Sustainable Education You Can Provide

A workshop scholarship can be a game changer for an adult. Seven years ago, two workshops changed my life. I designed and built my own zero-waste solar tiny house on wheels and became a sustainable lifestyle leader that travelled over 17,000 miles across the country and inspired thousands of people and families to live a more sustainable lifestyle. 
 
Workshop scholarships boost self-confidence and self-reliance; build work experience and confidence; and lead to the acquisition of life-long sustainability practices, teamwork, responsibility and leadership.  Inspiring future sustainable lifestyle leaders is more than just a job.

At TerraBluTeams we take pride in providing 10 people scholarships each year since our inception in 2012 to learn how to design and build sustainable housing, and how to design a sustainable lifestyle.

TerraBluTeams Partner Scholarship Program is just one of the unique programs that connect people to remarkable social communities, while providing valuable skills that sustain them in New England. With your help, we are working to ensure that people have access to sustainable skills that benefit their environment, their wellness, their economy and their social habitat. Their skills, choices, accomplishments and stories will benefit present and future generations.

Your support matters.  I hope you will consider making a year-end donation today, see below. You can purchase a gift certificate online (donated by local restaurants), or an art class for a friend or child (donated by local artists), or you can make an online tax-deductible donation here 

 

Thank you so much,

Vera Struck
Founder

Lots of local options for the Northern Massachusetts area. Your support means the world to us. Get something you would already spend money on so we can continue to inspire and edcate others about living a sustainable lifestyle!
Andrea Guay $150. Two hour private art studio lesson
Body by Fisher $50 towards massage
Brine $50
Already purchased! Thank you!
Vera Struck $150. Two hour Sustainable Lifestyle Design Consult
Already purchased! Thank you!

#GivingTuesday Gift Certificates to support Sustainable Education

Make the nice list this year! Click and pick from 12 different gift certificates to wonderful, responsible, green friendly, sustainable restaurants, services and businesses in our area.
Enjoy our local entrepreneurs while supporting a Massachusetts sustainable lifestyle education non-profit. Make sure to leave your mailing address once you purchase thru PayPal!
Take your mom out to dinner during the holidays or gift a friend or child an art lesson. Perhaps learn about the ‘tiny house movement’ from one of its leaders.
If you are not in Massachusetts, you can directly donate here.
Lots of local options for the Northern Massachusetts area. Your support means the world to us. Get something you would already spend money on so we can continue to inspire and edcate others about living a sustainable lifestyle!
Andrea Guay $150. Two hour private art studio lesson
Body by Fisher $50 towards massage
Brine $50
Already purchased! Thank you!
Vera Struck $150. Two hour Sustainable Lifestyle Design Consult
Already purchased! Thank you!

Giving Thanks to Planet Earth

If carnivorous gluttony, sports marathons and planning for Black Friday are still in your lifestyle’s repertoire, then as a species we are surely doomed. The way we Americans spend this day and our year end ‘holidays’ is actually the antithesis of sustainable living.

Let me dish out the carbon footprint guilt:

  1. Your Thanksgiving feast (Turkey, cranberries, vegetables, pie and wine) will produce approximately 44 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
  2. A 160-pound person would have to walk 30 miles just to burn 3000 calories of that holiday repast.
  3. According to the EPA, the period from Thanksgiving to New Years Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent in the US. That amounts to an extra 5 million tons of household waste each year.
  4. Shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons create an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills.
  5. According to the Rocky Mountain Institute, the passenger vehicles shuttling holiday travelers will travel 980 million miles, burn 40.8 million gallons of gasoline, require $132.6 million to $138.7 million for fuel, and emit more than 362,000 metric tons of CO2.

However you spend your Thanksgiving or Unthanksgiving, I ask that you think about using our planet’s remaining resources wisely.

First “Unthanksgiving” at Alcatraz 1969 via IndianCountryTodayMediaNetwork

Going Native: My Sustainable Un-Thanksgiving (Week #45) (2015)

A TerraBlu Thanksgiving (2011)

HOW DO NATIVE AMERICANS CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING? U.S. HOLIDAY A DAY OF MOURNING FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (Newsweek, 11/22/17)

This Is Your Thanksgiving on Climate Change: How will your Turkey Day staples fare in a warming world?

Thanksgiving dinner’s carbon footprint, (Chicago Tribune)

The environmental costs of a Thanksgiving meal; ‘food miles’ and other damage (Washington Post)

The Environmental Working Group Report

The Environmental Toll of Thanksgiving

Seven Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Greener