Starre Speaks at Pace University’s “Blogging a Better Planet” Class (Video)

Andrew Revkin is one of the reasons I started writing about the environment in the first place, and he is one of the few reporters who was covering environmental issues before they became commonplace (environmental reporting only became widely-covered topic within the last decade, thanks in part to early bloggers’ tenacity and dedication to the issues, and journalists like Revkin.) We were also neighbors back in my hometown of Garrison, New York, for a time.

So I was so honored to be a guest speaker in Revkin’s “Blogging a Better Planet” class at Pace University (well, virtually) last night. Here’s what I had to say in response to his questions about how I got my start with Eco-Chick, whether I consider myself a journalist, and why I think I’m well-suited to the blogging medium.

According to Revkin’s Wikipedia bio: A reporter for the New York Times from 1995-2009, Revkin currently writes the Dot Earth environmental blog for The Times’ Opinion Pages. He is also Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University, as well as a songwriter and musician.

Starre Vartan at TedXYouth@Hewitt: The Story of Eco Chick and Eco Chick Escapes

Starre Vartan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Eco Chick and its sister site, EcoChick Escapes, all about ethical travel and style.

She’s the author of The Eco-Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Press), a pro blogger and oft-quoted green living expert who has been featured in the New York Times, Elle, Glamour and Self magazines.

She is currently a contributor to The Huffington Post, Inhabitat, and Hearst’s The Daily Green, and is editor-at-large for Coco Eco Magazine and contributor-at-large for Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine, and the lifestyle columnist for MNN.com.

Previous positions have included columnist for Audubon magazine, Editor of Greenopia.com, and science writer at Friends of Animals. She holds a BS in Geology and a BA in English from Syracuse University and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.

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