Alicia on The Mike Nowak Show
Chicago horticulture expert Mike Nowak invited me on his radio show to discuss Earth Hour. LISTEN HERE. I'm about 3/4 of the way into the recording.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Thank you for visiting my blog. The idea for EcoChicago came after I read the book A World Without Us by Alan Weisman. It was the chapter on polymers that changed my life. Learning about our garbage piling up in the North Pacific Gyre both enraged and inspired me. How could we let this happen to our Earth? Why hadn't I known about this before? What can I do about it?
And so, the journey began.
When I established EcoChicago in January 2009, I found myself in the midst of an eco-revolution. Gas prices were breaking records, the economy was in a downward spiral, and Barack Obama had just been elected President. Each of these were turning points in making "green" more mainstream in the US. The American media began to seriously and consistently report about alternative energy, and although some companies took unfair advantage of the changing tide, other big domestic brands were finally promoting truly green products. The transformation was underway.
EcoChicago attempts to bring a local focus to this emerging green industry, while remaining relevant to the international green community. So, explore the site! You'll find videos highlighting Chicago's green resources, rants against greenwashing, and insight into my own lifestyle adjustments. Please leave comments or reach me by email. I'm always thrilled to hear from anyone who pops in.
Alicia Ontiveros is a freelance producer and writer with a background in television and web video production. Her experience includes network television programs airing on The History Channel, National Geographic, The Animal Planet, The Weather Channel, The Biography Channel and PBS.
As a savvy ecogeek she writes about green topics for print and web publications, and assists green companies in brand development using integrated social media platforms.