GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS – Acey H

Acey Holmes (she/her)

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area?  
The chemicals we put in products have always been interesting to me… I also have a personal mission to reduce our household waste as much as possible!

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability?
It’s so nice to be around a community of folx that just actually CARE about the future of our home.

I CARE Because … 

I CARE because I want my son to have a beautiful planet to continue exploring his whole life!

What are one or two of your favorite sustainability tips or tricks that you like to share with others?

I love using cloth instead of paper towels/napkins for kitchen use! Ikea has some tea towels that are perfect to replace paper towels!

What are some things that bring you joy! 

Playing! I love to ski – wooooshing down a mountain is my favorite thing ever.

Connect with Acey:
Email: acey@solvelearnplay.com
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Community Voices Webinar November Topic:
How to Remain Calm in the Rising Sea of Chaos

If you’re feeling hopeless in this world of climate change, school shootings, social media frenzy, and an ever-increasing political void, you’re not alone. Take time for some much-needed self care as Liz Rutledge guides you on a Mindfulness journey where you will appreciate the small things and recapture a sense of calm.

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GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS – Liz R

Liz Rutledge (she/her)

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area?  
Yes! “Waste not, want not” is one of my favorite sayings. I could “trash talk” all day. I live and breathe ways to reduce waste in general. The main reason I CARE about this so passionately is my understanding is that (especially) food waste contributes greatly to the depletion of the Ozone Layer through the release of methane. So, the more we reduce waste, the more breathable our air is and the more we can take a deep breath and tackle all the rest of the sustainability challenges. I’m also concerned about the fresh water supply (especially here in Colorado, where I grew up, water is precious). Preventing water waste is something I also CARE about because without fresh, clean water, we will all suffer.

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability?
I love feeling a sense of connectedness and belonging in a supportive group of intelligent, passionate, Earth-loving, like-minded women. Becky Migas and I connected and worked together back in 2018. I had never met someone as passionate about sustainable living as I am. Also? I am super proud of Becky and the entire Women in Sustainability leadership team for creating a group like this. Especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, it created a sense of belonging and connection and continues to grown and do good in the world.

I CARE Because … 

I CARE Because…inequity upsets me deeply and I believe all people deserve access to wellness resources, shelter, clean air, clean water, healthy and nourishing food, education and connection with nature.
One of the reasons I teach Mindfulness is to support people in witnessing our deep connection to nature and each other…especially the Mindfulness aspects of kindness, gratitude and generosity. When we are in tune with the rhythms of nature (and each other), we are healthier mentally, emotionally, and physically. In this rapid-paced, constantly changing world, we need tools and techniques to navigate the sea of chaos with calmness, clarity and resilience. And, if “a rising tide lifts all boats”, I’d like to be a useful contributor to raising awareness and access to knowledge about mindfulness and sustainability. Or, as I like to call it “Mindful Sustainability”.

What interests /​ excites you most about being involved in sustainability? 

Have you ever picked a raspberry off the vine?
Have you ever seen processed compost…that deep, rich black gold?
Have you ever seen a gazillion stars in the night sky?
Did you notice that the “Brown Cloud” in Denver disappeared during Covid-19 lockdown?
I grew up picking raspberries off the vine in the mountains of Colorado.
I’ve had the pleasure of going on the “Waste Extravaganza” Tour and seen how and where our waste is processed here in Denver.
I have looked up at the most glorious night skies – both on Lookout Mountain as a child and in Namibia, Africa as an adult.
I have witnessed the “Brown Cloud” grow from hovering over the tall buildings of downtown Denver to stretching from Boulder to Colorado Springs and beyond.
These are my motivations and interests.
I re-discover my child-like giddiness when I see a new, ripe raspberry growing in my backyard
garden….or when I notice more stars in the sky because efforts to reduce light pollution are working.
I hope others will experience the sort of excitement I have for sustainability and discovering new and interesting technologies that may save us from the doom of Climate Change.

How do you like to give back to your community? Why is this important to you? 

