A Sustainable Mind | Interviewing environmental activists, community leaders, and green business owners

By Marjorie Alexander interviews leaders in Sustainability | Food Waste | Minimalism | Conservation | Nature Education | Conscious Consumerism | Zero Waste | Green Business | Ecology

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Description

A Sustainable Mind is a podcast created for the earth-conscious individual, ecopreneur, environmental activist, sustainability enthusiast, grassroots organizer, minimalist, conscious consumer and the eco-curious. If you are looking to get inspired, motivated and take ACTION to be the change you want to see in the world you are in the right place. Delivered to you each week, Marjorie Alexander brings you environmental changemakers whose campaigns, companies and projects have changed the planet for the better. Featured guests discuss their relationship with nature early on, their journey to a green career, light-bulb moments, sustainable habits, lessons from launching their projects, and much more. Each episode ends with ACTIONABLE advice and resources for you to hit the ground running!

Episode Date
051: Building Our Cities, One Recycled Shipping Container at a Time with Paul Galvin of SG Blocks
27:42

Paul Galvin, is the Chairman and CEO of SG Blocks, a premier designer and fabricator of container-based structures. SG Blocks has recently secured two low-income housing development projects in New York State and is partnering with Heart of Los Angeles to create the first container-based community center in L.A.

Jun 08, 2018
050: Greenlid, the world's first compostable kitchen composting bin, with Jackson Wyatt
35:06

Morgan and Jackson Wyatt are the co-founders of Greenlid, a disposable, compostable and leak-proof composting bin for your kitchen. After launching a successful Kickstarter campaign and securing backing in the Dragon's Den (Canada's version of Shark Tank) these brothers aim to be in every kitchen in Canada and beyond.

May 31, 2018
049: Healing from the Inside Out with Eva Vennari of the Elevate Institute
52:31

Eva Vennari is on a mission to dismantle the status quo of the sickness industry. Having spent most of her adult life suffering from all kinds of conditions she decided to take matters into her own hands and heal herself holistically.

May 24, 2018
048: Going Zero Waste and getting healthy with Kathryn Kellogg
40:17

Kathryn Kellogg is a zero waste influencer and blogger at GoingZeroWaste.com. In this episode, we discuss common misconceptions about zero-waste living and how replacing one toiletry item with the DIY version helped solved her pain problem.

May 17, 2018
047: Gardening and Coding with From Seed to Spoon app developer Dale Spoonemore
53:19

Dale Spoonemore is the co-founder of the From Seed to Spoon mobile app that helps gardeners all over the world plant amazing gardens, no matter their skill level or prior knowledge. We'll be talking about how gardening and coding got him out of depression, helped him improve his health and brought him closer with his family.

May 08, 2018
046: Top 5 Tips for Reducing Paper Waste
30:06

In this episode we will tackle some of the easiest ways to reduce paper waste in your life or simply not bringing in unnecessary paper to begin with. And don't worry about taking notes. All resources, statistics, and websites mentioned are accessible at asustainablemind.com/046

May 03, 2018
045: Fighting for Clean Water Worldwide with WaterAid America's CEO Sarina Prabasi
34:54

Sarina Prabasi is the CEO of WaterAid America, a non-profit that brings clean water, sanitation and hygiene to over 37 countries across the globe. WaterAid also provides job training so the communities can learn to sustain the well systems, water pumps, toilets, faucets, etc. on their own. WaterAid.org

Apr 26, 2018
044: Online Adventure Communities and Creating Your Own Opportunities with Love Her Wild's Bex Band
34:28

Bex Band is a professional nomad, an ordinary adventurer and an amazing story teller. She shares about her travels and excursions at LoveHerWild.com an online community she started, specifically for women, and Bex recounts her more personal tails on her blog TheOrdinaryAdventurer.com.

