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.

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

Jem Sullivan

An estimated 26 million people, including approximately 7 million children, have asthma and almost 13 million people report having an asthma attack in the past year. This is the EM and I’m ES.  Asthma accounts for over 15 million physician office and hospital visits, and nearly 2 million emergency department visits each year. 

Jem Sullivan

May is National Clean Air Month and Asthma Awareness Month.  A study funded by the EPA shows that environmental education programs are an effective tool in helping to actually improve air quality in North America.  Nearly half of the surveyed institutions hosting education programs reported an improvement in air quality at their facilities due to actions taken by students, including doing service-learning projects and fostering community partnerships.

Jem Sullivan

  Check your car to be sure it is ready for summer driving.  Adequately preparing your car before the weather warms up keep you safe, help prevent costly repairs and save energy.  Rotate your tires.  Be sure to check your brakes. Warning signs include excessive grinding, squealing, screeching or chatter.  Check wiper blades, your wipers work hard over the winter months, replace them in the spring before a shower makes it difficult to see. 

Jem Sullivan

  Addicted to Pinterest? Itching to start a new repurpose project?  Hi this is EcoMinute and I’m Connie Bryars with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity...If you’re the crafty type, then we’d like to invite you to host a Reuse and Repurpose class at the store.  Habitat ReStore is a discount home improvement and donation center that is like a candy store to the do-it-yourselfer. 

Jem Sullivan

Drive the speed limit - You get better gas efficiency.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m ES. Traveling at 55 mph will give you up to 21% better mileage than when you drive 65 mph or 70 mph.  For every 5 mph you drive over 60, it’s like paying an extra 24 cents a gallon. 

Jem Sullivan

When is a door not really a door?  When it is repurposed into a bookshelf, coffee table or head board.  Hello, this is EcoMinute and I’m Connie Bryars from Pensacola Habitat for Humanity. Habitat ReStore can help you transform everyday materials into decorative and functional items for your home or office; all while keeping good usable materials out of area landfills. 

Our loyal DIY shoppers have made serving trays and chalkboards out of cabinet doors, beverage racks and decorative shelves out of wooden pallets, and beautiful bird feeders out of tea cups and saucers.

Jem Sullivan

Planning Spring DIY projects? Reuse and Repurpose with ReStore!  Hi this is EcoMinute and I’m Connie Bryars from Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat ReStore, home improvement store and donation center, can help you get creatively inspired this spring while helping the environment. 

Jem Sullivan

Spring Cleaning!  Time to clear it out…but don’t throw it out.  This is EcoMinute and I’m Connie Bryars with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.  Give your old stuff new life at the Habitat ReStore.  ReStore is a discount home improvement store and donation center where proceeds go to help Pensacola Habitat for Humanity build homes, community and hope. 

Donating good condition household items and building materials for someone else to use is an environmentally friendly way to help your community.  ReStore can pick up your donation and provide you with a donation tax receipt.

Jem Sullivan

Tis the growing season along the gulf coast.  Let ReStore help you get your goods to market.  Hello, this is EcoMinute and I’m Connie Bryars with Pensacola Habitat for Humanity.  Habitat ReStore hosts a Farm Market every Wednesday, from 10am-2pm and we’d like to invite you be a participating vendor.  Our mission is more than building homes, we also build community and hope. 

Jem Sullivan

Remodeling or redecorating this Spring? Don’t throw it out, donate to Habitat ReStore. This is EcoMinute and I’m Connie Bryars from Pensacola Habitat for Humanity. Habitat ReStore is a discount home improvement store and donation center that accepts and sells gently used appliances, furniture, tools, hardware, home décor and more. All these donated, good condition, home improvement items help reduce our landfill waste.  For every one dollar of donated materials ReStore keeps one point three pounds out of the trash. 

Jem Sullivan

Come celebrate Earth Day with us tomorrow, April 19th at Bayview Park! This is the EcoMinute and I’m Mary Gutierrez, director of Earth Day Pensacola. Earth Day Pensacola is an annual event where people of Northwest Florida get together to celebrate the Earth in a fun, family friendly atmosphere.

There will be live music, a recycled material fashion show, vegetarian food vendors, an expanded children’s area, a daylong lecture series, and many different information booths on how to live more sustainably.

Jem Sullivan

Come celebrate Earth Day with us on Saturday, April 19th at Bayview Park from 10-5! This is the EcoMinute and I’m Mary Gutierrez, director of Earth Day Pensacola. First, join us Friday, April 18th as we kickoff our Earth Day celebration with a viewing of the Lorax at 5:30 p.m. at the Bayview Resource Center, Room 101. The first 25 kids will receive a copy of the Lorax.

Jem Sullivan

    

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Mary Gutierrez, director of Earth Day Pensacola. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day has spread to 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement.

Jem Sullivan

Each year, Earth Day -- April 22 -- marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Mary Gutierrez, director of Earth Day Pensacola.  Back then, industry polluted with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity.

Jem Sullivan

Butterflies play a critical role in maintaining the health of our environment, and they’re arriving in our area now.  Butterflies help pollinate fruits, flowers and vegetables; provide food for other animals; and enrich our lives with their beauty.  But more and more butterflies are becoming endangered as their habitats are lost to development or they’re killed by pesticides. Here's how you can help:  Grow plants butterfly caterpillars like to eat; native plants will attract native butterflies. 

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