I love to be involved in my community! Whether it’s volunteering with the local schools on Earth Day, being involved in the Greater Park Hill Community Home Tour & Street Fair for 11 years (ultimately reducing waste to the landfill and then running the Sustainability Zone) or encouraging re-use and to reduce waste for East High School’s After Prom event, I absolutely thrive when I’m giving back (and having the opportunity to learn and educate in the process). I geek out on reducing waste, but also creatively decreasing budget strain so funds can go towards more important things (like the Food Bank and community efforts offered by the G.P.H.C.). It’s also fun to connect with other people through public speaking and community activism opportunities (like Dress for Success, Healthy Denver, Inc., McAuliffe and East High School Sustainability Clubs, and Women in Sustainability).

What are some self – care tips you like to share? 

I meditate EVERY day for at least 10 minutes. By doing this for years now, I have strengthened my muscle of resilience and am able to remain calmer in situations that previously triggered me. Not only am I calmer, but also more focused. I suggest meditating first thing after waking. It’s as simple as slipping out of bed, setting a timer, and slowly breathing in (5 seconds) and out (5 seconds) for 2-3 minutes. There are many free meditation apps (like Calm and Insight Timer). Just do it. Every day…without fail…no matter where you are.

And? When you don’t get a chance to meditate or find yourself needing to shift your energy, move your body! Stand up, stretch, go for a walk around the block. Or, make a short gratitude list, get outside, take deep breaths, and re-set. Focusing on what’s going right, instead of what’s going wrong, can also help us remain positive and calm in the rising sea of chaos. We need to be clear headed to find creative solutions to big problems, so it’s important to set boundaries (like not participating in the click bait news cycle and protecting time in our schedule for exercise and meditation).

Anything else you want our readers to know about you?  
In addition to being deeply passionate about the environment, I am also deeply passionate about teaching Mindfulness to the young children who are inheriting Planet Earth and all it’s complications. I partner with Dr. Cyrina Bullard and together we are Sustainable Happiness Together LLC. A Certified HeartMath® Resilience Trainer and Coach, Cyrina is literally certified in the Science of Happiness (UC Berkeley) and Well-Being (Yale). Together, we teach children, teens and adults how to live more mindfully and have more resilience. Mindful Sustainability is part of that. Our current passion project is our new course for young children called “Lessons from the Bright Butterfly” which merges the social and emotional learning (SEL) skills we teach with the life cycle of the butterfly. Our program brings not only calm, focus, happiness and resilience to our students, but also a sense of connection with nature and their families.

Connect with Liz:
Email: info@sustainablehappinesstogether.com
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Community Voices Webinar November Topic:
How to Remain Calm in the Rising Sea of Chaos

If you’re feeling hopeless in this world of climate change, school shootings, social media frenzy, and an ever-increasing political void, you’re not alone. Take time for some much-needed self care as Liz Rutledge guides you on a Mindfulness journey where you will appreciate the small things and recapture a sense of calm.

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GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS – Anna H

Anna Howell (she/her)

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area?  
Biosolids! I am dedicated to removing the stigma from this topic and to educating everyone about the beauty of this “waste”. Your number two is my number one!

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability?
I love being a part of a community that connects like-minded individuals toward a common goal of doing good and being kind. Being a member of Women in Sustainability is a label I wear with sincere pride.

I CARE Because … My heart will allow for no other way.

How do you like to give back to your community? Why is this important to you? 

I like to give back to my community by celebrating the wins within sustainability. Sometimes it feels like our social media streams and news outlets are saturated by the negative or the daunting or the doom. I choose joy.

What are one or two of your favorite sustainability tips or tricks that you like to share with others?

There is no such thing as a “flushable” wipe. Please do not flush these down the toilet. These lil demons have an uncanny ability to compromise the entire treatment process. Whether they clog equipment and shorten the equipment’s life or act as a magnet for fats, oils, and greases, “flushable” wipes do not belong down the toilet.

What are some of your favorite podcasts, books, documentaries, etc that you recommend to those looking to engage more in the environmental space? 

