Sea Horse Ranch For #NaturallyDR Green Travel Girl Trip Is Organic

Sea Horse Ranch is a luxury oceanfront villa resort ​and hotel ​on the north coast of the Dominican Republic​, ​offering exclusivity in a setting that is among the Caribbean’s best.

Distinctive amenities include a first-class Equestrian Center, Tennis Club, seaside pools and gourmet restaurant, ​The Beach Club. ​A perfect mix of ​Caribbean elegance and island laissez​-​faire ​welcomes all guests to feel at home.

Sea Horse Ranch

The ​Caribbean real estate offerings ​at Sea Horse Ranch include a luxury resort hotel in Cabarete​, ​villas for sale​ and ​rent, and home sites for building​.​ ​The extraordinary gated community of Sea Horse Ranch, designed by award-winning architects Edward Durrell Stone & Associates, was developed with a master plan that preserves the natural environment with over 250 acres of inspiring lush terrain.
As The NY Times reported:

Sea Horse Ranch, in which the villa is situated, is a resort of more than 250 acres designed by the architects Edward Durell Stone & Associates and built largely in the 1990s. The gated development has a beach club and restaurant, a tennis club, and an equestrian center and riding trails. Sea Horse Ranch is about a 10-minute drive from two oceanfront towns that offer shopping, restaurants and night life: Cabarete, with about 37,500 people, and the larger Sosúa, with about 70,000 residents. Puerto Plata’s international airport is about a 15-minute drive from Sea Horse Ranch, and Cibao International Airport in Santiago is about 1.5 hours away.

Sea Horse Ranch is proud to announce that our very own organic garden, Villa Orgánica, is now certified USDA Organic. Sea Horse Ranch began collaborating with gardener extraordinaire Carlos Juan Rodriguez, and well-known Dominican artist and environmentalist, Chichi Garcia Cordero in 2016 to create an organic garden. In our quest to create Mother Earth magic in our little corner of the world, we have achieved an important goal in becoming USDA certified organic.

Sourcing: Amanda Monique @amandamonique1_wanderlust, The Original Green Travel Girl
Sea Horse Ranch

Green is for Organics

Voluntary Container Color Standard Recommended by Consortium of Organics Collection Organizations and Agencies

Keep America Beautiful
, U.S. Composting Council Joined by Other Nonprofit and Government Organizations to Improve Recycling and Organics Collection

LOS ANGELES, Calif. & WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 24, 2017) – National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and the United States Composting Council (USCC) today announced that they, along with five other participating nonprofits and government agencies, recommend designating green as the voluntary container color standard for organics collection containers. This initiative was simultaneously announced at the USCC’s 25th Annual Conference in Los Angeles and at the Keep America Beautiful National Conference in Washington, D.C., both taking place through Jan. 26.
The voluntary standard has been established to address one of the key barriers to more effective recycling and organics collection, beyond convenience. 

Key factors supporting the recommendation of green as the preferred container color for organics collection containers are:

A distinct, consistent color for organics containers provides a visual cue for program participants that studies indicate will likely increase recognition of the purpose of the container and the quality of recovered material;

A distinct color that is different from the color used for trash and recycling collection containers can increase recovery; and

Consistency in messaging across jurisdictions – including the use of container color – helps to minimize confusion and contamination.

The initial organizations joining Keep America Beautiful and USCC in recommending this voluntary standard include: the City and County of San Francisco, GreenBlue, National Recycling Coalition, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Seattle Public Utilities and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Additional organizations are expected to join the “Organics Collection Container” working group and support adoption of the voluntary standard throughout the year.

“According to the U.S. EPA, food waste makes up 21 percent of municipal solid waste that is landfilled,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “While consumers’ first effort should be to reduce food waste, once the food waste is generated we’ll improve organics collection by taking the simple step of standardizing the color of the organics collection containers. And we’ll have the residual benefit of providing quality feedstock for composting.”
“Education and identification of containers and proper ways of recycling food scraps is critical to one of the compost manufacturer’s biggest challenges: contamination. This project will help to clarify organics containers and capture more organics for composting,” said Frank Franciosi, USCC Executive Director.

Importance of Color
According to an online survey regarding trash and recycling container color, shape and signage, 79 percent of survey participants identified blue containers as recycling bins. Survey respondents were least certain about the color of a compost container – 51 percent selected brown and 41 percent selected green. Brown was also associated with trash for many respondents, suggesting that green may be the most appropriate color for organics collection.

