Cathy Bradberry

Host, Producer

Cathy Bradberry has worked for South Carolina Public Radio for more than 10 years. Currently host and producer of Earth Sense She started by managing operations on weekends and producing local content. She currently produces a number of daily programs ranging in topics from classical music to recycling and education. She has received a Masters in Education from Columbia College. As Production Manager for Song Travels, Bradberry coordinates all stages of production and corresponds with artists, talent agencies, and studios.

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One great way to conserve energy and save money on your power bill is to change the setting on you thermostat.  Set your home temperatures to 68 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer.  Each degree higher or lower can significantly decrease your heating costs in the winter and your cooling costs in the summer. 

Light Pollution

Apr 20, 2017

Pollution comes in many forms and in 1988 the International Dark-Sky Association was founded to combat the problem of light pollution.  The IDA defines light pollution as any adverse effect of artificial light including sky glow, glare, light trespass, light clutter, decreased visibility at night, and energy waste.  Their mission is to preserve and protect the nighttime environment and our heritage of dark skies through environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. 

Open Burning

Apr 19, 2017

Open burning, or burning anything outdoors, is a common way to get rid or leaves and limbs, clear farm lands, and dispose of trash, but this method pollutes the air and often causes brush, residential, or forest fires.  In some instances, burning is illegal and can carry a hefty fine.  In South Carolina, it is illegal to burn trash in a burn barrel, but did you know that it’s also illegal to burn paper and cardboard as well as paint, electrical wires, tires, plastics, and roofing materials?

SC Farmer's Markets

Apr 18, 2017

The Local and Slow food movements are gaining ground in South Carolina and your farmer’s market is a great place to find fresh, regional, and organic food while you support community farms and the local economy.

Reducing your Carbon Footprint has been a popular topic for a long while now, but what exactly is a Carbon Footprint, and what contributes to the size of your footprint?  Basically, the Carbon Footprint is a measure of how the products and services we use affect the environment.  This is often expressed as the amount of Carbon Dioxide emitted as a result of making consumer goods or using various forms of energy. 


Apr 14, 2017

Pesticides can be helpful in your garden to keep plants free from destructive insects, but some pesticides can wreak havoc on the environment.  The Department of Health and Environment Control has released a South Carolina Smart Gardener Handbook which has great information about things you can do to avoid using pesticides and other chemicals. 

Energy Star Labels

Apr 13, 2017

The Energy Star label has become a benchmark by which we measure many appliances and other products in the US, but how did this rating start and what does it really mean?  In 1992, the US Environmental Protection Agency established Energy Star to designate products that use energy efficiently and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.  The label began appearing on office equipment and residential heating and cooling systems.  Then, in 1996, the US Department of Energy partnered with the EPA to include appliances, lighting, home electronics and more. 

Think about using alternatives to household paper products.  I’m talking about paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper.  Americans use 741 pounds of paper each year, and 40 per cent of all trash in US landfills consists of paper.  Rather than using all those paper towels, try reusable cloth towels that can be washed with the laundry.  Or use a sponge to clean up kitchen messes- leaving a sponge standing on its side to dry will allow them to dry quickly and reduces odor. 

Everyone enjoys a beautiful and colorful sunset, but did you know that the most colorful sunsets are the result of air pollution?  The colors you see during sunset, especially those dark red hues, are a result of sunlight refracting through particles, or pollutants, in the atmosphere.  Some of the most polluted cities in the country, like Los Angeles, New York, and even Atlanta, Georgia, have sunsets that tend to be more red than orange. 

Did you know that something as small as changing the temperature setting on your water heater could save energy and money?  By lowering your water heater temperature setting to 120 to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, you can reduce your household energy consumption.  If you’re in the market for a new water heater, look for Energy Star products which have been designed to meet efficiency guidelines. 

Perhaps you’ve heard the news stories confirming the number of bees in on the decline.  This is a major problem not only for the flowers in your garden, but also because it affects the crops we grow and the food we eat.  So help your local bee population by following a few simple steps

When trying to stay healthy and cook hearty meals at home, it can be tempting to just order out for some Chinese food.  But you can make delicious, low calorie and MSG free Asian style noodles at home!  Start with a package of kelp noodles (that’s K E L P noodles).  These are gluten free, low in carbohydrates and can be found at most health food stores. 

Real Food Lunches

Apr 5, 2017

Eating healthy at home is a challenge, but it seems like eating healthy while on the go is an almost insurmountable task!  The best defense in the battle of the bulge is a good plan, and bringing a bag lunch to work, or even sending one to school with your kids can be a good way to curb unhealthy habits.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a good start to any bag lunch, but proteins can be a little tough. 

Spring DIY 2

Apr 4, 2017

Spring has sprung!  Here are some spring do-it-yourself projects help you get into the spirit.  Have you got some old keys lying around?  Upcycle them into a key rack, or by the door stuff holder, by bending the keys into hooks and affixing them to a reclaimed piece of wood.  Old silverware and flatware can be turned into musical wind chimes with a few power tools and hand skills. 

