Motivation for Sustainable Three:

My grandmother always said “leave it better than you found it”.

When I was a child, I read the book Barbarapapa’s Ark by Annette Tison & Talus Taylor (Xerox, 1974). It really moved me. An image from that story has eternally stuck in my mind. It is of people walking around in gas masks in a grey, polluted world. They are dreaming of doing their favorite activities and of the beautiful world that existed before all the pollution of their air, land and water occurred. This book motivated me to help preserve the beautiful world in which we live.

Polluted air, water and land are uncomfortable realities we can see today all around the world. However, there is still much beauty to be found and preserved and enjoyed. And, it’s not too late. As I’ve grown up and had children, a deep desire to prevent what I saw in the picture from happening has swelled to the point that I must do something.

I have found trying to reduce our family’s carbon footprint to be frustrating and tedious, but not impossible. I feel like I “should” do something to improve our environment. As I learn and grow, I hope to help others on their journey to more sustainable living by sharing and researching sustainable practices. And, get the “should” off my back.

People in the 1940’s and 1950’s were taught to throw things away. People today are learning to reuse and recycle. And, yes, you can make a difference…a little at a time. Even from something as small as picking up a candy wrapper to starting a garden. If you really want to make change, try picking up a piece of litter, and make sure at least three people see you do it.

My grandmother also said “thoughts are things”.

Through Mindfulness, we can feel better about ourselves.  We can feel more focused.  Have better concentration.  Reduce stress.  Sleep better.  And, we can be more mindful about the actions we take in our environment.

Sustainable Three’s Mission: To support sustainability practices by encouraging readers/clients to become more mindful about themselves, their community and the planet.

Liz Rutledge

SustainableThree founder Liz Rutledge is deeply passionate about the environment. She has been doing Mindfulness in one form or another since she was 10 years old. She teaches Mindfulness at schools in the Denver area and is in the process of getting her Mindful Schools certification. Mindfulness is about taking care of ourselves, our community, and our planet. Liz teaches people how to compost, garden, recycle and  other sustainability activities. She is a blogger and has written the blog on sustainablethree.com since 2014. In addition, Liz is a freelance writer and dabbles in novels, editorials, and other blogs.  She loves to garden and travel as well as be a wife and mother to three children.



Rob Rutledge

Rob Rutledge is a management consultant for major corporations.  In addition to helping corporations be the best they can be, he also helps bring out the best in people.  He is an amazing husband and dad to his and Liz’s three kids.  Rob has contributed to the sustainablethree.com blog as a writer around Smart Home innovation and saving water (and money).  He has made their home a smart home which makes it more comfortable and saves energy and reduces the family’s carbon footprint.  Rob loves to travel, ski, cycle and make people smile.




What does “sustainable living” mean?


“any lifestyle based on energy-saving and environmental responsibility” (dictionary.com)

What does “Mindfulness” mean?


“Mindfulness is being present and aware in  a moment without judgement.”