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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Landscaping on a Budget

  Whether you’re a green thumb or have an unruly backyard, landscaping can get terribly expensive.  There are creative and attractive ways to fix up your domain while staying frugal.  A can of paint can do wonders for livening up a space. 

Summer Salads

Aug 3, 2017

Summers in South Carolina are hot, as you well know, so take a break from the heat of the kitchen with these delicious summer salad ideas

Cooking Vegetables

Aug 2, 2017

Vegetables are good year-round, but if you’re getting bored with the same old recipes, perhaps you should re-think the way you prepare vegetables

A leafy green salad is a delicious appetizer or delicious meal on its own, but the ingredient that can make or break a great salad is the dressing!  Whether it’s Thousand Island, Ranch, or acidic vinaigrette, you can make your own salad dressing at home to save money. 

Picnic Food Safety

Jul 31, 2017

A picnic at the park or on the beach can be great fun in the warmer months, but it’s important that your food arrives safely to prevent food borne illnesses

The old adage goes, “if you fail to plan, plan to fail.”  And while we don’t generally feel like failures when eating lunch, a little planning can go a long way.  Whether it’s your lunch or bagged lunches for your kids, plan ahead, really far ahead!  Small jelly jars are perfect for freezing soups, individual portions, and one-dish meals.


Eating well can be tough when your time is so precious- all too often, we choose the quickest food options rather than the healthiest ones.  But if you’re interested in getting into the smoothie craze, here’s a great time saving idea: spend ten minutes packing smoothie freezer packs that you can blend and enjoy on the go.  

When remodeling a space or even a whole house, the most eco-friendly route is to reuse and repurpose materials that may otherwise end up at the dump.  These pieces can enhance the new space and make brand new areas look right at home next to existing rooms.  This means that the demolition should be approached with a salvage mind-set.  You’ll want to check materials for any warping or cracking and set aside any pieces that can be reused.  

Being aware of hazards in your home that could threaten your health is the first step to creating a healthy living environment, but what do you do to mitigate some of these hazards?  If your home was built before the 1980’s, there is a possibility you could be living with lead based paint.  Lead test kits can help you determine if lead is present, but you’ll need to consult a certified professional to remove it.  

Book Shelf

Jul 21, 2017

Have you got a few old books at home that you don’t need anymore, but you’re reluctant to get rid of?  Try this do it yourself project: turn those books into a decorative shelf.  All you’ll need is a hardback book, a few L-shaped corner brackets, and a drill with screws.


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.