How has your commitment to providing education on environmental sustainability impacted the Phoenix hospitality community?
My commitment to sustainability has inspired curiosity in the hospitality industry and started to bridge the gap between two industries that can benefit from one another. I have been able to work with some fantastic causes, and the cocktails I create for these causes open up a dialogue and show people how they can get involved with the solutions to these daunting issues. Being able to discuss issues that impact every person, no matter where they live or what they do for a living, creates a connection and shared experience. Sustainability can be difficult for people to understand and discuss, so making it a drinkable experience allows people to look at the issue through a more positive lens and get excited about contributing to the solutions instead of solely focusing on the negativity of a certain issue. When creating a cocktail based on sustainability, I am asking people to think about this question: How can a community come together to create equitable solutions for all?
Every month I like to provide a wellness challenge to our viewers. Would you be so kind as to provide us with the challenge for September?
For this month's wellness challenge, let's encourage people to find out if and how the urban heat island effect impacts their community. Many people are surprised that the city they live in is also facing this, especially when not living in the desert. If it is a prominent issue in your community, there are many fun ways to get involved, and my favorite is volunteering with a local shade tree planting organization.
If people want to learn more about you and the projects you're working on, how can they do so? (Any social media or website info here)
The best way to follow along my journey with sustainability and hospitality would be to follow my Instagram @aspenblivefree
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