Stephen Dent Green Living Advice

Stephen Dent Green Living Advice
Published: September 21st, 2016
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Earlier this year I talked about the BP oil spill and how it was not only a disaster to the environment but also a PR disaster for oil companies. I also noted how Mark Wahlberg is making the movie Deepwater Horizon about the event. Now, it looks that time has finally come. On September 30th of this year we will all be able to see the BP oil spill on the big screen. I just watched the trailer for the movie and it looks like it will be focusing on the trials and tribulations of the people working the oil rig. I also found a very well written review of the movie here: Having Mark Wahlberg in this movie all but ensures success – but I would be remiss not to talk about the repercussions this movie and spill has on the world and the warnings for all. We need to go green and get rid of fossil fuels. The review I read talks about the hubris of man and how we affect wildlife and the world. The Gulf of Mexico was a wasteland after this spill, the gallons upon gallons of oil (170 million all in total) that were gushing into the water was so disgusting – and so harmful to the ecosystem that we still don’t know the long term affects. I read that 8,000 animals were found injured or dead after the spill. When will enough be enough? We have many different ways to power our vehicles. Solar power, electricity – I mean smart cars like the Tesla are even cooler than sports cars – so what is the hold up on this? We can’t take another change at a horrible spill like the one in 2010. Movies are well and great about heroism and stuff like that but the real movie should be putting BP execs in jail and having a massive call for better energy alternatives – now! Join me, Stephen Dent, in protesting 
the use of fossil fuels! I urge everyone one of you who has gone green to help me spread this message so that this kind of thing never happens again and no more movies are made about man made environmental disasters!

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Published: June 29th, 2016
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Stephen Dent here. Today I wanted to share with you how Etsy is revolutionizing the green building industry. Let these words soak in, “In the ninth-floor library at Etsy’s new headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, the wooden coffee tables were built from sustainably sourced timber. Rectangular pots, made of reclaimed wood, hold plants that will feed off rainwater collected from the roof. LED lights hang over a striped gray rug that contains only natural materials. The paint on the walls, too, was vetted to ensure that it contains a low number of volatile organic compounds, which are released into the air and can cause breathing problems.” Does this sound like a dream come true to you? It does to me! I just think this type of thing is so cool. These words are from Jenny Che’s article on the Huffington Post entitled, “Etsy Is Helping Redefine What Green Buildings Look Like.” The article is a testament to Etsy’s continued dedication to the Green cause. The entire article can be found here for all you Green enthusiasts.

Etsy’s new building construction is in response to the Living Building Challenge coming out of Seattle. Che describes the key points of this challenge as “a building must operate fully on renewable energy, generated on-site, and supply its own water by collecting and treating rainwater.” The challenge also says that, “no object in the building can contain toxic ‘red list’ materials or chemicals.” The push here is that buildings must be sustainable.


More from Che, “For many urban planners, green certification is only scratching the surface of a sustainable future. Designers say that smart buildings could be eventually as sensitive as human skin, responding to sunlight and adjusting for airflow and temperature. And, crucially, they could collect and funnel natural resources to inhabitants of other buildings.” Wouldn’t that just be wonderful?

This is changing the way we look at buildings. Instead of the consumerism rampant in business and construction today, Green buildings are poised to change all that. Che spoke with Michael Garrison, an architecture professor at the University of Texas, Austin who focuses on sustainable buildings. Garrison said, “When buildings have a net positive use of energy and water, we’re seeing the transition from buildings being consumers to being things that harvest and distribute energy and water. That would be a profound change.”

Do you guys things sustainable buildings will become a thing of the future or are we doomed to keep consuming? I think it’s time to work with nature and stop abusing it.


Published: April 22nd, 2016
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Ok so many of you know (and some might not know) that today is Earth Day. You may also not know that the UN just signed a sweeping climate agreement! It’s called the Paris Agreement. Straight from the UN Climate Change Newsroom, “The universal agreement’s main aim is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.” A total of 195 countries signed the agreement! This is great news from climate change advocates and all you green living junkies out there! It looks like our voices have finally been heard! This is a tremendous day for the Green Living cause.

Published: April 7th, 2016
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Corporations started making the transition to environmental sustainability many years ago but the importance of it is more compelling than ever. For my current post I want to focus on oil companies. Think about the harm BP did to their reputation when they flooded the Gulf of Mexico with oil.  According to CNN, “A judge ruled BP was responsible for the release of 3.1 million barrels.” The long term impact of the spill is currently unknown. Now when a prospective customer sees this headline when they are looking up where to get their oil, is this good for the BP brand? No! Then it isn’t any surprise to anyone  when people balk when they hear the name BP.

Now on the other side of the coin you have Shell which is in the news for championing environmental sustainability with a recent event push. According to, “The annual event is a reflection of Shell and its partners’ commitment, which includes Globe Business, the information and communication technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom, in fostering innovation and harnessing technology for environmental sustainability. Student teams were challenged to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency in a real-world urban environment, and winners were determined by the mileage achieved on a liter of fuel, rather than speed.” Which company do you think is doing better for their reputation? Shell of course, and this is where environmental sustainability comes into full effect. Making an effort to support the environment is good for business.

Now while we should definitely move away from oil, Shell is at least making an effort to help support the environment- and it is paying off. To simplify things, Shell is in the news for positive things while BP is still being exposed to bad PR. This is PR 101 – keep the public happy and don’t do anything to tarnish your reputation. To top everything off – Mark Wahlberg is making a movie about the oil spill disaster! And BP is still suffering 6 years later from bad PR. This is why companies need to value the environment and make a strong environmental sustainability effort!

Published: April 4th, 2016
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Do you still want to put on muscle but think you can’t if you don’t eat meat? You’re dead wrong. Here is the list of vegan food that you can add to your diet and still put on muscle without harming innocent animals.

1. Soy Beans


1 cup of soybeans is worth 33 grams of protein. Wowza! And to top this off these are complete proteins which means they have all 9 essential amino acids that you need for muscle building! Some people might argue me on this because findings have pointed to soy causing estrogen levels to rise, although the rise has been minimal. You just can’t get this value of protein in other vegan foods though guys! Give it a try!

2. Black Beans


This means you can go to Chipotle more often and get that burrito bowl you’ve been craving right?! A cup of black beans is worth 39 grams of protein! Keep in mind this is considered an incomplete protein. Mix with Rice to make it a complete protein though.

3. Lentils


18 grams of protein per cup and you are good to go. This makes Lentils one of the highest sources of protein in your vegan arsenal. Perfect in a soup.

4. Quinoa


Quinoa is only 8 grams of protein a cup but it is a complete protein which means it contains all essential 9 amino acids. Eat up! This stuff is very yummy – think Grab a Green.


5.Peanut Butter


My number 1 guilty pleasure; I just had to put this on here. 2 tablespoons gives you 8 grams of protein. My favorite is to eat this in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and throw in some soy milk to boot!