RECYCLING AND REUSE OF CARBON AND BALANCE

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A mysterious balance of matter exists among the grand diversity of life, including humans. Elements provide the currency in an ebb and flow of community interactions. Carbon is a fine example of an element found in all organic matter that supports a collaborative dance with species relationships.

Natural systems process, recycle, and reuse elements in a balanced game of survival. Animals’ release carbon dioxide that is gracefully filtered, and purified by the leaves and powered by renewable, radiant energy from the sun. This precious element is absorbed and becomes the stems, roots, bark, or other valuable parts of the magnificent plant producer. Birds and other creatures welcome the shade and habitat that is generously provided by the abundant green regalia on a warm summer day.

The cool temperatures of the fall season signal the leaves to release their elements into the branches and journey to the roots for winter’s storage. The display of rich colors grace the landscape as eye candy sooths the soul. The remaining organic matter falls to the ground to energize the powerhouse of communities that find refuge in the soil.

Insects diligently breakdown the leaves into smaller pieces to support the work of bacteria, algae, and fungi that dissolve the leaves. Carbon and other elements diffuse through the soil and deliver a generous supply of resources. Roots and other life welcome the resources; the nutrients that support the living. Soil is enriched with an ability to hold water and bind their particles to form a healthy ecosystem that harbors a diversity of community activities.

The balanced collaborative relationships have been disturbed by the creation of human-made and managed urban environments. A grand diversity of carbon combustion engines are used to sequester and move leaves in attempts to beautify the landscape. Massive trucks collect the abundant source of wealth to be transported to other locations. The carbon inflamed combusted, non-renewable fuel engulfs the air with toxic greenhouse gases.

Over time, the remaining landscape becomes void of the needed elements to endorse a healthy, wholesome community network of mutually beneficial organisms. The trees continue to produce leaves yet are unable to sequester organic matter stripped from the land. The lack of nutrients normally left behind from the previous season’s growth results in death, disease and illness to all of the living, including humans. Insects starved for food become pests in an attempt to survive off plant’s remaining organic matter.

Human’s vain attempt to manage the ecosystem includes the creation of synthetic chemicals to feed the trees, eradicate the insects, and support life. The natural cycle of life and death has been altered.

The movement of water is accelerated during rain, snow, or irrigation events. Soil erodes carrying sediment and hazardous chemicals to pollute the waterways and overwhelm sewage channels. Municipalities are burdened and tax payers charged for purifying the contaminated water. The soil is no longer able to absorb and infiltrate the water. These tasks once generously offered by a healthy ecosystem have been infused into the economics of urban management.

The plant’s ability to filter impurities from the air of burgeoning pollution becomes overpowering. The precious oxygen needed to support life becomes limited. The health-care industry becomes strained to service individuals encumbered by negative birth outcomes, elevated blood pressure, degraded mental health, and other illnesses.

Simple lifestyle change provide solutions to the dictates of present societal habits and perspectives. Composting yard and kitchen wastes offer a luxurious source of soil amendments; municipal solids may be processed and added to the landscape; and/or allowing the land to lay fallow so natural processes may resume their work at no cost. I challenge you to discover and share other ways to restore the balanced recycling and reuse of elements in your natural ecosystem.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a stewardship organization that is dedicated to educate the public on strategies to empower environmental and human health and well-being. The EPA’s health browser list the many negative health outcomes due to the lack of green space found in cities. The EPA’s Solid Wastes and Emergency Response departments offers a wealth of material on the benefits of composting yard and kitchen wastes to be used to prevent soil erosion, remediate pollution, and support the healthy growth of trees and soil communities.

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD

http://www.jazzyeco.com

Sources: http://www.epa.gov/research/healthscience/browser/introduction.html

United States Environmental Protection Agency: Solid Waste and Emergency Response. 1997. Innovative Uses of Compost: Erosion Control, Turf Remediation, and Landscape. EPA530-F-97-0743. www.epa.gov

United States Environmental Protection Agency: Office of Solid Waste, 1999. The Effects of Composted Organic Material on the Growth Factors for Hardwood and Softwood Tree Seedlings.

