Slowing to a Crawl

Yes, Florence began to weaken as it approached the Eastern seaboard. It also began to slow down, but that isn’t a good thing. A slow-moving storm might hit less area, but the area it does hit suffers tremendously.

I know I said I would write about the Global Climate Action Summit this week, but I changed my mind. That can wait another week. There were some big things that happened there, and they’ll be just as big in a week.

I want to talk about football and hurricanes (but not the Miami Hurricanes, so if you are a UF or FSU fan, please don’t click the little x at the top of your browser). Also, the football part of this isn’t terribly important. The hurricanes part is.

As I’m sure you know, Hurricane Florence just brought some recent unpleasantness (quite an understatement) to parts of North and South Carolina. I was anxiously tracking the storm last week, because a few friends of ours had invited us to drive with them to Charlottesville to, in part, watch the University of Virginia home football game. At the beginning of the week, it looked like Charlottesville could get hit by Florence if she made landfall in North Carolina and then moved due north.

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I’ll Take Trademarks for $200, Alex

One of the books that I read this summer and enjoyed immensely was Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, by Patagonia’s founder Yvon Chouinard. The first half of the book is a fascinating personal history, with the second half devoted to exploring the business philosophies of Chouinard and Patagonia.

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Hey, Can I Borrow That?

As an environmentalist, I am pulling for the growth of this movement. For every person who chooses to borrow or rent a tool, that’s one fewer tool that has to be built. For every person who chooses to buy clothing on the second-hand market, that’s one fewer garment that has to be created.

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Summertime and the Living's Easy

I’ve fallen out of the habit of reading in the summer, but fortunately, I was able to restart the habit this year. It was a good summer with some great books, and I’ll share a few over the next several posts.

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The Devil Made Me Do It

Guest Blog by Jim Hartzfeld

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Can't Trust This

Guest Blog by Jim Hartzfeld

US businesses have the lowest trust scores of all OECD countries being tracked, other than those headquartered in Mexico.

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Certifiably Certified

Ah, the power of certifications. None of us has the time to research every last aspect of all of the products in our lives, so certifications let us be reasonably conscious consumers despite our time crunch.

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Talk Nerdy to Me

History is littered with examples of corporations that have harmed the environment in the name of earning a profit. Wouldn’t it be nice if a corporation could simultaneously seek a profit while balancing that goal with environmental and social concerns?

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A Fish Tale

Projections have our oceans containing more plastic than fish, by weight, by the year 2050. A ridiculous amount of the plastic pollution I wrote about last week ends up in our oceans, where it gets caught up in massive swirling ocean currents called gyres.

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Life in Plastic

So what is the balance point between the good that plastic does and the bad? Honestly, I don’t know. But the more educated we can be about plastics, the better.

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