Apr 19, 2018
043: Positive Impact through Incremental Habits with Aint No Planet B's Zoe Jazz
45:17

Zoe Jazz has been sharing her zero waste journey with the world through her awesome blog Ain't No Planet B. She touches on the typical eco lifestyle habits - versions of household products, recipes, and hair & beauty. But she also talks about the human element - decision making, positive motivation and constantly reminds us that you aren't a terrible person if you don't do everything perfect the first time. With the slogan 'baby steps to zero waste', Zoe really gets it and is one of my fave eco bloggers.

Apr 05, 2018
042: Eco-friendly and Sustainable Event Planning with Chance Thompson
53:10

Chance Thompson is the senior manager of sustainability and PR for one of the world's largest event companies. In this episode, Chance tells us about the most rewarding and challenging parts of his job and shares helpful tips for us to bring large-scale sustainability solutions to our own events.

Mar 22, 2018
041: Slow Lifestyle, Culture Making, and The End of Poverty? with Matthew Stillman
56:47

Matthew Stillman is the conceiver and producer of "The End of Poverty?" - a feature-length documentary about the origins of poverty and why it persists in a world with so much wealth. He is also the founder of Primal Derma, bringing ancient recipes to modern skincare products. 

Mar 17, 2018
040: Sustainable, Responsible and Impact (SRI) Investing with Marc de Sousa-Shields
58:53

Marc de Sousa-Shields is an international sustainable development and investment consultant. He co-founded and was first Executive Director of the Social Investment Organization (SIO) of Canada and has been an advisor to the United Nations and a member of the US Social Investment Forum International Committee. Marc has written for leading on-line corporate sustainability magazines, TheSustainableCentury.net blog, and the Sustainable Century Podcast. Marc's latest book "Invest Like You Give a Damn: Make Money, Change the World, Sleep Well at Night" is a DIY book for impact investing.

Mar 08, 2018
039: Public Policy and Environmental Podcasting with Earth Matters Host Lawson Hunter
55:40

Lawson Hunter is the former president of the Green Party in Canada and has given his time to countless organizations, committees, and boards that focus on environmental issues. Lawson is now a blogger at NewsandComment.com and hosts the environmental podcast EarthMatters where he interviews folks in and around Ontario Canada that are creating local solutions for global problems.

Mar 01, 2018
038: Mountain Climbing and Climate Science with Explorer John All
46:03

John all is a scientist, mountaineer, and explorer. He has traveled to some of the most isolated places in the world to collect data, witnessing the effects of climate change first hand.

He is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the American Climber Science Program and the author of Icefall, where he recounts his adventures at the farthest edges of this planet.

Feb 22, 2018
037: Advocating for a better planet with Ellen Hielkema of Power Women in Green Podcast
30:39

Ellen Hielkema is the host of Power Women in Green, a podcast that highlights women that are making the world a better place through green business. In today's episode, we discuss her previous career in marketing, what her goals are for her podcast and how van life in Portugal changed the way she looked at the world.

Feb 15, 2018
036: Wildlife and Wilderness Conservation Through Law Enforcement with Jessica Graham
30:38

Jessica is a crime-fighting conservationist. Through her work with INTERPOL's Environmental Security Program and the former Presidential Task Force for Combating Wildlife Trafficking, Jessica has seen a part of environmental sustainability that very few have. Today we will talk about the real implications of wildlife trafficking and illegal logging as well as what we as civilians and tourists can do to help.

Feb 08, 2018
035: Veganism and Animal Cruelty, Creating a Better Planet for Everyone, with Erica Sodos
56:32

Erica Sodos is a motivational speaker, emcee, magician, psychic entertainer and one of the few female mentalists in the world. She also happens to be a vegan and a fierce animal rights activist. In this episode, Erica and I discuss vegan alternatives to your favorite foods, the difficulties of keeping a positive attitude while being an activist and the dark reality of eating animal products.