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COMPOSTING – TURN WASTE INTO WEALTH

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In the distant past, backyard food gardens provided a wealth of nourishment for families. A hardy meal blossomed after a brief walk to the edible landscape. The entire family thrived through the invigorating growing process. The dark colored soil offered a mainstay to support a robust root system and living communities of hardworking critters; such as worms.

Lifestyles have changed over the years and collecting foodstuff to prepare meals has been transformed into a complex system of supply, demand, and transportation. It does take a bit of awareness to select edibles that are rich in nutrients to support good health. For the conscious shopper, there may be an increase in cost to get the healthy delicacies. Many people are finding solutions to the complex gathering of their foodstuffs by growing their own. The most important, inexpensive, wholesome ingredient to a grow-your-own adventure is compost.

The 21st century provides a diversity of tools that may be used to create a composting ecosystem. The big round tub with a handy-dandy wheel makes it easy to, literally, turn the organic waste into a rich source of fertilizer. Or a simple leafy pile may be turned to yield riches. Actually, there are many innovative ways to realize the abundance through the recycling of organic elements.

A great, easy set-up is to place one layer of cinder blocks on the ground with their holes facing towards the inside of a three sided square. Set an iron grid on top of the blocks, creating a layer to hold up the organic matter. Choose a grid with small openings to keep the large particles on top and allow the composted material to fall through the iron grate. Stack more cinder blocks on the rim of the square to about three levels high. Have fun creating your fortune as you add riches to the pile. A pitch fork helps to move the contents as wholesome particles fall to the ground within weeks to a month.

I once created a project that allowed the decomposition process to consume my kitchen wastes and cycle an abundance of organic materials. A four foot tall fencing wire was secured with iron post in a circle about six feet in diameter. I kept the pile topped off at four feet so my dogs were unable to get to the kitchen goodies. The bags of riches found at the end of neighbors driveways provided an ample supply of leaves and grass clippings. It was fun to watch the crows dance on the top of the pile as they mixed the contents in their search for food. The rich dark fertilizer spilled out of the bottom as the pile settled.

For the novice, know that composting is easy. Possible ingredients include food scraps, leaves, grass clippings, and chipped branches. If the transformed humus will not be used on edible gardens then you can add paper and cardboard. The pile will heat up to kill unwanted seeds and pests. Small sized additives takes less time than larger particles that break down into natures resources for wealth. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compost guide provides recommendations on the suggested additives and items not to include in your pile. You can find the guide using this web address – http://media.wix.com/ugd/fc9181_7444025d402449338d1b983751026e2a.pdf

I invite you all to enjoy the process of creating wealth from your organic wastes. The benefits to the your health, your wallet, our environment and our economy empowers you to be a part of the solution to challenges that we face in the 21st century. This is the first of many blogs about the realized benefits found through composting and recycling earth’s riches.

Follow my blog to reap the abundance through knowledge.

Abundant Blessings,

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD

http://www.jazzyeco.com

ARE YOU READY TO PARTY GREEN?

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Change is in the wind. Or shall I say in the storms. Industrial lifestyles and gross national product are not taking care of the well-being of the people and the environment. Simple lifestyles shifts will lead us to thrive and survive. We each have the power to make a difference in the challenges that face our environment, economy, and society. Let us PARTY GREEN to make a difference.

Will everything get better right away? Well, not quite. For example; when a car drives down the road and releases greenhouse gases then it takes about 25 years to get the toxins out of the atmosphere. So let’s get real. We would have to take every airplane out of the sky to significantly slow or stop climate change. Yes, I know unrealistic. However, we do hold a lot of power held within our life style changes.

Please join me today for my first ever Teleseminar using the following information.