Rich Roll
Outrage + Optimism
This Is Climate Change

What is your favorite quote? “If it’s too complicated it’s not sustainable, And if it’s not sustainable, what’s the point?” – Rich Roll

Connect with Anna:
Email: annelise0v0@gmail.com
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Community Voices Webinar September Topic:
Biosolids Reuse: Unclogging the Stigma

Have you ever pondered while going to the bathroom what happens with our poop … er, biosolids, when flushed? No? You’re not alone. Once we flush, it’s out of sight, out of mind. However, it’s important to understand this taboo topic when it comes to sustainability. Luckily for us, it’s Anna’s favorite topic of discussion. With her sustainability work at Jacobs, Anna studies human biosolids to find sustainable solutions to our human waste and how it can be reused for our future. As growing concerns for access to clean drinking water (and PFAs), it’s important to learn how poop and sustainability are interconnected and why we should be more open to the conversation regarding our bathroom behaviors. If you are feeling weird about the topic, no worries! Anna, our Biosolid Babe, makes the conversation fun and approachable by using her expertise and charisma to educate others. You’ll leave the conversation feeling a little more light and ready to talk sustainable sh*t with your friends, family and colleagues!

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GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS – Heather W

Heather Wochele (she/her)
Hello day coaching, Owner & Life Coach

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area? (i.e. energy, water, waste, transportation, etc.) 

I am specifically interested in companies who are dedicated to creating products from environmental waste and creating sustainable fashion. I am especially interested in companies who are able to use their power to clean up the oceans and recreate usable items from the waste. Not only does this protect our waters but also the animal life that resides in them. Often these animals are forgotten about because they are unseen. There are only so many water ecosystems that are sustainable for certain animal populations and we are continuing to cause harms to these ecosystems. Companies that make it their mission to reverse this impact have a special place in my heart.

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability? I am most excited about learning from and being part of the other WIS community members’ journey. There are so many incredible members doing AMAZING work and it inspires me daily to be better.

Finish this statement: I CARE Because … Though I may not have the most sustainable lifestyle, I am always trying to be more aware and conscious of the sustainable choices I make. There is no going back to not caring or bringing awareness to my actions.

How do you like to give back to your community? Why is this important to you? 

I volunteer my time at local water clean up events and the Denver Animal Shelter, as well as sharing my life coaching practice with the community. Giving back and volunteering my time connects me with the community and reminds me of the importance of the space and people around us.

What are one or two of your favorite sustainability tips or tricks that you like to share with others?

If you don’t already compost, I highly recommend it. It cuts down on your trash tremendously and you can easily sign up for it in the city of Denver.

If you have a lot of difficult to recycle items, sign up for Ridwell. They are a great service that offers additional recycling in such an easy to use system.

What inspires you? I am constantly inspired by the WIS community and by others who seek to be and do better. We can all make simple choices, whether that’s to wave at another person or utter a friendly hello, that will change our world one action at a time. If you are doing this, being better, you inspire me!

Connect with Heather:
Email: heather@hellodaycoaching.com
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Community Voices Webinar September Topic:
Manifest Your Sustainable Impact

Join the WIS sustainable community and HelloDay Coaching to discuss and manifest your sustainable impact. During this session, we provide an opportunity for participants to collectively learn about sustainability challenges, solutions, and best practices through reflective exercises and peer discussion. We will also define clear sustainability goals that align with participants’ values and aspirations and then outline steps to take to accomplish those goals.

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GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS – Erin

Erin Gaskins (she/her)
Room Redefined LLC, owner

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area? (i.e. energy, water, waste, transportation, etc.) 

As a professional organizer, I help clients let go of items they no longer want/need. It can be much easier for clients to be able to decide to let items go if we can relocate that item in a way that aligns with the client’s values. We are passionate about increasing our knowledge of places and resources where we can take items for sale, donation, and recycling so that we are eliminating waste for ourselves and our clients, and, ideally, putting items to good use in a new way!

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability? As the company owner, I have always felt the responsibility to guide my clients and my employees in ways that are most environmentally responsible. However we deal with so much “stuff” it feels like we will never be able to take care of it all in a sustainable way. In my first conversation with WIS I was given grace! To have other women commiserate that it is impossible to find a place for it all, but a worthy investment to keep pursuing new solutions was relieving. It was such a relief to hear I didn’t have to be perfect at this to be making a difference- and then to find a group that can help me continue to learn and grow.

