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Gearing up for the Holiday!

I love the Holidays.  I love getting together with family, and eating yummy foods, and taking a break from everything else that’s going on in my life to remember something more peaceful.  But, there’s a downside to the Holidays.  If you’re like me, you struggle with the implications of the Holidays – the ‘need’ to … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving from Redefining Eco!

Enjoy the day with your friends and family!

Engaging in political processes

Last week, I attended a public meeting to vote for how the community would use new park land.  There were several proposals, ranging from athletic fields to an organic farm. Two things really struck me about this meeting.  First, the overwhelming support for new athletic fields.  This is a park in Northern Virginia, where there … Continue reading

Trash Talk: Redefining Refuse

How many times a day do you throw something into the trash bin?  20 times? 50 times?  Do you throw away 4 pounds of trash a day?  If you think that number is a little high, think again: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that Americans generated 250 million tons of trash in 2010 – that’s OVER 4 … Continue reading

Nostalgia and the Environmental Movement

When the year turns to the end of August and September, I start desperately wishing I was still in school, headed back for the brand new semester, full of possibilities.  To ward off these wishful thinking, I discard all my cheesy summer mysteries and stock my book pile with all sorts of academic and thought-provoking non fiction. … Continue reading

Holy Six Months, Batman!

Redefining Eco is Six Months old today! (technically, we are over six months already,  but close enough!) I’m so grateful for how this blog has grown, and the community we’ve been able to create and build.  I’m also really excited about where this blog could go, and how you can help us get there. Here’s … Continue reading

An Eco-Friendly Memorial Day

Is it Memorial Day already?!  Don’t despair if you don’t have any plans for the upcoming weekend, we’ve compiled a list of eco-friendly metro accessible ideas for a great weekend! Take the Metro to Greenbelt Park in Greenbelt, Maryland for a great weekend of camping, hiking, and biking. Bike and camp along the C&O canal, starting … Continue reading

Breaking down the terms: Sustainability.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the words we use to describe our movement -sustainable, organic, green- all those buzzwords that we pass around as if each were a key to membership in the elite club of environmentalists.  Specifically, I’ve been thinking about the word sustainable, mostly because it has come up in ways that … Continue reading

Get comfortable with getting uncomfortable

I went to hear Rachel Maddow speak this past weekend and I left that room feeling that intellectual high from hearing an intelligent woman speak about politics. I fell rallied and ready to dive back into politics. A she was speaking, I thought about how I could bring this message to you- how I could … Continue reading

Backing up Actions with Words

I’ve read a series of great articles over on  These women have some seriously wonderful writing about being a eco-woman-warrior.  This series was about environmental education -specifically how to impart environmental ethics to children. Writer Enviro Girl explains how flabbergasted she was that a group of young children she was teaching did not make … Continue reading