Best and Brightest … Genius — Esquire

A once-in-a-lifetime game-changing advance
in our field everyone else will follow
— Marshall Goldsmith

Astrophysicist turned new media whiz — NBC

Passionate … confident … — Forbes

You don't just learn theory from
him, you improve your life.
— Inc.

The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard University, Standford University, Princeton University, MTV, IBM, US Army

My Mission

My mission is to help change American (and global) culture on sustainability and stewardship from expecting deprivation, sacrifice, burden, and chore to expecting rewarding emotions and lifestyles, as I see happen with everyone I lead to act for their intrinsic motivations.

In my case the emotions have been joy, fun, freedom, connection, meaning, and purpose.

Systemic change begins with personal change.

Some of my values. What are yours?
Loads of garbage I filled in 2022 so far: 0
Loads filled in 2021: 0
Loads filled in 2020: 0
Loads filled in 2019: 1
Loads filled in 2018: 1
Loads filled in 2017: 1
Days picking up litter: 1,727 and counting
Months not flying: 70 and counting
Typical electric bill: $1.70
Annual carbon emissions: about 1 ton
Daily burpees: 183,951 and counting


554: Sea walls won’t protect us from our garbage. Stopping polluting gives us our best chance.

on January 23, 2022 in Podcast

My notes that I read from for this episode: Sea wall for Manhattan, like Holland: expensive, huge, likely won’t work Controversial already. Natural solutions might work better. Let’s say they worked. On Staten Island, Fresh Kills Also everywhere, all coasts unprotected Now think of Cancer Alley Gulf coast, oil refineries and global toxic dumps All that pollution will be dispersed to seas and biosphere I’d guess hundreds of thousands of[…] Keep reading →

Sweating the details: Now when I mop, I focus on the corners.

on January 22, 2022 in Habits, Tips

I mop as part of my six-day exercise cycle. Part of my ritual before my lifting days is to mop the floors, so every six days I mop the whole apartment. More accurately, I shifted from mopping to getting on my hands and knees and cleaning with a sponge. The ritual reminds me of monks, who seem to take on tasks with a measure of quality that focus the mind[…] Keep reading →

More places I’d be killed for just being me

on January 21, 2022 in Nonjudgment

I wrote recently about the two biggest chips on my shoulder, one of them being that when I describe challenges I’ve faced, people keep saying that I’ve had an easy life, I think because they see a straight white male in the United States. When I talk to people who have lost limbs or eyesight, which seem pretty significant losses, they don’t talk that way. The ones who tell me[…] Keep reading →

553: Gaya Herrington, part 1: How far have we passed our limits to growth? What does that mean?

on January 20, 2022 in Podcast

Five months ago, Gaya’s work led to headlines like Yep, it’s bleak, says expert who tested 1970s end-of-the-world prediction. The 1970s predictions weren’t exactly predictions, but the headline refers to the book Limits to Growth. If you’re not familiar with it, we start by talking about it. We both consider its views and analysis among the most important. The book simulated possible outcomes for humans on Earth. Those outcomes varied[…] Keep reading →

Four reasons the explanation why we crave sugar and fat and store fat seems wrong

on January 19, 2022 in Fitness, Models, Nature

You’ve probably read things like Until the last century, people were at more risk from malnutrition or starvation than they were from obesity. This lopsided pressure may have shaped humans to be more prone to store fat than to lose it. The ability to store extra calories as fat during times of plenty could help someone stay healthy and fertile when food was scarce. I’m no anthropologist, but I’ve concluded[…] Keep reading →

552: Hilary Link, part 2: colleges and universities talk sustainability but rarely act. This college president does.

on January 18, 2022 in Podcast

Hilary describes her commitments as achieving some success and some failure, but learned from both. We start with her personal experiences and memories of ice skating and cross country skiing as a child leading to her sometimes painful lessons today. More than just ice skating again, she took lessons with her child. Listen to her for the lesson and why it was painful, but I’ll share that she learned to[…] Keep reading →

Sustainability basics almost everyone gets backward, twisting them up inside.

on January 18, 2022 in Awareness, Nature

Things I’ve learned from experience: Apples taste sweeter than Ben and Jerry’s, though not at first. Broccoli tastes better than Doritos, though not at first. Exercise feels better than heroin, though not at first. Not flying connects you with family more than flying, though not at first. Eating only local foods in season gives you more variety and connects you to more cuisines than foods flown in from anywhere, though[…] Keep reading →

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