Jennifer's R.O.a R. on living green.

Recycle, Organic, and Reducing


Hi & nice to meet you!

Confession time – I’m new to blogging. My name is Jennifer Reid and I’m an adult college student attending Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Over the years, my passion for recycling, organic farming, and reducing energy has grown tremendously.  This semester my college professor asked our class to start a blog. The blog could be anything we were  passionate about. I immediately knew I wanted to blog about recycling, organic gardening and reducing energy.

Starting a blog is not easy. It takes time, lots of time. There are many amazing blogs engaging their audience on recycling, organic gardening and reducing energy. How can my blog help others? I hope to educate, inspire and motivate you to live a healthier life with sustainable practices. As a wife and mother of three children, time is limited, but this blog is an opportunity for you and me to learn, connect and give back to our world.

This quick video is on my spring garden 2013. Enjoy!

One of the best decisions I ever made was finishing my undergraduate degree in Organizational Communications and a minor in Public Health.  Marriage & having children were my other great decisions. Last year, I took environmental economics, which made me nervous, but I decided to try it and learn about the subject.  The course was one of my hardest classes and my favorite class at the same time. Over the semester, I learned a life time of knowledge.  My personal believes on life were being evaluated every time we discussed a new topic.  Recycling, deforestation, agriculture and pollution were some of the topics.

A new organization at Queens University was forming called the US Green Building Council student group, which was part of the USGBC Charlotte chapter. I attended their first interest meeting to learn more about this new organization.  The mission and vision for the group correlated with my environmental economics course. Wow!  I never thought I would fall in love with both USGBC and environmental economics.

This short video is USGBC student group at Queens who partnered with Myers Park Traditional Elementary school to grow a summer garden. We had a kick-off party for the students to plant their seedlings.

Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen or who will influence us.  College gave me a chance to dig deep into my  passion.  I never thought, I would be the President of the US Green Building Council Student Group at Queens University, which is part of the USGBC Charlotte Chapter @USGBC , #USGBCNC sharing my passion for gardening and the environment. Please check out our Facebook page or tweet us on Twitter @QueensUSGBC.

Twitter: @JenReid3


13 thoughts on “About

  1. I love the title of your blog! Every time I hear Katy Perry’s new song, “Roar”, I think it is a perfect song to be played at Clemson games. Maybe you got a little orange blood in you after all! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!)

    Moving on… It is cool that you are writing a blog in a way that allows you to learn. It is one thing to hope your writing connects with others, but another to hope it increases your knowledge.

    I’m curious as to why you thought taking the class was a “mistake” on your part.

    I love it how you are doing something you never imagined doing and that you are able to learn a wealth of information and help educate others.

    I added the links above to my social media accounts so I can stay informed.

    Good Job,


    • Thank you for the encouragement. Taking environmental economics was not on my agenda for organizational communication degree. I was scheduled to take epidemiology but my personal schedule changed so I couldn’t take it. I had to take another course that applied to my minor, Public Health. The only course left was environmental economics which environmental science majors take. I feel in love with it and decided to get involved with USGBC. I haven’t looked back.

  2. I think you fell into the right place at the right time! We are lucky to have you (and your unbridled energy!) here at Queens.

  3. I’m glad that you have developed this passion for organic farming! I always have difficulty transferring the plants once they begin to show roots. I look forward to learning some of your techniques and where you find your materials. Organic seeds are hard to come by.

    • Mike – I have not always been an organic gardener but now I taste and see the benefits of organic foods. For the past 3 years I have been reading on different ways to avoid pesticides when growing vegetables. I found out that garlic, chives, scallions, french marigolds (flowering plant), Bee palm (herb) and mint are great for keeping bad bugs away.

      Planting certain vegetables near each other helps with the soil nutrients which keeps the plants healthy. Healthy plants don’t need any chemicals to stay alive- only water, sun and attention.

      As for seedlings, I either start seeds in the ground or use a bio-degrediable container that transfers into the ground. Hope this helps you with future gardening. Organic seeds are difficult to find but go online to Martha Stewart’s blog at for more help.

  4. I enjoyed reading your blog and learning about what has inspired and motivated you! Keep up the good efforts!!!

  5. This has been most inspiring.

  6. Wonderful to see children engaged in learning on so many levels!

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