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‘Peace Out, Plastics!’ Events to Feature Alison Teal
'Peace Out, Plastics!' Events to Feature Alison Teal
This month, as part of LoaTree’s ongoing Better World Series, Santa Barbara will play host to a number of events aimed at educating the public about the risks posed by plastic pollution while encou...
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The Future of Sustainable Communities
The Future of Sustainable Communities
When you picture a city, what do you think of? Smog? Overcrowding? Bumper to bumper traffic? While these unfortunate realities are often the case in major cities across America, urban co...
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Five Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Five Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
How much do you think about your carbon footprint? Do you make an effort to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions? Whether you're an expert or a novice on greenhouse emissions, anyone ...
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Music to our Ears: Sustainability at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Music to our Ears: Sustainability at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
With festival season upon us, music lovers of all ages are gearing up for the experience of a lifetime. Regardless of your music preference, festivals off...
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The Happiness Retreat: Nourish the Body & Soul
The Happiness Retreat: Nourish the Body & Soul
On March 3, 3017, a small group of changemaking, entrepreneurial women will host the first ever Happiness Retreat at the Kimpton Goodland Hotel in Goleta, Ca. The Happiness ...
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Marching Towards a Better World
Marching Towards a Better World
One week ago today, women took over the world in diversity and unification to stand up for women’s rights in the Women’s March on Washington. On January 21, 2017, we marched because, in...
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Fishing Respectfully: Mitakuye Oyasin!
Fishing Respectfully: Mitakuye Oyasin!
Using a unique crowd-funding approach, a loose group of friends and ecologists is fulfilling a common dream: to sail to the South Seas while having a positive impact. Check out the...
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How to Park Properly: A Guide to National Parks
How to Park Properly: A Guide to National Parks
100 years ago, when the towering redwoods were fresh sprouts, and the Colorado River poured down through the Grand Canyon, the wilderness began to change. Logging compani...
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Mental Health and the Human-Nature Connection
Mental Health and the Human-Nature Connection
Humankind’s connection to the natural environment spans from pre-history to the present to the future. Much research on this connection has focused on how human behavior a...
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Chocolate: the Bitter & the Sweet
Chocolate: the Bitter & the Sweet
From Cacao to Chocolate A glimpse inside a pod reveals the white cacao beans, which ultimately become chocolate. Theobroma cacao, better known as cacao, is the name of the small tropical...
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Sailing Towards Sustainability: Year Two on the Green Coconut Run
Sailing Towards Sustainability: Year Two on the Green Coconut Run
Community sailing voyage from Santa Barbara reaches Costa Rica and heads to world famous biodiversity hotspots; expands “cruising with a cause” platform. LoaTree...
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Coasting Through California: A Blue Sky Odyssey
Coasting Through California: A Blue Sky Odyssey
Everyone loves a good road-trip, but we could all do without the discomfort, the amount of gas it takes and the other burdens that accompany the adventure. Philip Jankoski...
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Coffee: Grounds for a Heated Discussion
Coffee: Grounds for a Heated Discussion
Photo by Studio 6 Coffee College is the time when most people experience a big life change—their coffee intake. Overwhelmed by school, work, and deadlines, coffee is often ju...
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Second-Hand Clothes, First-Place for the Earth
Second-Hand Clothes, First-Place for the Earth
In today’s society, the rapidly changing technologies and fashion styles demand to be bought. Our overly productive economy creates a surplus of goods that lead to a consu...
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Women and Waves: the 2nd Annual iSurf Block Party
Women and Waves: the 2nd Annual iSurf Block Party
“Girls are strong, smart, and bold” Looking out on the pristine Santa Barbara coastline you will notice a growing number of fearless women making themselves known in th...
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Santa Barbara Birth Center
Santa Barbara Birth Center
“I think I’m scared,” Laurel Philips, founder of the Santa Barbara Birth Center, whispered with her eyes closed to her husband and mother as she sat in the labor tub. She was at home, about...
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1% for the Planet: A Responsibility to Love Blue
1% for the Planet: A Responsibility to Love Blue
We know that we have a responsibility to the planet, yet this responsibility can easily get lost as businesses often prioritize the maximization of profit at the expense ...
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Occupy Beauty: Let Yourself Be Seen
Occupy Beauty: Let Yourself Be Seen
The Merriam-Webster definition of beauty: BEAUTY (noun) the quality of being physically attractive the qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind a...
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In Every Breath – Let Life Flow
In Every Breath - Let Life Flow
You know what's pretty incredible? The fact that we can breathe. Not only that, but with every single breath we take we have access to clean, fresh air. We don't have to put forth any...
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How You Start Your Day: Game Changers for Happiness
How You Start Your Day: Game Changers for Happiness
How you start your day is how you live your day. How you live your day is how you live your life. Louise Hay Every successful person I’ve met has a morning ritual. To...
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