Two people, both in their early twenties have taken off on their bikes for the summer to cycle across the United States on a quest to find and write about people who have adapted certain lifestyle choices that reflect a consciousness for our environment. An increasing awareness of just how much of an impact we have on our planet has people, places and organizations taking responsibility and setting examples of a more sustainable way of living. You may hear about what steps you can take, but don’t really know anybody taking them. This blog is to let you know what people are doing, and who is doing it, not to inform you about clean coal technology, new ‘green’ cars, or what initiatives our government can take to patch our planet up. On our journey we are getting the word out for you to read, digest, and react!

The Riders:

Phil Fandel will be entering his last year as an Environmental Studies major at the University of Vermont. Originally a Jersey boy, Phil was raised with his twin brother Henry in Montclair, NJ without ever actually living there. Phil loves zipping around Burlington on his bike, skiing, good bread, and more recently contra dancing.  Along with his bread Phil likes butter, jam, or cheese.

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Laura Josephs recently graduated from Ithaca College where she studied music and environmental studies.  She has just finished a winter of teaching at The Outdoor School in Marble Falls, Texas, and has decided to postpone paying her loans a little longer.   Her favorite artist is Joni Mitchell.

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3 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Monica July 30, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Dear Phil,

    I am the friend you met twice in one afternoon in Boston. I just had a meeting with the MA Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. They are a volunteer organization made up of a diverse cross section of professionals in the construction industry. They describe themselves as a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings…a nationwide community comprising 78 local chapters, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 100,000 LEED Accredited Professionals.

    Being part of the research team in the MA legislature’s committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, consistently, I am hearing about the need for greater efficiency for business. I hope in your travels you come across some innovations you can bring back East.

    Obviously, after my meeting, I was inspired to check in on your blog. Clearly things are going well on the trip. Perhaps you might want to connect with the good folks that are part of the U.S. Green Building Council.

    Travel safe. Ice your knee!


  2. 2 Tom Doherty October 29, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Hey Phil!

    I met your friend Laura on a long bus ride from NYC to Boston once, and it was great fun to chat with her and learn about your cross country bicycle camping! Anyone who can put up with my gabbing for 4.5 hours like that is automatically a friend of mine, and then, by theory of extension, friends of that person are also defacto friends of mine, as far as I’m concerned~~~! (~~~~ = laughter). So, by that theory of trust and friendship extension, already you are a friend of mine. Anyway, Laura gave me the links to your two blogs, and though I lost the info. for awhile, I found it again and so now I’m finally getting around to checking them out. Have not read them in detail yet, just perused them quickly. Will read more of it later. Glad you have some pictures in yours. Makes it more interesting.

    You were both incredibly lucky to have had the chance to ride cross country! I’d suggest putting together a power point slide show or something and then somehow getting on speaker’s lists to be paid to travel around and give talks about the trip to various groups. Might be fun.

    Anyway, I’m gearing up myself to do a ride from south NJ down to Florida within a few weeks. If you know of any other silly bicycle camping types with the time and interest to do that kind of ride, send them my way!



  3. 3 bikeamericadotorg February 4, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Hey Guys,

    Meagan Binkley pointed me towards your website. Love the site and what you’re doing! Check out, we’re doing some similar stuff and would love you to join us!


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