Category Archives: Psychology of change

September Sustainability Events

As summer winds down and Minnesotans try to fit EVERYTHING into our last month of warm days, September weekends get booked up fast. Here’s some events that should get on your calendar. THIS Saturday, September 10 — Parade of Chicken … Continue reading

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It’s harvest time! How far did your food travel?

Oh Bounteous Garden… August was supposed to be the month we looked at reducing our carbon footprint in the area of transportation. What was I thinking?! I’m spending any non-work hours trying to stay ahead of the garden. We have … Continue reading

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The Morality of Coal

“Our people are dying from the poisonous waters and air. Cancer death rates soar in my homeland, making it one of the highest of any area in the nation. I thought I lived in the “land of the free,” but … Continue reading

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The Challenge of Change: The Power of Role Models

Change is difficult, even when something isn’t working. For most of us, we go along and go along, doing the same thing we’ve always done until we literally cannot continue because the pain or the barriers are too great. We … Continue reading

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Longfellow Sustainability Group – I’m Loving the Support

The Longfellow Sustainability Group meets on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 am at Peace Coffee on Minnehaha and 33rd. We get to meet new neighbors almost every month. We discuss our experience with the prior month’s mini … Continue reading

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Counting My Blessings: Happy to Live in Longfellow

Tonight I attended the annual meeting of the Longfellow Community Council, cleverly called “Pies, Not Pie Charts” and featuring a wide assortment of pies! (Special thanks to the person who brought my favorite, French Silk.) It was wonderful to meet … Continue reading

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4 tips to make recycling cleaner, easier and more efficient

One way to really stick with behavior goals, in this case, the goal of more recycling, is to change the environment to make it more conducive to success. To improve our in-home recycling efforts, I made the following changes to … Continue reading

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Sustainable choices and quality of life

Attempts to live more sustainably remind me of the saying, “cheap, fast or good – you can have any two, but not all three.” Take breakfast for example: Leslie and I were grocery shopping. She wanted little packets of apple-cinnamon … Continue reading

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An Interview With Naomi Kline About Climate Denial

It’s not about the science… This is a really interesting interview with Naomi Kline and Amy Goodman about climate denial and identity. Finally, I get why some otherwise smart people are denying the reality of climate change. “We’ve just ended … Continue reading

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How Do We Get and Stay Motivated?

“Why bother. There’s nothing we can do.” That’s what my highly educated coworker with two young children said when I told him about my neighborhood sustainability group and our activities. This position of resignation pains me deeply because it is … Continue reading

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