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Pam Evans

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I lead the effort to incorporate environmentally responsible practices into AARP’s internal business operations. I'm passionate about educating members on the importance of responsible use of resources, and the direct connection between the declining health of the environment and the health of our, and future, generations.

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Sense of Wonder Contest – Cast your vote on the intergenerational entries!

Posted on 09/18/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThese are truly some of the most beautiful, touching (and even hilarious) photos, essays and poems I’ve ever seen and read. Considering they’re created by teams of inter-generational partners for the 2012 Rachel Carson Sense of Water Contest makes them even more worthy of your visit to the site…and your vote. (I’m partial to the dance video “Macro Hunt Anthem”, but don’t let me influence you.) Honoring the 50th anniversary of her ground-breaking, society-changing book Silent Spring, this annual contest gives us a chance to …

Why all that sanitizing is making us sicker…and chubbier, too.

Posted on 09/4/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWho would have thought some of our best friends would be the 100 Trillion bacteria living in, and on, our bodies? Results of the Human Microbiome Project have caused us to re-examine the critical balance between these good bacteria, essential for human life, and the relatively few bad guys on which we’ve waged an all-out blitz!  Modern life has been altering that delicate balance in ways that have led to an increase in obesity, inflammatory disease and other chronic illnesses. In fact, it’s made us …

Lightbulb alert! Another one bites the dust.

Posted on 08/14/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe old joke, “How many (blonds, lawyers, etc.) does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” just got more complicated! The old  flourescent tubes that used to illuminate millions of homes, and still light up many garages, workrooms and office buildings, bid their final adieu on Saturday. If you have one of these old fixtures in your home, you’ll need to know your options when the lights go out. T12 bulbs, engineered in the 30′s and used for over 50 years, are …

Stay Hydrated Sure, But Why Are We Paying for Filtered Tap Water?

Posted on 07/31/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthTalk about the miracle of brilliant marketing: Did you know most bottled water is actually filtered municipal water? Put it in a pretty bottle, throw on a sexy label and mention something about a mountain spring, and we’re willing to shell out  2000 times the amount of money it costs for something we could get virtually free (from whence it came to begin with!) Eee-gads have we been hoodwinked! I know, I know, there is something to be said for the convenience …

Our Food Supply: Are We Ready for ‘Enviropig’ and ‘Agent Orange Corn’?

Posted on 07/24/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWhen did it get so hard to know what was healthy, wholesome food? Most Americans, roughly 90% of us, believe that genetically modified foods,  or GMO’s, should be labeled as such. Yet if you asked that same 90% to name a GMO food, could they? Would they, and are you, surprised to learn that about 80% of the processed food we eat contain GMO’s, and a significant portion of our farm crops are grown with GMO patented seed? I know …

What price are we paying for perfect lawns?

Posted on 07/17/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health Here’s another frightening example of the lack of prudent examination BEFORE new chemicals are put on the market.  Introduced in 2010 as an eco-friendly weed killer for lawns, this one is responsible for killing or damaging hundreds of thousands of trees. “Weeks after homeowners and lawn care professionals began applying the new product on lawns, golf courses and cemeteries around the country in the spring last year, many trees on those properties, primarily conifers, started turning brown and dying. By August, DuPont had …