Jan 26, 2018
034: Urban foraging and eating local with Mallory O'Donnell
45:11

Mallory O'Donnell has spent the last several years foraging in rural New Jersey and now shares their experiences, favorite ingredients recipes with the world through the blog How to Cook a Weed. In this episode, we discuss great ways to get started with foraging in your backyard or garden, how to stay safe while eating local plants and the benefits of seeing your immediate environment through a different set of lenses. If you are interested in truly eating local Mallory is a fantastic resource. Check out Mallory's blog at howtocookaweed.com

Jan 18, 2018
033: Rebuilding coral reefs and keeping our oceans healthy with Gator Halpern and Sam Teicher of Coral Vita
37:10

Sam and Gator met at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies where they helped launch the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurship Club. After graduation and successfully developing and organized ecology projects around the world, their love for oceans inspired them to work together once more to launch Coral Vita, a company that is helping solve global coral degradation, one reef at a time.

Jan 11, 2018
032: Easiest Ways to Go Green in 2018
18:33

In this episode, we list some of the easiest and most effective ways for just about anyone to live a more earth-conscious lifestyle in the new year. From reducing energy consumption at home to conserving resources through changes in diet, we've got you covered.

Jan 05, 2018
031: Solving food waste and ending hunger one box of produce at a time with Rick Nahmias
45:17

A decade ago Rick was an award-winning photographer and writer who focused on the faces and stories of marginalized communities. One day in 2009, while walking his dog, Rick literally stumbled across the idea that wasted fruit in backyards and farmer's markets across our community could become a sustainable source of nutrition for the food insecure. Now, over 8 years later, Food Forward delivers over 400,000 pounds of fruits and veggies each week to organizations that feed families and individuals in need in the LA Metro area.

Dec 28, 2017
030: Wildlife documentaries with Eyes on Conservation podcast host Matt Podolsky
55:18

After graduating from Ithaca College with degrees in both Environmental Science and Cinema/Photography, Matthew began a career as a field biologist. After working jobs in upstate New York, California, and Jamaica Matthew was offered a job working with the endangered California condor in the remote desert of Northern Arizona. It was this landscape that re-ignited his passion for filmmaking and storytelling – he began shooting for Scavenger Hunt one year after arriving in Arizona.

Dec 21, 2017
029: Coffee Scrubs and Eco-podcasting with Trashy Beauty's Barbara Lee
32:48

Barbara Lee is the founder of Trashy Beauty and host of the new podcast Trash Talking with Eco-Warriors. Barbara was born and raised in Hawaii, where she was instilled with the importance of protecting the fragile beauty of nature. Now, as a former journalist, barista, and conservationist, Barbara is combining her love of a minimal, zero waste lifestyle and coffee to inspire others to live a naturally beautiful life. In this episode, we discuss her inspiration for starting her coffee body scrub company, the challenges that come with starting your own podcast and her mission to bring awareness to the value of what we throw away.

Dec 14, 2017
028: Tackling Waste in the Health and Beauty industry with Plaine Products' Lindsey McCoy
31:34

After 10 years working on environmental education in the Bahamas, an archipelago full of single-use plastic, Lindsey McCoy and her sister Alison co-founded Plaine Products, a company that offers health and beauty products in aluminum bottles that can be returned, refilled and reused. Today we talk about the importance of perseverance and progress over perfection when it comes to an earth-conscious mindset.

Dec 07, 2017
027: Revolutionizing recycling one cigarette butt at a time with TerraCycle's Tom Szaky
32:03

Tom Szaky is the founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a company that has successful recycling programs across the globe for materials including everything from chewing gum to cigarettes. Today we speak to Tom about how both individuals and large corporations can take part in the recycling revolution as well as what can be even more beneficial than recycling itself, in the fight against waste.

Nov 30, 2017
026: Our Right to a Healthy Environment with Maya van Rossum
46:44

Lawyer and veteran environmentalist Maya van Rossum has been fighting for our right to a healthy environment for over 25 years. She has played a critical role in getting environmental legislation passed and is sparking a movement with her new book The Green Amendment. In this episode, Maya reminds us that access to a clean environment is NOT a constitutional right...yet.

