• Thunder and lignin

    Calvin Frost July 21, 2014
    I just sent $50 to Friends of the Earth.  I don’t know how they found me but they did.  I suppose I’m on every “green” list in the world and most of the time the request for money falls on deaf ears. The messages are…

  • It’s all about people

    June 2, 2014
    People really do make a difference. Sure, when we talk about driving change to more sustainable practices, it’s stewardship. But, at the end of the day, it is focus and commitment by individuals that effect change.  There are several stori…

  • Going public

    Calvin Frost April 15, 2014
    For the last month or so I’ve been caught between religion and safety culture.  I’m not sure why, but it’s happened (am I getting older?). I can’t seem to make them connect: one is so subjective and the other totally blac…

  • Safety first

    Calvin Frost March 13, 2014
    I’ve always tried to develop a relevant analogy, a story line, when writing about complex topics. I try to “cozy” my way in, trying to get your attention. I believe it works. The trick, of course, is to find a thread, a theme which…

  • Wanted: due diligence

    Calvin Frost January 24, 2014
    We just finished reading Psalm 46 the other Sunday morning in church. Our pastor had begun his sermon and I was urging myself to listen. But something from Psalm 46 kept tugging at me. I couldn’t concentrate. I kept thinking of verse 7, which r…

  • Concern for byproduct

    Calvin Frost November 21, 2013
    Contrary to my pal CD’s contention that there is no scientific data that supports rising temperatures and an escalation of greenhouse gas emissions, a paper published in the journal Nature says, “the coldest year in the future will be war…

  • A complex relationship

    Calvin Frost October 14, 2013
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (in Old English, The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, is the story of a sailor who has returned from a long sea voyage.  The Mariner stops a man who is on his way to a wedding and begins t…

  • Coke gets it

    Coke gets it

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor September 13, 2013
    I thought it would be fun to share with you some of the items that I come across during my readings. Beach reading? Not quite, but I call this “summer” column a potpourri of information. I’ll return to my normal messages and ruminat…

  • Understanding balance

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor July 17, 2013
    I don’t get it. British Petroleum (BP), causing one of the world’s most catastrophic ecological disasters in the Gulf of Mexico, is still trying to take the easy way out at their Whiting, Indiana refinery. This is the company that admitte…

  • Getting it right

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor May 31, 2013
    My comments in this issue are really a sequel to my last column. I know I irritated some readers, particularly Professors Susan Brantley and Anna Meyerdorff. Additionally, I’ve had any number of emails saying I’m all wet and don’t u…

  • What the Frack?

    Calvin Frost April 10, 2013
    I’d like to spend 24 hours with Susan Brantley and Anna Meyendorff.  Susan is a “distinguished” professor of Geosciences and Director of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at Pennsylvania University.  She is als…

  • Healthy relationships

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor March 13, 2013
    It is probably more difficult to affect culture change than develop a meaningful relationship. Let me try to explain. I was thinking about health and safety (and health insurance) and wondered if “relationships,” internal and external, ar…

  • Music, nature and measurement

    Calvin Frost January 23, 2013
    Dave Brubeck died. Many of you may not know him. Many of you may not recognize his sound, his music. Those who knew him and listened to his sound realize he was a genius. In my view, he was as creative and innovative as the three B’s: Bach, Bra…

  • The burden of bioplastics

    Calvin Frost, Contributing Editor November 29, 2012
    Alexander Watson Associates (AWA) has just completed its first edition of the Pressure Sensitive Label Waste Management Report. It’s a summary of where waste is generated in our supply chain, the complexity of logistics and packaging, and the d…

  • Do you believe?

    Calvin Frost October 9, 2012
    Since I’ve been writing this column I’ve tried to follow a schedule of topics that I believe are important and interesting to our industry. I create the schedule late in the fall and as the year progresses gather information on a topic in…

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