Sandy Kurtz

In the October 2010 “Shades of Green” column, I wrote about how trees produce fall colors. I advised leaf peepers to emerge from air conditioning and enjoy autumn. Once again it’s time to appreciate the wondrous way in which deciduous trees ... more

Oct 5, 2016 11:04 AM Shades of Green

“Never before have people had to think about the well-being of the entire planet. We did not ask for this task, but it is the one being demanded of us.” —Sally McFague, eco-theologian and author, retired professor from Vanderbilt University ... more

Sep 7, 2016 1:01 PM Shades of Green

Did you hear there’s a fabulous Pokémon Go game you should play? Did you hear that Taylor Swift is feuding with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian? Did you hear that Watts Bar Nuclear Reactor #1 has been given permission to increase the amount ... more

Aug 10, 2016 11:56 AM Shades of Green

Do you remember the first picture you ever drew not counting wall scribbles? Chances are it was an outdoor scene with a stick figure, a square house and gable roof. The green grass bottom supported several “stems” and colorful U-shaped ... more

Jul 13, 2016 10:07 AM Shades of Green

We had arrived! Four small bags were affixed to a rope above us. Lizzie Diener, an avian field technician, removed one, and carefully opened it, retrieving a small bird. The tufted titmouse indignantly protested while being ... more

Jun 8, 2016 12:35 PM Shades of Green 1 Comments

Six legs, a pointed abdomen, and wings measuring up to ¾ inches in length and weighing .000088 ounces. Both males and females eat nectar for food, but the female sucks blood to supply protein for eggs. more

May 11, 2016 2:27 PM Shades of Green

Gardeners have been itching to get their hands in the soil since the first seed catalogs began arriving in the mail in February. People are mobbing garden centers to purchase young plants for home flower and vegetable ... more

Apr 27, 2016 2:28 PM , Cover Story

The Carpenters are drastically changing their way of living. Jonathan, Laura, Cypress (3), Darwin (5 months) and Jantzen, the dog (age unknown), have shed themselves of their home base in Jasper, Tennessee ... more

Apr 13, 2016 2:02 PM Shades of Green

It’s tree planting time! Chattanooga has been a Tree City every year since 1990. Since then we have planted lots of trees. Gene Hyde, our City Forester, has led that charge. He estimates that conservatively 6,250 trees ... more

Mar 9, 2016 12:10 PM Shades of Green

What if you wanted to live an active, healthy life for as long as possible? (Don’t we all?) What if, as you got older, you wanted to make a difference for life on earth? What if you felt action was urgently needed given ... more

Feb 10, 2016 12:50 PM Shades of Green

Future history students will have to memorize Dec. 12, 2015. That date marks the beginning of the era when essentially all the countries of the world began slowing the rate of climate change and easing its impacts. more

Jan 13, 2016 3:05 PM Shades of Green

Over the past two weeks I have learned a lot about environmental issues. There are the melting poles leading to sea rise, the endangered bird migrations, and the destruction of people’s homes. There’s more to it than just saving polar bears. more

Dec 11, 2015 10:51 AM , Shades of Green

The COP21 Global Climate Change agreement is almost in final form. The draft document has been released with several options and blanks still to be determined. more

Dec 10, 2015 9:49 AM Shades of Green

Earth is heating up and greenhouse gases continue to rise, primarily due to our burning of fossil fuels. The goal at COP21 in Paris is to assure a livable planet. It takes collaboration and adjustment from everyone to slow the rate of climate change. more

Dec 9, 2015 11:44 AM Shades of Green

The Climate Generation space is very active. While working the Student Coalition booth, the 4D viewers arrived to hand out. This cardboard contraption allows you to view specific videos from an app called RYOT. more

Dec 8, 2015 9:33 AM , Shades of Green

There was a large Google map display presented in the Climate Generations Hall. The program showed the visual impacts on cities derived from science-based projections if Earth temperature rises 4 degrees Celsius ... more

Dec 4, 2015 12:04 PM , Shades of Green

Greetings from Paris. Granddaughter Wenona and I are attending the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) under the Sierra Club Student Coalition banner helping to encourage ... more

Dec 1, 2015 9:39 AM Shades of Green 2 Comments

Plastics! Plastic items are everywhere: bottles, bags, PVC pipe, medical stints, carpet, clothing. During the holidays, hordes of Americans will cruise crowded aisles at big-box stores to purchase bright-colored plastic toys. more

Nov 11, 2015 1:48 PM Shades of Green

With leaves turning and cooling temperatures, it’s the perfect time to take a walk or bike ride. What good fortune to have an ever-growing number of greenways in Chattanooga for your pleasure and soul rejuvenation! more

Sep 30, 2015 1:37 PM Shades of Green 1 Comments

New energy is afoot as cooler weather approaches! With kids in school and summer adventures over, the do-it-yourselfer’s thoughts turn to fixing up the home. Get the yard winter ready: Seed, compost, mulch, fertilize. more

Sep 9, 2015 11:37 AM Shades of Green

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