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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How we build our homes and cities can influence our energy supply as much if not more than how that energy is actually produced. It’s critical to take a realistic look at the energy solutions proposed by politicians, industry, and the media.  Architecture 2030 analyzed some of the proposed energy choices.

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While our local region can be one of the nation’s wettest, it can also experience droughts that along with human use of water, can leave natural systems short of the water they need. Green buildings save water through better technology and design. This is the EcoMinute and I’m Christian Wagley.  

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If you’re expecting guests this holiday season, you can clean and green your home.  Practicing green cleaning, meaning not using harsh, toxic cleanser, reduces waste, increases efficiency, protects the indoor and outdoor environment and saves you money. 

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The second myth of sustainability is that it’s all about the environment.  Although the word environment does not appear in the definition of sustainability, that’s what is most generally associated with it, and that is because many people in the environmental movement refer to sustainability. 

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The first myth of sustainability is that nobody really knows what it means.  According to Scientific American’s Earth 3.0 magazine, the 1987 United Nations World Commission on the Environment and Development’s definition of sustainability, "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" is pretty straightforward.  It means that no generation should take more than its share. 

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Sustainability is a misunderstood concept.  According to Scientific American’s Earth 3.0 magazine, although sustainability has a definite meaning, its use has evolved to conjure up a vague sense of environmental virtue. 

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Did you know that a large city can save $70 million a year by protecting its trees?  A recent study in San Antonio calculated the value of the ecological services provided by its trees.  The researchers found that it would cost city residents over $70 million per year in taxes just to duplicate the ecological functions of its trees. 

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The economic downturn of recent years, what some call the great recession, has come with a silver lining for our relationship with the environment.  This is the EcoMinute and I’m Christian Wagley. With higher prices and lower incomes, Americans changed their behaviors in a number of ways that benefitted the environment. 

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Most schools spend more money on energy than on computers and textbooks combined. This is the EcoMinute, and I'm Brynna Hoggard.  Here’s how you can help save your school some money.  By just turning off the lights and computers in each classroom, every night, or when not being used, you can save your school as much as $150 per computer. 

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