Title: CONSUMER SPENDING AND BUSINESS TRENDS
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 2nd at 2:00pm Central

Attend by Phone:
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Attend by Web:
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You may view three youtube videos that I put together as a pre-launch to this event at http://jazzyeco.com/#!welcome/c1yzj I must let you know that I was very brave to sing on #2 and #3 Business Satisfaction videos. When I say party, I mean party.

Keep an eye open for information on the second Telesemiar that will be held on Thursday that covers Green Construction, Remodeling, and Home Tweeking at 2:00 pm Central Time.

The Edible Garden Challenge is still on yet we are in an dormancy or hibernation period during these chilly days and nights. We will get on track after the first of the year.

Abundant Blessings,

Elizabeth Armstrong, PhD

http://www.jazzyeco.com

PURCHASE GREEN ASSETS IN LINE WITH BUSINESS AND CONSTRUCTION TRENDS

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For over 10 years, consumers have been searching for environmentally-friendly products that protect wildlife and human well-being. The business and construction markets are responding to the consumer demands for quality products and buildings. You are able to realize financial rewards when you are involved in Green Asset spending.

I am offering two Free teleseminars: 1 Business Trends and Consumer Spending and 2 Construction and Remodeling for Energy Efficiency. The teleseminars will be the Launch of an in depth education program to serve consumers with their effective spending decisions. These programs will ease the pressure of choosing products that do not harm the environment and your health. The Live, Free Teleseminar series will be held on Tuesday, December 2, at 2:00 pm Central Time and Thursday, December 4, at 2:00 pm Central Time. A live Facebook comment window offers an opportunity for networking. Mark your calendar and I will be posting more information Please share this event with others.

The Shelton Group (2014, EcoPulse) states “70% of Americans say they’re searching for greener products”. Certification labeling is becoming big business to help the consumer with their conscious spending choices. Yet, greenwashing and misleading labeling tends to confuse the consumer. If you are in a retail business and do not have green products in your inventory then you are only targeting 30% of the consumers.

GreenAmerica.org posted some very interesting statistics that indicate the green construction industry is booming as over-all construction is declining. Consumer spending has significantly spiked the organic food and non-food industries in stark comparison to non-organic product growth. The number of people choosing green oriented Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programs have risen by 300% from 2006 to 2011. There are Eco-Kids programs popping up all over the place and Moms Clear Air Force is worth googling.

I was curious to see what type of a response would result from a quick survey. The picture you see above was posted on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter with the words “What do you think of when you see the words Going Green?”. I added a comment about “Please post a comment and Share for more responses”. Three Likes and no comments ensued. As the memories of over 400,000 people marching for the awareness of Climate Change are still alive, I was hoping for a little bit more excitement over my fluorescing Green Tiger. Perhaps people are thinking green yet unable to put their thoughts into words. Eco-literacy is a skill that helps people to work with clients, patrons and to acquire jobs.

The third and final video on Business satisfaction may be found at http://youtu.be/hf89ObZQvTA. Thank you in advance for any comments to let me know what you think about the information or my brave dive into another of the diversity of social media platforms.

My passion is strong to motivate the masses to Go Green and protect the environment and wildlife. I am comforted by Donald Trump’s words: “Without Passion you don’t have Energy. Without Energy you have Nothing”. Tap into your Passion to Drive your Energy towards Great Rewards with Patience.

Abundant Blessings,

Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D.

http://www.jazzyeco.com

CARBON DIOXIDE FOUND INDOORS IMPACTS YOUR HEALTH

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How often do you find yourself indoors? We are so concerned about the levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) that are found in the outside environment that you may not have any idea on the levels found inside. In fact, indoor CO2 concentrations may be impacting your well-being and your productivity. On average, you and children spend about 90% of time indoors. Knowing about the concentration of this toxic chemical found where you spend most of your time is an opportunity to make a major difference in your health.

