling 26.2-mile distance of a full…