Author: Daniel Hiestand

Three sustainable steps to upgrade your wardrobe

Have you ever heard of the term “fast fashion?” No, it doesn’t mean your T-shirt can win an Olympic sprint or your socks can claim victory in the next Indianapolis 500. Instead, as Merriam-Webster states, fast fashion is “an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that[Read More…]

Celebrate your climate and sustainability wins

Much evidence shows the importance of celebrating small victories when undertaking big projects.  Whether building a house or teaching a history course, acknowledging milestones on the way to completion can improve project participant morale, increase productivity, and nurture a sense of community. Our collective energy to address the climate crisis[Read More…]

Cottage Grove farmhouse deconstruction showcases sustainable practices

Over the past two months, Forrest Laiche, owner of Lane County-based Conscious Craft Construction, has been steadily deconstructing a dilapidated Cottage Grove farmhouse owned by Lane County near the Cottage Grove Transfer Station.  Nail by nail, Laiche’s crew have worked to rescue as much as possible from the structure as[Read More…]

Back to class doesn’t need to result in lunchroom waste

A few months ago, I was lucky to meet a Springfield School District school cafeteria employee during a community event. I was handing out materials about preventing wasted food when she relayed what her school was doing to avoid wasted food. As a sustainability professional and Springfield taxpayer, I was[Read More…]



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