Sustainability



USA Today sponsors one “Make A Difference” day every year.  Ian Rosenberger is making a difference every day. He and his team at THREAD are taking trash from Haiti, plastic bottles, turning them into thread which ultimately becomes fabric for use in the manufacture of apparel. They call it “Ground to […]

Trash> Thread> Fabric= GOOD!


On this expedition, I met Marcus Eriksen, co-founder of 5 Gyres. I enjoyed helping him as we sieved the sea surface searching for synthetic materials. Marcus and his wife, Anna Cummins, have sailed through the 5 subtropical gyres doing research and reporting on plastic pollution. Their mission is to engage people in […]

Plastic> Bottles> Trash= BAD



The BSA Sustainability website posted my blog about the first few days of our expedition. The words of Wayne Brock, former Chief Scout Executive of BSA, shed light on the reason for my trip to Antarctica: Scouting was green when green was just a color. Today, sustainability is critically important as […]

Green to Deep Green


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The Center for Sustainable Landscapes at the Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens, in my home town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, became the seventh building in the world to meet the Living Building Challenge.  I’m very proud to be connected with the Phipps and excited about the things they are doing! The […]

Greenest building in the world!


The show I mentioned in my earlier post, Our Rising Oceans: VICE Season 3-Episode 1, is now available for viewing online.  I encourage everyone to watch and post your comments.  The Season 2 episode on Greenland is also worthy of your time. UPDATE: the episode is no longer available for free. […]

Video worth watching




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I was honored today to receive this e-mail from the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and the attached letter of support. I am excited about the future collaboration possibilities with this awesome organization!   To RobMarks Hi Mr. Marks, Pleased to meet you via email!   It was a pleasure to learn […]

Support from The Phipps!


In order to prepare us for the group discussions and debates that are part of the 2041 expedition, we were given a list of books to read and videos to watch. My Mom just e-mailed me this picture. All the books I was required to read before the expedition just arrived […]

Required reading for 2041 IAE