SeanChron | Nordstrom Earth Day 2020

The front page of on Earth Day 2020

April 22, 2020. Another post for Earth Day 2020 that I am quite exited to share.

Understanding and addressing how human behavior impacts human health and the environment has been the string that connects a pretty diverse career for me. One of the first chapters in my career was launching the initial Sustainable Business & Development program at Nordstrom back in the early 2000s. You can read a little bit about how I and several other colleagues at Nordstrom to sparked the program and philosophy that exists today in this post from 2006, Sean in the Loop.

Following my 13 years at Nordstrom I co-founded the Sustainable Style Foundation (SSF) which some people described at the time as an oxymoron since it would be hard for fashion and sustainability to co-exist (although SSF actually worked across 15 design and style industries). In 2014, H&M created a global campaign titled "Sustainable Style" and the term has been used extensively over the years.

So, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, to see the Nordstrom home page and their dedicated Earth Day page share their philosophy and goals around 'sustainable style' makes for quite a proud papa for this father of the term 'sustainable style'. There is still much work to be done around sustainability in style and design industries, particularly around bringing social and cultural sustainability into the conversation, but it does feel good to know that some headway has been made. A snapshot of the dedicated Earth Day 2020 page appears below.

Nordstrom's dedicated Earth Day 2020 page.

One thing remains the same since my early days in high school when I first took an interest in international environmental issues, I am not and don't try to be 'perfect' in these matters, but I can continue to make more and better sustainable personal lifestyle choices that continue to respect people and place going forward.

I continue to be a firm believer in my thoughts long ago at Nordstrom and SSF's motto...that we can look fabulous, live well, AND do good.

Just one of Nordstrom's several pages dedicated to 'sustainable style'.

SeanChron | Earth Day 2020

April 22, 2020. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and support the #EarthDayIsEveryDay effort, I wanted to find a photo of my own that reflected my perspective and outlook on things. I found two :-)

The photo above from July of 2017 is of my Aunt and Uncle's CRP in Nebraska. I have always impressed, even as a kid, when farmers and/or communities decided to let land go natural. I recall a church that bought a section of land for this purpose too for example. I could easily write a whole book chapter on it and how it impacted me.

In addition, when I first saw this location above, one of the things that immediately came to me was a reflection/memory of the original peoples there, the Oto and Pawnee Tribes, being there and living off this land.

The second photo above from April of 2018 speaks for itself if you read the original caption below. I recall being very impressed during my visit to Arbor Lodge (yes, home of Arbor Day) about their knowledge and respect for the local host culture.
"A beautiful painting by Haskell Coffin recording the Treaty with The Pawnee - 1857 hanging in the grand stairwell of the mansion. It must be 10' wide. I visited the location of the signing nearby later in the day. In the treaty, the Pawnee leaders ceded their lands in exchange for a reservation along the Loup River near Genoa. They were later moved to Oklahoma in 1875. I have several Pawnee friends so have heard of efforts underway to bring Pawnee culture and traditions back to Nebraska. Goes without's time to right our historical wrongs whenever and wherever we can."
During my early years and summers in Nebraska, my Grandma Rosie taught me at an early age to respect people and place, and that's been a guiding principle for me ever since. I've found that the respecting - and celebrating - people part seems to be challenging for many people...both respecting others in general and especially when it comes to respecting the host culture of a place.

When I look back and recount the things I've done to promote sustainability over my career, I'm both satisfied and aware that I still need to do more. From launching a Sustainable Business & Development program at Nordstrom 20 years ago and co-founding the Sustainable Style Foundation 17 years ago to maintaining two blogs currently, Future-ish and Haberdash For Humanity, I'm both a proud papa and a concerned parent for the future.

One thing is for sure, I am not and don't try to be 'perfect' in these matters, but I can continue to make more and better personal lifestyle choices that continue to respect people and place.

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