Long term exposure to elevated carbon dioxide concentrations has a negative impact on your health, ability to learn, and productivity. As more people fill-up an indoor space then the availability of oxygen is reduced and carbon dioxide levels increases with every breath as a result of natural metabolic processes and respiration. If you are becoming stressed or are in an environment where there is increased physical activity then there will be less oxygen and more carbon dioxide gases located in the enclosed space.

The maximum threshold limit is measured in parts per million (ppm) where continuous exposure can harm your health. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that 1,000 ppm is the threshold limit where there may be negative health impacts with continuous exposure. On a typical day in a school classroom, the indoor CO2 concentration may start at 600 ppm. During the course of a day, the levels increase to 2,836 and may reach 4,181 ppm. In an office building, the levels range from 350 to 2,500 ppm. There have been negative health impacts at levels below 1,000 ppm. However, severe hazardous health outcomes have been found at levels from 2,000 to 5,000 ppm.

So how is your health impacted by the levels of CO2 in your space? Research indicated there were significant negative outcomes on teaching, learning, and productivity. Work performance is decreased, absenteeism in increased, and your cost of health care goes up.

There are symptoms when you have been spending long periods of time engulfed by elevated levels of carbon dioxide. You may recognize mucus and respiratory problems. You may have difficulty breathing; experienced headaches and dizziness; become tired; unable to concentrate or pay attention to task; and feel restless. Symptoms include sweating, tingling feelings, and your blood pressure may become elevated with an increased heart rate. Pay attention if you begin to have visual and hearing challenges. Extreme impacts include coma, convulsions, and death. Have you or a child complained of any of these challenges?

All is not lost since there are solutions to the indoor air quality hazards. There are different types of equipment that measure the CO2 concentrations found indoors that may be discovered through research or consulting with an expert. The problem may be with the heating, ventilation, air-condition, and ventilation systems (HVAC) that is outdated or not adequately sized in relation to the operating space. Sewer vents and furnace exhaust pipes may be releasing chemicals into the air around the building in question. Cars, buses, landscape equipment, or other fossil fuel combustion engine machinery may be releasing greenhouse gases close to the building. In addition, cigarette smoking impacts air quality when smoke mixes with the buildings indoor air.

The 21st century introduces many challenges that must be addressed due to increased levels of air pollution. There are benefits to paying attention to the environment where you and children spend most of their time. Being informed allows you to be part of the solution and proactive in your health and well-being.

Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D.

http://www.jazzyeco.com

REFERENCES

1 Achilles, C.M., Jean Prout, J.D. Finn, and Gordon C. Bobbett. 2001. Serendipitous Policy Implications from Class-Size-Initiated Inquiry: IAQ?. Journal Code: RIEFEB2002. Accession Number: ED456494

2 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. 2013. Website: http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/chemfs/fs/carbondioxide.htm

3 Erdmann, C.A., K.C. Steiner, and M.G. Apte. 2002. Indoor Carbon Dioxide Concentrations and Sick Building Syndrome Symptoms in the Base Study Revisited: Analyses of the 100 Building Dataset. Proceedings: Indoor Air. Indoor Environment Department. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Berkeley. California

4 OSHA. What are the Allowable Limits of CO2 Exposure – Carbon dioxide exposure limit PEL and TLV set by OSHA and NIOSH.   Website: http://inspectapedia.com/hazmat/CO2_Exposure_Limits.htm

5 Healthy Schools Network, Inc. 2012. Parent’s Guide to School Indoor Air Quality. Journal Code: APR2013.

Website: http://www.eric.ed.gov/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=ED541345

6 Sundersingh, David and David W. Bearg. 2003. Indoor Air Quality in Schools (IQA): The Importance of Monitoring Carbon Dioxide Levels. Publication code: RIEMAY2004.