Nov 23, 2017
025: Use Your Money to Make a Difference with Cara MacMillan
24:11

Cara MacMillan is a financial planner & consultant. She teaches sustainable investing as well as how to integrate sustainability into your everyday life in order to save money and save the planet each and every day. She has a book out titled It's Only Money and it Grows on Trees talking about the roll of money in our families and our culture. Her next book is right around the corner, being released in November 2016, called Make Big Money and Make a Big Difference on investing wisely with our planet in mind.

Sep 27, 2016
024: Fracking is No Laughing Matter with Comedian Ron Placone
48:07

Ron Placone tours nationally as a stand-up appearing at clubs, colleges, theaters and everything in between. He also speaks for colleges and advocacy groups with his one-man performance lecture on Battling Political Apathy. In this episode we discuss the theme of this master's thesis - fracking and the role that media plays in environmental issues. Ron gives us some interesting insight from his first-hand experiences and has suggestions for how we can make fracking a thing of the past.

Sep 09, 2016
023: Tiny House, Big Decision with Tiny House Podcast Co-host Perry Gruber
45:22

Perry Gruber is a man of many hats including entrepreneur, speaker, and social engineer. He is the founder of Copiosis, which is a new economic system for a post capitalist world. In addition to this he is the founder of The Tiny House Podcast which is the largest tiny house podcast in the world.

Sep 07, 2016
022: Fermentation on Wheels with Tara Whitsitt
32:09

Tara Whitsitt is a social activist, artist and food preservationist. Her passions for fermenting and growing food, living communally and teaching inspired her to launch Fermentation on Wheels, a mobile food preservation teaching space. Here Tara gives vegetable fermentation workshops that correspond with the regional and seasonal produce of each destination during her travels. In this episode Tara and I discuss living and eating in community, where our food comes from and of course fermentation.

Aug 21, 2016
021: Ecological Art and Bringing Nature Into the Home with Ashley Lieber
41:09

Ashley Lieber is an ecological artist and educator. In this episode we discuss her ecological art series, Moss for Meditation, as well as maker culture, building sustainable community, hydroponics (one of my favorite topics), tips on how to get FREE SEEDS! and much more.

Jul 28, 2016
020: Radical Self Care and Natural Beauty Products with Tameko Rowe
52:38

Tameko Rowe is a corporate employee turned eco conscious beauty and self care product line creator. Her company Cocoa Butter Mothers offers a range of products from nursing butters to beard balm, all crafted using responsibly sourced natural and organic ingredients, some of which come directly from Tameko's yard. Her intention is to continue to cultivate a deeper connection to self, encouraging clients to take time for luxurious self-care.

Jun 22, 2016
019: Children and Healthy Eating Habits with Kathryn Kemp Guylay
40:22

Kathryn Kemp Guylay is an author, speaker, certified nutritional counselor and coach with a master’s degree in business. She is the founder of Nurture, a national non-profit that provides wellness education to tens of thousands of children and parents. Not only is Kathryn a sought-after wellness expert, but she also hosts her own radio show on wellness at KDPI-FM in Ketchum, Idaho. Guylay is on a mission to help children all over the world eat more healthy fruits and vegetables of all types through her new book Give it a Go, Eat a Rainbow which was illustrated by her son Alexander.

May 05, 2016
018: Building Community Through Urban Farming With Greg Peterson
58:15

Greg Peterson is an urban farming and sustainability innovator who resides at the Urban Farm, an environmental showcase home in the heart of Phoenix. He opens his home weekly for tours and classes, not only telling people, but showing them, how he has been able to make a living through urban farming for over two decades and how they can do the same.  Greg also runs Urban Farm U (UrbanFarm.org), filled with online courses designed to educate and inspire others to grow food for themselves and others.

Apr 26, 2016
017: Upcycling Plastic, from Runway to Everyday with Sara Wiener
39:10

Some of Sara’s greatest memories growing up were of sewing with her grandmother Bella. When she combined her love of sewing and making old things new again with the overabundance of plastic bags Sara Bella UpCycled was born; a company that up-cycles consumer plastic bags into beautiful, wearable art for both the runway and the everyday.

