“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
Inevitably, your space tells a story about you. The photos on your walls show where you’ve traveled and who your friends are. The books on your shelves give insight into your hobbies and passions. Even the colors you choose set a mood and tone unique to you. Read more
2 cups pumpkin seed meal (whole pumpkin seeds, ground)
1 tsp. almond butter (or other nut butter)
2 Tbsp. flax meal
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt
6 Tbsp. coconut oil or cacao butter, melted
1/4 tsp. stevia powder or to taste
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup coconut chips or shreds (or chocolate chips)
- Mix dry ingredients together.
- Add all liquids and stir again.
- Bake for 5 to 7 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Freeze for a great texture.
Recipe courtesy of Elaina Love
Teaching kids about saving the Earth is a pretty hefty concept. But not when it’s displayed in a brightly colored, kid-friendly and easy-to-grasp format like the Jeremy Jackrabbit series.
About five years ago Rodney and Sasha Glassman (who were not yet married) were on a date, strolling through the Tucson Festival of Books. Rodney remembers, “We purchased a children’s book and thought, ‘We could do this.’” Rodney, who has a background in sustainability, and Sasha, who has a passion for literacy, combined their interests and areas of expertise to create their first book, Jeremy Jackrabbit Harvests the Rain, featuring illustrations from children in kindergarten through eighth grade. Each book is also graced with a forward from Arizona State University President Michael Crow, who is hugely dedicated to sustainability.
The Glassmans raised $35,000 for the first book, which allowed for the printing and distribution for 15,000 books — enough to give a copy to every kindergartner in Southern Arizona. “The first book was a great success and a lot of fun,” says Rodney.
The following year the Glassmans moved up to Phoenix and began working on a second book, Jeremy Jackrabbit Recycles the Can. “The project really took on a life of its own,” says Rodney. The couple received more than 1,000 drawings from children hoping to see their artwork become illustrations in the Jeremy Jackrabbit series.
Corporate Sustainability Expert Joins
the Sustainability Consortium
Sheila Bonini was recently appointed CEO of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). Bonini, an expert in corporate sustainability who has served as senior expert consultant and co-leader of McKinsey & Company’s Sustainability Transformation Service for more than 15 years, brings extensive experience to the field. TSC is a unit of Arizona State University’s Wrigley Institute and a signature public-private partnership focused on consumer product sustainability. Today, the number of TSC member organizations exceeds 90 and includes some of the largest consumer product companies in the world.
Lauren Kuby, David Schapira Elected
to Tempe City Council
Lauren Kuby, a community engagement and events manager at ASU, and David Schapira, superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology, have been elected to the Tempe City Council. Voters chose Kuby and Schapira over seven other candidates to lead this bustling college town. Important topics for Kuby are sustainability, homelessness, veterans’ issues and community partnerships while with his election, Schapira hopes to improve education-and-schools partnerships with the city.
ASU Recognized as Top University
for Solar Panel Installations
Arizona State University has been pushing for self-sufficiency for the university’s campuses and its efforts have not gone unnoticed. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education recently recognized ASU as being the nation’s top higher-education institution with solar panels installed. There are currently a total of 86 installations on the four campuses around Arizona as well as the ASU research park. Numerous buildings on each of the campuses have been LEED Silver certified, and more are planned for the future. According to university representatives, installing solar panels around each campus is “the right thing to do.”
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by Elaina Love
With cancers seemingly everywhere these days — and often with no known cause — there is no doubt we need to question everything we know about food and how it affects our bodies.
Like many of you, cancer has personally and deeply affected me. In 2010, my 14-year-old son Dominic died of leukemia. I was shocked when we got the diagnosis. His symptoms came on fast, and just one year later he was gone. I fought very hard during that year. Because I was the only person in his circle of influence who asked him to eat healthy, he was not on board. His father and the doctors thought I was crazy. When I was not at the hospital with him, they were regularly giving him Gatorade and Jell-O (which include pure sugar and stimulants, not to mention food colorings).
When I objected, they would tell him he needed to “fatten up.” I’m sure some of you can relate to this scenario. Since every opinion impacts the patient, it is important that loved ones and doctors are committed to all aspects of healing (not just treating the disease with drugs). I learned a lot through Dominic’s cancer experience. Now, more than ever, I feel strongly about educating others on making their best food choices.