What is your favorite eco-friendly product that you own and how do you use it?
This might sound silly, but probably fair trade organic coffee! We cold brew it and I consume far too much of it to keep track. I don’t know how I would survive a startup schedule without it!
Does your house have any design elements that keep your carbon footprint low? If so, what are they?
We have a Nest thermostat at home that has saved us up to 30% of energy costs during summer months! My husband is slightly obsessed and makes sure we are in the top 15% of Nesters in Atlanta each month. It’s amazing the impact that controlling your heating and cooling can make!
What are two small things you do around the house to live more sustainably?
Turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth, and use a low-flow shower head. As someone who works in the water industry, it’s shocking that we only use 10% of all treated water for drinking and cooking — the rest ends up down the drain. We can grow that proportion by wasting less water at home every day.
What kind of car do you drive?
I have driven a Nissan Leaf the past two years and just had to return it from lease. I am looking for my next ride - I’d like another environmentally-friendly car but need a bit more range.
What is your best piece of advice for others who are interested in living a more eco-friendly lifestyle?
It’s almost impossible to be completely carbon neutral - just pick a few habits that you can adopt and stick to them! It takes each of us doing little things to make big changes. We all have a role to play.
Have you made any diet changes that allow you to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? If so, what changes have you made?
My husband is a personal chef and uses organic local and seasonal ingredients for his customers. Lucky for me, I get to eat their leftovers! :) Since meeting Jason my diet has shifted entirely away from what I used to think was “healthy” - we now eat plenty of fats, carbohydrates, and natural sugars and I am in better health than I have ever been! It’s certainly not easy to eat local but choosing it when possible is a great step toward better health and a better world.
What is one lifestyle change you’ve made to reduce your carbon footprint?
Traveling in an environmentally-friendly way is extremely difficult. Recently, my goal has been to reduce my carbon footprint while I am on the road -- from renting fuel-efficient vehicles to choosing hotels that value conservation and even just making sure I am bringing a water bottle instead of buying bottles of water.
Who do you think is making a big difference in the renewable energy industry that the public should be keeping an eye on?
Emrgy of course! No, really, check out my friends at Quest Renewables. Their innovative solar racking systems help make the case for clean energy generation more attractive for parking structures, sports stadiums, and more.