Finish this statement: I CARE Because … everyday I visit client homes and see the overwhelm that too much “stuff” has on our lives and the planet. People are drowning in things, but don’t know how to make a change. I believe it is vital for our planet, and our health- collectively and individually- to continue to improve our relationship with our things, our spaces, and our planet.

What are one or two of your favorite sustainability tips or tricks that you like to share with others?

The organizer in me knows how important systems are to your success in things you want to accomplish. So- if sustainability is important, setting up systems within your home to support that process is key. For example, we hep clients of ours to set up an efficient place in which to store the categories of items they wish to recycle or donate. There might be one bin for clothes, one for clear plastic, and one for technology/cords/etc. Then, it is easy for the client to grab the bin and take it to their recycling drop-off location when full, or for us to clean out and take with us at each visit.

Have more to get rid of than will fit in your car to be dropped off? We love to recommend companies like Gone For Good. Gone for Good is a haul-away service that also runs a thrift store. Before taking anything to a landfill they will sort through your unwanted items to determine what they can sell or donate to others. Next they work with hard-to-recycle companies to dispose of as much as possible. This way only a very limited amount of stuff actually is taken to a landfill!

What inspires you? I am inspired by helping people feel in control of their stuff, and their space. If I can help individuals do that, they can focus their energy and time on what they love to do best!

What is your favorite quote? “He who dies with the most stuff- is still dead!”- a coffee mug

Connect with Erin:
Email: erin@roomredefined.com
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Community Voices Webinar July Topic:
Redefine your Sustainable Life: How Organizing Your Space Can Help Save the Planet & You

Today’s society tells us that we should be able to balance careers and family, have space for home life and active pursuits, and take care of ourselves, our loved ones, and the environment. We should be able to do it all, right? As a professional organizer, Erin is in constant conversation with clients who are feeling the stress of trying to do it all and do it well. Really our message to ourselves needs to be, “Do what you do best, and find people who share your values to help you accomplish the rest.” That is where Room Redefine steps in with its services. Room Redefined uses a relationship-based approach to get to know clients’ “pain points” and help create strategies for them to feel in control of their stuff and their space in a way that honors their needs and takes care of the environment around us. Wherever you are in your journey to living a more balanced and sustainable life, living a more organized life can help you and your family continue on that path in a more focused and productive way. In this Webinar, Erin is excited to share her tips and resources to help you start or continue in that journey in a way that aligns with your needs and your conscience.

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GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS – Jodi

jodi fischer (she/her)
Adelante Foundation, Senior Director of Development

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area? (i.e. energy, water, waste, transportation, etc.) 

It’s impossible for me to pick one, but some of my favorites are energy efficiency – 1st fuel!, food systems, climate finance, and the nexus between women empowerment and climate solutions.

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability? I love being surrounded by like-minded women who are committed to lessening our carbon footprint and making a meaningful impact in this world.

Finish this statement: I CARE Because … because I want a livable planet for my child. I care because this wild world is worth fighting for. together we can accomplish great things. I care because together we can accomplish great things.

What interests /​ excites What are some of your favorite podcasts, books, documentaries, etc that you recommend to those looking to engage more in the environmental space? most about being involved in sustainability? 

Drawdown by Paul Hawken

What are some self – care tips you like to share? Breathe fresh air outside every day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes, even in crummy weather.

What is your favorite quote? “There is always light. If only we were brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” – Amanda Gorman

Connect with Jodi:
Email: jodi@fundacionadelante.org
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Community Voices Webinar March Topic:
Empowering Underserved Entrepreneurial Women & Improving Climate Resiliency

Educating women/girls & family planning are top solutions identified by Drawdown to reduce worldwide carbon emissions. Microfinance is the combination of small loans to start or grow businesses plus training to aid in financial literacy and increase business success. Women in developing countries are statistically more likely than their male counterparts to reinvest earnings to benefit their families. Access to microfinance resources enable women to break through intergenerational cycles of poverty, send their children to school, become less dependent on other family members, gain access to low carbon emitting tech like clean cooking stoves and solar, and improve their homes so they can better withstand weather events. Jodi will share stories about her experience working with hardworking entrepreneurial women in Honduras benefitting from Adelante Foundation programs.

