Welcome to the brand new Green Biz Wichita blog! As we start this endeavor, I thought it might be helpful for you to learn a little bit about me.
My name is Catherine and I am a student at Friends University in the Masters in Environmental Studies Program. Having grown up in British Columbia, Canada, I have always cared about the environment. As a kid, I spent a lot of time outdoors and came to value nature. In the summer I played in a "fort" with rooms delineated by spruce boughs and tree roots. In the fall I had to be careful walking from the bus stop (at the end of the driveway) to the house because there might be a black bear in the vicinity.
One of my favorite winter memories is cross-country skiing to the end of our road and off into the forest. We would follow tracks made by snowmobiles to a frozen pond. There we replaced our skis and boots with ice skates. I was terrible at ice skating, but there was something amazing and simple about being able to enjoy the natural ice and not have to drive into town to an ice rink.
In light of my background I have been contemplating what I might have to offer to Green Biz and its members. I hope that I will be able to share what I am learning in my classes and in my own personal environmental experiments. I know that I also have a lot to learn from the members of Green Biz. I believe that each step we take (no matter how insignificant it might seem) to reduce our environmental footprint is one small and step for "envirokind."