Melissa V

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Author - After a 40-year career in communications and education, Melissa morphed into an eco-activist, starting with her university and congregation. She co-chaired and achieved the Green Sanctuary Certification (from gipl.org - Georgia Interfaith Power and Lights), and also spearheaded a weekly 3Rs newsletter. In addition, she created the congregation's recycling program in order to reduce the purchase and use of plastic and styrofoam. She also developed an education-based “No-Waste Banquet” event and zoom courses titled “What is Biomimicry” and “Empowering Women and Girls to Address Climate Change” based on Paul Hawken’s book DRAWDOWN. Melissa has spoken at public hearings on illegal landfills and coal ash leaks, discussing issues with diverse stakeholders such as senators, local councilors, and newspaper distributors about, what she terms "those dang plastic wrappers getting in the creek!"

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Tiny Urban Forests Are Popping Up on Brownfield Sites Across the Globe

Tiny Urban Forests Are Popping Up on Brownfield Sites Across the Globe

Reforestation projects are key in collective efforts to revive biodiversity and limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C. It is estimated that by...
Boston moves ahead with ‘urban forest’ plan

Boston moves ahead with ‘urban forest’ plan

Boston, MA. – February 12: The city of Boston is saying theyÕre going to focus on tree canopy on February 12, 2021 in...
This Wearable Uses Your Body Heat as an Energy Source

This Wearable Uses Your Body Heat as an Energy Source

Image by Xiao Lab A team of researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder have developed a wearable that can tap into...
This “super plant” can actually absorb air pollution

This “super plant” can actually absorb air pollution

Scientists at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) have found that Cotoneaster franchetii could help absorb pollution on heavily trafficked roads. In a study...
For the First Time, Scientists Clone Endangered Species

For the First Time, Scientists Clone Endangered Species

Meet Elizabeth Ann, a black-footed ferret cloned from an animal that died 30 years ago. It’s Alive! For the first time, scientists cloned...
Hyperloop desert campus imagines futuristic solar-powered oasis

Hyperloop desert campus imagines futuristic solar-powered oasis

Begum Aydinoglu of Pada Labs , Mariana Custodio Dos Santos and Juan Carlos Naranjo have been recognized among the 30 finalist teams for...
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