Adelante client cooking

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GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS – Sydney

Sydney Jackson-Clockston (she/her)
Citrine Unlimited LLC, owner & founder

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area? (i.e. energy, water, waste, transportation, etc.) 

I am really interested in the overall etymology of sustainability and how sustainability can be applied holistically within a business. I also have a Master’s in Tourism Management with an emphasis on sustainable tourism development. So I have spent a lot of time thinking about sustainability within the Hospitality and Tourism sector.

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability? I am most excited about beginning as a Women in Sustainability Member because I automatically know that other members have a common shared value of sustainability and a general care about the impact they leave on the planet. I really enjoy the conversations and knowledge that we share as a community with each other.

Finish this statement: I CARE Because … I CARE because I value sustainability/restoration and building a legacy. I know it sounds corny, but when I pass away, I want to leave knowing that I personally did my part in creating an equitable future for those who come after me.

What interests /​ excites you most about being involved in sustainability? 

I love sustainability because it is a narrative that I get to rewrite. Most folks have been trained to think that sustainability is only about turning the lights off or recycling (the environment). But I love showing folks how sustainability can be applied to everything from the way you build a culture within an organization to the supply chain.

How do you like to give back to your community? Why is this important to you? I give back to the community with my time, money, and overall business. I love volunteering with young adults, and I spent the last two-three years supporting teen leadership development and civic engagement (community service) through Colorado Young Leaders. I also just ended a three-year board term for Guided by Humanity, which is an ALL-abilities yoga studio. I recently made my first big business investment by supporting SimpleSwich.org (check out their Wefunder). I work part-time with a non-profit called Rocky Mountain Micro-Finace Institute. This allows me to offer my coaching/training services to the community for a fraction of what it costs privately through Citrine Unlimited LLC. Then my work overall is stepped in the purpose of empowering and mobilizing my clients. All of this is important to me because, at the core, I have the blessing of knowing and living out my purpose. I truly believe that I am on this planet to uplift others, and I have the pleasure of waking up daily knowing that I did that. The trickle-down effect is amazing. By empowering just one person, that person turns around and pays it forward, and so on.

What are one or two of your favorite sustainability tips or tricks that you like to share with others? 
1) I recommend checking out George N. Wallace’s work on sustainable tourism development and thinking about how that can apply to your industry.

2) Sustainability battle fatigue is real. Remember that you are one person doing your best, and it’s ok to rest and unplug when needed.

What are some of your favorite podcasts, books, documentaries, etc that you recommend to those looking to engage more in the environmental space? 

https://thatminimallife.com/2020/12/2021-the-year-of-responsible-travel/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITlo2ZBJOWU
https://www.tbjproductions.com/project/trouble-paradise-thailands-full-moon-party/

What is your favorite quote? Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR

Connect with Sydney:
Email: Planwithsydney@gmail.com
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Community Voices Webinar March Topic:
Imposter Syndrome & Releasing Limiting Beliefs In Sustainability

Ever feel like you are not qualified enough to be a sustainability expert? How about feeling like you are not doing enough to be sustainable? When speaking with women in the community, these two comments thoughts pop up. Join Sydney Jackson-Clockston, MTM Owner of Citrine Unlimited LLC., for an interactive workshop addressing imposter syndrome and reframing negative thoughts when it comes to sustainability. This is an interactive workshop, so come ready to have conversations. RSVP here.

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GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS – Sarita

Sarita parikh (she/her)
glow + gather / Women in sustainability DEI chair

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area? (i.e. energy, water, waste, transportation, etc.) 

The intersectionality of social, environmental, and economic justice and how it is all connected drives me to look at not only the bigger picture of sustainability, but also how to compassionately break it down into its parts to more effectively address sustainability on a micro and macro level.

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability? Women in Sustainability has created a safe, compassionate, and purposeful environment to create connections, spread knowledge, and encourage activism. I always feel supported, welcome, energized and the warmth of community.

