2013 Environmental Media Awards – Full Show

Watch the 23rd Annual Environmental Media Awards, honoring Matt Damon, Hayden Panettiere, Bill McKibben and more with special guests including Julie Bowen, Constance Zimmer, James Van Der Beek, Marisa Tomei, Daryl Hannah and a very special opening performance by Darren Criss! (Just a heads up, the opening intro slate & music is about a minute long).

 

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How to Be a Green Parent Without Going Crazy

Originally posted on MotherNatureNetwork.com by EMA Parent Board Chair, Constance Zimmer

constance‘The Newsroom’ and ‘House of Cards’ actress Constance Zimmer shares her eco-parenting philosophy.

There are tons of different parenting philosophies out there. But in the end, there’s one common denominator that brings together the helicopter moms with the gluten-free bunch — we all want to raise our child in as healthy a way as possible.

For a lot of people, raising a healthy child means embracing a sustainable lifestyle. One of the greatest things about being green is there are different levels of commitment. You can be a bike-riding, homemade baby-food making, organic cotton-wearing, GMO-free parent or you can be the parent who simply brings their own bags to the market. Both are doing good for the planet while setting an example of sustainable living for their kids.

I head up the Parent Board for the Environmental Media Association. Our motto is that every little bit counts when it comes to being green. It’s really important not to get caught up on trying to be the perfect eco-friendly parent. Besides, unless you are living off the grid, raising your own chickens and stitching leaves into sundresses, it’s pretty much impossible.
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Constance Zimmer’s Simple Tips for a Green Home & Family

EMA Parent Board Chair, Constance Zimmer shares her favorite (simple) tips for greening your home and family.

There are many simple ways to make green, healthy choices for yourself, your family, and the environment. These are a few of my favorites that I practice at home with my family.

  • Bring your own bags everywhere and use them for everything, not just groceries. Shove them into your purse, your car, your bike basket, etc. BAGGU makes amazing foldable, smashable bags to keep with you at all times.
  • Buy organic whenever you can. Farmer’s markets are the cheapest, most sustainable way to buy organic and local. Trader Joe’s is a good inexpensive alternative if there’s not a farmer’s market near you.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper at home. It’s also a great touch for a lunchbox.
  • Recycle, recycle, recycle.
  • Buy products that use recycled materials.
  • Buy craft books that inspire and teach how to use materials/things you have in your home to make new unique toys and gifts. This is a great activity to do with your kids as well.

My daughter, Coco, has found a wonderful amount of joy in giving some of her friends an old toy that she has loved but grown out of, so it becomes a gift from the heart and a great toy for someone else. An old Elmo doll that has been loved and has her smells on it becomes a new baby’s favorite snuggly toy. Continue reading