Planting a Seed: Three Simple Steps to Sustainable Living

Planting a Seed: Three Simple Steps to Sustainable Living

by Kate Gaertner
Planting a Seed: Three Simple Steps to Sustainable Living

Planting a Seed: Three Simple Steps to Sustainable Living

by Kate Gaertner


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Discover your path toward a more sustainable life.

The science on climate change is in, and its impacts are being felt around the globe. It’s time for every one of us to start finding a new way of living, working, and moving around our planet. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be hard, and it doesn’t have to feel like a sacrifice. By understanding how you fit into the global picture, and investigating what changes work best for you, you can soften your impact on the planet in as many areas of your life that feel right and work for you. It just takes some planning, some action, and some practice.

In Planting a Seed, corporate sustainability expert Kate Gaertner shows you how to develop an action plan that will help you develop new habits and ways of living that fit into your daily life. You’ll gain greater insight into how you are personally connected to the larger ecosystems and environmental issues, and start discovering and embracing your values every day through your actions, commitments, and purchases.

You’ll learn about the six impact categories where your actions can be felt, and customize an adaptation plan that builds from where you are. Offering ideas for sustainability at a small, medium, and large level, Kate shows that living lightly can also mean living well. Accessible and lively, Planting a Seed charts a way toward a greener future by encouraging each of us to find the sustainability path that feels just right.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781774580486
Publisher: Page Two Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/19/2021
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Kate Gaertner is a leading expert, sought-after speaker and consultant in corporate sustainability with 25 years of combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience. She holds a Masters of Science in Sustainable Management from the University of Wisconsin, an M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Kate serves on the board of the XXcelerate Fund, a business-accelerator and fund for women-led businesses and has held positions at XM Satellite Radio, Ziff Davis Media, and Time Inc., as well as worked as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies developing go-to-market business strategies. She also founded a sustainable women’s activewear lifestyle brand, OMALA.

Kate is married with two great kids, and lives in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

A Note from the Author 1

Introduction 3

Part I Planting Seeds

1 Sustainability: An Old Idea with Renewed Relevance 9

2 Know What You Value 27

3 Committing to Change 43

4 Getting Curious about Carbon 57

5 Bias to Action 65

Part II Nourishing Seeds

6 Living Lightly, Living Well 73

7 Transportation 81

8 Energy 93

9 Home and Property 107

10 Food 127

11 Material Goods 145

12 Water 165

13 Trash 177

14 Ownership 191

Part III Growing Seeds

15 Curating a Sustainability List 211

16 Finding Your Voice 229

Conclusion: Being a Lodestar 241

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 247

Additional Resources 255

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