Eco Minute

Producer and Host

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series since 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failures and she continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive.

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Eco Minute
3:40 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute September 1, 20141, 2014

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Sustainability is a misunderstood concept.  According to Scientific American’s Earth 3.0 magazine, although sustainability has a definite meaning, its use has evolved to conjure up a vague sense of environmental virtue. 

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Eco Minute
3:35 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute August 29, 2014

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Did you know that a large city can save $70 million a year by protecting its trees?  A recent study in San Antonio calculated the value of the ecological services provided by its trees.  The researchers found that it would cost city residents over $70 million per year in taxes just to duplicate the ecological functions of its trees. 

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Eco Minute
3:32 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute August 28, 2014

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The economic downturn of recent years, what some call the great recession, has come with a silver lining for our relationship with the environment.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Christian Wagley. With higher prices and lower incomes, Americans changed their behaviors in a number of ways that benefitted the environment. 

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Eco Minute
3:29 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute August 27, 2014

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Most schools spend more money on energy than on computers and textbooks combined. This is the EcoMinute, and I'm Brynna Hoggard.  Here’s how you can help save your school some money.  By just turning off the lights and computers in each classroom, every night, or when not being used, you can save your school as much as $150 per computer. 

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Eco Minute
3:20 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute August 26, 2014

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Save paper at home by following a few more easy suggestions.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m John Macdonell.  We receive phone bills, bank and credit card statements, and other utilities or government agencies’ statements every month or on a regular basis through the mail.

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Eco Minute
3:18 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute August 25, 2014

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 Save paper at work by following a few easy suggestions.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m John Macdonell.  Use email instead of fax for sending documents. If you really need to use the fax, avoid using a cover page.  Print and Photocopy on Both Sides of your Paper - Change the setting of your printer or photocopier to allow double-sided printing or photocopying and reuse paper which has been printed on one side. 

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Eco Minute
3:13 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute August 22, 2014

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When you get ready to spruce up your house, be careful what you use and how you dispose of it.  Painting is a great way to change the look of a room.   Be sure to use water-based or vegetable-based paints, stains, and varnishes. Don't wash paint thinners, household cleaners, oil, or pesticides down the drain or pour them on the ground; use them up, give leftovers to friends or a charity, or dispose of them responsibly as household hazardous waste at one of the area landfills or at the regional roundup or amnesty day. 

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Eco Minute
3:10 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute August 21, 2014

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A large portion of landfill space is taken up by construction debris. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Chasidy Hobbs.  

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Eco Minute
3:01 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute Agust 20, 2014

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It’s summer, it’s hot, and the electric bills are high.  If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, invest in one, it will lower your energy use and bills.  Set the air-conditioner thermostat at 78 degrees or higher for the most energy-efficient operation and use ceiling fans – it will feel 10 degrees cooler.  

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Eco Minute
2:47 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Eco Minute Agust 19, 2014

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Buy products with less packaging. This is the EM and I’m JM.  Packaging accounts for almost 30 percent of our waste.  Select products that are not wasteful in their packaging. A package just needs to protect the product from damage, keep it clean and sanitary, and present product information. Yet packaging can be far more elaborate (and expensive than necessary.  So follow these packaging-related tips:

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