I’m happy to announce my new position at New Media Editor at The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute! (That’s a pic of me, on the right, with Marisa, the organization’s Community of Practice manager, on the left.)
I’ve been working with the organization for a couple of months to determine if it’s a good fit. I’ll be managing social media, writing, and editing for the innovative non-profit organization.
A bit about C2CPII:
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization created to bring about a large scale transformation in the way we make things.
Our mission is to guide product manufacturers and designers in making safe and healthy products for our world.
The Institute, using the Cradle to Cradle® framework, works with leaders from academia, the NGO environmental community, government and industry to establish a rating system for assessing and constant improvement of products based upon five categories:
1. Safe and appropriately sourced materials;
2. Material reutilization;
3. Renewable energy;
4. Clean water stewardship
5. Social fairness
The last piece I published in 2015 was also one of my favorites. I covered how a public health crisis in London, incorrectly attributed to miasma, ended up saving lives (even though the science was wrong!).
In the latter part of 2015, I started contributing regular stories to Mental Floss’ Science vertical; here are a couple of examples:
6 Rules for Touching Humans Based on Science
Do These Videos Show Trees “Breathing”?
Aw, this one was so kind! What a great way to end 2015:
Starre Vartan, founder and editor of Eco-Chick, was one of the early bloggers and writers around the eco-fashion space. She has been out there building content and educating people. Education has always been a really important propellant in driving this movement forward, so I applaud her work.
I have been a longtime fan of People Tree (the UK’s oldest ethical fashion brand), and I got the fun chance to choose an outfit and model it. I featured the ensemble on Eco-Chick, and People Tree also chose to highlight me in their fun quarterly magazine, The Eco Edit.
I’ve written lots of articles in my time, and I’ve had plenty go viral, but I think this is the first one I’ve ever had to go super-viral! And it’s one of my most favorite things I’ve written about too. Check out the full article on MNN.com here.
Check out my first contribution to Conde Nast Traveler: “Italy’s Free Coffee Tradition and Other Acts of Kindness” What an inspiring way to start the New Year!
As a long-term environmentalist, I have followed Paul Hawken’s work with interest for some time. Though I don’t always agree with him on every issue, I admire his forward-thinking writing and his new project, Drawdown, sounds amazing. Read all about it in the interview I did with him for the December, 2014 issue of Metropolis.
My second piece for Pacific Standard is about how long the effects of rape can last (hint: it’s a lifetime) and why (spoiler: PTSD).
I took a deep dive into feminism, the law and the real-life repercussions of domestic violence on both the battered and the batterers for Pacific Standard. A difficult, intense article to research and write, but fascinating.