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When I Am Among the Trees by Mary Oliver

April is National Poetry Month and if you are like me, that’s a good thing. No cards to buy, no presents to send, just wonderful words placed together that evoke a variety of feelings and emotions. I love to share poems about nature so that we are reminded of why we are eco-friendly, eco-passionate, eco-extraordinary and so on. Often, I’ve sat among the trees and they too have saved me, inspired me to write, sing and just simply shine. I am especially fond of the willows as they tell me secrets of all things wild and free.

Here is poem by the lovely Mary Oliver from her collection — Thirst

When I Am Among the Trees

When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.


I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often

Around me the trees stir in their leaves
and call out, “Stay awhile.”
The light flows from their branches.

And they call again, “It’s simple,” they say.
“and you too have come
into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled
with light, and to shine.”

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Easton Gardner – LEEDing the Way to a New Era of Sustainability

This article recently appeared on the home page of http://www.earth-list.com.

Easton Gardner – LEEDing the Way to a New Era of Sustainability
By Julie Gengo

As a self-proclaimed nerd when it comes to all things “green,” this LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) AP is making a difference as a business woman and environmental steward. Easton Gardner is the Director of Commercial Advisory at Greener Dawn, a small but growing company that specializes in carbon footprint analysis, sustainability and LEED consulting and management. Easton works with owners and tenants on developing sustainability initiatives and focuses on strategies that set parameters for how to integrate green into both business and lifestyles.

This is not just a job for this vibrant citizen of the world, but a mission: Easton grew up among nature and is passionate about preserving it from environmental destruction. Her work allows her to take an active role in keeping nature in its natural state so that everyone can benefit. She receives great inspiration from her clients and calls this the  “green light bulb moment.” These moments occur when the client gets the “call to action” to become more sustainable; it usually happens when their children catch them in environmental no-no’s.

It is no surprise that she has chosen this career path. Having spent her first eleven years on a family farm in Deming, New Mexico, Easton observed and analyzed nature in its finest state. But it wasn’t until she came acrosscross a book about green roofs in Taipei Taiwan, that she opened her eyes to the world. “I was pretty obsessed with ancient building techniques and the idea of green roofs across cityscapes to improve air quality and access to outdoor space,” she recalls. It also opened her mind to the concept of green building practices.

Easton’s family relocated to Sedona, Arizona and she went on to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Business Management & Entrepreneurship from Arizona State University. During this time she opted to study Spanish in Spain where she experienced the vegetative rooftops of Barcelona and basked in the wonders of Spanish architecture.

During college, Easton started a business in real estate with her family where she stayed in tune with her great love of the history of architecture and innovative design. Her career path also included working in Aspen for the US Forest Service where she was once again up close and personal with the elements.

Shortly after moving to the San Diego region, Easton pursued her LEED Accreditation and has since become Co-Chair of the Education Committee and Secretary of the Steering Committee for the local San Diego USGBC (United States Green Building Council) chapter. In this capacity she is able to inspire future LEED Associates in their quest to support green building practices.

On the horizon Easton envisions magnetic freeways where cars are moved by the pull of magnetic tracks. According to Easton, we are living in an era of The Jetsons where technology can help people coexist in a sustainable way, if we can truly determine sustainability.

When Easton is not working you may find her on her yoga mat or hiking with her dog Tabor enjoying North County Coastal San Diego where she now lives.

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Blue-Green Algae – What’s Lurking in Your Swamp Might Save the World

The headlines are wreaking of investments in algae – yes that yukky stuff that can actually be very toxic to sea life. Wouldn’t you know, the Swamp Thing is poised to have big value. 49302168

According to an article by ScienceDaily “Algae are tiny biological factories that use photosynthesis to transform carbon dioxide and sunlight into energy so efficiently that they can double their weight several times a day.

As part of the photosynthesis process algae produce oil and can generate 15 times more oil per acre than other plants used for biofuels, such as corn and switchgrass. Algae can grow in salt water, freshwater or even contaminated water, at sea or in ponds, and on land not suitable for food production.”49302194

This oil can be used for gas, diesel, and jet fuels. Algae biofuel is also compatible with existing engines, existing storage, distribution, and delivery infrastructure. However the most important aspect is that algae-based biofuels have a low carbon footprint as they do not require the use of forests or large areas of land for production.

Some other wonderful aspects of algae-based biofuels:
– Algae biofuel is carbon neutral; only emits C02 that it absorbs.
– Algae reproduces very quickly, maximizing biofuel yields.
– Algae biofuel can scale to even possibly replace oil.

The world’s first algae fuel-powered vehicle, dubbed the Algaeus. The plug-in hybrid car, which is a Prius tricked out with a nickel metal hydride battery and a plug, runs on green crude from Sapphire Energy — no modifications to the gasoline engine necessary.

The world’s first algae fuel-powered vehicle, dubbed the Algaeus. The plug-in hybrid car, which is a Prius tricked out with a nickel metal hydride battery and a plug, runs on green crude from Sapphire Energy — no modifications to the gasoline engine necessary.


– Algae biofuel is commercially viable on an industrial scale.
– Algae biofuel can become price competitive with oil.
– There are no soil requirements for algae biofuel.
– Algae can be produced locally for food and fuel.
– Algae biofuel does not damage food prices.
– The algae biofuel industry is growing quickly with a bright future.
– Algae yields much more biofuel per acre than other fuels.
– Algae photo-bioreactors require very little land.
– Algal fuels do not impact fresh water resources.
– Algae biofuel can grow in salt water, freshwater or contaminated water.
– Human waste and sewage can be used to grow algae biofuel.
– Algae can be used to filter C02 from coal plants and create biofuel.
– Algae biofuel is more practical than solar power.
– Algae does not compete with food resources like other biofuels.

Pulled from the headlines – look whose investing in algae biofuels:
“One of the nation’s wealthiest American Indian communities is a major investor in a start-up with the twin goals of making fuel from algae and reducing emissions.”

“Exxon to Invest Millions to Make Fuel From Algae”

“Dow Chemical’s long-term interest in the ethanol produced by the algae is as a replacement for natural gas to make plastic.”

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