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Conscientious Consumerism is more than changing a light bulb

Published 06/09/08
By Monica Engebretson, Senior Program Associate

While some people feel that consumerism plays too large a role in American culture, the tradition of “shopping till you drop” isn’t likely to fade anytime soon. Perhaps the best response, then, is to consume conscientiously. After all, Webster’s Dictionary defines “consumerism” as “the promotion of the consumer’s interests.” Put a little differently, the way we spend our money communicates our beliefs, values, and interests.

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Powerful partners

Published 05/30/08
By Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations

Last week, I was invited to give a presentation to the Wichita, Kansas, chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) on “Green” PR and social marketing. Of course, I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak on the topic and to address many of the issues public relations professionals encounter when trying to communicate their company or client’s messages.

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In Search of Happy Endings

Published 05/26/08
By Sandy Haynes, Grassroots Coordinator

I don’t want to let the current state of the economy get me down. I want to be one of those people who can make lemonade from lemons. And fortunately it’s worked thus far — at least for the most part. But relatively speaking, I’d have to say I’m pretty lucky. I still have a place to call home. It may be a rented place, but at least I’m pretty much assured it won’t be foreclosed upon.

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An example of bad journalism

Published 05/23/08
By Zibby Wilder, Director of Public Relations

I have been receiving calls this morning prompted by an incredibly ridiculous story on WITN News in North Carolina that claims our group released two dangerous Monocled cobras on a road somewhere in North Carolina because we “want to make it illegal for people to own exotic animals and uses such tactics to raise awareness.”

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Congress on a Roll

Published 05/21/08
By Adam M. Roberts, Senior Vice President

Sometimes the Members of Congress get it!

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Words are meaningless

Published 05/19/08
By Jessica Stout, Office Generalist

Words are meaningless. And I do not mean that in the “Words are meaningless, action is everything” sort of way. I mean that as in, words are just sounds that we designate to mean things, but ultimately, words are just sounds we make with our mouths. They mean nothing other than what we decide to make them mean. I can say good-bye to a loved one with the intentions of seeing them again, or good-bye to a not-so-loved-one, with not a single intention to see them again. And yet, I can use the same word. Ultimately, it is not the word that means anything — it is the intention behind it.

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Wildlife

Published 05/16/08
By Sandy Haynes, Grassroots Coordinator

One thing I love about where I live is the seemingly endless maze of biking/walking trails that wind their way along canals throughout the neighborhood. Though manmade, over the years these have become beautiful wetland ecosystems where my dog and I are sure to find a variety of ducks, coots, turtles, cormorants, geese, salmon, small birds, squirrels, plus an array of seasonal wild birds that make their way through.

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What is not Art?

Published 05/14/08
By Sharie Lesniak, Vice President of Marketing

Q: There’s art for animals, art that features animals, and art that abuses animals (which I’m not even going to recognize with a link). The question is, “Which one is NOT art?”

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