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 individual dates below to read the full text and listen to the audio for each Eco Minute.

Jem Sullivan

Many cities are redesigning their neighborhoods to make them more pleasant for walking, which is great—not just for environmental, but for health reasons, too. This is the Eco Minute and I’m Christian Wagley. 

Jem Sullivan

Chronic diseases have become the U.S. greatest health threat. Heart disease is the number one killer in the country.  Individuals with multiple, complex health problems use a significant share of all health care resources. Through smart planning we can create healthy built environments or communities where all residents can:

Connect with others, walk and bike safely, enjoy the outdoors, find housing options, breathe clean air, drink high-quality water, reduce their risk of injury, and make healthy eating choices

Jem Sullivan

One hundred and fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act into law, and our country has benefitted from such foresight ever since.   This is Carrie Stevenson with the Ecominute.  In the 1800’s, higher education was primarily accessible only by wealthy males.  The Morrill Act established the land grant university system, promoting agricultural and mechanical arts and putting higher education within reach of the average citizen.  

Jem Sullivan

When you do your shopping bring along your own cloth or other type of reusable bag.  The average American family uses 900 plastic shopping bags a year.  That adds up to 100 billion bags consumed in the United States annually.  It takes 504 million gallons of oil to make all of these bags.  

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.

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