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.

Click on the date below to listen to each Eco Minute.

Ways To Connect

Jem Sullivan

Before you buy or use any pesticide, ask yourself whether it is really necessary, particularly in light of studies linking lawn chemicals to negative health consequences. You may not need to control the pest or weed and there may be an alternative to traditional chemical use.  Organic gardening methods are one way that you can reduce pesticide use and get nature to help control any pests or diseases.

Jem Sullivan

The University of Florida is here in your backyard and ready to offer you solutions.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Beth Boles.  Your county extension office is the local source of research-based information.  It is a three way partnership between the Escambia county Board of Commissioners, the University of Florida, and the US Department of Agriculture. 

Jem Sullivan

Welcome to March.  There are a lot of resources around to help you prepare for the growing season.  In both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties there are the county extension offices.  These offices supply a lot of great information.  Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. 

Jem Sullivan

What do you carry with you?  Here are some suggestions.  It’s easy to cut down on disposables if you plan ahead.  In your car you should keep reusable bags so you don’t have to take plastic bags when you shop.  After you unload them, hang them on the front door to remind you to bring them back to the car.  Also carry a traveling cup for coffee or a drink when you’re on the road and a stainless steel bottle for water – it’s better for you and the planet to avoid plastic bottles.

Jem Sullivan

Environmental tobacco smoke is unhealthy for you and those around you.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Angela Hahn.  Environmental tobacco smoke, or second hand smoke is classified as a carcinogen under EPA guidelines and can cause lung cancer in adults who do not smoke resulting in nearly 3,000 yearly lung cancer deaths in nonsmokers.  

Jem Sullivan

According to the EPA, indoor air can be more polluted than outside air.  Some indoor pollutants are asbestos, carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde and pressed wood products, cleaning supplies, pesticides, lead, and second hand smoke.  When you paint use rollers and brushes instead of sprays to cut down on fumes.

Jem Sullivan

Choosing a place to live that reduces the need to drive can mean living in some of our most beloved historic neighborhoods, or new neighborhoods designed to emulate the traditional ones. This is the EcoMinute, and I’m Christian Wagley.

Jem Sullivan

Need your caffeine fix on your way to work?  Do you go through the drive through window to get your morning coffee?  See if your local coffee shop will let you use your own traveling cup, many will.  According to published studies Americans use more than 16 billion disposable coffee cups every year. Most cups only use a small percentage of recyclable material and are NOT recyclable themselves due to plastic content used to protect the cup from liquid leakage.

Jem Sullivan

    

Jem Sullivan

Pages