The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently celebrated their 20th anniversary! In this time they have accomplished groundbreaking, critical work that has empowered consumers and influenced legislation. While much has been accomplished in the past 20 years, toxins polluting our most vulnerable, children and babies, is still a major issue. EWG provides the best resources towards protecting yourself and your family. As a board member I had the privilege of speaking at the celebration and I have shared my speech below about this critical issue. (more…)
Karen I. Bremer, executive director, Georgia Restaurant Association; Jeff Clark, CONSERVE program director, National Restaurant Association; Laura Turner Seydel; Abbey Patterson, executive director, Atlanta Recycles
I recently gave an interview to the National Restaurant Association (NRA) on Zero Waste Zones, a sustainability program first launched here in Atlanta. I chaired the original zero-waste committee and am thrilled that it has been adopted by the NRA. (more…)
In celebration of my dad turning 75, CNN will be airing their documentary Ted Turner: The Maverick Man – A Look at the Life and Journey of Ted Turner this Sunday the 17th at 7pm (EST). (more…)
Recycling is often the first step for many in discovering sustainable lifestyle choices. Recycling is so important, an individual or a single family can divert massive amounts of waste from landfills and give materials new life. Imagine, what an entire company could do. The single largest day for recycling is right around the corner. America Recycles Day (ARD), a program of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), has several exciting programs you can take part in. I am particularly excited about the Recycling at Work initiative. Recycling at Work offers you a 10-step action plan, discounts on recycling bins and other valuable tools to start and expand your workplace recycling program. All your company has to do is take the pledge at the Recycling at Work website and use their helpful tools and resources. (more…)
I want to share with you an exciting update on Atlanta and Zero Waste Zones. The article below originally appeared on Zero Waste Zone blog, written by Holly Elmore.
An early pioneer in the zero waste movement, Atlanta is an ideal host city for the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council third annual conference scheduled for May 7 & 8 at the Westin Buckhead. Atlanta’s Eco Warrior Laura Turner Seydel opens the conference as the keynote plenary speaker.
Last week, I had the honor of co-hosting Sir Jonathon Porritt at Georgia Tech to speak about his new book The World We Made. Jonathon is a pioneer in sustainability development and an advisor to The Prince of Wales, he has been closely involved in developing sustainability strategies for companies. He is also a former director of Friends of the Earth, founder and director of Forum for the Future, an eminent commentator, author and broadcaster.
I first met Jonathon at The Global Summit for the Travel and Tourism Council in Abu Dhabi earlier this year where we were both speakers. However, I first became familiar with him when my father published his book Save The Earth in 1991 and have long since been an admirer. He has been a major global influence in sustainability, technology and politics. (more…)
Also posted in Business, Clean Air, Clean Water, Climate Change, Conservation, Energy, Politics, Pollution, Recycling, Resource Scarcity, Travel, Wildlife, Wind, World
The International Women’s Earth & Climate Summit will take place on September 20 – 23, 2013 in New York. The Summit will bring together 100 global women leaders including grassroots activists, economists, scientists, businesswomen, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, culture shapers for 3.5 days to help further a women’s climate action agenda. (more…)
August, 28, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech. In addition, 2013 is also the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
There will be a number of events from August 22 – 28th to commemorate this incredibly historic moment in time. Most importantly, there will be a March on Washington Saturday, August 24. This will be a reenactment of Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington culminating in his historic ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.
Ten people spoke that day with Martin Luther King. (more…)
We were very honored in Georgia last week to host the Waterkeeper Alliance’s national conference at Callaway Gardens. As part of the week’s activities, a fundraising event was held in Atlanta at the beautiful Buckhead home of Vicki and Howard Palefsky. Bobby Kennedy was the guest speaker, and he talked about his work through the years with the Waterkeeper Alliance: past fights, past victories and the challenges we face today. (more…)
I am at the sixth annual Greening Our Children Event in Greenwich, CT. This event is honoring two of my favorite eco-heroes, Dr. Phil Landrigan and Jessica Alba. Dr Phil Landrigan is from the Children’s Environmental Health Center and has worked tirelessly to remove lead from gasoline after his studies showing the correlation between the lowering of children’s IQs and their level of lead exposure. He researches harmful chemicals and their effect on the health of our children, as well as educates the public about the inherit risks of exposure. Jessica Alba is receiving the Mt Sinai Champion For Children Award because of her dedication to the prevention of childhood chronic disease as it relates to exposure to harmful toxicants. (more…)