Tara Gould, Contributing Writer

November 11, 2013 by  
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Tara Gould is a writer, blogger and journalist covering ethical business, sustainable living, politics and culture. She is based in Lewes, East Sussex, U.K., and you can find her at @EthicalBizTara.

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Ashley Halligan, Contributing Writer

August 5, 2012 by  
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Ashley Halligan is an analyst at an Austin-based consulting company. Particularly focused on the facility management sector, Ashley often reports on sustainability-related issues pertaining to commercial industries.
Ashley is from small-town Ohio (Marietta) and is a 2007 graduate of Marietta College with a degree in journalism. Since then, she’s freelanced for several publications and websites, specializing in travel stories and features—and edited for travel sites and an Austin-based magazine….

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Ryan Gourley, Contributing Writer

October 1, 2011 by  
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Ryan Gourley is an organizer for Moving Planet and the Iowa City Climate Advocates, a local division of the Iowa Climate Advocates.

A native Iowan, Ryan received his Bachelor’s degrees from The University of Iowa, where he studied psychology, communication, and theatre. He combines this background with his interest in healthcare as a research specialist for the Iowa City VA Health Care System and a communication instructor for The University of Iowa Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy….

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Alenka Figa, Summer 2011 Intern

July 1, 2011 by  
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Alenka Figa is an English major at Grinnell College, and currently faces the terrifying prospect of being a Senior. She doesn’t know what she wants to do with her degree, although writing of some sort sounds nice.

Alenka has always been interested in environmentalism, but despite being from Iowa, she didn’t set foot on a farm until college. An alternative spring break trip to an organic farm recently strengthened her belief that to better our world, we must invest in sustainability. She also developed a love for sifting dirt, and learned that cows do not have teeth on their upper jaw….

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David Rowley, Contributing Writer

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A native of Iowa, David Rowley is getting ready for his impending exit from the state. He’s not sure what awaits him next – grad school or the real world – though David is sure he will be traversing new roads….

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Dr. Jason Bradley, Contributing Writer

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Dr. Jason Bradley practices naturopathic and chiropractic medicine in Iowa City, IA. After finishing his undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and English Literature, he attended Palmer University in Davenport, Iowa, where he attained his Doctor of Chiropractic, graduating summa cum laude.

Early in practice, he realized that his patients were coming to him with complex questions about metabolic and nutritional medicine and that naturopathy school was calling him. He attended Trinity College in Warsaw, Indiana, where he earned his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, again graduating summa cum laude.

A lifelong learner, Jason recently completed a Master’s Degree in Journalism at the prestigious Adler School at the University of Iowa. While continuing to see patients, he is currently completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice at Frontier School of Medicine in Hyden, Kentucky and will sit for the Board Certification exam in Anti-Aging Medicine in April of 2011.

In his practice, Jason specializes in treating complex metabolic disorders, weight loss, fatigue, thyroid and adrenal imbalances and bio-identical hormone replacement therapies….

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Kara Bennett, Contributing Writer

December 11, 2010 by  
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Kara Bennett is a recent University of Iowa graduate, having received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Certificate in Sustainability.
She is currently working as a marketing intern with Denver’s Westword, an online and print publication that covers news, culture, and events in the greater Denver area….

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Lauren Mills, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2010 by  
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Lauren Mills is a junior at the University of Iowa, majoring in Journalism, English, and Spanish. She recently returned from studying abroad in Chile and loves to travel, but she’ll always come home to her beloved Kansas City.

Her interest in environmental journalism began when she worked the environmental beat as a reporter for the The Daily Iowan…

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Jaia Rosenfels, Contributing Writer

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The oldest of five children, Jaia Rosenfels grew up in a rural Iowa town. She is from a family in which organic foods were served long before eating organic was trendy. Composting was a natural part of their family’s life.

Today, Jaia resides in a city where organic eating is a respected choice, because consumers are educated about the advantages.

Jaia is a freelance writer, who volunteers with a variety of civic groups.

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Chef David Wasson, Contributing Writer

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Chef David Wasson CCC, CCE was a chef, caterer and teacher in Seattle Washington (35 years), where he won many awards for Innovative Nutrition Education. He also taught AAS degree classes in French Culinary Theory and Nutrition for the Seattle Community College District (20 years).

Chef Wasson wrote “That’s Fresh” Kids Cooking Team’s curriculum for the Chef and Child Foundation, and a cookbook for children. This ongoing process of teaching and feeding children is directly focused on the City of Tagum, where he now lives. He feeds 250 children each week through the Tagum City Food Bank, a charity that he started with the assistance of Tagum City Rotary and Chef & Child Foundation.

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Jessica Ackerman, Contributing Writer

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Jessica Ackerman learned first-hand how to visualize a remodeling or building project from concept to fruition. After graduation, her love of both design and writing turned into a series of articles to help any homeowner make their home more functional and beautiful….

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Bob Halstead, Contributing Writer

April 28, 2010 by  
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Bob Halstead, born in 1947 in Northern Ontario, is a competent linguist and logician, and a retired teacher of mathematics. He has devoted his life to making decision as to what he should believe and what he can dependably know.

He accepts that all public statement is political in nature, meaning that all public statement of a religious, scientific or philosophical nature is first political, allowing that personal vision becomes political when expressed in words….

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Lindsay Render, Contributing Writer

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Lindsay Render is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in Anthropology.

She has a desire for knowledge and adventure. She is currently volunteering at the U of I Museum of Natural History….

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Wendy Sloan, Contributing Writer

February 22, 2010 by  
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Contributing writer Wendy Sloan is a senior at Iowa State University, double majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and Psychology. She is originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., but has been living in Iowa for the last 7 years….

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Joe Frisk, Contributing Writer

December 1, 2009 by  
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Joe Frisk is a certified in social studies teaching and am a freelance writer residing in Austin, Minnesota. He holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Sociology and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Minnesota State, Mankato….

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Today We Give Thanks and Celebrate

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We all have a million reasons to be thankful, today and every day. For those of us in the United States, today is an official holiday dedicated to just that purpose. It’s a tradition in many households for each person to share something that they’re thankful for. So, at Blue Planet Green Living, we are taking this day to share with you, briefly, why we’re especially thankful on this particular Thanksgiving Day.

Yesterday marked our first anniversary of publishing Blue Planet Green Living. Although we began writing posts in October of last year, we didn’t officially launch until November 25, 2008….

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Lise Abazs, Contributing Writer

November 24, 2009 by  
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Lise Abazs has a degree in Environmental Studies from Warren Wilson College. She has traveled the world working and studying on farms before settling down on her own piece of land in 1987. She and her husband, David, developed Round River Farm, a vegetable and small livestock operation tucked into the rocky hills of the North Shore on Lake Superior….

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Kami Lee, Contributing Writer

November 2, 2009 by  
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Before joining the Peace Corps, Kami Lee lived in Guatemala for more than 30 years, where she married and raised two kids. She was an independent consultant, working with development agencies and schools. She also did community organizing work. …

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Allison Brinkman, Contributing Writer

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Allison Brinkman is a Greater Cincinnati publicist with an affinity for traveling to the furthest reaches of the globe and sampling exotic cuisine. Her love for her dog, Oscar, is closely rivaled by her love for the Ohio State Buckeyes — something not to be taken lightly! …

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Simeon Talley, Contributing Writer

October 22, 2009 by  
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Simeon Talley is a student at the University of Iowa, majoring in International Politics. He is also a member of the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive network of campus-based think tanks.

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