by Connor Murphy
The healthcare system in the United States is one of the most advanced in the world. Through constant innovation, a well-established and thriving industry and tight regulations on medical materials, America is home to some of the world’s best medical treatments. But the very practices that make the system so innovative can also contribute to a lot of medical waste.
Regulations on medical supplies like latex gloves, respirators and pacemakers ensure that only the highest-quality products are used in our medical industry. But what happens to the surplus? The products that are still fit for use, but cannot be used in the U.S. due to stringent expiration deadlines? Or perfectly operational products that are exchanged for the newest model? For years, many such goods were simply thrown away. But Denver-based non-profit Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) is hoping to save lives and the environment by sending quality surplus goods to people who desperately need them — patients and doctors in developing nations around the globe. Read more
By Amanda Strusienski
As more people are trying to live sustainably, new ways of helping the environment are being sought. One major way is to leave the car in the driveway and take your bike to work instead. Some of the reasons for this are simple: energy conservation, less pollution from fossil fuels and cost efficiency. While the usual thought about pollution is in regard to its impact on the environment, fossil fuel emissions have been linked to human health conditions, such as respiratory diseases and certain cancers. Perhaps the Phoenix area would be the perfect place to start biking to work, as our climate is well-suited for bike riding for around seven months of the year. Read more
Phoenix Elementary School wins Keep America Beautiful Recycle-Bowl
Phoenix-based Magnet Traditional School won the Keep America Beautiful’s Recycle-Bowl nationwide recycling competition. More than 1,400 elementary, middle, and high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia competed. Magnet Traditional School elementary students recycled 48 pounds of materials per person during the four-week-long competition that took place in October and November 2014. Overall, 4.4 million pounds of materials were recycled during the Recycle-Bowl between all of the participating schools. Central High School in Phoenix was also a national category winner for the Most Improved School. They will receive $2,500 in recycling bins to continue their good recycling habits. All national and state Recycle-Bowl winners will receive a recycled-content plaque recognizing their achievements. recycle-bowl.org Read more
From high-end restaurants to the kitchens of do-it-yourself enthusiasts, the practice of food fermentation is making a comeback. A highly rewarding and nourishing skill, fermentation is an ancient and nutritious craft that can connect you to your life’s essence and human ancestry.
The age-old practice of fermentation, which preserves, enhances and transforms your food with the help of bacteria, fungi and molds, goes far back into human history, spanning the globe, crossing cultures and utilizing just about any food medium imaginable to create culinary delights. Read more
by Amanda Harvey
Students at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix continue to inspire the community with their humanitarian efforts. In 2010, All Saints’ was partnered with St. Paul’s school in Gascogne, Haiti, just months prior to the devastating earthquake. “The Haitians are united as a group even after the disaster. They deserve to be able to help themselves,” says All Saints’ 8th grade student and 2015 Haiti Ambassador Akiriti Bhujel. The partnership’s ultimate goal is to provide St. Paul’s with the information and resources they need to become truly sustainable.
In the past five years, this partnership has led to the construction of a new school building and six latrines, student tuitions, teacher salaries, uniforms and supplies. These efforts are not only humanitarian in nature, but also sustainable, as All Saints’ students have focused on recycling and upcycling items and teaching the St. Paul’s students how to grow their own food to become more independent. There are two elective classes at All Saints’ school that provide students with an outlet for their sustainable solutions — the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) elective class and the Green Team. Both of these groups are heavily involved in the Haiti projects. Read more
Thank you to all who attended our February issue launch party! We especially want to thank Lost and Found Resale Interiors for hosting and providing the hors d’oeuvres and gift basket, and Lawrence Dunham Vineyards and Mudshark Brewery for providing the refreshments. We’d also like to thank Crooked Sky Farms, Dazzle Cloth, Foosia and Healing Day Spa for the giveaways. Read more
By Joe Zazzeraz
Arizona is quickly becoming a hot spot for biomimicry education and research. Biomimicry is a design methodology that observes functional forms in nature and applies those strategies to human design of forms, processes and systems.
On March 3, the official kick-off event for ASU’s on-campus Biomimicry Center will take place. The event marks several years of work in the development of a partnership between ASU and the Montana-based Biomimicry 3.8 organization.
Janine Benyus first coined the term biomimicry, or the “mimicking of life,” in her 1997 book Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Since then, Benyus and co-founder Dayna Baumeister have gone on to form the Biomimicry Institute and Biomimicry 3.8. Their organization works with fortune 500 innovation and design teams developing solutions based on the genius of nature. Read more