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A Sustainable Mind is a podcast created for the earth-conscious individual, ecopreneur, environmental activist, sustainability enthusiast, grassroots organizer, minimalist, conscious consumer and the eco-curious. If you are looking to get inspired, motivated and take ACTION to be the change you want to see in the world you are in the right place. Delivered to you each week, Marjorie Alexander brings you environmental changemakers whose campaigns, companies and projects have changed the planet for the better. Featured guests discuss their relationship with nature early on, their journey to a green career, light-bulb moments, sustainable habits, lessons from launching their projects, and much more. Each episode ends with ACTIONABLE advice and resources for you to hit the ground running!

A Sustainable Mind - environment & sustainability podcast Marjorie Alexander

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A Sustainable Mind is a podcast created for the earth-conscious individual, ecopreneur, environmental activist, sustainability enthusiast, grassroots organizer, minimalist, conscious consumer and the eco-curious. If you are looking to get inspired, motivated and take ACTION to be the change you want to see in the world you are in the right place. Delivered to you each week, Marjorie Alexander brings you environmental changemakers whose campaigns, companies and projects have changed the planet for the better. Featured guests discuss their relationship with nature early on, their journey to a green career, light-bulb moments, sustainable habits, lessons from launching their projects, and much more. Each episode ends with ACTIONABLE advice and resources for you to hit the ground running!

    Sustainable Filmmaking & Production with Emellie O’Brien of Earth Angel Sets

    Sustainable Filmmaking & Production with Emellie O’Brien of Earth Angel Sets

    Since Emellie O’Brien's first days in production, she knew there was a way for the role of sustainability on-set to go beyond basic waste management and recycling. She got her start at the NYU Tisch Film program and not long after graduation she landed her first job as a “Green Steward” with Big Beach Films in 2011. Her early years of dedication to green practices and passion for the environment on-set is what earned her the nickname “Earth Angel” from fellow crew members over the walkie, and to this day is still what production colleagues call her whenever she is on set. By 2013 EOB founded Earth Angel and turned it into a scalable model that has since inspired the entertainment industry and significantly reduced its environmental impact.
    Earth Angel has helped films and series avoid 8,500 metric tons of greenhouse gases, divert over 4,800 tons of waste, and donate over 125,000 meals to the local communities. Their client roster includes The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spielberg's The Post, Emmy-winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. Earth Angel is headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
     
    Interested in sponsoring or supporting A Sustainable Mind? Visit our sponsorship page at ASustainableMind.com/sponsor!
     
    In this episode Marjorie and Emellie discuss:
    What it's like to work on and run a film production with and without sustainability in mind The type of research, stats, and projections that are considered when EA works with a production and what numbers are presented to the client at the end of a project What happens to the materials that are not used up at the end of the production What you should keep in mind when working with a company like Earth Angel and how you can make your production more sustainable on your own How Covid has impacted the film industry and the way EA works with productions Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Hot Take Podcast and Newsletter: https://www.hottakepod.com/ Green Production Guide: https://www.greenproductionguide.com/ The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/us Earther: https://earther.gizmodo.com/ The Book on Awakening: 
     
     
    Connect with Emellie and the Earth Angel Team:
    Website: https://www.earthangel.nyc/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/earthangelsets Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EarthAngelsets/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/earthangelsets LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/earth-angel-sustainable-production-services-llc  
     
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/
    Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com
     
    Join us for our first live event, M.A.S.S. Eco Summit! It will be 3 days of keynotes, panels, and workshops on your favorite topics in the world of environmental sustainability! Grab your free ticket and learn how to get involved at MASSEcoLive.com. 

    • 53 min
    Zero Waste Hair Salons and Sustainability in the Beauty Industry with Ben Hudgins of Novak Hair Studios

    Zero Waste Hair Salons and Sustainability in the Beauty Industry with Ben Hudgins of Novak Hair Studios

    Benjamin Novak Hudgins is the Co-Founder and CEO of Novak Hair Studios. As a nationally-recognized hairstylist with over 18 years of industry experience, Hudgins uses his expertise to inspire Novak’s 90+ Luxury Solo Artists in two unique locations throughout North Texas. His work has been displayed at New York fashion week, the Mercedes-Benz tent at Swim Week Miami, and on stages and classrooms across the US. He has been the preferred stylist of many contestants in a variety of pageant systems and the go-to beauty pro for high-profile/celebrity clients across the nation.
    From Hudgins’ early career in the competitive pageant world, Novak Hair Studios has carried that tradition by proudly serving as an official sponsor of Mrs. Texas America and Mrs. Oklahoma America. Hudgins’ foundation in life and work is to build a better life while actively creating a better and more beautiful planet.
    Benjamin’s passion for hair began at a young age when he would steal his sister’s Collection Edition Barbies to style their hair. No longer styling barbies, he can be found at his small Texas ranch aptly named the “Hudgins Honey Bee Ranch” with husband Justin Hudgins and their chickens, ducks, bees, and Scottish Highland cows - Edna, Walter, and baby Otis.
     
