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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Vertical Gardens

Jul 20, 2017

If you’re short on space but want to get into gardening, or if you’re interested in bringing a green living space inside, then consider a vertical garden.  There are a few ways to begin growing your upright garden and you should consider your space and the aesthetic you want to achieve.  You can build your own vertical planting space by attaching hanging planters to a standing wood pallet or hang them from your ceiling.  You could create a living art work by using a planting tray that can be hung like

Plant Protein

Jul 19, 2017

Many vegetarians are familiar with the protein dilemma, but as grocery prices continue to rise, we carnivores are also looking for inexpensive alternatives to animal protein.  Meat, eggs, and dairy may be the most obvious sources of protein in your diet, but there are plenty of plant based protein sources to choose from!  And plant based proteins offer more fiber and less cholesterol than their animal based counterparts. 

As you well know, the heat in South Carolina can be sweltering.  So when Fido’s out and about running errands with you, never leave him in the car!  Even on a relatively cool day, the temperatures inside your car can increase forty degrees every hour and on hot days, temperatures can reach one hundred and twenty degrees in a matter of minutes.  

The itch of insect bites can be unbearable, but there are many natural ways to help ease the itch.  You can use tea tree oil to take out the sting of that bug bite, or combine corn starch with water to create a paste that help ease the itch.  The pain of bee stings can be relieved with a fresh sliced lemon.  First, remove any piece of the stinger that remains and then cut a slice of lemon and place it over the bite.  

You’ve recently taken the time to downsize your stuff, but at the end of the day, there will always be a few items you’ll need to store somewhere, right?  Think about some of these sneaky storage ideas.  If you were lucky enough to clear out a closet and need an office space, convert that closet into a corner office. 

Downsize Your Stuff

Jul 13, 2017

For most of us, it can be difficult to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.  From consuming less energy to buying less stuff, living green is a commitment.  But a good place to start is downsizing what you already have.  Take stock of what you have, and then consider what you really need.  Your closet probably has some clothing you don’t wear or that no longer fits, so take some time to clear out some of the clutter. 

It seems like everyone has their nose buried in their Smartphone these days.  Granted, there are a lot of great applications for these intelligent phones.  From checking the security of your home to checking the weather, Smartphones can do some really amazing things.  But what impact are these phones having on your power bill and our environment? 

Ghost Energy

Jul 11, 2017

There’s a silent thief in your home that could be costing you a load of money on your power bill.  Its call ghost energy and it’s a terrifying thing!  That glowing clock on the stove or microwave that isn’t actually in use, that’s ghost energy.  And the TV or home entertainment system in standby mode waiting to be powered up, that’s ghost energy too. 

DIY Summer Shorts

Jul 10, 2017

The warm weather is the perfect time for wearing shorts, but instead of buying new, try making your own trendy shorts at home.  With a few materials and some easy tips, you could be showing off your stems in style and save money at the same time.

We’ve been talking this week about being prepared for hurricane season.  You definitely want to have an emergency kit at home and an emergency plan in place in the case of dangerous weather. 

If you remember Hugo, then you know how important hurricane preparedness can be.  Remember, it’s not just the wind you should worry about but flooding as well.  Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re prepared for this hurricane season. 

Hurricane Season

Jul 5, 2017

We’re in the midst of hurricane season, a time when warm ocean water fuels storms allowing them to grow into tropical depressions, and then tropical storms, until finally an area of disturbed weather can become a potentially dangerous hurricane. 

So you know that you should wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, but let’s talk about how to protect your eyes from the sun and why you should wear sunglasses.  UV damage in the eyes adds up over time, so the sooner you start protecting your peepers, the better. 

Sun Safety

Jul 3, 2017

Summer is here and as the temperature rises, so does your risk for skin damage.  More than one million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed each year in the US.  So remember to protect yourself from the sun by following these tips next time you head outside. 

A few years ago when the recession hit hard and Americans were beginning to really pinch pennies, the term “Staycation,” became popular.  What is a Staycation, you ask?  Put simply, it means to stay at home for vacation rather than taking a trip.  Not only can this type of vacation help you save money, but it’s certainly very eco-friendly in terms of the gas you’ll save by not driving or flying to a destination.  

Summer is here and that means that it may be time to start planning your family vacation.  If you’re planning on heading to the theme park, try to think about ways to make the trip greener.  For example, save gas and spend less time in the car by choosing a theme park closer to home.  And skip the souvenirs as much as possible. 

