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19

Mar

largeheartedboy:

The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead album as books print.

I emerge from months of transition and self-imposed perfectionist pressure to re-blog the immensity of THIS.  It’s worth it.
More from me soon…

largeheartedboy:

The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead album as books print.

I emerge from months of transition and self-imposed perfectionist pressure to re-blog the immensity of THIS.  It’s worth it.

More from me soon…

29

Nov

Greenovate Boston!

Between my recent travels, conferences and articles, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to blog, or even email many people.  One of those reasons is because of this announcement!  

After an intensive application and interview process and a tight-lipped past few months, I’m excited to say that I’ve been chosen to join the Boston Mayor’s Office as one of his two inaugural Greenovate Boston Fellows!  

For the next couple of years, I’ll be expanding the communications strategy for Mayor Tom Menino’s climate action plan (which includes reducing Boston’s emissions by 25% through community engagement) and helping shape the city’s environmental policies towards becoming the “greenest” in the U.S.

As we’ve witnessed recently, an aggressive plan like Mayor Menino’s is both timely and necessary, and I’m so excited to be able to leverage my legal, journalism and public service backgrounds in such an important way—and for a cause I’ve been dedicated to my whole life.  (The position starts in December, and I will continue freelance writing on the side.)

More information about the Greenovate campaign is here, and I encourage you to sign-up for the newsletter and follow us on Twitter to track our upcoming developments!

22

Oct

My newest article on eco-friendly/bean-to-bar chocolate

My article for Departures Magazine on bean-to-bar chocolate tours wasn’t so hard to start:  I’d been to several of them on my own and started to realize a trend.  A very tasty one.

It was digging up ten factories that actually adhered to artisanal chocolate-making AND ones that gave public tours that became the difficulty.  One omission I may get some flack for includes Brooklyn’s own be-bearded Mast Brothers, but I was actually informed during my research that they no longer offer tours, much to my chagrin.  Perhaps they’d like their truffle dark chocolate to remain a mystery.

Regardless, I persevered and have a slideshow to prove it.  

http://www.departures.com/articles/top-american-chocolate-tours

11

Oct

Gorgeous video by The Granite Stoke, which shows why I’ve become a New Hampshire surfing convert.

10

Oct

Conservation Alliance’s 2012 Grantees Announced

A few years ago, when I had just started writing for Matador Sports, I interviewed the Conservation Alliance's Director John Sterling.  

I had come across them in some research I had been doing for another article, for a different magazine, but that piece died.  Fortunately for me, the interview I had done with John was so interesting (to me at least), that Matador picked it up.

For those of you who don’t know about their work, the Alliance is a grant-making organization that was partially spearheaded by Patagonia.  

Their funds go to mainly US-based NGOs that are committed to conserving the outdoor environment, and they give an astonishing about of money away to groups doing really important work (to me) to protect watersheds, crags, forests, the back-country—any environment that adventurers also enjoy recreationally.  

The 2012 Grantees were just announced, and you can check them out here:  

http://www.conservationalliance.com/grants

My original interview with John Sterling can be found here:  

http://matadornetwork.com/sports/interview-the-conservation-alliances-john-sterling-on-stewardship/