The Daily Kos reported this morning on the Soul Kitchen, a restaurant chain created in 2011 by Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea, in his (and Calley’s) home state of New Jersey. The Soul Kitchen is specifically geared to serve members of the community who might otherwise not have enough to eat. Patrons are served regardless of their ability to pay, and treated with dignity and respect. There are no prices on the menus, and people can pay by donation. Donations can cover the meals of the person or family, or be greater than that to ‘pay it forward’ for others who need to eat. Payment can also be made in the form of volunteering in the kitchen, as wait staff, or in the organic gardens, among other options.
So far, there are not only two restaurants, but a one-acre community garden that grows organic produce for both kitchens. During the coronavirus, Jon has joined others in the kitchen to wash dishes as they continue to serve the hungry. Usually run on volunteer power (as well as paid help), the restaurant is no longer allowing volunteers to work, but encouraging them to pick up meals and take them home, and then return again the next day for more! Check out the full article, and rest assured that good is coming to the surface as we all work together to weather this storm.
Bravo Jon Bon Jovi!
GOOD NEWS IN A NUTSHELL! This trailblazing Canadian company is building a new standard for sustainability since they started recycling the bulk of their municipal plastic waste into lumber.
Roughly 80% of the plastic recyclables collected throughout Halifax, Nova Scotia are now being processed by Goodwood Plastic Products Ltd so they can be turned into building blocks.
The plastic lumber can be drilled, nailed, glued, and handled the same way as wooden lumber—but without any of the same deterioration.
Read the whole story HERE!
GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL!
This office building was built with 165,312 screws with intent to allow for all building components to be recycled when the building outlives its purpose. Comprised mostly of wood, it is designed in ways that allow for more use of natural light and has many other features that are environmentally friendly.
One amazing aspect is that solar panels over the parking lot charge electric cars (the system uses bidirectional charging, so the cars can send energy back to the building when it needs electricity). Changing rooms and showers encourage commuters to bike, and the site is near a train station. A green roof captures rainwater for flushing toilets. The office uses geothermal heating and cooling.
We read it first at Optimist Daily or you can read the full article here.
GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL!
Actor Ted Danson spoke so clearly to congress about the critical need to initiate policies to curb the production and use of one-use plastics, praising the European Union and Peru for their phased bans on the sale, import, and production of one-use plastics. This article is a worthy read and a nutshell of all the issues involved.
Consider one: If plastic were a country, it would be the fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. That’s unacceptable.
We need everyone to find their voice and step up to the plate as Ted Danson has done. Click here for the full story!
GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL! Optimist Daily is collecting and sharing articles on the marvels of mushrooms. From meat substitutes to fighting depression, curing tuberculosis and metabolizing plastic into organic material, mushrooms are emerging as superpowers. Click on the photo above to read nine articles sharing the amazing wonders of mushrooms.
GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL! Scientists have found a way to harvest spawning baby corals who have survived a bleaching episode caused by a heatwave, nurture them until they are ready to plant and redistribute them on degraded reefs.
This approach, called “larval restoration,” can be done by hand, but the robot can help cover much larger areas or 1,500 square meters in an hour. Learn more here.
GREAT NEWS IN A NUTSHELL! Doctors are teaming with the Montreal Museum of Fine Art to offer prescription passes to patients. These prescriptions can be ‘refilled’ at will, and allow patients and family members access to the museum. In addition, the museum has hired a full-time art therapist who sees 1,200 patients per year.
It’s a fascinating story that might also point to new possibilities for art museums eager to play important roles in their local communities by teaching people to learn from and engage with art.
In Canada, an incredible new program allows doctors to prescribe museum visits to their patients. Hyperallergic’s Zachary Small visited the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to talk with Stephen Legari, the first full-time art therapist on staff at a North American museum (he sees 1,200 patients a year), about his work in the city’s encyclopedic museum and what role art can plan in healing.
It’s a fascinating story that might also point to new possibilities for art museums eager to play important roles in their local communities by teaching people to learn from and engage with art. Listen to the podcast here.