“We are such spendthrifts with our lives, the trick of living is to slip on and off the planet with the least fuss you can muster. I’m not running for sainthood. I just happen to think that in life we need to be a little like the farmer, who puts back into the soil what he takes out.”
― Paul Newman
- I work from my home office in Astoria, Oregon, conducting nearly all of my recruiting online, via Google Hangout and by phone.
- In my office, I use exclusively 100% recycled paper, print minimally, use Moo’s green business cards, and work off an Energy Star-certified Mac Pro.
- Our farmhouse has an extremely low carbon footprint, having been retrofitted for maximum energy efficiency and sustainability, including:
- 100% LED lighting + maximum use of natural light.
- All Energy Star appliances, electronics and windows.
- Zero-VOC paints throughout.
- Rainwater collection (1,000 gallon tank) for gardening and duck- and chicken-keeping.
- Edible and native landscaping with zero pesticides and organic practices.
- Canning, dehydrating, freezing, curing and/or pickling to preserve the harvest.
- Reflective roofing and new ventilation, super efficient hybrid (heat pump) water heater, new insulation and no A/C.
- Dual flush toilets + low flow faucets & showerheads throughout.
- One-car household with no regular car commutes – I work from home and my husband bikes the 8 miles into town to his job at the natural foods co-op.
- I am a certified Master Recycler, and am proud to say that we fill less than one 1 garbage can per month. We reduce/reuse/recycle, compost and eliminate purchases that create unnecessary waste.
* Professionally, I have been a longtime green business advocate, spearheading Gold sustainability-at-work certification for Puppet, coordinating adidas North America headquarter’s first Earth Fair + initiating their first e-cycling event with Free Geek, co-chairing BPA’s sustainability employee engagement committee, and hired 75 employees for the energy efficiency consulting firm Ecos.
* In the community, I show wholehearted commitment to sustainability, having mixed business with pleasure at events such as the Green Professionals Conference and GoGreen, volunteering at City Repair Earth Day, and over the years have spoken on a number of green career panels including PSU, Lewis & Clark, and AEA.
* And, of course, I am an avid blogger, writing about my experiences in the world, careers, garden, home, family, and overall earth-friendly approach to life, including a monthly column dedicated to spreading the word about environmental and social issues close to my heart.
I work to live, therefore what I do to make a living must integrate with who I am as a person and what I believe in.
- I’ve been a member of the NRDC for 25+ years and am inspired by what they have done for the world to preserve our planet.
- As a personal and technology consumer devoted to ethical practices that respect employees, users, data privacy, human rights and democracy, I do not use Facebook, Twitter, Uber or Amazon, or any other companies whose flagrantly unethical business practices go against what I stand for.
- My 401(k) investments also reflect a 100% sustainable investment portfolio that I review annually to ensure “greenwashing” organizations (oil and chemical companies, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, among others) do not get one cent from me.
I continue to learn so much and find inspiration from those around me who set amazing examples in their personal lives, in their communities and in their workplaces, and urge those around me to share their stories and how they have made small but important changes to live in ways that respect the planet and all who inhabit it.