Archive for January, 2012

The Super Bowl Goes Green

Super Bowl 2012 going green


Super Bowl 2012 green energy breakdown

Meatless Monday


Today’s Meatless Monday post has two parts, both my thoughtful ramblings.

Part 1: I was reading an article and discovered that WWE World Heavy Weight Champion Daniel Bryan is a vegan! When I think of vegans, a wrestler is the last person that comes to mind. Imagine all the strength and stamina he needs in the ring (whether tv wrestling is “real” or “perceived” he has to be in tip-top shape). To me this proves that with the right balance, a vegan diet can be very nourishing.

Part 2: In the article Bryan says, “My vegetarian diet allows me to lead a healthier lifestyle, reduce my carbon footprint, and save the lives of more than 100 animals every year. I’m stronger and healthier than ever, and I feel good about doing something positive for myself, animals, and the planet.” He calls himself a vegetarian but not a vegan! Walk with me for a second….a vegan is a vegetarian BUT a vegetarian is not necessarily a vegan. So why would he refer to himself as a vegetarian?

Do you think that vegetarians are more widely accepted than vegans? Are vegans deemed to be extremists while vegetarians are thought to be simply health conscious? Let me know what you think.


Feature Friday

Last week A Sustainable LIFE held a drawing to win an ECO bookbound journal. To be entered into the drawing we asked readers to tell us when LIFE began its recycling program. Well, the answer is….in 2007. We didn’t have any correct responses but…….in the spirit of participation the journal was given to the person who responded first, Grounds Director, John Wheeler. Remember that the only way to win is to “play”. Look for another exciting giveaway next week!

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Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday

I have not had to deal with this situation (yet) but I wonder how I would handle it. Before reading the article I thought about how far I would go as a hostess to make my vegan or vegetarian guests comfortable. My first thought would be to ask the guests to bring their own food (I know that’s terrible). But I wouldn’t expect them to bring their entire meal, just a dish to share with the group. This dish would double as sustenance for the vegetarian guests if my attempt at accommodating them went horribly wrong.

 The article gave the following tips to welcome vegetarian guests feel welcome. 

  1. Ask what their dietary requirements are
  2. Prepare separate dishes
  3. Modify existing dishes
  4. Keep utensils separate as to not cross-contaminate meat and meatless dishes
  5. Label all dishes
  6. Seat guests next to open-minded, accepting people

 After reading the tips I realized that there are lots of EASY ways to make all your guests happy.

 How far would you go to make a vegetarian guest welcome in your home?


Feature Friday

A FREE clothing swap will be held on Wednesday February 1, 2012 from 9am to 9pm at the LIFE University Treehouse. Donations of clean and folded clothes (men’s, women’s and children’s) will be accepted at the Treehouse on Sundays after 12pm until January 29, 2012. The great thing about this event is that you can donate even if you can’t shop…and shop even if you don’t donate. All clothes that don’t find a good home will be donated to Goodwill after the event. What a win, win opportunity!

Please contact Carly Swift at for more details.

Did you know that the environmental footprint of our clothing is alarming. Americans throw away 68 pounds of clothes on average each year, and we only buy 10 pounds of recycled clothes annually.

Wordless Wednesday

Source: Guy D’Alema

Recycling (Infographic)

This infographic was sent to me by subscriber, Bre Matthews. I think it’s interesting how the greenest states are mainly clustered. I wonder if this is because resources are clustered or if bordering states are “pressured and or inspired” to be as green as their neighbors.   What do you think?

Recycling facts, statistics and information infographic

Sooooo this graphic has inspired me to post the first give away of the New Year. After all who doesn’t like trivia (and free stuff).  To enter, simply respond to the following question by leaving a comment.

When did LIFE University’s recycling program begin?

Everyone who responds with the correct answer will be entered in a drawing to win this ECO Bookbound Journal.Entries must be submitted by Friday, January 20, 2011.

Feature Friday

It’s a new year and the perfect time to introduce our newest installment, Feature Friday. On Friday’s A Sustainable LIFE will feature a noteworthy campus event and/or community member. This is an excellent way to learn about what’s happening around campus and to spotlight people who are doing great things. So if you are aware of an event or person that deserves a “shout out” please send an email to We’ll work include your nominated feature and show how everything (or almost everything) can be related to the environment. After all, this is the Office of Sustainability.

LIFE professor Dr. Ted Carrick and LIFE’s Functional Neurology Clinic were featured in a segment addressing a groundbreaking new therapy for concussions on “The Doctors” television series. The segment was entitled “12 Tricks to Save your Life in 2012.”Dr. Carrick is also part of a team of doctors who cared for Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby following his recent concussion.

“The Doctors” is internationally syndicated in the U.S. and Canada. If you missed the show, you can view the segment online on The Office of Sustainability would like to congratulate Dr. Carrick and the Functional Neurology Clinic on this achievement.

Wait for it……..did you know that 1 recycled tin can would save enough energy to power a television for 3 hours? I told  you most anything can be related to sustainability.

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