Learning and Teaching Sustainability

Posts by Laura Weatherbee

7 Good Reasons to Eat Less Meat

Image via Two Pond Farm Wisconsin Ever since Adam and I got together almost two years ago, we’ve been making a conscious effort to eat less meat. We’re not vegetarians because we do eat a little bit of everything sometimes – meat, cheese, and eggs – but we try to eat them sparingly, and have…

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Life in San Diego – 2 Years Later

I can’t believe it’s been two years since I moved to San Diego after living in New York City for over a decade. I left New York at a time when I was really depressed, dealing with a difficult break-up, and searching for a new direction in my career and life. Two years later, I’m happy to report that things have worked out really well, and I’m loving life on the West Coast. I’m about halfway through the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program at Pacific College, newly engaged, and starting to feel more at home here in San Diego.

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How to Pack Light and Travel Like a Pro

ON THE PLANE Nobody loves an airplane – they are stinky and gross and the bar keeps going lower as far as customer service is concerned. But that doesn’t mean you can’t travel in style. Here are a few of my favorite items that make plane travel a little more comfortable and stylish: Bring a…

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A Colorful Walking Tour of Creative Tijuana

Colorful dancers at Festi Arte in Tijuana. Did you know that the Mexican border is only 20 minutes south of San Diego? You can apply for a SENTRI pass to expedite the drive across the border, otherwise you can expect long wait times to make the crossing. But there is also a pedestrian crossing that…

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You Need to Try This Exciting and Low Impact Glamping Experience

Image via @alter.experiences Are you looking for a unique camping experience without all the stress of planning and packing? Alter Experiences, located in the high mountains of San Diego’s back country, offers one-of-a-kind glamping experiences in suspended tree tents near Mt. Laguna. They also have a family-friendly luxury tent that’s perfect for kids. Alter Experiences…

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How to Minimize Waste in the Bathroom

I first learned about the “zero-waste” movement after reading an article about how Lauren Singer, founder of the blog Trash is for Tossers, managed to fit all the waste she had generated over the course of several years into a tiny mason jar. I was really inspired, and wanted to start my own journey towards…

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The Unexpected Story Behind My Middle Name

My name is Laura 庆中 Weatherbee. My driver’s license reads Laura Hing-Chung Weatherbee. But to be clear, Hing-Chung is not actually my middle name. It is a crude approximation of my name using the Western alphabet. 庆中 is written using Chinese characters, and the pronunciation is actually a bit more like Hing-Jong or Hing-Zhong. Chinese characters…

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Life after LASIK

On June 15th, 2017 I got LASIK eye surgery. I would describe the procedure as life-changing, and I am so glad I did it.  Over one year later, I have 20/15 vision with no negative side effects. The outcome is everything I dreamed of and more! To be honest, I was absolutely terrified of LASIK…

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Changing the Flower Business – One Bouq at a Time

When it comes to the flower industry, sustainability is a complicated question. For example, flowers imported from the fertile climate of Ecuador may have a smaller carbon footprint than flowers grown in climate-controlled greenhouses in the US. On the one hand, flowers could be considered an expensive waste of water and other natural resources. On…

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