During the dog days of summer who wants to slave away over a hot stove? Well with these simple tips not only can you beat the heat, but you can also reduce your energy bill. Salads are always a cool crowd pleaser, but you can also prepare entrees and side dishes without taking any heat.

So, you know that the electric coffee grinder, can opener, electric knife, juicer, and stand mixer can all be donated out of your kitchen to save energy and money, but which kitchen gadgets should you hang on to according to Consumer Reports?  Keep your rice cooker for sure.  Although this electric gadget does use energy, it’s preferable to turning on the stove to cook rice. 

We’re all looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint, but what about your kitchen cookprint?  Consumer Reports coined that term to describe the energy needed to cook the food we eat.  As a result, they listed five small kitchen gadgets to ditch and five to keep.  First up, donate these items out of your kitchen as they use a lot of energy but have better, eco friendly cousins. 

Safe Food Handling

Jun 23, 2017

You know that keeping a clean kitchen is the first step in deterring unwanted pests, but safe and proper food handling is the key to keeping your family healthy.  Follow these simple rules in the kitchen to ensure your family is protected from bacteria.  First make sure you wash your hands and kitchen surfaces often.  Rinse all fruits and vegetables and clean cutting boards between food items. 

We live in a disposable society and all too often, we throw away food items that have simply gone bad while sitting in the refrigerator.  But an organized food storage scheme can help save money and time.  Keep a permanent marker nearby so that you can date items as they go into the refrigerator.  This works well for take-out boxes and left-over’s. 

Plastic sandwich bags are a handy way to send lunch to school with the kids, or bring lunch items to work with you. But have you ever considered re-usable alternatives to those baggies?  Using a lunch box instead of a disposable brown bag is great, but the items inside your lunch box can be re-usable too! 

Landscaping and yard decorating, whether you hire someone to do the work or garden yourself, can be costly.  So, before you purchase lawn features, consider items that you may already have.  For example, an old bed frame can be set up in the yard as a “flower bed.” 

Scrap Paper Ideas

Jun 19, 2017

In an office or school, scrap paper can really pile up.  Rather than throwing it away and before your recycle it, try these ideas to give scrap paper a longer shelf life.  Instead of using fresh paper, print any first drafts of school essays on the reverse side of scrap paper.  This idea can also apply to work memos and emails. 

We’ve been talking all week about ways to improve your fuel economy when walking or biking isn’t feasible and there are a number of things that you can do to decrease emissions while increasing your miles per gallon.  For example, try not to carry more in your car than is necessary, especially when it comes to heavy items. 

So, you know that you should observe speed limits and use your cruise control when possible to increase your fuel efficiency, but what other things can you do to help save money at the fuel pump?  One easy way to reduce emissions is to stagger your work hours to avoid peak rush hours or ask your employer if you can telecommute, or work from home.  It’s simple, the fewer cars on the road, the lower the emissions in our atmosphere! 

There are many ways to improve your fuel efficiency while driving, like maintaining a steady speed and using your cruise control on the highway, but have you thought about car maintenance as a way to increase your miles per gallon?  You should take care of your car and keep your engine properly tuned.  According to the US Department of Energy, fixing a serious maintenance issue, like a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40%! 

We’ve talked about ways to reduce your carbon emissions, like walking or biking instead of driving and bringing a bag lunch to work instead of going out for take-out.  But there are ways to be more fuel efficient when you drive.  For instance, drive at steady pace- rapid accelerations can waste gas.  Aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by as much as 33% at highway speeds and as much as 5% in town. 

We’re all looking for ways to help the environment and one simple way to do that is to walk or bike to work.  Start training for that half marathon by jogging to your workplace.  Human powered modes of transit conserve fossil fuels, and the extra activity will get you in shape quickly!  Do you live too far from work to walk or bike?  Surely there’s a trip you would normally take in your car that you could walk instead. 

DIY Tricks Part 2

Jun 9, 2017

We’re always looking for a quick and easy way to save energy and money and sometimes it’s as simple as turning off the light when you leave a room.  But there are other small things you can do every day to save energy.  For instance, set your computer or laptop to go to sleep after 10 minutes of nonuse.  Purchasing big ticket items like a patio grill on the off season can save a little money, too.