Finish this statement: I CARE Because … I CARE Because I believe we should leave the planet a better place than how we found it and always reach out to help each other thrive.

What are some self-care tips you like to share? 

To me the biggest tips for self-care are more about mindset – giving yourself permission to slow down, take a moment to yourself, to enjoy simple pleasures. Giving yourself and others grace, is to me, one of the biggest things you can do to find more peace within yourself and your life. And also to surrender and live in the flow of life. If you can find what brings you grounding, brings you to your center, it opens up so much more flow and abundance. Meditation has always been important to me. There is no right or wrong way to meditate, no rules to it. I think people put too much pressure on how it should be done or what should happen during it, and it shouldn’t be that way. And, some form of movement and exercise, even if it is for 15 minutes, always makes a difference. Creating rituals, however small, makes an everyday activity more centering, more in the present moment, more an act of self-care – use a favorite mug for your morning coffee and really appreciate it, use the expensive glasses for your wine, light a candle when you sit down for a meal, celebrate the moments large and small.

What is your favorite quote? 
I love our glow + gather tag line: glow to light your soul | gather to light the world; it embodies how I believe life should be lived. Finding and embracing what brings you joy, peace, and purpose – whatever that looks like for you, truly filling your soul, and from that place of fullness and light, reaching out into the world to connect, to gather, to lend a hand to help each other thrive, to make a difference in whatever way you can, in a way that inspires you and others, because together we rise. We have to take care of ourselves first and release the guilt and the glorification of busy, so we can not only find our joy and fulfillment, because we all deserve that, but also so we can take care of others and our planet with compassion and empathy.

What are some things that bring you joy? 
I love finding joy in the everyday moments as well as the larger moments that last forever. Cherishing that morning chai in a favorite mug, a quiet walk in the woods, gathering around a beautifully set table for a good meal with friends and family, a favorite drink in a beautiful glass, a dress that fits perfectly, my morning yoga practice, travelling – anywhere and everywhere, reading, stargazing, the view after and during a challenging climb, knowing I’ve made an impact in someone’s life.

Connect with Sarita:
Email: sarita@glowandgather.com
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Community Voices Webinar February Topic:
Beyond DEI Basics – Why incorporating authentic diversity, equity and inclusion policies matter

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are buzzwords in today’s society. Many organizations (for profit and nonprofit) have updated their organizational policies to include a DEI statement. However, these policies tend to fall short of implementation and practice. Why? Many are created as part of the buzz and not a part of the plan. To truly be a diverse and equitable organization, we must look beyond the basics. Join this webinar as Sarita Parikh dives into the importance of incorporating authentic DEI practices, why it matters and provides tips on creating DEI policies that are embedded in the organizational culture. You’ll leave feeling inspired to move beyond the DEI basics to create a more authentic space where all are welcome.

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GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS – Ashley

Ashley dEpaulis (she/her)
Embodied Success

Do you have a specific area of sustainability that interests you the most? Why do you CARE about that specific area? (i.e. energy, water, waste, transportation, etc.) 

At first I didn’t think I was a fit for the Women In Sustainability network, not in the traditional sense since my work is not related to environment and transportation. Once I spoke with Becky and she shared the CARE motto with me, I began thinking about how our health and our energy is directly impacted by our environment and vice versa. I CARE because we can’t do this work alone, nor can it be done in silos, it truly does take community, advocacy, resources and education.

What interests / excites you most about being involved in (Women in) sustainability? Learning various ways I can support co-creating a sustainable environment, along with sharing my voice and expertise as part of this symbiotic relationship. WIS takes me back to my public health roots and reminds me that co-leadership in a charged and challenging time is so important. I also look forward to having fun while building new relationships with friends and colleagues.

Finish this statement: I CARE Because … I CARE so much about the ecosystem of our health and wellbeing, and by raising our personal worth and value within feeds how we choose to take care of the environment. An imbalance occurs when we take care of one and not the other, it’s a symbiotic relationship!

What are some self-care tips you like to share? 

