The EcoGrrl Interview: Kat

Kat

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Kat is a friend of a friend who it feels like I’ve been emailing back and forth with for eons (she works in the tech startup space here in Portland, like me) and I can’t wait to one day share a glass of vino with her when we meet beyond the virtual world!!!

What or who inspires you most?
My mom – corny I know but she is amazing.  She turns 80 this year and runs circles around me.  Growing up she worked full time as a teacher, home cooked for 5 every night, kept the house and yard looking pristine, made plates of many different types of cookies for all the neighbors during the holidays, AND sewed many of our clothes, including chic outfits for Barbies.  I can’t do a tenth of what she did.

What do you turn to when you need strength?
Red Wine 🙂

How can women best support and/or empower other women?
This is a great question, because so often I think women view other women as a threat to: job, boyfriend/husband/partner, etc.  I think women need to unite and remember that by helping each other to achieve in their lives – workplace, home – that we all benefit.  And to remember those who helped you when you can pay back the favor, remember them.

What do you love to grow? What would you like to try growing someday?
I love to grow flowers – esp. calla lilies.  They bring me joy every time I see them.  I as well love to grow herbs so I have fresh herbs whenever I want/need them.  I would like to try my hand at a lemon and a lime tree (in Portland)

What are your creative outlets?  Is there anything you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t?
Interior decorating – I love it and have an eye and knack for it.

In what environment(s) do you feel most in your element?
Surrounded by good friends.

Who are your top three nonprofits you support and/or volunteer with and why?

  • Oregon Humane Society – I am an animal loving freak and cannot stand the thought of abuse of creatures.
  • Oregon Food Bank – I want to support and help my community in my own back yard.
  • Kiva – it is a super cool org that touches lives all over the world and it is a feel good org – you’re helping others achieve dreams and/or giving them better tools to improve their situations.

What recent “green” change have you made in your own life?  What’s next?
We use reusable containers for leftovers, and items that we may have used plastic wrap previously.

Where in the world do you consider a sanctuary?  Why?  
My bed with my pillows, my dog, my beau and lots of books and good wine.  This is where I can be and am myself 100%.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Start putting some/any money into a 401(k)!!!

How can we as a society be more radical in supporting a healthy planet?
Teach, teach, teach you/me/everyone has an impact and an input on prevention of destruction of the planet

What sparked your interest in environmental issues?   What’s the first “eco” thing you ever did?
Seeing all the litter in my neighborhood and in my world travels.  Huge pet peeve.  Don’t know if this qualifies as an “eco” thing, but I always was the person in the neighborhood that picked up trash/litter on my street.

How do you live simply?
Try not to be an overconsumer.  I ask myself – Do I realllly need it?  However, when it comes to books, regardless if I need it or not, I’m going to get it!  Books/magazines are my one crutch.  I do trade books via Paperbackswap.com which is ‘recycling’, so not as much guilt.

Could you leave us with a favorite quote of yours?
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” ~ Mark Twain

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