Website: http://www.eric.ed.gov/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=ED480549

7 Wiley, Robert. 2003. My School Makes Me Sick: Cheap Solutions to Environmental Problems in Schools. Journal Code: RIEAPR2004

Website: http://www.eric.ed.gov/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=ED480106

A SHIFT TO HEART-CENTERED CONSCIOUNESS

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A few definitions are in order so we are all moving forward with the same flow of thoughts. Changes in our awareness, behavior, physical appearance, lifestyles, food choices, and genetic composition that occur within one life-time is termed adaptation. The changes that are carried on through your reproductive success over one or more generations is referred to as evolution. Co-adaptation or co-evolution are the same progressions already defined, yet, involves a concerted dance of two or more species interacting and blessing the future generations with traits that meets the best interest of the entire community or ecosystem. These are the processes that occur between the grand diversity of species in the natural world.

Humans are a species that are included in this change over-time development of traits. It is proposed that the early humans developed traits that involved the use of tools, to stand more erect, tame wild animals, and develop a complex economic system. Minds became very complex with processing information, analyzing subject matter, debating best strategies, and, even, dominating the planet. The question is, “Can humans become anymore perfect?”. Or, “Can humans evolve to be any more self-centered?”.

The mind is the traditional center of human consciousness. Mind tends to be the masculine center of directing activities, using a logical series of processing information, including past experience into the understanding of a situation. In addition, fear drives humans to seek protection from perceived harm, cradling possessions, and fighting for the dominion of land and resources. It is this mind-centered consciousness that has positioned humans in a place of incredible vulnerability since the analytical debate is unable to recognize all the variables that may impact an outcome or result.

The entire world ecosystem functions through cause-and-effect feedback loops that compounds the outcome in relation to the input at each cyclic stage to produce an outcome. One error in calculation can throw the system into a tizzy. For example; the erroneous calculations of the impacts from the tremendous amounts of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere, hence Climate Change.

It is being proposed that humans are adapting faster than any time in history (1). The new, evolutionary path is towards heart-centered consciousness. The heart embodies the feminine traits of intuition, knowing, compassion, and love. The heart proves to be a grounding center for your intelligent conscious awareness. The Institute of HeartMath reveals the heart as a sophisticated center capable of receiving and processing complex information to influence your perception, decisions, and other functions (2). The science of neurocardiology provides evidence that the heart has a “little brain” able to learn, remember, feel, sense, (2) and send meaningful messages to a compliant brain that impacts behavior (4). The heart’s magnetic field has been measured to extend several feet beyond the physical body and is 5,000 times stronger than the brain’s magnetic field (3).

In unison, the heart interacts with the brain to facilitate the processing of your thoughts and emotions. Centering on the heart’s rhythm of love and appreciation stabilizes blood pressure and breathing, providing you with a sense of peace. Consciously living from the heart lets you realize spontaneous feelings of gratitude, compassion, understanding, and goodwill. A peaceful, heart-centered awareness results in greater emotional stability and improved mental functioning, positioning you to take personal responsibility to achieve your highest dreams. Positioning and wakeful practice allows you to direct your energies to a heart-centered consciousness for improved well-being. You may realize an established heart-centered awareness with a loved one or pet as you experience a sense of peace, as joy reaches beyond your physical being.

It may be the transition to a heart-centered consciousness that is needed to direct the people towards a sustainable world. We each have the choice to expand our awareness to embody peace and harmony in our life.

Scheduled Event: Join us on Sunday, November 30, 2014, where I have been invited to give a talk about “A Shift To Heart Centered Consciousness” at Unity of Fayetteville: A Center for Conscious Living. The service begins at 10:30 am Central time and will be followed by a pot-luck supper. Please join us if you are in the area. I can promise a wholesome experience that will enlighten your spirit. 4880 W. Wedington Drive, Fayetteville, Arkansas  www.unityfay.org

Abundant Blessings,

Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D.

http://www.jazzyeco.com

REFERENCES

1 Hawks, John, Eric T. Wang, Gregory M. Cochran, Henry C. Harpending, and Robert K. Moyzis. 2007. Recent acceleration of human adaptive evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Vol. 104:52. Pgs. 20753-20758.