The study was conducted online by Keep America Beautiful in partnership with Monique M. Turner, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Prevention and Community Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, at The George Washington University, and included 697 participants.
Additional research on color, cognition and recycling, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, hypothesized that the visual salience of recycling bins encourages recycling behavior, presumably through a peripheral route of persuasion. In this study, recycling bins and trash bins of the same shape and size were paired as either “Green Recycling Bin/Grey Trash Bin” or “Grey Recycling Bin/Grey Trash Bin.” All bins were labeled as either “Trash” or “Recycle” in black on white background. Forty-eight undergraduate students participated in the study and were randomly assigned to either the high-salience (green/grey) or low-salience (grey/grey) conditions.  

Researchers found that:
52 percent used recycling bin in the grey/grey condition (signage distinction only); and

88 percent used recycling bin in the grey/green condition.

Thus, color can affect the user and consequently trigger the associated desired behavior.   

Finally, color can be an important visual cue for communicating a message regarding what the container is designed to be used for. In a branding context, color is often noted as offering “an instantaneous method for conveying meaning and message without words.”

The working group gathered information about color associations adopted in curbside collection programs across the country. It has been noted that green is the most commonly adopted color used for organics collection containers.

Sources: Keep America Beautiful,, U.S. Composting Council

New Study: GOP donors install as much solar as Dems

A surprising new report showing that as many Republican donors install solar as Democratic donors. 

A few highlights from the study include:– They used proprietary PowerScout data, w/ machine learning and image recognition, to analyze the rooftops of 1.5 million political donors in 20 states and determine whether or not they had solar panels installed

– In mature solar markets like CA and HI, Republicans and Democrats install solar at equal rates

– In nascent markets, Democrats have a slightly higher installation rates than Republicans

The original report is posted here (LINK).

Seattle Author Discusses Environmental Issues and Teen Involvement

C.J. Quinn is a middle grade author whose book brings environmental awareness issues to teens via the genre of fantasy. She speaks out about environmental issues, after traveling the world and seeing for herself the peril of danger the Earth is in. She also speaks out how it is important for young people to get involved and how reading is actually a great way to inspire environmental activism in youth.

Some say a Trump Cabinet could put our environment on course for a ‘danger zone.’

The outpouring of youth activism for environmental awareness, however, is encouraging. Environmental activist and middle grade author C.J. Quinn says the key to inspiring our youth to continue on this path, or to become awakened for the first time, can be found in reading. Quinn also believes youth are the answer to what may seem like a setback in environmental protection progress.

Empowering, thoughtful, and timely, Quinn discussed the following:

Ideas on how to make energy profitable for oil companies

Why we need to focus on examples of what is happening in our world such as ocean acidification or air pollution in cities such as the recent closure of commerce in Delhi, India, (it is so smoggy, no one can go outside)

Why it’s difficult to change someone’s outlook that is engrained in them, which is why it’s important our youth are educated

How she believes the genre of fantasy can help middle school students become empowered and awakened by environmental issues

How the genre of fantasy is an especially important vehicle for transferring sometimes challenging and complex ideas to our youth

C.J. Quinn is the author of Talia and the Capture of Wrath, a middle grade fantasy novel that promotes environmental awareness. After traveling the world, she settled down to start a family, which has proven to be the biggest adventure yet. She currently resides in Seattle with her family.

Talia and the Capture of Wrath is available via Amazon wherever books are sold. The audio version of Talia and the Capture of Wrath was released November, 2016.

Find C.J. Quinn on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and at

Sublime Samana was truly Sublime in the Dominican Republic Green Travel Trip

While on the paid trip, Amanda Farrar went to stay at the amazing Sublime Samana resort. She was treated to messages and local organic cuisine. 

Tucked away between the lush, green tropical jungle clad hills and fine-sand beaches of the Samaná Peninsula lies Sublime Samana, a modern yet elegant luxury resort and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Here, the warm sea breezes and the soothing sound of the waves crashing against the shore transport you to a relaxed state of mind.

Indulge in coconut-inspired treatments at Coconut Whispers Spa. Savor fresh catch-of-the-day specials at the beachside palapa or local garden-to-table Mediterranean cuisine at Bistro.

Sourcing: Amanda Monique @amandamonique1_wanderlust, The Original Green Travel Girl
Sourcing: Amanda Monique @amandamonique1_wanderlust, The Original Green Travel Girl
Sourcing: Amanda Monique @amandamonique1_wanderlust, The Original Green Travel Girl
Sourcing: Amanda Monique @amandamonique1_wanderlust, The Original Green Travel Girl

Stroke your arms under a waterfall, paddle your way through the spirited waves, bask in the sun, witness humpback whales frolicking along the coast, and at the end of the day retreat to a luxurious contemporary suite. 

Source: Sublime Samana
Source: Sublime Samana
Sublime Samana
Source: Sublime Samana