    Join us for our first live event, M.A.S.S. Eco Summit! It will be 3 days of keynotes, panels, and workshops! Receive event notifications or contact us to get involved at MASSEcoLive.com.

     
    In this episode Marjorie and Ben discuss:
    Why choosing beauty products with sustainable and healthy ingredients is so important How certain ingredients make it into our favorite and previously more healthy and sustainable hair care product lines Sustainable innovation within the haircare industry both in products and in salons His surprising experiences in opening two sustainable salons in North Texas  
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Green Circle Salons: https://greencirclesalons.com/  
     
    Connect with Ben and the Novak Studios Team:
    Website: http://novakstudios.com/ Dallas/Fort Worth Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Novakfortworth/ Dallas/Fort Worth Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/novakfortworth Burleson Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/novakburleson/ Burleson Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NovakBurleson/  
     
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/
    Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com

    • 50 min
    Climate Change Along the Chesapeake and the Come Together Handbook with Dana Simson

    Climate Change Along the Chesapeake and the Come Together Handbook with Dana Simson

    Author/illustrator/Designer Dana Simson is a life-long environmentalist and climate change activist. She and her husband live on the frontline of climate change in a 200-year-old house on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. She keeps a tide clock on the dash of her car and gives the blue crabs and fish the right of way on her commute home. She has been a sought-after speaker and visiting professor on imagination development for the last 20 years. Currently, she is using her skillset to engage and empower people to look at climate change as an opportunity for positive change. Dana has written and illustrated 14 books and worked with many companies internationally to design home decor and many products. She is also the illustrator for the upcoming Green Writers Press children’s picture book; Janey Monarch Seed.



    Join us for our first live event, M.A.S.S. Eco Summit! It will be 3 days of keynotes, panels, and workshops! Receive event notifications or contact us to get involved at MASSEcoLive.com.



    This episode is brought to you by Brightmark, a leader in plastics renewal technology. Learn more about how Brightmark is reimagining waste and how you can partner with them at Brightmark.com.



    In this episode Marjorie and Dana discuss:
    How illustrated books can have a greater impact on readers openness to the material versus all-text books The changes that she's seen in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem over the last several decades as a result of climate change Does living along the Chesapeake increase residents receptiveness to the concept of climate change and what changes has she seen in the community's mindset over the years Her new book the Come Together Handbook  
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Beasts of a Southern Wild film trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvqZzSMIZa0 Paul Hawken https://paulhawken.com/ Project Drawdown https://drawdown.org/ Climate Action Network https://climatenetwork.org/ Chesapeake Bay Foundation https://www.cbf.org/ Surfrider https://www.surfrider.org/ 350.org https://350.org/ Earth Justice https://earthjustice.org/ Sierra Club https://www.sierraclub.org/ Oceana https://oceana.org/ Repair.org https://www.repair.org/ Slow Food https://www.slowfood.com/ Eat Wild http://www.eatwild.com/ Planned Parenthood https://www.plannedparenthood.org/ Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/ Habitat for Humanity https://www.habitat.org/  
     
    Connect with Dana and get a copy of the Come Together Handbook:
    Website: danasimson.com Personal FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/dana.simsonorth Artist FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/danasimson Dana's Art Gallery, Chesapeake East Company: https://www.facebook.com/Danasimsonart Twitter: https://twitter.com/DanaSimsonArt Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danasimsonart/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/danasimson/  
     
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/
    Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com

    • 45 min
    Plastics Renewal Technology with Brightmark's Bob Powell

    Plastics Renewal Technology with Brightmark's Bob Powell

    Bob Powell's dreams and vision about how we can leave the world a better place are being realized at Brightmark, the company he founded to change the way the world sees and manages its waste. As founder & CEO, Bob looks beyond what we are doing now to create the path for what we will realize many years in the future. Bob is passionate about solving the world’s most complex environmental problems with innovation and optimism. Prior to founding Brightmark in 2016, Bob spent the majority of his career working in the energy industry.
     
    Join us for our first live event, M.A.S.S. Eco Summit! It will be 3 days of keynotes, panels, and workshops! Receive event notifications or contact us to get involved at http://MASSEcoLive.com.
     
