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Meet Catalyst’s Executive Director Pax: Rasmussen

It started as a bit of a joke. Since becoming non-profit, CATALYST has branched out significantly. With this expansion has also come a lot more organizational work.  Greta was find …

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Smart Cooling for Desert Dwellers

Evaporative coolers, done right, are the way to go. Undeniably, spring has arrived. It’s time to get your swamp cooler up and running for the season. If you don’t have a swamp cool …

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Keeping Cool for Less $$

Couldn’t take the heat (or a/c bills) this summer? Consider a swamp cooler for next year! The heatwaves of summer are, for the most part, over. As we enjoy the cooler temperatures, …

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Outdoor

Save The Tires—Adopt a Goathead Weevil!

Autumn is arguably the best time to cycle in Utah. The oppressive heat of summer backs off, and the ozone pollution hanging heavy over the valley dissipates to a light haze—and by …

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Community, Politics, Social Justice

Who You Gonna Call?

It’s weird to have to hesitate before calling when you need the police: Will the cops make a situation worse? Cops killed more than 100 unarmed American black people in 2015. This …

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Politics, Think

The Numbers Game

Human beings aren’t great at incorporating information that goes against feeling or “common sense.” We’re afraid of the wrong things. Like, all of the wrong things. Every day, some …

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Science, Think

Eat the Invaders!

As Homer Simpson once said about alcohol, one could ostensibly argue that our mouths are the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. How many wars could have been avoide …

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Notes from an Extremophile

I’ve always thought of myself as an outsider, in the general sense, if not the particular. I’ve usually had a small circle of friends, in which I definitely felt included, but I’ve …

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Green Bits

New ideas for a healthier, more sustainable future.—by Pax Rasmussen Clear the airThe Clear the Air Challenge wrapped up the last day of July. Check out cleartheairchallenge.org to …

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Green Bits

News and ideas for a healthier, more sustainable future.—by Pax Rasmussen Ban the beadHave you noticed the surge in face and shower products that claim to exfoliate? Wonder how the …

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Green Bits

News and ideas for a healthier, more sustainable future.—by Pax Rasmussen Dirty Dozen’s 2014 Shopper Guide Environmental Working Group has released their 2014 Shopper Guide to Pest …

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Green Bits: May 2014

New ideas for a healthier, more sustainable future. Fix your lawn, without the nasty Having lawn problems, but don’t want to resort to the dangerous chemicals most Americans spray …

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Green Bits: March 2014

News and ideas for a healthier, more sustainable future.—by Pax Rasmussen It’s a start SLC’s pilot mass-transportation program launched on March 1! The Hive Pass, the annual UTA tr …

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Green Bits: February 2014

New ideas from near and far for a healthier, more sustainable future.—by Pax Rasmussen   Let them eat eggs Seems like every day I hear something new about what I should and sh …

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Green Bits: December 2013

DIY Beer Tote for the Holidays.—by Pax Rasmussen Wondering what to get that special someone for Christmas this year—without resorting to a good suck on the ever-expanding, engorged …

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