Sandy Kurtz

Tie A Ribbon To The Tree of Life

Radical hope comes to mind for me when spring arrives and life resurrects itself. How amazing is it that, against all odds, green shoots peek out and baby animals appear? What beauty there is in an Appalachian spring! more »

Apr 8, 2015 4:42 PM Shades of Green

Going Solar in the Scenic City

Drive down Lee Highway and turn onto Jubilee Drive. Soon, you’ll come to a solar array of 7,490 panels. This is the Chattanooga Airport’s 3-megawatt solar farm that currently produces enough energy to satisfy ... more »

Mar 11, 2015 4:48 PM Shades of Green

Helping Bees Keep Dancing

The small cottage sat inconspicuously back from Brainerd Road, overgrown and unkempt, mostly unnoticed as traffic passed. Tom Carroll saw an opportunity to turn it into a garden shop. more »

Feb 11, 2015 3:42 PM Shades of Green 1 Comments

Resolutions For A Living Planet

Greetings to those who made it to 2015! You are not alone. In fact, there are 7 billion people living on Earth with a new birth every 15 seconds in America. more »

Jan 7, 2015 5:15 PM Shades of Green

Time Once Again to Get Real

Once again, the holiday question arises: real or plastic? Is it best to purchase a living tree, a cut tree, or an artificial one you drag out for the next seven-to-nine years before sending it to the landfill? more »

Dec 10, 2014 5:14 PM Shades of Green

Are We Going Back to “Drill, Baby, Drill”?

The midterm election is over, and with it, its ads. Given the outcome, however, those who care about the environment should urge continued gridlock in Congress. more »

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Fall Feats Repeat

Every October, any naturalist worth their salt must be able to explain why and how leaves turn color and fall off trees. The label “naturalist” is used loosely here for this writer, but here goes. more »

Oct 9, 2014 9:59 AM Shades of Green

They Didn’t Have to Die

Dead fish. This smelly proposition mixed with raw sewage was offered up to us in South Chickamauga Creek near Shallowford Road on Aug. 14. For the next two days, downstream over two miles ... more »

Sep 11, 2014 9:34 AM Shades of Green

Think Green to Make Green

Recent Business Forward event highlighted green investment opportunities. more »

Aug 14, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Celebrate Green Action and Solutions

CHEE also wants to build a plan addressing climate change, and mount a city effort for environmental justice. more »

Jul 17, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Who and What Thrives Under THRIVE 2055?

"It feels like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic while ignoring the need for real survival solutions.” more »

Jun 19, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Keepers of the Garden Step Up with Solar

People of faith, it’s time to step up. If we are keepers of the Garden and the Garden is suffering, then action is required. Installing solar panels to reduce carbon footprints and help clean air for others is one moral thing to do. more »

May 15, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Future Shaped By Our Choices Now

If you expected a tropical disease epidemic to hit your community, what options would you have? If you saw the Southeastern US forest ecosystem weaken with loss of fragile plant and animal species, would you want to stop it and if so, how? more »

Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Rethinking TVA's Energy Future

Comfort-seeking humans have cleverly figured out how to use indirect solar energy sources. Grown men (women, too) throw hissy fits if the power goes off or the price of gas causes any inconvenience. more »

Mar 20, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green 2 Comments

The Art of Wild Love

In fact, for most species, there is innate sexual desire. Romantic courting and love seem optional to many, but the merging of DNA and genes is necessary for any species to continue to exist. That drive is strong. more »

Feb 14, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Green Goals for 2013

Because all life on Earth depends on a suitable habitat and a healthy ecosystem, what can be done to guarantee sustainability now and in the future? more »

Jan 9, 2014 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Green Reason for the Holiday Season

In Scandinavia, the Feast of Juul was observed in honor of the god Thor. Fires were lit to symbolize the warmth of the returning sun. Ancient Incas honored the sun god with a special festival during winter solstice. more »

Dec 12, 2013 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Earth-Friendly Holidays

Further, separating wants from needs will help save the Earth. How badly does one need an indoor flameless marshmallow roaster for $69.95, heated outdoor cat bowls ($49.95), or an automatic flameless LED candle ($39.95) from Hammacher Schlemmer? more »

Nov 14, 2013 12:00 AM Shades of Green

No Energy Martyrs Here

There are programmable thermostats, motion detectors that turn off after someone leaves a room, dimmers, compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, Energy Star-rated refrigerators and air conditioners, and old-fashioned ceiling fans, to name a few. more »

Oct 10, 2013 12:00 AM Shades of Green

Serious About The Scenic City

“Teachers don’t get much, if any, developmental training about environment and environment education.” “I am impressed with the diversity and enthusiasm of the people I have met here. All seem to be working on air, land and water issues.” more »

Sep 5, 2013 12:00 AM Shades of Green