Enid Sisskin

Eco Minutes Producer and Host

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area 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 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and 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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Drive the speed limit - you get better fuel 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 additional  24 cents a gallon.  Also, drive steadily.  Slowing down or speeding up wastes fuel. Think ahead when approaching hills. If you accelerate, do it before you reach the hill, not while you're on it.  Avoid tailgating - the driver in front of you is unpredictable.

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. 

Ditch the bottled water. Plastic is made from petroleum, so we are depleting our non-renewable resources for a bottle that will be used just once. In a peer-reviewed journal article, The Pacific Institute calculated that the process of making the plastic bottles consumed in the U.S. uses approximately 17 million barrels of oil per year and with all costs considered required the equivalent of between 32 and 54 million barrels of oil—roughly one-third of a percent of total U.S. primary energy consumption. 

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.  They end up being a waste of our nonrenewable oil resources, a source of litter, costing cities millions to clean up, and a hazard to wildlife and marine creatures that confuse them for food.  In addition, 99% of the bags are not recycled and will take as much as 1000 years to break down.  Of the EPA’s l

What do you carry with you?  Here are some suggestions.  It’s easy to cut down on disposables if you plan ahead.  In your car you should keep reusable bags so you don’t have to take plastic bags when you shop. 

After you unload them, hang them on the front door to remind you to bring them back to the car.  Also carry a traveling cup for coffee or a drink when you’re on the road and a stainless steel bottle for water – it’s better for you and the planet to avoid plastic bottles.