Sandy Kurtz

Perils of Plastics, Pollution and Polls

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

Celebrating and Protecting Our Scenic Greenways

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

Go Green For Fall Fix-Up Projects

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

The Environment: What’s War Got to Do With It?

Residents of greater Chattanooga have been through a trying, tragic, dismaying and sad time as we cope with the events of July 16. Five unsuspecting military men showed up for work on that day and never went home. more »

Aug 12, 2015 12:58 PM Shades of Green

2015's Cool Green Summer Surprises

Who knew that the summer of 2015 would bring so many breakthroughs recognizing global warming as reality, and accompanied by actions that will result in cleaner, healthier, and efficient energy use? more »

Jul 8, 2015 5:03 PM Shades of Green 1 Comments

Walking And Talking Turkey

Whenever you go to a foreign country, you inevitably make comparisons. After all, the U.S. is exceptional, right? Superiority verification is needed. For this column, searching for how others measure up on environmental ... more »

Jun 10, 2015 1:50 PM Shades of Green

Back to Nature at Your House

April showers bring May flowers. That old adage surely applies this year given all that rain we witnessed last month. A local farmer once told me never to plant anything before May 1. So—now’s the time! more »

May 13, 2015 1:46 PM Shades of Green

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 2 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