Midland’s Cameron Duddy and Harper Smith’s Texas House Tour

Harper Smith home tour.

The best remodels comprise a few essentials: a transformative before and after, no shortage of setbacks turned design epiphanies, and of course, a story. It’s a narrative born through an intensive creative process—one that’s shaped organically through intention and a collaborative approach. For Midland guitarist Cameron Duddy and wife Harper Smith, an accomplished fashion lifestyle photographer, it was evident from the beginning of their Dripping Springs, Texas top-to-bottom remodel: they wouldn’t be afraid to have a little fun. Alongside that, a complete dismissal of convention. (After all, innovation only happens…

Students Raise Their Voices for a Just Energy Transition – State of the Planet

Students Raise Their Voices for a Just Energy Transition – State of the Planet

Last summer, Ariane Desrosiers and Vincent (Wing Shun) Tang, students in Columbia University’s M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy Program (MPA-ESP) at the School of International and Public Affairs, participated in the 2023 Youth Voice Competition for Just Energy Transition. The event, co-sponsored by the International Society for Energy Transition Studies (ISETS) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), aims to bring young problem-solvers from around the world together to form innovative solutions for climate change. Under the name “Team Power Parity…

Home Builders Fighting Energy Efficiency – State of the Planet

Home Builders Fighting Energy Efficiency – State of the Planet

I always thought energy efficiency was the low-hanging fruit of environmental sustainability. Who could possibly be in favor of wasting energy? Wasting energy was like throwing away money. Why would anyone want to throw away money? Recently, I learned that America’s home builders don’t mind throwing away money as long as it isn’t theirs and instead belongs to their customers. The argument is presented in a Washington Post piece written by Anna Phillips last week. According to Phillips: “…developer Ron Jackson said he is building what America needs — more…

Earth911 Podcast: Xworks CEO Electra Coutsoftides on Pioneering Waste Networking

Earth911 Podcast: Xworks CEO Electra Coutsoftides on Pioneering Waste Networking

Electra Coutsoftides, CEO of Xworks Tech, is building a business network to catalyze recycling progress. Xworks designed its platform to enhance waste handling and trading by accredited waste professionals. The U.K.-based company provides digital compliance reporting capabilities, making it easier for businesses and recycling programs to meet regulatory requirements. Members are verified before joining to ensure user trustworthiness, a keystone in any successful network. That confidence that trades are legitimate is essential to promoting a more efficient and reliable environment for trading and collaboration. In the past, these business conversations…

Home Buying Risks From Climate Change

Home Buying Risks From Climate Change

Should you move to avoid climate-related extreme weather, drought, or disasters? There is certainly an argument to be made in favor of working to stop climate change wherever you live, rather than moving someplace where there are fewer climate risks. But you might not have a choice. Online tools can help you understand the climate risks where you live now, and research the risks in your prospective new home. Despite the controversy surrounding the term “climate refugee,” people are already being displaced by weather-related disasters and long-term environmental degradation like…

12 of the Best Trader Joe’s Frozen Food Finds

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So many hyped-up products to try, so little time. In this era of inflation where even eggs are considered a luxury good, it can be overwhelming to navigate the wide world of stuff. From wellness buys to seasonal treats to candles worth the splurge, it’s important that our hard-earned dollars go toward things (and experiences) that pay satisfying, mood-boosting dividends. When it comes to what I eat—and how I budget out my grocery list—items I can store for months in the freezer are an absolute godsend. And as the best Trader Joe’s frozen food proves,…

15 Healthy Pantry Staples a Nutritionist Always Has on Hand

Edie Horstman

In my book, efficient cooking reigns supreme. Life is full, after all. When I’m not at my keyboard—or tending to everyday household tasks—I’d rather be lightening my mental load. But as a mother and entrepreneur, what’s the secret sauce? Say hello to healthy pantry staples. That’s right. Whether you live solo or have multiple mouths to feed, a well-stocked pantry is the gift that keeps on giving. It’s time to add more nutrients to your meals (and do it with ease). This guide has it all: a Nutrition Consultant’s must-have pantry…

A Derm’s Top Treatment Tips

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We may receive a portion of sales if you purchase a product through a link in this article. “Don’t get lasers if you have dark skin.” For too long, I was scared away from medspas by this common myth. You, like me, might have heard the horror stories of permanent scarring and post-treatment hyperpigmentation. I imagined going in for a simple laser facial and becoming a candidate for the show Botched. As a result, I stayed away from all things lasers, needles, and chemicals. But you can only get so…

Designing Impactful Climate Literacy Education for Emergency Management—and Beyond – State of the Planet

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Emergency managers are tasked with preparation, response, mitigation and recovery from natural hazards leading to disasters and other emergencies—a responsibility that has grown increasingly challenging as climate impacts become more frequent and less predictable. Josh DeVincenzo For Joshua L. DeVincenzo, assistant director for education and training and adjunct lecturer at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at Columbia Climate School, this issue raises several questions. For one, do emergency managers believe in the science behind climate change and that climate change is impacting their jobs? And if not, DeVincenzo…

A Nutritionist Breaks Down These Top TikTok Health Trends

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We have TikTok to thank for so much. It’s an accessible outlet to promote creative and identity-based expression, recipes that got us through the darkest days of the pandemic, and of course, many a trend to keep us engaged and exploring new things on the daily. But when it comes to TikTok health trends, hopefully by this point, we know to pause before proceeding. That’s because health hacks—as magical as they may seem on camera—are often made popular by people who can’t claim to be an expert on the topic…