2 Madurasinghe, Lakshman. 2008. Neurocardiology: The Brain in the Heart. (Online) http://www. http://madurasinghe.blogspot.com/

3 McCraty, Rollin and Dana Tomasino. 2004. Heart Rhythm Coherence Feedback. Rept. Boulder Creek: HeartMath Research Center.

4 Paulson, Steve, Richard Davidson, Amishi Jha, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. 2013. Becoming conscious: the science of mindfulness. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Vol. 1303:1. Pgs. 87-104.

FOOD SECURITY AT RISK DUE TO CLIMATE CHANGE

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I find myself in a bit of a tizzy about how to phrase this blog about the potential threat to food security as a result of climate change induced droughts. Shall I play the “everything is beautiful and perfect game” that is the norm for smoke-and-mirrors corporate business interests? Or shall I move with integrity and transparency while voicing my environmental science expertise? Well, is appears to be obvious that the best strategy is to move forward with the facts and plead with the public to assume their responsibility as environmental stewards to help “save the world” from ourselves. A well informed community has the ability to mobilize their resources to make a difference with conserving water usage. For example; transforming a high maintenance, water guzzling lawn to a xeriscape yard filled with native species of plants spiced with some food crops.

The over 400,000 people marched in New York City as a sign of the growing numbers that recognize Climate Change is real, undeniably. One of the major impacts from this 20th century environmental phenomenon is drought conditions that are plaguing the southwestern United States. The Ogallala Aquifer is not being replenished as large amounts of water is being sucked out of the ground. Many man-made reservoirs in California and Nevada are shrinking while water serves to provide for the needs of people.   A large amount of water is used to irrigate large tracks of agricultural land in attempts to feed the exponentially growing population. California leads and Texas comes in second as the major suppliers of agricultural crops in the country (1). The monumental “Red Flag” is our food security is at risk.

Yes, it is best that everyone says it out loud, “Climate Change is Real”. Greenhouse gases, particulate matter, and dust are wafting into the skies. These gases and particulates act as a nucleus for water molecules to attach and be held in the atmosphere. In urban environments, fresh water is been mixed with pollution and sewage, burdening the municipalities to purify the liquid. Drainage systems and non-permeable surfaces channel rain water towards the oceans. Perhaps some strategic water management innovative designs are in order? Redesigning our infrastructure using bio-inspired techniques offer a first step to effectively manage water.

Natural systems have managed and stored water for centuries. The Ogallala Aquifer is a perfect example of an underground water storage ecosystem. The High Plains aquifer encompasses 174,000 square miles beneath eight states, from South Dakota to Texas (2). Sixty percent in the waters decline has occurred to satisfy the irrigation and personal needs of Texans and food consumers. A Kansas study estimated that this magnificent aquifer may run dry within 50 years. The Texas Center for Geospatial Technology estimates some Texas counties may only have 15 years left of usable water supplies from this ecosystem. A major problem is the amount of water that is withdrawn is not being monitored so it is difficult to measure the impacts from water usage.

California and Nevada used a traditional storage strategy to manage water by constructing a dam and creating a reservoir. This strategy may not be a viable management strategy due to the large amount of water surface area that is exposed to evaporation. You may be impacted by the pictures of California’s (CA) chronic drought conditions that have impacted Lake Oroville, reduced to 32% capacity, and the CA Sacramento County, Folsom Lake reservoir, only filled to 40% capacity (5). A major challenge faces water managers in relation to Nevada’s Lake Mead. It is hoped to satisfy water needs through 2015 before sounding the alarm of a key shortage declaration (3). Lake Mead’s water is used to satisfy the needs of 40 million people and the cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. The reservoir is about 39% filled to capacity and is located at 1,082 feet above sea level.

