Archive for April, 2013

Meatless Monday

A vegetarian diet can be a healthy choice for all kids, as long as it’s properly planned. (These tips are also helpful for little ones that don’t care for meat.)

The principles of planning a vegetarian diet are the same as planning any healthy diet — provide a variety of foods and include foods from all of the food groups. A balanced diet will provide the right combinations to meet nutritional needs. But be aware of potential nutrient deficiencies in your child’s diet and figure out how you’ll account for them. With a little exploration, you may find more vegetarian options than you realized.

Experts believe one of the biggest mistakes parents they make is just taking the meat off the plate without replacing it with anything.Here are nutrients that vegetarians should get and some of their best food sources:

  • vitamin B12: dairy products, eggs, and vitamin-fortified products, such as cereals, breads, and soy and rice drinks, and nutritional yeast
  • vitamin D: milk, vitamin D-fortified orange juice, and other vitamin D-fortified products
  • calcium: dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, dried beans, and calcium-fortified products, including orange juice, soy and rice drinks, and cereals
  • protein: dairy products, eggs, tofu and other soy products, dried beans, and nuts
  • iron: eggs, dried beans, dried fruits, whole grains, leafy green vegetables, and iron-fortified cereals and bread
  • zinc: wheat germ, nuts, fortified cereal, dried beans, and pumpkin seeds

Are you sure that your child’s nutritional needs are being met? If not consult a professional for help.


I Apologize

I must apologize for missing our Earth Day celebration. On Tuesday morning I woke up feeling bad and my health rapidly declined after I uttered the famous words “I think I can make it.” The bad decision to leave my home ended with my office mates re-packing my car and sending me home. The diagnosis was a stomach virus of which I will spare you the details.

I was so disappointed that, as a work study so affectionately (Not!) put it ” on my only day of the year to shine” I was too sick to perform. If there was any way I could have “limped” my way through the day, I would have done it. So I apologize to all of you that we’re inconvenienced in any way by my Earth Day absence. Once I get a chance to synchronize my calendar with some others on campus I will (re) create my display and “Made in Georgia” raffle. Thanks for your understanding and continued support. 

Happy Earth Day


Each year, Earth Day — April 22 — marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

The height of hippie and flower-child culture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Protest was the order of the day, but saving the planet was not the cause. War raged in Vietnam, and students nationwide increasingly opposed it.

At the time, Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. “Environment” was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.  Although mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the stage had been set for change by the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring in 1962.  The book represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. 

The idea came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land.

As a result, on the 22nd of April, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. “It was a gamble,” Gaylord recalled, “but it worked.”

LIFEUniversity’s Earth Day celebration will be held on April 23rd in the CUS plaza from 10:30am to 2:00pm


Earth Day Food for Thought

Another excerpt from the Time magazine article Eating Better than Organic. 

My favorite definition of local comes from Columbia’s Gussow, a reporter for Time in the 1950s who went on to become a local-eating pioneer. For 25 years, Gussow has lectured on the environmental (and culinary) disadvantages of relying on a global food supply. Her most oft-quoted statistic is that shipping a strawberry from California to New York requires 435 calories of fossil fuel but provides the eater with only 5 calories of nutrition. In her memoir, Gussow offers this rather poetic meaning of local: “Within a day’s leisurely drive of our homes. [This] distance is entirely arbitrary. But then, so was the decision made by others long ago that we ought to have produce from all around the world.”

Whats your definition of local when it comes to food?

Win a “Made in Georgia” Basket at Earth Day


Have you ever looked at where your food originates? I’ll admit until yesterday I never really looked at where the products I purchase originated. After a 1.5 hour trip to Whole Foods I was pleasantly surprised at how many products are locally produced. From wine to salsa there are lots of items that are made right here in Georgia.

I was so happy with the results of my “scavenger hunt” that I decided to share the goodness with you. Visit the Office of Sustainability display at Earth Day to have the chance to win a “Made in Georgia” basket filled with products made in the Peach State.

How do I win the basket? I’m glad you asked….Let’s just say brush up on your geography and “think globally.”

LIFE University’s Earth Day celebration will be held on April 23rd in the CUS plaza from 10:30am to 2:00pm

Earth Day at LIFE University

Close-up of an apple

LIFE University’s Earth Day celebration will be held on April 23rd in the CUS plaza from 10:30am to 2:00pm. This year the theme for our display will be “Eat Local, Think Global.” I recently  saw a Time magazine cover that read “Forget Organic, Eat Local” which sparked my interest. After reading the article I wondered how many people in the LIFE community would agree with the statements outlined in the article. This week we will feature statements/opinions from the article in preparation for a fun Earth Day activity. So take some time this week to read the article and let me know what you think!

 Here is an excerpt from the article….which apple would you choose?

 Not long ago I had an apple problem. Wavering in the produce section of a Manhattan grocery store, I was unable to decide between an organic apple and a nonorganic apple (which was labeled conventional, since that sounds better than “sprayed with pesticides that might kill you”). It shouldn’t have been a tough choice–who wants to eat pesticide residue?–but the organic apples had been grown in California. The conventional ones were from right here in New York State. I know I’ve been listening to too much NPR because I started wondering: How much Middle Eastern oil did it take to get that California apple to me? Which farmer should I support–the one who rejected pesticides in California or the one who was, in some romantic sense, a neighbor? Most important, didn’t the apple’s taste suffer after the fruit was crated and refrigerated and jostled for thousands of miles?

Read more of the article here.

And the Winner Is……

I love to give away stuff things. It makes me feel like Oprah. You remember the episode when Oprah gave each member of her studio audience a car, “You get a Car and You get a Car”.

I am definitely not giving away cars but yesterday I did have the pleasure of delivering travel blankets to Mrs. Lucia Paolucci and Dr. Dan Michel. If you stopped by the Clean Air Campaign table at FSDP this quarter you know that these blankets were part of a raffle for LIFE employees. Dr. Michel and Lucia won the blankets and were kind enough model them for A Sustainable LIFE. I would like to personally thank them both for being such great supporters of our sustainability efforts.

If didn’t get a chance to meet them in person visit the  Clean Air Campaign for more information on commuter programs.




Meatless Monday

According to a United Nations report the livestock industry creates almost 1/5 of all greenhouse gases and takes up 30% of the earth’s usable land .  By eliminating 1½ pounds of meat (about what a family of four eats for dinner) once a week, Gidon Eshel, a professor of physics at Bard College, says, “ you’ll get almost the same benefits as trading in a standard sedan for an ultra-efficient Prius hybrid.”

Source: Fox News 

Atlanta Makes the List

The city of Atlanta was listed as 1 of 25 cities with the greatest number of Energy Star Buildings in the United States. Energy Star is a program launched by the EPA to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star rating use an average of 35% less energy and are responsible for 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings. Fifteen types of commercial buildings can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools and retail stores.

2012 Rank Metro Area Energy Star Certified Buildings in 2012 2011 Rank
1 Los Angeles 528 1
2 Washington, D.C. 462 2
3 Chicago 353 4
4 New York 325 6
5 Atlanta 304 3
6 San Francisco 291 5
7 Houston 241 7
8 Dallas –Ft. Worth 214 8
9 Phoenix 202 13
10 Boston 188 10


The complete list can be seen at

Wordless Wednesday

Source: BHS-PHD