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
12:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Eco Minute July 3, 2014

Eco Minute
Credit Jem Sullivan

It’s the July 4th weekend and if you are staying in a hotel or motel, consider reusing your towels and sheets during your stay.  Many hotels and motels have cards that allow you to let them know you want to participate in their green lodging program. 

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Eco Minute
12:12 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Eco Minute July 2, 2014

Eco Minute
Credit Jem Sullivan

To save energy, listen to your mother - if you turned it on – turn it off.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Enid Sisskin’s daughter, Brynna Hoggard. 

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Eco Minute
2:12 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Eco Minute July 1, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

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
2:10 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Eco Minute June 30, 2014

Eco Hound
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Eco Minute
9:14 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Eco Minute June 27, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Water conservation is especially on people's minds during the summer months, but it's actually important all the time. This is the Eco minute and I’m Jim Roberts of the ECUA.

One place to conserve water is with your yard. Irrigate in the early morning hours and apply no more than three-quarters of an inch of water. Run your irrigation system only when your plants need water instead of on a set schedule. Grass and many plants will let you know when it's time to water by wilting. Make sure your irrigation system is working properly and isn't leaking.

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Eco Minute
4:28 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Eco Minute June 26, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Don’t waste energy and money heating the water in your pipes.  When you need to use only a little water, such as when you rinse a dish or your hands, use cold water.  It can take several minutes and several gallons of water running through the pipes before the water at the sink is warm and by that time, you’ll likely be finished. 

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Eco Minute
8:29 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Eco Minute June 25, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

These days bottled water has become more popular than ever, thanks to advertising companies bombarding you with claims of bottled water being healthier and even more environmentally responsible than using tap water. This is the Eco minute and I’m Jim Roberts of the ECUA.

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Eco Minute
6:27 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Eco Minute June 24, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Why save water?  In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby surface waters and watersheds.  This is the EM and I’m ES. 

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Eco Minute
6:25 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Eco Minute June 23, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

Have you ever considered just how important water is? This is the Eco minute and I’m Jim Roberts of the ECUA.

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Eco Minute
3:16 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Eco Minute June 20, 2014

Eco Hound
Credit Jem Sullivan

If you live near the water, you need to be careful with your lawn and garden.  This is the EM and I’m ES. 

Don’t mow to the edge of the water.  Allow native vegetation to grow freely in a minimum 10-foot buffer strip along the bank to reduce erosion and to help filter out pollutants.  Use organic pesticides and fertilizers if you feel you need to use them at all.  Before you fertilize, have your soil tested, you may not need to use fertilizer. 

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