Archive for the ‘Editor’s Note’ Category
I was just a girl when the blizzard of ‘78 buried our small New England town. Tons of snow paralyzed the state, stalling freeways, closing businesses and outing power for days. I didn’t have any adult worries about how to get to work, feed my family or keep them warm. I didn’t have looming to-do lists, cram-packed meeting schedules or multiple businesses to run at a frenzied pace. All I knew was I got to stay home with my mom and dad.
What does Thanksgiving mean to you? Does it signal the start of the holiday season? Does it conjure up images of a bountiful feast to be shared with family and friends? Is it a time to reflect on what makes you most thankful? I have so much to be thankful for—a wonderful family, good health, enduring friendships and, of course, my job here at Green Living.
While technically Sept. 22 marked the autumnal equinox and the beginning of fall, it is October that embraces us with cooler temperatures and fabulous foliage that truly mark the seasonal change.
For those of us who live in the Sonoran Desert region of the state, it’s a wonderful time to be outdoors. Hiking and biking trails are more traveled, parks transform into festival grounds, and homeowners spend more time in their yards, either gardening or simply enjoying the near-perfect weather. For those in the northern part of the state, or in higher elevations, where seasonal change really means change, many of us would like to visit and witness nature’s splendor that you find at your doorstep.
This is an exciting time to be a part of Green Living. Since I started with the publication six months ago, I have witnessed the dedication and passion exhibited by my coworkers. It is an honor to work with such a dynamic and talented team whose core mission is to inspire change for a better life and healthier planet for all of us. The writers, community leaders, advertisers and readers I have met value Green Living and commend our efforts.
“Always walk through life as if
you have something new to learn
and you will.”
~ Vernon Howard
by Cheryl Hurd
On your mark, get set, learn! Oh, wait a minute. Learning is not a sprint, or a race to the finish. Learning is a lifelong endeavor. With school back in session, we are reminded that the educational journey continues. From kindergarten to college, students are readying their brains to be fattened with knowledge. They are filled with hopes and dreams, and anticipation of what the future might hold. It’s an exciting time in classrooms and on campuses, and we are sharing some of that excitement in the following pages.
Green Living is filled with stories about education, innovation and inspiration. Children from an impoverished village in South America will travel to Phoenix this month to perform a classical concert – their instruments crafted from trash plucked from the landfill on which they live.
I have a confession to make. While we’ve been featuring Arizona staycations in the past few issues, and continue to do so this month with a fabulous eco-travel piece highlighting Phoenix, I stepped a bit out of our state’s borders last month. I ran as far from the 110-degree heat as I could to the northeastern part of our great country. Rhode Island to be exact—and Connecticut and Massachusetts. It was a working vacation, really. An educational excursion, if you will, and a much-needed visit with family.
The New England communities, and my family, are rich with examples of living green. The way of life there reinforces the idea that green living is not just a fad celebrated by a few, but a lifestyle embraced in varying degrees by many, some as newly adopted habits and some as practices that span generations.
The stories in this issue make my heart soar. I am inspired and I hope you will be too. After meeting some phenomenal women in the May issue, I thought it might be difficult for the men to measure up. Boy, was I wrong! So who are these amazing men who promote sustainability? You can meet a few of them in the following pages.
This issue is dedicated to men, and celebrates the stories of some who are championing sustainable living way beyond their own lives. You will meet two Swiss innovators who are traveling across America in an aircraft powered by the sun.
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are on a mission to increase awareness and get people excited about renewable energy. They are carrying their message through the clouds, some 27,000 feet above land, in a silent fixed-wing solar airplane that is in the middle of a record-breaking cross-country tour. The duo stopped in Phoenix by way of San Francisco and will continue soaring across the nation to a final destination in New York.
Back on the ground in Phoenix, we meet Derrick Hall, CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and champion for the environment. He strives to influence the players, fans, employees and corporate partners, through a variety of sustainability initiatives and by giving back to the community.