Mar 30, 2016
016: Holism, Food Activism and Environmental Justice with Nikki Silvestri
44:11

Nikki Silvestri has had a long history of working to support environmental justice and growing sustainable communities. As a Co-founder of Live Real and former Executive Director of People’s Grocery and Green For All Nikki has built and strengthened social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, climate solutions and economic development. Now as a Co-founder and CEO of Silvestri Strategies she is working to support thriving communities, economies and natural environments.

Mar 15, 2016
015: The Urban Forest and the Importance of Trees with Cindy Blain
46:19

Cindy Blain had a background in marketing and tech but wanted a life for her family out of Silicon Valley and closer to nature. She has worked with environmentally focused non-profits such as the Presentation Retreat & Conference Center and Sacramento Tree Foundation. Now, as the Executive Director of California ReLeaf, she is at the helm of not just any non-profit but a network of over 90 organizations throughout California that are dedicated to planting and caring for trees in the urban forest. In this conversation we go behind the scenes of California ReLeaf, discuss how trees improve every facet of our lives and consider how sprawled cities can learn a thing or two from the compact development of smaller countries.

Mar 07, 2016
ASM: Sometimes Your Why Finds You
13:26

In today’s episode I talk to you about a few things that came up for me over the last few months that caused me to stop recording for a while.

Well I am happy to be back on the mic once more and in this episode I announce some cool stuff I’m introducing to the show.

Feb 23, 2016
014: Origins of Nature Deficit Disorder and How to Get Kids Reconnected with Texas Children in Nature's Jennifer Bristol
36:41

Jennifer Bristol is the State Coordinator for Texas Children in Nature which connects over 300 organizations with the children & nature movement in Texas. Prior to becoming the first State Coordinator for TCiN she created award-winning conservation education curriculum and youth development programs for Camp Fire and served as a park ranger for Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Nov 02, 2015
013: Charting Your Own Path to a Career in Sustainability with Take 3's Tim Silverwood
31:56

Tim Silverwood is an educator, environmentalist and speaker. He founded Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative, asking everyone to complete one simple action each time they visit a beach, waterway or anywhere else; take 3 pieces of litter with you when you leave. Tim has also participated in research of the Great Pacific garbage patch, co-founded Circular Economy Australia and is the director of Rechusable.

Oct 30, 2015
012: What Should I Eat and Other Food for Thought with Food, Health & Wellness Educator Lauren Nixon
35:53

Lauren Nixon is a food and wellness educator giving workshops in and around D.C. Philadelphia and New York. She has a passion for creating spaces where people feel empowered to combine healthy food and self-care practices to gain a well-rounded understanding of how to nourish themselves.

Oct 27, 2015
011: Ending Food Waste One Ugly Apple at a Time with Jordan Figueiredo
36:53

Jordan is a Food Waste Superhero. He is the founder of the organization End Food Waste and the brains behind the Ugly Fruit and Veg campaign that recently took the food waste fight to the steps of Walmart! He’s been teaming up with people and organizations from around the world, from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to The National Resource Defense Fund to combat this major issue. Lucky for us the good thing about food waste is that just about everyone, no matter your circumstances, can help solve the problem.

Oct 19, 2015
010: Getting Real About What Kind of Action Really Improves the Planet with Colin Beavan
31:17

Dr. Colin Beavan is among the world’s foremost spokespeople on environmental issues and consumerism. He was called the Best Green Ambassador by TreeHugger and his blog was selected as one of the top 15 green blogs by Time magazine. He has spoken and consulted with brands such as eBay and Cliff Bars and has traveled the world speaking to audiences from California to the Czech Republic. When his film No Impact Man hit the environmental documentary scene it changed the landscape forever.

Oct 13, 2015
009: Saving the Rainforest One Cell Phone at a Time with Topher White
33:31

Topher White is an engineer with a background in physics and kinetic sculptor. Little did he know that visiting the rainforest as a tourist would spark an idea as to how to help save it. Since 2013 Topher has been working around the clock designing a device out of used cell phones to thwart deforestation in real time. This interview offers a TON of great tips for anyone in tech or science looking to contribute to real world problems and for entrepreneurs in general.

