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Launch of ‘Eco-Radio’ encourages green living

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Left: Gina Gioldassis (’13) and right: Shanna Salvador (’14) host their new radio show

Left: Gina Gioldassis (’13) and right: Shanna Salvador (’14) host their new radio show


While being “green” is often associated with veganism or extreme energy efficiency, Eco-Radio simply aims to discuss how easy it is to live sustainably—a notion sometimes overlooked due to unrealistic expectations. The girls discuss everyday routines that could be done in a manner that proves healthy for the mind, body and environment. Salvador said, “There is a broad umbrella over ‘what is green’ and much of it is very approachable.”

This week’s  topics ranged from reusable bags, how to ‘thrift’ (buy bargains at thrift shops) smartly and little-known food cures for common ailments. For example, eating asparagus is likely to prevent a hangover because the vegetable contains plenty of the enzymes needed to break down alcohol. Also mentioned were rooftop gardens, which are common in large cities with little space for farming. As the show progresses, the duo will focus more on specific subjects each week, as opposed to this week, which was more of an introduction to both the hosts and the purpose of the program.

Gioldassis described the structure of the hour-long program, and said that they plan to divide each show into three segments: a hyper-local level which will give pointers on being green here at Drew, a local level including Madison and New York and a national/international level. Next week’s show will discuss the concept of “upcycling.” In addition, students are welcome to suggest topics they would like to hear about on Eco-Radio’s Facebook page.

The show airs on Monday nights from 9-10 p.m. and is available at groups.drew.edu/wmnj or through an easy link on the Facebook page. Salvador pointed out that the show is for “people who are at all curious,” emphasizing that ‘green’ does not require hardcore environmentalists. During Monday’s debut, both hosts agreed that “Green shouldn’t be hard. Green should be economic, easy and effective at improving our lifestyles for the better.”