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Sandy Kurtz

Living Your Golden Years Greenly

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

Save The World, One Degree At A Time

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

Reporting From Paris: COP21 Coming To An End

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

Reporting From Paris: COP21 Getting Closer

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

Can They Save The Planet?

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

Reporting From Paris: COP21 Still Going Strong

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

Reporting From Paris: COP21 Progress

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

Reporting From Paris: COP21 Has Begun

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

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