Oct 08, 2015
008: ASM Unplugged - Intentional Communities and Responding to Western Privilege with Ma'ikwe Ludwig
42:07

Ma’ikwe Ludwig is the Executive Director of Dancing Rabbit Eco Village in Northern Missouri and also sits on the Board of the Directors for the Fellowship for Intentional Community. With a long history of being involved in this work she is well-known for candidly discussing the blessings and challenges of living in an intentional community.

Oct 06, 2015
007: There's BPA in My What? Jay Sinha Talks Plastics and Running an Earth Conscious Business
47:48

Jay Sinha has a unique background in biochemistry, law, ecotoxicology and environmental research. In this interview he reveals a lot about the true nature of what is in the products we use on a day-to-day basis and then gives us an amazing resource list to do some research on our own. Get a pen and paper kids, you’re going to need it for this interview!

Oct 01, 2015
006: Living a Zero-Waste Lifestyle with Bea Johnson
34:57

Bea Johnson is one of today's foremost experts in the area of zero-waste living and voluntary simplicity. She is most well-known for being able to fit her family of four’s trash for an entire year into a quart sized jar. She has helped people all over the world achieve various levels of voluntary simplicity and eco-friendly living through her blog ZeroWasteHome.com and her book by the same name. She continues to spread the zero-waste message through talks which she gives all over the world.

Sep 28, 2015
005: Team Dynamics and Giving Back to the Community with Denzel Austin Thompson
29:09

Denzel Austin Thompson grew up in North Philly. During a service trip to New Orleans he got the idea to plant urban gardens in empty lots in his neighborhood back home. He is the co-creator of the Philadelphia Urban Creators and has since received multiple awards for his continued commitment to the community and his neighbors.

Sep 24, 2015
004: Fermentation and Other Kitchen DIY with Anne-Marie Bonneau of ZeroWasteChef.com
41:03

Anne-Marie grew up learning the DIY mentality from her father. She now puts it to use in the kitchen making all her food from scratch, from sourdough to kombucha and everything in between. She also hosts webinars to empower others to do the same. In this fun episode we discuss talking the talk and walking the walk in regards to sustainable living.

Sep 21, 2015
003: Consumer Culture and Resilient & Sustainable Communities with Laird Christensen of Green Mountain College
36:56

Laird Christensen has dedicated his life to environmental activism and finding ways to create more sustainable communities. He has been an author, activist and educator during his career and that is how I came to know Laird, through his courses at Green Mountain College, where received my Masters in Environmental Studies. Laird is the Director of GMC’s latest masters program in Resilient and Sustainable Communities and in this episode we discuss his upbringing and his inspiration for developing the program.

Sep 17, 2015
002: Sustainable Burial Practices with Katrina Spade of the Urban Death Project
34:47

After being disappointed with the options available for non-traditional burial Katrina Spade sought out ways to lay our loved ones to rest without wasting burial materials or contaminating the soil. With a background in architecture and anthropology she came up with the idea for The Urban Death Project for which she has received an Echoing Green Fellowship.

Sep 13, 2015
001: Intentional Living with Greg Seaman of Earth Easy
33:27

Earth Easy is the brainchild of Long Island native Greg Seaman. After living on both coasts and in both rural and urban settings, he and his wife with a three month old in tow, decided to simplify their lifestyle and move off-grid. Now, EarthEasy.com is a family run business allowing everyone involved to live out their ideals of treading lightly on this planet.

Sep 13, 2015
000: Welcome to A Sustainable Mind
07:44

Environmental activist Marjorie Alexander came up with the idea for A Sustainable Mind podcast after being unimpressed with the podcast options for aspiring environmentalists. A Sustainable Mind is all about giving today's environmental change-makers a platform to share their story, educated and inspire others. This sustainability podcast is intentionally empowering, inspirational and action oriented so if you are an earth-conscious being then you are in the right place!

Sep 13, 2015