INTERVIEW: Evan Marks – Director of The Ecology Center

As we gear up for a big Earth Day celebration at The Ecology Center this Saturday (April 14th, 10am), we decided to talk to the center’s founder and director Evan Marks.  Evan has lived a fascinating life (teaching permaculture in West Africa, running a farm in Costa Rica) and he was kind enough to share his eco-wisdom with us.  Please check out The Ecology Center‘s excellent, community-based programming on their website.  Better yet, learn more about them in person while munching on our farm-to-table veggie quesadilla this weekend!

If this is what a sustainable future looks like, we're in.

LSG: You’re using the phrase, “We are Earth Day” in marketing materials–How do you interpret that?

EM: The idea is to invoke a global perspective to our relationship to Earth and it’s appropriate celebration. We’re all here together, let’s all stand in recognition of everything this wonderful planet offers. Without it, we’re nothing. Didn’t you get all that from the materials?

LSG: Are there a few easy ways people can lessen their imprint in the coming year?

EM: At The Ecology Center, we really work towards inspiring practical ecological solutions– things everyone can do to make a difference. It adds up. Simple things like carrying a reusable water bottle, instead of a disposable one. Buying local organic food, from La Sirena Grill (or the farmers market). Riding your bike more often. If you’re ready for the next step, come visit The Ecology Center for ideas. This Saturday, April 14th, we’re creating an interactive pledge opportunity to make Earth Day everday.

LSG: What are things that you personally do at home? What are your green resolutions for the coming year?

EM: When we moved in, we pulled out the lawn and planted a native garden. Daily, we use a bucket to harvest our shower’s “greywater”,  the two gallons it takes to heat the water. We grow most of our food, so that makes cooking very enjoyable. We take good care to keep our home toxin free, by using good cleaning products, and keeping bad products and accessories out.

My personal mission for the year is to ride my bicycle more. The round trip commute is 15 miles, and I love it, I just need to do it more!

LSG: Tell us a little about the event: how many people do you expect? What are a few of the activities that we should look forward to?

EM: We’re expecting a big crowd. It’s open season at The Ecology Center and we expect hundreds of families. Highlights include; a special La Sirena Grill / The Ecology Center special, an interactive exploration of our facility through a scavenger hunt experience, an organic seedling sale, live bluegrass music, fort building, terrarium making, and much more!



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