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From Prom Posts to Compost: East High School’s After Prom Gets a New, Greener Look for 2019

From Prom Posts to Compost: East High School’s After Prom Gets a New, Greener Look for 2019

Disturbed and saddened by the amount of waste from last year’s East High School After Prom, East parent/Mindful Sustainability blogger and consultant, Liz Rutledge (http://www.SustainableThree.com), took on co-chairing the newly established Sustainability Committee for this year’s event. East High School’s After Prom event is legendary*.  With a $30,000 budget (all which is fundraised by the […]

Composting – Plain and Simple

Composting – Plain and Simple

by, Liz Rutledge The official definition of “Composting” sounds, well, pretty gross. According to Dictionary.com, composting is: “noun a mixture of various decaying organic substances, as dead leaves or manure, used for fertilizing soil. A composition; compound. verb (used with object) to use in compost; make compost of:to compost manure and kitchen scraps.to apply compost to (soil). verb (used without object) to make compost:Shredded leaves will compost easily.“ But, here’s what I’ll tell you…Mother Nature has […]

¡Andale to Mexico City!: Part I – Toluca

¡Andale to Mexico City!: Part I – Toluca

https://sustainablethree.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/EUBA3052-2.mp4 After a good night’s sleep in our room at Meson de Leyendas, we ate a lovely buffet breakfast in the patio area of the hotel restaurant again.  Fresh papaya, pineapple, yogurt, granola (with all the toppings), waffles, coffee and fresh squeezed juices hit the spot before another day of driving.  From Valle de Bravo, […]

More Monarchs!

More Monarchs!

Our second morning in Valle de Bravo, we got up again at 7:00 and went out to the patio for a quick buffet breakfast at 8:30.  We were back on the bus and headed to Piedra Herrada Butterfly Reserve.  My Horse was named Colorado (coincidentally, as I’m from there) and his handler was Pablo…a hard […]

Mariposa, Mariposa, Will You Marry Me?

Mariposa, Mariposa, Will You Marry Me?

Our next morning was Valentine’s Day and we were headed to the butterfly sanctuary.  When my children were little and taking Music Together classes and watching “Dora the Explorer”, I heard this folk tale about a butterfly, “La Mariposa”, in which animals enamored by the butterfly would say “Mariposa, Mariposa, will you marry me?” (There’s […]

Making our way to the Monarchs

Making our way to the Monarchs

The journey to the Vanilla plantation was about a five hour drive, so the return was about the same.  We drove back to Veracruz and stayed in the Hotel Deligencias again.  Dinner was in the hotel restaurant and we all enjoyed recapping our time with Jorge, Mike and Jesus and sipping margaritas.  Then it was […]

¡Viva Vanilla!

¡Viva Vanilla!

By Liz Rutledge On Day 3 of our Reefs to Rockies exploration of Mexico, we toured a vanilla plantation in Guiterrez Zamor (about a four hour drive north of Veracruz).  A lovely señora, Sylvia (with our guide Jorge’s translation), explained in loving detail how the vanilla plants are grown, harvested, beans processed and sold. When […]

Coffee and Cycadas

Coffee and Cycadas

Our exploring Mexico Reefs to Rockies, “In Search of Coffee, Vanilla, and Monarch Butterflies”, journey continued with an authentic (and delicious!) breakfast at the recently renovated and restored Hacienda Zimpizahua after we checked out of our hotel, Casa Real de Café.  The weather was a beautiful, warm and sunny treat.  We enjoyed dining al fresco […]

Oysters and Orchids, Oh Mole!

Oysters and Orchids, Oh Mole!

The first day was just travel and we arrived in Veracruz without incident (although my mother had to throw out her apple since you can’t bring stuff like that into other countries for fear of spreading disease and pestilence).  We were greeted at the airport in Veracruz by our American guide Mike Vondruska and our […]

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