To me, May is a time of celebration of moms. I can attribute most of my knowledge about food, being environmentally friendly and supporting the community to my mom. She always encouraged me to give back. Whether it be time or donations, giving back is key to building a community.
This month I focused on women: More specifically, women who have led the charge in many areas of sustainability. In LIVE, our feature is Women in Renewable Energy by Aimee Welch. With solar and wind power, these women are making strides in making renewable energy more accessible. If you have an appetite, Nourishing a Community, by Barbi Walker, is on the menu as we take a look at women chefs making a difference in their kitchens and our school systems. A green makeover? If you’ve ever wondered or heard about it, check out our contest winners, Lindsey and Wendy, as they were pleasantly pampered by our sponsors in the Mother Daughter Green Makeover, and you too can get a glimpse of green glam.
With their pencils and protractors in hand, women are leading the way in building green. In WORK, the article Architects in Heels, by Kristi Eaton, showcases women who have been instrumental in the design and build of sustainable projects around the country and within our state. One home at the hub of civil discourse is the Sandra Day O’Connor House. I had the pleasure of touring this inspirational space and left with the hope that more governmental entities would take advantage of Justice O’Connor’s desire to bring people together, talk, encourage bipartisanship and create solutions for the betterment of our community.
If you are a “Dancing With the Stars” fan, the article in PLAY, Love of Dance by Barbi Walker, might make you want to dust off your dancing shoes. The opportunity to witness the beautiful expression of dance or take up ballroom dancing is ready and waiting for you here in your backyard.
Finally, this issue wouldn’t be complete without honoring one woman who is instrumental to Arizona’s renewable energy efforts and in our hearts for a speedy recovery – U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords is my choice for Green Personalities this month. Godspeed on her recovery.
P.S. Mom, I love you and I couldn’t have made it through many bumps in the road without you. Thanks for believing in me today and always.
Tishin Donkersley, M.A.