Treasure Chest

FAVORITE RESOURCES, PRODUCTS, AND WEBSITES

Below are links to some of my favorite things. I receive no commission, compensation, or incentives for promoting anything here. Rather, I show them in attempt to raise awareness of organizations and companies that I “believe in”— and to share resources, materials, and products that I find helpful and that I think may be helpful to others.

Horticulture & Botany

“USDA Plants Database: plant list of accepted nomenclature, taxonomy, and symbols. The plants database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.”

“The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones.”

“Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.”

“Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and a National Historic Landmark.”

“We conserve and promote America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.”

Progressive Products

“Our products are all made from natural ingredients with no chemical additives to ensure non-toxicity and allow for complete composting and biodegradability. They are incredibly environmentally friendly as they break down back into CO2, water and biomass, which are renewable resources and they don’t leach any toxins into the environment whilst breaking down.”

“Certified American Grown (CAG) represents a unified and diverse community of American cut flower and foliage farmers from the United States. Consumers spend almost $27 billion per year on floral products, and while the majority of consumers would prefer to buy locally grown flowers, only a small percentage sold in the United States are grown here.”

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Ecology

Population Media uses entertainment-education and mass media to promote social and cultural change by addressing the interconnected issues of the full rights of women and girls, population, and the environment. Our goals are to empower people to live healthier and more prosperous lives and to stabilize global population at a level at which people can live sustainably with the world’s renewable resources.”

IPBES, The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, is an independent intergovernmental body established by States to strengthen the science-policy interface for biodiversity and ecosystem services for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, long-term human well-being and sustainable development.”

The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization, is developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. When we have achieved our goal of a 90% reduction in ocean plastic, our project is finished and our work will be done.

“Population Matters campaigns to achieve a sustainable human population, to protect the natural world and improve people’s lives. We promote positive, practical, ethical solutions – encouraging smaller families, inspiring people to reduce excessive consumption and helping us all to live within our planet’s natural limits. We believe everyone should have the freedom and ability to choose a smaller family. We support human rights, women’s empowerment and global justice.”

The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization, is developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. When we have achieved our goal of a 90% reduction in ocean plastic, our project is finished and our work will be done.

The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization, is developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. When we have achieved our goal of a 90% reduction in ocean plastic, our project is finished and our work will be done.

Music

“…the product of collaboration of Tchaikovsky scholars and enthusiasts worldwide… Contributors include Brett Langston, Alexander Poznansky, Luis Sundkvist, Valery Sokolov, Lucinde Braun, Ronald de Vet, Jean-Pierre Mabille, Thomas Kohlhase, Alexander Komarov, Henry Zajaczkowski, Uwe Sauerteig, Yuliya White and Anna-Maria Leonard.”

“…for me the sheer kinetic energy of Rameau makes him one of the most vivid dance composers before Stravinsky. His rhythms are compelling and propulsive, and his orchestrations are hugely inventive. Rameau has an iridescent sense of instrumental color that I think of as particularly French, a trait you can trace down through Berlioz and Ravel to Boulez and Gérard Grisey.”

—Robert Mealy

Humanitarian

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. We all have a stake in each other’s success. We all benefit when a child succeeds in school, when someone finds a job that sustains a family, or when more people get quality, affordable health care. The solutions we create for communities around the world go beyond short-term charity for a few.

The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To end and prevent homeessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experienceing homelessness are met and their civiil rights are respected and protected.

Architecture & Design

Helpful general resource for architects.