    In this episode Marjorie and Bob discuss:
    How Brightmark uses all forms of plastic from every type of waste stream and creates circular renewed products How Brightmark turns organic waste into fuel and what responses people have had over the years to this practice What is the difference between methane and CO2 and their impact on the environment Why banning ALL plastics isn't yet part of Bob's overall vision and why  
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    Ellen MacArthur Foundation https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/ The World in Data https://ourworldindata.org/ The Uninhabited Earth by David Wallace-Wells https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586541/the-uninhabitable-earth-by-david-wallace-wells/  
     
    Connect with Bob and Brightmark:
    Website: https://www.brightmark.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobpowelllinkedin/ Bob's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bobpowell_/ Brightmark's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/Brightmark/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightmarkenergy Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Brightmark Bob's Twitter: https://twitter.com/bobpowell_ Brightmark's Twitter: https://twitter.com/brightmarke  
     
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/
    Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com

    • 45 min
    The Texas Power Grid: Deregulation & Vulnerability with Seth Mansur of RER Energy Group

    The Texas Power Grid: Deregulation & Vulnerability with Seth Mansur of RER Energy Group

    This week features an additional episode tackling the Texas power grid. I chat with Seth Mansur of RER Energy Group
    to get a better understanding of what deregulation means for a power grid, why some Texans are now receiving insanely high energy bills, and what role infrastructure and politics play in the larger picture.
     

    Get in touch with Seth at smansur@rerenergygroup.com or check out rerenergygroup.com.
     

    This is the first episode I've done of this kind, addressing a current climate event, and I hope to be addressing more just like this as climate events occur.
     

    Lastly, if you love ASM then mark your calendars for our very first live online event. M.A.S.S. Eco Live will take place April 30-May 2, 2021, and will feature 3 days of panel discussions, keynote speakers, and workshops! To attend, sponsor, apply to be a panelist, or even to give us a hand with the event please head on over to http://MassEcoLive.com. Hope to see you there.

    • 25 min
    Sustainable Seafood & The Healthy Oceans Cookbook with Jackie Marks of the Marine Stewardship Council

    Sustainable Seafood & The Healthy Oceans Cookbook with Jackie Marks of the Marine Stewardship Council

    Jackie Marks is a sustainability communications professional with a passion for protecting animals and the planet. At the MSC Jackie and her team aim to drive greater consumer awareness of the MSC blue fish label and the important role certified sustainable fisheries play in protecting our ocean.
    Jackie is the recipient of the Washington Women in Public Relations (WWPR) Emerging Leaders Award (June 2019), was a speaker at United Nations World Wildlife Day at UN HQ (February 2019), and has been quoted in Civil Eats, USA Today, and the Associated Press, among others. She holds master’s degrees in International Relations, and Natural Resources & Sustainable Development, and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies.
     
    Join us for our first live event, M.A.S.S. Eco Summit! It will be 3 days of keynotes, panels, and workshops! Receive event notifications or contact us to get involved at http://MASSEcoLive.com.
     
    In this episode Marjorie and Jackie discuss:
    The role the Marine Stewardship Council plays in making sure shoppers have access to safe, healthy, and sustainable seafood products What exactly makes seafood sustainable or not How a cookbook is helping the MSC with its efforts to promote sustainable seafood and healthy eating habits How to take the first step in getting a job in the physical and environmental sciences  
    Are you looking to launch or grow your podcast? Sign up for a free 1-on-1 30-minute strategy session with me at https://asustainablemind.com/podcasting!
     
    Resources mentioned in today's episode:
    DC Eco Women: https://dc.ecowomen.org/ Anthony Bourdain, food hero and producer of the documentary Wasted! The Story of Food Waste: https://superltd.com/films/wasted-the-story-of-food-waste José Andrés, food hero: http://www.joseandres.com/ Gregory Gourdet, food hero: https://www.bravotv.com/people/gregory-gourdet Ayana Elizabeth, marine biologist and founder of Urban Ocean Lab: https://www.ayanaelizabeth.com/ The Good Trade Newsletter: https://www.thegoodtrade.com/ Ocean sunfish, aka Mola mola https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_sunfish Free 30-day trial for Audible audiobooks: http://asmbook.com  

     
    Connect with the Marine Stewardship Council:
    More about the Blue Fish Label: https://www.msc.org/en-us/what-we-are-doing/our-approach/the-blue-fish-label
    The MSC Cookbook: https://stories.msc.org/en-us/healthy-oceans-cookbook/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/mscbluefish Facebook: www.facebook.com/mscbluefish Twitter: www.twitter.com/mscbluefish  
     
    Connect with Marjorie Alexander:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asustainablemind/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/SustainableMind
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asustainablemind/
    Website: http://www.asustainablemind.com

    • 38 min

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575 Ratings

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