As we record this episode, my phone is still buzzing with updates from family and friends who are cleaning up in the wake of Hurricane Ida, which came ashore Louisiana's coast on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
As many of us can recall, Katrina devastated the New Orleans region, in some places rendering it almost permanently inhabitable. The social and economic factors of that reality stand side by side with the physical infrastructure of the buildings, roads, and bridges that have to withstand powerful storms in that area.
I remember driving through the rubble of Hurricane Katrina, seeing houses that had been demolished and thinking through the different scenarios that may have given the structures a better chance of survival.
As we face issues like climate change, increasingly stronger tropical storms, sustainability issues in construction, and the ever-present elephant in the room of affordable housing, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to do about it.
Well this is a problem-solving show, so today I have as my guest one powerhouse member of a team that has a really exciting solution to a lot of those problems. We’re going to talk about innovations in building, dignified housing, and the power of collaboration.
Kyndra Light is the CEO of Gulf Coast Additive Manufacturing & Design, a company specializing in the support and application of 3D printing in the construction field. And Precision Building and Renovating.
She holds a master's degree in Leadership and Policy from Florida State University and a graduate certificate in Additive Manufacturing from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, she possesses multiple certifications in community development and has over 20 years of experience in executive strategy solutions. She has been widely recognized for her work in education and community housing development as well as work in the advancement of fair-trade and environmental conservation practices in the construction industry. No matter what the job, she jumps in with passion and excellence as a standard.
I have two guests with me today to talk about something that some people might feel uncomfortable discussing, but we are NOT afraid to talk about it. This is a problem solving show, and we are going to solve some problems here today.
I’d like to welcome Amaya Waymon, a high school student at Rickards High School. Amaya is the founder of the Girl Flo Project, which aims to end the problem of period poverty, that is the lack of access to sanitary products in schools and throughout the community. We’re going to hear about the inspiration for her work, some of the challenges she has faced, and how we can help. Welcome, Amaya!
Also joining us is Dana Brooks, a partner with Fasig Brooks law firm, who heard about Amaya’s project and wanted to support her. In fact, she feels so strongly about the rights of women to have access to hygiene products that she sued the governor of Florida in 2017 to remove the luxury tax hygiene products which resulted in a change of the law. We’re going to talk about how women can work together to make sure everyone has what they need. Welcome, Dana.
The School of Public Health at the University of Michigan shares that 1 in 5 girls miss school due to lack of menstrual products, because they are not able to afford pads, tampons, or liners. Instead, many people are forced to use items like rags, paper towels, toilet paper, or cardboard. Others ration sanitary products by using them for extended amounts of time. If this has you squirming in your seat, good. It should. Because everyone deserves to be able to menstruate with dignity.
Period poverty encompasses not only this lack of access to products, but also inadequate access to toilets, hand washing receptacles, and hygienic waste management.
The reason this public health crisis is yet to be addressed is largely due to stigma and shame. Amaya, Dana, and countless others agree that access to menstrual products is a right, and feeling clean, confident, and capable during one’s period is a necessity. Today we are going to explore how they’re addressing the problem, and share how you can be a problem solver with three tips for smart activism.
Over half of people in the workforce are dealing with today’s problem.
Some people blame COVID, and others say it was a problem way before we all got on the roller coaster of 2020.
Some people say it’s not even a big deal and to just suck it up.
It’s now described by the World Health Organization as an occupational phenomenon. They say that “Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
Today my guest is Mary Barley, the Employee Wellbeing Coordinator for Leon County in Florida and the Executive Director of Working Well, a non-profit organization based in Tallahassee, FL that helps organizations design and deliver employee well being programs.
Today on the program we are diving into a subject that we’re often told not to talk about. It can be a difficult subject to discuss, even with friends, for fear of being misunderstood, judged or pigeon-holed, or not being as informed or educated as others.
Sometimes this topic is something people don’t even want others to know about them, and in other cases it is the first thing they want people to know.
We’re talking about RELIGION. This episode is called DEVIL’S ADVOCATE and I am looking forward to discussing some of the most compelling questions about religion today with Rev. Sheldon Steen, pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church and doctoral candidate in Religion of Western Antiquity at Florida State University.
Rev. Steen has been working in ministry for fifteen years, earning a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. He began his professional work in youth ministry in Florida and Georgia, and then as the Pastor of Jasper First Presbyterian Church in Jasper, Florida.
After serving as a Parish Associate at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Sheldon directed the campus ministry at UKirk Tallahassee, serving Florida State University and Florida A&M University. He joined Christ Presbyterian Church in June, 2020, leading the northeast Tallahassee congregation through the COVID-19 pandemic and at a time when almost every element of our lives, including our spirituality, is politicized.
Today we are out for adventure, into the great blue yonder, over the river and through the woods, with Jeremy Rogers, a Tallahassee firefighter with a love for the outdoors that he has turned into an organization called Tallahassee Adventure Club.
We’re going to hear his story of life transformation from the military to mountain climbing, learn about the importance of outdoor experiences for kids, and learn how we can help local kids connect with the outdoors in meaningful ways.
Now, the idea for this show came when I was recently at a summer camp with my son, and the day came for us to go swimming at the lake. For some kids, this was a regular occurrence, and for others it was the first time they had ever been in open water. Seeing their initial trepidation, fear, beginnings of confidence and trust, and eventual joy that they were not sinking, made me pick up my phone and call Jeremy, because I wanted to explore this topic more and revitalize our conversation about the Tallahassee Adventure Club.
Today in the studio is someone who I admire for her eco-friendly ways. Her name is Alix Kalfin, and the reason I have invited her here today is because the problem we are solving is creating environmentally sustainable habits.
Alix has gone from doubter to advocate and I am curious about why, how, and what her advice is for people like me, who want to do better but don’t know where to start.
In addition to being an inspiration to me, Alix is the mom of two boys, wife of a wildlife biologist -slash - powerlifter, and a business owner. She is an advocate for local community projects, and especially passionate about the Alzheimer's Project, where she manages communications and social media through her consulting firm, AK Social Strategies.
Now yall know that Heather Solves Everything is a show about tapping into your unique strengths to solve the everyday problems that we all face in life. Today, we’re going to talk about how to start small to go big in how we manage our relationship with the earth.
We’re going to hear Alix’s story of the learning curve she traveled, get her advice on how to live more sustainably, and discover some easy ways to make a difference for the environment. And, I’m going to get coachy with you on how you can make big changes with little steps.
Green Dreamer: https://greendreamer.com/
Optimal Living Daily: https://oldpodcast.com/
Marley's Monsters: https://www.marleysmonsters.com/
Tangie Waste Free Products: https://wastefreeproducts.com/
Thrive Market (carbon-neutral shipping): https://thrivemarket.com/
Tushy Bidet: https://hellotushy.com/
Mata Traders: https://www.matatraders.com/
Tallahassee Farmers Market: https://www.tallahasseefarmersmarket.com/
Red Hills Small Farm Alliance: https://www.redhillsfarmalliance.com/
Leon County's Office of Sustainability: https://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/growinggreen
Sustainable Tallahassee: https://sustainabletallahassee.org/
Native Nurseries: http://www.nativenurseries.com/
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