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Amanda Ring-Rissler
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Dare to plunge.
Dare to plunge.

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Does my life exist at some intersection of space and time? Crossing planes that lead to a future just outside the frame. The sea, shore, and sky seem to be lead to an island on the horizon. A cosmic place where life happens. 

http://cowbird.com/story/62441/Space_And_Time/
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Walking By Raif
http://cowbird.com/story/66783/Walking_By_Raif/

 Walking down the beach I hear guitar chords on the wind. I’ve heard them before without explanation. Not enough to make out a song or a source, just a familiar rhythm. Vamping that never leads to a song. I am a bit delirious from a long day in the sun drinking frozen cocktails with new friends. My skin itches from salt, sand, and the weight of my dry bag full of gear makes me sluggish. My eyes are cast downward as I navigate my bare feet around stray rocks on the beach road. I hear the chords again and look up to see a silhouette in the low hanging sun.
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I've spent hard layovers as a poor traveler on airport benches and in the foyers of entrance ways. I'll be spending another in Newark airport in March. I hope U.S. airport hubs can get on board with this brilliant idea. Though I'm guessing it's unlikely to pass TSA approval even if inside security gates. http://bit.ly/X2ponT

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Good morning #Nemo I will be drinking coffee in bed and watching you rage for the next 8 hours. 
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What is the Life Cycle impact of a head of lettuce?   Food and green labels are nothing new.   But just because those micro-greens are organic does not tell us much about how sustainable the process to grow, harvest, package, ship, and store is.   To calculate this impact takes a lot more data and oversight then refraining from using pesticides and chemical fertilizers.   

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USPS is saving millions thanks to energy sustainability policies.   USPS may be the media's favorite failing federal agency to poke at, but these green results are worth some applause.  It is a model of sustainability methodology  that is good for business and the plant.

The U.S. Postal Service saved more than $52 million in 2012 by reducing energy, water, consumables, petroleum fuel use and solid waste to landfills, and generated nearly $24 million in revenue by recycling. Together, these actions to save costs and generate revenue surpassed $76 million.

http://about.usps.com/what-we-are-doing/green/report/2011/welcome.htm
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Fox tracks on Lake Megunticook Lake in Camden, Maine.   A balmy 33 degrees today in the sun. #frozenlake   #ice #maine  
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Replacing all those old school light bulbs with high efficiency LED felt pretty good right?  Saving energy and reducing your personal impact one light bulb at a time was an empowering and popular consumer choice.  But the life cycle of these bulbs does not end in your lamp. 


"Recent life cycle analysis as shown that there may be an environmental legacy, beyond carbon emissions, or their reduction, in the form of toxic metals, especially copper, lead, mercury and zinc, with smaller amounts of arsenic and antimony, which needs to be given greater consideration. The analysis accounts both for the metals that are present and their expected lifetimes in the environment, and concludes that both CFLs and LEDs should be classified as hazardous waste, in particular because of their lead content, which can be leached at 132 and 44 mg/l, respectively, and well above the accepted threshold of 5mg/l.. The amount of copper is also at issue, being 111,000 and 31,600 mg/kg respectively, in comparison with the accepted limit of 2500 mg/kg."

The energy efficiency of green products while in use is not the only factor in assessing the environmental impact.  A life cycle approach can reveal so much more.   We thought as green consumers we'd figured out the light bulb problem, but if this research can be substantiated, its time for another revision. http://bit.ly/14phMhw
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The temperature dropped to 0 last night with a wind chill of -14.   I'm feeling the affects of the harshness of my first Maine winter for the first time.   Hoping to motivate myself to get up and outside..... tomorrow.   After skipping so many winters I'm still blown away with how the landscape changes so drastically.  here is an example from my back yard.
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Sailing research vesell Tara is the real life Team Zissou.
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