Elizabeth Rose is a writer/environmentalist, community organizer, multi-media journalist and project manager.

Elizabeth Anne Rose

Elizabeth Rose is a writer/environmentalist, community organizer, multi-media journalist and project manager. She is an activist working to balance the scales of environmental, economic, and social justice through community organizing, social action and the power of the written word.

After receiving her MS in Conservation Biology in 2007 from Antioch New England University she began working as Board President for the non-profit Long Way Home (www.lwhome.org), joining the organization in its infant stage of building a vocational school with waste materials in an indigenous region of Guatemala. She is passionate about the accomplishments of this non-profit. She sees its work as a perfect marriage of grass-roots community development and environmental stewardship, bringing jobs and economic hope to a neglected corner of the world.

Elizabeth has worked in the recycling industry as a program director, event planner and fund raiser. She has also taught early childhood nature enrichment programs for 10 years with Mass Audubon. In addition to a BA in English Literature she also holds a Master’s degree of Social Work (MSW). She left a successful psychotherapy practice after 14 years to help raise her two biological children and her two step-children.

Elizabeth believes that every person has the right and the obligation to evolve. Elizabeth is grateful for her psychotherapy training, which she acquired in her twenties, but still calls upon in her professional and day-to-day life. She listens actively to clients, friends, family members, natural currents and political-social events, remaining attuned to the disharmonious and the unjust. She is committed to healing others and the earth (tikun olam) through social action and the power of awareness. And she is still hopeful and believes that we can restore a harmonious balance on earth by following the laws and principles embedded within nature.

Elizabeth grew up in the plains of the Midwest but has preferred the rolling hills and tranquil marshes of the Northeast for her whole adult life.

Rubbish to Runway

Every year in Massachusetts, over 260,000 tons of textiles are disposed of at incinerators and landfills.  95% of this material can be recycled.

The first annual “Rubbish to Runway reFashion Show” took place on October 15, 2011 at Nicholson Hall in Newburyport, MA. Its intent was to bring attention to the problem of too much waste on the planet and the myriad of ways to create something new from waste. It achieved its mission….and then some.

Over 130 attendees laughed, cheered, applauded, and celebrated 18 different runway fashions constructed from an assortment of materials. Plastic bag gowns, bicycle tire tube skirts, bottle caps from popular beer brands adorned blouses and paint chip dresses sashayed down the runway accompanied by popular music and the audience’s exclamations.

“Each new outfit was like unwrapping a new gift,” a satisfied observer said.

Artists offered their creations gratis after working for months on each original design. Models also gave their work as a contribution to Long Way Home. The committee worked long and hard to achieve the success of the event. Over $2,000 was realized to support Long Way Home’s projects.

The fourth annual Rubbish to runway is now in the planning stage. To take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 there will be 20 runway fashions, food donated from the local foodie community, desserts donated by Dianne’s Fine Desserts, a division of Alden Merrill, and Wheelabrator, our loyal waste to energy generator, has again sponsored the event. Tickets are available at www.lwhome.org/R2R

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Building with Alternative Materials

Over 300,000,000 used tires are disposed of every year or, to put it another way, every year every person in the United States a produces a used tire. What becomes of all this waste?

Luckily there are many end markets for used tires because of an active recycling industry spawned over 40 years ago.

Tire Derived Products (TDP) have physical properties, including low density and high permeability, which are beneficial for various applications. TDP have applications in engineering projects, recreational facilities, agriculture, roads and buildings.

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We used them in the walls of our garage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nokcae6OKDE