Water is needed to irrigate our agricultural crops. Agribusiness is built around large tracks of land where only one plant crop is grown, monocropping. Climate change greenhouse gases are released from the combustion engine equipment required to manage the tasks needed to sow the seeds, apply chemical, and harvest the crops. The transportation industry is needed to deliver the food products to the consumer. It is ironic that the agribusiness industry is dependent upon the very technology that is destroying the success of the business due to contributing to Climate Change. The main indicator of economic growth increased productivity (4). Increased productivity requires increased irrigation needs. Innovation is needed to combat the challenges facing the food production and supply process.

It is essential that the public be well informed of the environmental and agricultural challenges facing the world. Once informed then we all may collaborate and play a part in creating solutions for a sustainable world. Climate change is a phenomenon that has developed over a two hundred year period of cause-and-effect feedback loops. So the solutions must be diverse and involve many different components of our lifestyles and living environment. Water management, re-designing our living environment, and making changes in our lifestyles are a few strategies that will provide food security for the people. Assuming environmental steward lifestyles is empowering as we realize we can make a difference in the world and provide solutions to 21st century challenges.

Footnote: I am proposing an Edible Garden Challenge. You may view my video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43jU5HJNU_w Go to www.jazzyeco.com to contact me and add your name to the growing list of Environmental Stewards. If I do not respond within 48 hours then facebook me at http://www.facebook.com/elizabeth.armstrong.3745

Have a great day,

Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D.

http://www.jazzyeco.com

1 Economic Post. http://econpost.com/industry/agriculture-sector-top-10-states-gdp

2 Brambila, Nicole C. 2014. http://cjonline.com/news/2014-08-12/ogallala-aquifers-dramatic-drying-sows-deep-concerns-high-plains-agriculture

3 Ritter, Ken. 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/lake-mead-water-levels_n_5568734.html

4 United States Department of Agriculture. http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/agricultural-productivity-in-the-us.aspx

5 http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/blogs/how-extensive-is-californias-drought-compare-the-photos?utm_source=huffingtonpost.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=pubexchange_article

FOLLOW THE LEEDER

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My ultimate goals are to protect the environment and empower people to achieve their potential. The LEED, green building classification system sets priorities on healthy impacts for environment and humans. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design performing buildings. Picture yourself at work where you have natural lighting, a view of nature, and in control of your own, localized temperature and ventilation system. There are outdoor tables and chairs in a park like atmosphere and a kitchen area that is stocked with healthy food choices. These are a few of amenities that harbor green space and provide for your well-being in LEED certified buildings.

The United States Green Building Council transformed the building market in 1999 with the creation of the LEED industry. The leaders in business are proving to be successful by aligning with this green industry. Greenbiz discovered that Fortune 100 companies in California (100%) and Fortune 100 companies across the country (88%) have LEED in their portfolios. Green features are added to over 25% of United States construction projects (sustainability.about.com). Buildings are the foundation of a sustainable built environment. Job opportunities are abundant in this work sector for those willing to become educated as an accredited professional.

A LEED building is branded by the total amount of recognized credits to achieve Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum classification. Credits are organized into workable categories; such as water, energy, materials, and indoor environmental quality. There is building prestige for location and its linkage to natural products and services, related businesses, and features to satisfy human comforts. The actual conditions of the site is also placed in its own classification. Efficient use and recycling of resources provides a boost in credits. Engaging the mind in creative endeavors and inspired empowerment offer a benefit in the innovation category. Your team may even find the next “best strategy” offering a life time of credibility and job security. Achieving accreditation results in the retention of high quality tenants and greater resale values.

A rating system prerequisite is to determine the type of building that will be remodeled or constructed. Is it going to be a new or renovated building or school; the development of interior or shell; or perhaps a neighborhood enhancement project? Will the building be used for commercial, retail, or healthcare activities? The building may be an existing structure or developed for the maximum comforts in a home. The major strategy is to design for maximum performance. Choose your need and optimize your strategy.

