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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 7


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 7 Part 7 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. by Claudia Sisomphou I think we have all heard our fair share of news about the massive and devastating impact the meat industry has had on our planet, but I won't deny that it is hard to decide what action to take or what to do since meat has become such a normalized part of our diets. Yes, we know that too much meat...

Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 6


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 6 Part 6 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. by Claudia Sisomphou As a consumer, there are many reasons to buy from locally-owned businesses and purchase locally grown food and products. Here in Sonoma County there are plenty of options of places to eat out and stores to shop at so why not take advantage of it! Both your local economy and your community benefit when you choose to go local instead of buying...

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Your Guide to the 2016 Sonoma County and Local City Ballots


Your Guide to the 2016 Sonoma County and Local City Ballots by Claudia Sisomphou In addition to the state-wide California ballot propositions, there are also county-wide and city-wide measures being proposed in Sonoma County. While driving through our county you have probably seen various "Vote YES on measure ___" or "Vote NO on measure ___" signs displayed on the front yards of homes and businesses. These measures are incredibly important because they directly affect the communities that we live in, and are addressed on a local government level. As a...

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Your Guide to the 2016 California Ballot


Your Guide to the 2016 California Ballot by Claudia Sisomphou Here in California, we have the opportunity to vote on more propositions than anywhere else in the country. However with the privilege of the direct democratic process comes great responsibility, and sometimes it is incredibly difficult to research and fully understand every initiative that you are voting on. With 17 propositions up for vote on this year's statewide ballot, it is essential that we all have a clear comprehension of what every one of our "yes"...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 5


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 5 Part 5 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, 3, and 4. by Claudia Sisomphou Transportation alone has one of the biggest impacts on our climate. It is easy to see how much the emissions are affecting our environment but it is also important to address the negative social impacts of driving. Traffic congestion, which is an inevitable consequence of how many single-occupancy vehicles fill up our roads, causes stress, consumes valuable time, and costs us money. We...

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Service & Internship Fair X


Service & Internship Fair X by Claudia Sisomphou "This year we had more students interested in volunteering and getting involved compared with last year. We had 19 students sign our guestbook to be invited to our monthly events and 9 signed up to attend our new volunteer orientation." said Ai-Chu Wu, the director of the Tzu Chi Foundation of Santa Rosa, voicing her delight with how many students showed an interest in the organization. Students learning more about CalSERVES AmeriCorps About 1000 students, faculty,...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 4


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 4 Part 4 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1, 2, and 3. by Claudia Sisomphou Single-use plastic water bottles are one of the biggest scams that consumers have ever faced. For years we were told that the water in plastic bottles was safer and that the bottles could easily be recycled after being thrown away into blue bins, but now more than ever we are seeing the consequences of both the industry's production and marketing of misinformation. Single-use plastic...

Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 3


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 3 Part 3 of a 10 Part Series See Tip 1 and 2. by Claudia Sisomphou Unfortunately in America, thousands of fillers, chemicals, and ingredients that are associated with major health problems are still used by our food industry. Companies use these cheap alternatives to reap larger profits from their products, but as a result they put the health and well-being of their consumers second to cost efficiency. Just by looking at labels and the list of ingredients on the back...

SAGA is Coming to SSU


SAGA is Coming to SSU by Claudia Sisomphou Faculty, staff, administrators, and students gathered to learn more about the Sustainable City Year Program from it's founder and co-director, Nico Larco, an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon. They learned how implementing this program here could enhance Sonoma State University's academics and community impact. The Sustainable City Year Program, or SCYP, was created under the Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI), a cross-disciplinary organization at the University of Oregon that promotes education, service, public...

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Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 2


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 2 Part 2 of a 10 Part Series by Claudia Sisomphou Here in California we are constantly talking about the drought and discussing ways that we can both individually and collectively reduce our water usage. Our dwindling freshwater supply is daunting and uncomfortable to face, however we must get serious about changing our behavior if we still want to have water from our tap 5 years from now. There are simple habits that can help you do your part in reducing...

Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 1


Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Money, and Planet: Tip 1 Part 1 of a 10 Part Series by Claudia Sisomphou How you choose to spend your money is one of the most powerful decisions you make everyday. Much like a vote, every purchase shows your approval of that company's product, policies, and their social and environmental impacts. We as consumers influence what the market produces, so we must embrace this responsibility by buying consciously. Remember that you have the power to demand that corporations respect you and respect your environment....