  1. Keep it simple superstar—KISS!
  2. Take recess breaks-—procrastinate on purpose and allow yourself to experience joyful moments throughout your day, whatever that means to you. This will improve your productivity and focus.
  3. Move, Breathe, Play—Repeat

What is your favorite quote? 
Right now it’s:
Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly. -G.K. Chesterton
It reminds me that I’m not alone and not to take myself or anything else too seriously.

What are some things that bring you joy? 
Nature, movement, music and the people I love, especially my best companion dog, Sanders!

Connect with Ashley:
Email: ashley@theinnerathlete.co
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Community Voices Webinar January Topic:
Give Your Mind A Rest With Recess: Purposeful Play to Thrive in Business & in Life

Play is a source of aliveness, it let’s the kid within win! By giving your mind a rest you gain access to states of curiosity and flow. Join us to explore play as a practical self-care tool that helps you de-stress on demand, and make profitable decisions in business and in life.

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COMMUNITY VOICES BLOG SERIES – December

Why I’m Passionate About Sustainability: Lived Experiences with Contaminants
by Darcy Nelson

I grew up in rural Western Washington nestled in a beautiful valley surrounded by forested hills. The air was clear, the forests were thick and mystical, and my experience of nature was one of curiosity, appreciation, and respect. 

In my teenage years, our local trash collection service purchased a segment of land near my small town to build a new landfill. I remember much debate and controversy from the community over the project as it was likely to obstruct views of Mount Rainier from the highway leading to our small town. 

The project went through, and it did begin to rise to heights that obscured views of the mountain from our scenic highway. Eventually, black plastic could be seen covering the growing mound. Pockets of methane gas began to bubble and balloon from below, and my father raised his eyebrows doubting how well that plastic was holding toxins from releasing into the air. 

One day I found a yellow slip of paper in our mail warning residents like myself that contaminants had been found in our drinking water. The mailer said that elderly and pregnant people were advised to not drink the water, but that everyone else could still drink the water — apparently because the contamination levels “were so low.”  I thought back to the movie, Erin Brokovich and felt upset knowing that the water supply wasn’t really safe, but what could I do? I was trying to figure out my steps after high school and moved away shortly after, choosing to fight other battles in life. 

While I didn’t study to become an ecologist or environmental health professional, the memory of this environmental injustice is visceral — our trash doesn’t go “away” and our consumption and disposal choices degrade the planet for us, our neighbors, and our future generations. 

About My Work:

I studied organizational communications in college, and for the past 10 years, I have worked in digital marketing for an assortment of brands, nonprofits, and small businesses. I’m part of a generation that remembers life before smartphones. We’ve been a living experiment for the growth of platforms and devices designed to be addicting, but also useful and vital to life and success. 

Finding a balance between self-care and screen time is still a bit of a Wild West. We are learning how to balance self-awareness with the reliance on tools that use our innate psychological rewards systems to hook us into more and more use. Social media platforms call us “users” (a word I find uncomfortably associated with addiction). 

In my work: 

I help brands chart strategies for growth while reducing resource waste (time and money). It is a joy to offer my services to solopreneurs, small businesses, and aspiring influencers crafting their best life through self-employment and side hustles.

Learn & Connect With Fellow Goal Getters: 

I am excited to share free tips, tools, and strategies in an upcoming Webinar with Women in Sustainability. 

December 7th | 12:30 PM (Mountain). 

“Using Strategy To Sustain Marketing & Social Media Goals” 

Five practical tips and strategies to see an impact from your screen time and sustain your goals while avoiding burnout. 

What you’ll learn:

  • Why you should use strategy when approaching your screen time
  • Tips for building a brand without burnout:
    • How to spend your time on platforms that align with your goals
    • How to repurpose content to save time 
    • How to measure your impact from your screen time
  • Time management hacks and tips to navigate the infinity pools of the online world

Why you should attend this:

We all need reminders to balance our screentime healthfully, and as we head into a new year this is a great time to not only take stock of goals for 2023, but to take stock of your most precious resource — your time — and ensure that you’re using it wisely and sustainably to support your passions and projects. 

If you’d like to make connections with other savvy and collaborative folks, there will be some time to explore how we can share knowledge with each other as we continually advance our skills in our industries and sectors of business and influence. 

Darcy Nelson • Nelson Strategic Marketing