Cost and benefit ratios are a major concern with any construction or remodel project. It is difficult to outlay the before and after benefits from a newly constructed building. Although, a 19 year old, 11,840 square foot commercial building remodel project yielded a reduction in energy by 75% and water use by 90%. Consider taking your energy or water bill and multiplying the total by .75 or .90 to find your monthly savings. In essence the project will pay for itself within a short period and then you are able to experience low utility payments for a life time. In San Jose, California, 64 energy projects realized a simple payback of 9.5 months with a return on investment of 121%, including rebates and incentives (Retrofitting office buildings to be green and energy efficient, ISBN 978-0-87420-133-8).

The movement is growing to place value on our precious environment and on people. Our precious Mother Earth is expressing volatile environmental conditions through climate changing conditions, unprocessed pollution, and mass extinction. Rates of cancer and other health issues are plaguing the human population. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development performing buildings are designed to have a small environmental footprint and improve your well-being. An environmental stewardship lifestyle empowers you to be part of the creation of a world that is livable and resilient to 20th century challenges by going green. Jump in and enjoy the sustainable ride.

Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D.

http://www.jazzyeco.com

Share the Wealth Found in Your Niche

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Writing is an opportunity to radiate a special part of your multi-faceted self, your niche. Each segment gifts you with an infinite amount of knowing embraced by your spirit. The key is to choose which asset to shine upon the World.

Your niche is your total self. How you have innately responded to experiences, developed your areas of interests, design your lifestyle, function as you walk your path, and interact with other living and non-living features of your environment are facets that defines your interface with the Universal puzzle. Each faceted plane houses a wealth of diamonds that may be shared with others.

Your spirit is ever present in the knowing as you polish your gem. It is like a sacred friend that nudges you with joy, excitement, creativity, passion, and inquiry. The inner knowing directs your path as a river carries your drift. You are eager to inquire, grow and be transformed by the experience as you polish your topic.

Your offerings await their release through the power of words. Understand your niche to hear the calling of an infinite amount of material. Choosing the time to clear your mind, embrace the knowing within the total self, and experience the gratitude allows you to connect with the riches you have to share. Enjoy the journey while expressing your interests.

Shine the aspects of your unique self upon the World with a player of words. Your spirit partners to guide the experience. Be open to the calling of treasures discovered in how your unique self meshes with the Universe. Your beacon of light will touch the spirit of others that are ready to find your message.

Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D.

http://www.jazzyeco.com

SPIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH A WOLF

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Wrapped in blankets during the pre-dawn hours, I was protected from the frozen temperatures as I sat on a balcony four feet off the ground. Only my nose and eyes were exposed to the chilling air. The quiet, stillness welcomed my meditative thoughts as I peered out into the night at the dormant forest. The covering of snow illuminated the landscape as the full moon reflected the sun’s radiant energy upon the Earth. It was as though I had been blessed to witness an environment seldom viewed without the patience to bask in the wonder found in nature.

A sound caught my attention as I looked out into the darkness. The moment came when a pack of majestic wolves drew near and meandered down the path. Eight creatures gracefully moved just below my perch as I stopped my breath in magical grander. The powerful pride quietly moved down the road that was within feet of where I sat motionless. Thoughts of gratitude filled my soul as they passed. The last wolf froze when it caught sight of my released breath. Our eyes met. For a few seconds, this magnificent creature and I became one, sharing the same frozen environment, with a sense of mutual respect. This gentle member of the pack moved on to rejoin the community.

It is evident that we share this precious planet with a diversity of life forms. Each species has its own niche that defines their role in a functioning World ecosystem. This youtube video aptly describes the incredible services provided by this keystone species, the wolf.

How Wolves Change the Course of the Rivers in Yellowstone National Park – enjoy the video

Abundant Blessings,

Elizabeth Armstrong, Ph.D.

http://www.jazzyeco.com

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