Higher Education and the Sustainability Movement Need to Change


Higher Education and the Sustainability Movement Need to Change by Claudia Sisomphou This year's Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference was held in the beautiful and dynamic city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Similarly to the experience I had at last year's conference, I met brilliant people from around the world, was impressed with the new ideas and innovations of businesses and organizations, and was inspired by amazing presenters. However, because this was my second year attending, I came to the conference with more confidence...

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How to Know When to Stop Doing Service


How to Know When to Stop Doing Service by Claudia Sisomphou This summer was confusing, beautiful, stressful, and peaceful all at the same time. I learned more about myself in the past two months than I have in the last two years. For the first time I took a step back from my life of service and found that I, alone, was a little lost. I was faced with the reality that I had been doing so much for others that somewhere along the way I had...

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Tips & Trends in Service-Learning VI


Tips & Trends in Service-Learning VI by Claudia Sisomphou "I don't believe that what we do in education should only be within the classroom," said Beth Ann Turner, a Lecturer in the Music Department. "Students are living now. Don't make what they learn [only] based on finding future wages." Faculty members from various departments on campus, including Kinesiology, Chicano and Latino Studies, and Communications, came together at the annual Tips and Trends workshop to learn more about the practice of service-learning. In addition, the workshop...

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I am a Future Maker


I am a Future Maker by Claudia Sisomphou Everyone at the Future Makers Youth Summit of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference at Sonoma Mountain Village had a desire to not only address the problems in society, but to also discuss the solutions. Even amidst talking about the challenges of our generation, I was inspired by everyone's positivity. These were the kind of conversations that I was craving to have with other passionate activists. The participants and presenters were all between the ages of 15 and...

Sonoma State's Earth Day 2015


Sonoma State's Earth Day 2015 by Claudia Sisomphou This year's Earth Day was a great success! Clubs and organizations from the University, and agencies from the local community came together on Wednesday, April 22nd to celebrate the Earth and the campus' sustainability efforts. The groups that helped put on the event were JUMP, Students for Sustainability, the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Catholic Charities, the Center for Community Engagement, the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, SolarCity, the Sustainability Alternative Spring Break leaders, Campus Rec, and the...

Why I Was Proud to NOT Fit in at the Geography of Hope Conference: Women and the Land


Why I Was Proud to NOT Fit in at the Geography of Hope Conference: Women and the Land by Claudia Sisomphou As I get further into my education and dive deeper into the issues of society, I can't help but wonder what is at the root of all of these problems. Is it possible that all these issues could be related? I believe the answer is yes. At the heart of every problem we see today is at least one of two faults: lack of respect for others or lack of respect for the Earth. Hunger, pollution,...

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My Experience at CHESS XX: California Higher Education Student Summit


My Experience at CHESS XX: California Higher Education Student Summit by Claudia Sisomphou It is because of the opportunities I have had thanks to higher education, and more specifically the CSU System, that make me so passionate about ensuring accessibility and affordability for others to attend college as well. I am completely certain that I would not be the well-rounded and positive person I am today if I had not gone to college. That's why, since my freshman year, I have been a part of the Associated Students Club...

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My Experience at AASHE 2014


My Experience at AASHE 2014 by Claudia Sisomphou The moment we arrived in Portland, Oregon I felt like I had stepped into a sustainable paradise! The TriMet Transport System was the best public transportation I have ever used. Purchasing tickets and finding out which rail to get on was incredibly cheap and simple. There were wide bike paths in the middle of the streets so bikers could be easily seen and many of the residents were using them even in the pouring rain. I...

Top Ten Tips: Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Your Money, and Your Planet


Top Ten Tips: Simple Ways to Save Your Health, Your Money, and Your Planet by Claudia Sisomphou Today it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the talk about climate change and the California drought, but for many of us the challenge isn't caring about these issues, the challenge is "how do I become apart of the solution?" There are many paths that lead to a more sustainable lifestyle, but to help you get started here are 10 of the simple ways you can tweak your daily routine to not only benefit your...

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