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Environmentally Woke, Part I

Since introducing Blooming at QC Voices, StayBlooming.com‘s chief editor, Alyssa Perez, has had three articles published for the Queens College online periodical QC Voices. If you have not had the opportunity to read the column, called Environmentally Woke, then check out the links below to catch up.

plastic straw ban.jpgThe Plastic Straw Ban is Gaining Momentum

great pacific garbage patchThe Great Pacific Garbage Patch

combined sewer system of nycThe Combined Sewer System of NYC and its Overflow

There will be more published pieces coming soon, all through Spring 2019. Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, visit QC Voices to read more articles by other Queens College students.

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Blooming at QC Voices

I am excited and honored to announce that I, Alyssa Perez, Chief Editor of StayBlooming.com, will be contributing to Queens College‘s online periodical QC Voices. I’m currently a student there and decided to complete my BA in Environmental Studies shortly after starting StayBlooming.com to build my credibility as a writer.

Writing is great because it gives me many avenues of expressing myself/my ideas and it comes with a flexibility like no other medium. I admit that journalism is still just an optional route. I write for StayBlooming.com truly as an act of love. A labor that I owe to earth because it not only gave me life but consciousness of it. It’s a mission of mine to put into written words what I intuitively understand to be a universal language. So, I’m merely just following my heart and living in my truth.

I applied to be a part of QC Voices because my confidence was just right. I have been publicly writing for some time now. I can comfortably discuss the topics I write on especially environmental views. I use my social media platforms to spread awareness and gained sisterhood through that like-mindedness. And I am ready to keep growing. After submitting writing samples and StayBlooming.com, I was invited to have my own column with QC Voices called Environmentally Woke.

As this is just an introduction of what’s to come, you can expect to see my QC Voices work on here too in the future. I hope this opportunity holds me accountable to my writing during the school term just as much as it expands my ability to write. In the meantime, check me out on the Team page along with the other student contributors!

Thank you for blooming with me.

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New Ecofriendly Shop Additions

We’re very happy to announce new ecofriendly merchandise is coming soon to the StayBlooming.com Shop!

Our ecofriendly items are inventive and highly useful. They serve a greater purpose for the earth by eliminating plastic use, future plastic pollution, and creating conscious thinkers out of ourselves. The movement for plastic-free living has been growing at a faster rate than ever before. People are finally taking notice of the severe environmental issues the world suffers from. We are realizing that the cost of consumerism & profits is actually a sacrifice to our entire natural world. One in which we cannot buy back or build; one in which is damaged inequitably, with no chance of fair replenishment.

We need to respect our earth and that means finding and/or creating successful alternatives. Doing the work now so that future generations aren’t faced with tougher decisions that we see today… decisions that we are currently setting them up for. Changing your behavior starts with one question and a few small steps. What side of history will you be on?

Visit StayBlooming.com/Shop on August 1, 2018 to see what we have in store for, you, a green thinker.

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Gardens at NYC Public Schools

There’s a cool new initiative in New York City and it’s for the school kids. Grow-to-Learn is a school garden program offering mini-grants to public city schools. These grants are for the students to learn how to build, grow, and manage a garden. All of which requiring a hands on experience and teamwork. Not only getting them outdoors but also building their connection to earth—away from technology.

Living in the city makes a hobby like horticulture seem difficult. Most city natives have this misconception because we imagine a garden needing a lot of land. Rather, we just haven’t tried it on this scale yet. Gardens are actually easily adaptable into any landscape.

The Grow-to-Learn program allows public schools to start a new garden or expand on an existing one. They provide free material for building and maintaining gardens and they also have a lot of great resources for garden maintenance. From tips/guides, to training videos, to toolkits of larger projects that’ll really give kids a hands-on learning experience. Grow-to-Learn’s online curriculum is for grade school through high school.

Click here if you would like to introduce this to your children’s school or parent committee, please visit their official page to register, apply, and get more information.