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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Jem Sullivan

Did you know that U.S. cities have lost more than 20 percent of their trees in the past 10 years?  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Chip Kirschenfeld.  A recent study of over 400 urban areas found a loss of 21 percent of their trees mainly due to urban sprawl, new development, and roadway construction.  

Jem Sullivan

More than a billion single-use plastic bags are given out freely every day. While they may be free at the stores, they are costing our earth in many ways.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  The production of plastic bags requires petroleum a non-renewable resource that increases our dependency on foreign suppliers. Additionally, drilling for these resourc¬es contributes to the destruction of fragile habitats and ecosystems around the world.  

Jem Sullivan

The U.S. Green Building Council is bringing the message of more environmentally-friendly towns and buildings to the world and to Northwest Florida. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Christian Wagley.  The U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC for short, is the largest and best-known national green building program.

Across the nation, thousands of homes, buildings, and even neighborhoods have been built and certified to USGBC’s rating system called LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

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. 

Jem Sullivan

The idea that buildings and communities should reduce their impact on the environment—what’s called green building--has become a huge part of the building industry. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Cristian Wagley. New buildings have a large environmental impact, so programs like the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED for short, and regional programs like those of the Florida Green Building Coalition, have emerged to guide us toward a more sustainable built environment.

Jem Sullivan

In order to improve your mileage you need to keep the ride steady.  A car consumes the most gas as it accelerates - a moving car doesn't require much gasoline to keep moving.  When you’re in traffic, don’t just look at the car directly in front of you, but also the cars way down the road and keep a little distance between you.  That way you can anticipate delays and avoid panic braking.  Additionally eliminate jack-rabbit starts. Accelerate slowly when starting from dead stop. Don't push pedal down more than 1/4 of the total foot travel.

Jem Sullivan

If you’re going to be traveling or hosting out of town guests for the holidays, consider using a Florida Green Lodging designated property. To become designated, facilities must conduct a thorough property assessment and implement a specified number of environmental practices to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality and reduce waste. 

Jem Sullivan

 You’ll probably be eating a lot more meals with your family and friends this time of year, so when you do, think green.  Green your holiday meals by eating more sustainably or literally eating green and increasing the amount of vegetables you eat while reducing your meat consumption since it takes a lot more resources to raise livestock than vegetables. 

Jem Sullivan

If you’re expecting guests this holiday season, you can clean and green your home.  This is the EM and I’m ES.  Instead of using harsh, toxic cleaners this year, why not trade them in for natural, non-toxic cleaners that are safer for both human health and the environment. You can either make your own green cleaners or buy them. 

Jem Sullivan

In the past 70 years there have been two contradictory trends in housing—the average household size gets smaller, while the house itself gets bigger. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Christian Wagley. 

In the mid 20th Century the average new home was about 1100 square feet, while today it’s nearly 2400 square feet, with three times more space per person as homes of a half-century ago. Larger homes demand more resources—more materials to construct, and more energy to provide cooling, heating, and other energy uses.

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