Spring DIY 1

Apr 3, 2017

Spring is here!  And to get you into a “spring” frame of mind, here are a few ideas for Spring Do-it-yourself crafts.  Turn a garden hose into your front door wreath.  Secure the hose with a twist tie, then tie or hot glue silk flowers, garden gloves, or other spring themed items.  Get creative, and try to upcycle items rather than buying new!  Gold some old card stock or scrap paper?  Fold and cut butterfly shapes from the paper, then tape them to a blank wall for a decorative butterfly garden. 

Coconut Ice Cubes

Mar 31, 2017

Coconut water is having a moment right now, and for good reason!  It’s got eighteen times the potassium, nine times the magnesium and half the sodium and sugar of a traditional sports drink. So it’s a good after-work out recovery drink to recover electrolytes and a great way to hydrate.  Coconut water is nature’s sports drink with more potassium than even a banana.  You can drink coconut water, or you could even make coconut ice cubes to add to your cold beverages. 

We all have that t-shirt that has been worn one too many times, or a pair of jeans that is on its last leg.  But before you throw out or give away your old clothes, think about repurposing them into items you can use.  With a few modifications, that old t-shirt could become a produce bag you can re-use and enjoy every time you go to the store.  And if you have a large pile of jeans that your family has outgrown or worn out, cut them into long strips and weave a new rug for the family room. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Mar 29, 2017

The benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar have been touted for years now; they range from boosting energy to helping in the digestion process, and even killing the bacteria that cause bad breath.  If you’re ready to try apple cider vinegar, consider that, like other vinegars, it is very acidic so dilute it – add one tablespoon (or 2 at the most) to a glass of water.  If you drink it straight, it will be very painful. 

NASA Image and Video Gallery

It’s been in the news quite a bit already this year, and South Carolina is already gearing up for an influx of tourists on August 21st.  It’s on that day the moon will completely block the sun and daytime will become a deep twilight.  Many observers who have witnessed a total solar eclipse have described it as emotionally powerful and usually, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Even though much of the country will be able to witness portions of the eclipse, the total eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.  So as you can imagine,

CSE Gardeners

I recently got an email from Michael Frank – better known as Señor Frank to the students of Carolina Springs Elementary School in Lexington, South Carolina.  Señor Frank, the Spanish teacher and the school garden coordinator, sent me some tips about the benefits of double digging raised beds so plants can grow deeper and have access to sub surface moisture reducing the amount of water vegetables need.  Great tip Señor Frank!  As it turns out the Carolina Springs Garden Club, which started as an offshoot from a third grade Spanish unit on the life cycle of plants, has a

So, you’ve done some research, you’ve checked into chicken ordinances in your area, and you’re ready to get started.  One of the first steps toward keeping chickens is building a coop.  First, you’ll need to decide what kind of coop you want to build and what your budget might be. 

Have you ever wondered if shredded paper is a good addition to your compost?  The answer is yes, you can compost shredded paper.  The key here is that you want to avoid colored glossy papers as they can contain some toxic heavy metals. 

Juice Vs. Smoothie

Mar 20, 2017

If you find it difficult to get your five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables a day, then juicing or blending might be a good idea to increase your intake.  Juicing can be a convenient way to get more fruits and veggies and blending smoothies is an easy way to get a lot of nutrients quickly.  But which is better for you, Juice or a smoothie?

Spring Projects

Mar 17, 2017

It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy the weather, but with the cold weather on its way out, this is also a good time for some spring cleaning and summer preparations.  Get out the ladder and clear out those gutters and downspouts.  Take stock of any parts of your home that may not have fared well through the winter.  

Upcycle DIY Crafts

Mar 16, 2017

 One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, but you can make treasures from your trash by using these simple upcycle do it yourself ideas.

Reuse CD's

Mar 15, 2017

Music has gone digital for the most part, and while you keep your favorite CD’s on hand, maybe you have a collection of old CD’s of which you’d like dispose.  You could donate them, try to sell them at a yard sale, or simply recycle them, but you could also use them for crafty ventures.

Yesterday we talked about design and location of your vegetable garden.  Today, let’s talk about how to care for your plants.  Now that you’ve decided to plant a garden, think about creating optimal soil with compost.

Spring is here and this is the perfect time to start thinking about planting a vegetable garden!  Growing your own produce is a good way to stretch your grocery budget and feel confident about the food you serve to your family.

The Paleo Diet

Mar 10, 2017

Perhaps you’ve heard of the latest buzzword diet: the Paleo Diet.  But what is a paleo diet, and why should you give it a try?  Simply put, this diet harkens back to the cavemen, which means you can eat anything a caveman could hunt or gather: grass fed meat, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies and seeds.

Healing Foods

Mar 9, 2017

It seems like common sense, but using food as medicine may be the best way to head off illness before it becomes a problem.  For example, prebiotics and probiotics, those bacteria found in things like yogurt and sauerkraut can help regulate your digestive system and even calm an upset stomach.