Starre Vartan
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  Starre is a green living and environmental writer and expert, currently Managing Editor for Greenopia, the rapidly expanding green listings/news portal. She contributes to: The Huffington Post, Audubon Magazine, Plenty Magazine, Hearst’s The Daily Green and guest blogged for Elle.com for April, 2008.

She was a contributing writer for E/The Environmental Magazine, and was a dining columnist for The Fairfield County Weekly, where she also wrote on transportation & alt. energy. She was an associate producer for the Discovery Channel’s upcoming mini-series, Final Hour.

Starre founded Eco Chick (www.eco-chick.com) 10/05 with the idea that green girls needed an online home. Eco Chick and/or Starre have been featured in Glamour, Men’s Journal, ABC TV, FOX TV and The CW, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Grist, Treehugger, MTV Switch, and others. Her book is: "The Eco Chick Guide to Life, How to Live Fabulously Green".
Contact Info
  Starre Vartan
Norwalk, CT 
USA

Tel: 203.219.5582  
E-Mail: starrevartan@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.mediabistro/StarreVartan
mediabistro.com Questions
 

What book is on your nightstand right now?
The Secret Life of Catherine M., by Catherine Millet, The Garden of Eden, by Ernest Hemingway, and Corpse: Nature, Forensics, and the Struggle to Pinpoint Time of Death, by Jessica Snyder Sachs

What's the best job you've ever had?
Exploration, whether of a physical space or of mental terrain.

What's the hardest work project you've ever tackled?
Teaching 6th graders from Manhattan about the environment of the Berkshires and then camping in the woods with them.

What's your idea of a perfect Saturday night?
Snorkeling while the sun sets, hiking to an outdoor shower, donning a gorgeous piece of silk as a wrap dress and dancing under the stars to a house DJ on the beach.

In ten years, I want to be:
Helping to inform people about what's going on in the world, through online media, using new technology to capture minds and imaginations, and promoting sustainable living.

Interview
 

What's in your CD player now?
My Morning Jacket, Michael Franti, Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey and some Scarlatti.

Where did you grow up and where have you lived?
I was born in Sydney, Australia and lived there until I was 3 1/2. I grew up in the Hudson River Valley but spent some summers down under, which I still consider a second home. I have lived in Syracuse, New York, Belchertown, Massachusetts, Madrid, Spain, and Berkeley, California. I currently live and work in Norwalk, Connecticut and New York City respectively.

What's the snack you crave?
Fresh buttered popcorn, garlic pickles or herbal tea.

Work Samples
 
Writing for the Web  
(Jewschool, 9/9/2005)
Arts and Culture article on the New York Jewish Music Festival, a multi-day late summer music festival. First of three pieces, this is an overview.
(JCC in Manhattan, 8/3/2003)
Wrote website text for home page and interior pages.
Weblog Writing  
(Worldchanging, 10/1/2006)
Contributing blogger to the local NYC Worldchanging blog. Cover ecofashion, design and green lifestyle issues.
(www.eco-chick.com, 10/1/2005)
A website for women who are environmentally conscious and eco-savvy.
(Jakeneck, 1/1/2003)
Blog post contributor; focused on political and cultural issues. Ongoing biweekly postings.
Creative Nonfiction  
(Detouring.net, 9/1/2004)
Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.
Feature Articles  
(The Fairfield County Weekly, 8/25/2005)
Cover story for a 200,000+ circulation weekly paper on clean energy options for homeowners. Included a sidebar on how to save energy in the home.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 9/1/2004)
Feature article on the environmental factors that threaten women's health in developing nations.
(Hartford Advocate, 5/1/2003)
Cover story on clean air issues in Hartford, Connecticut area.
Regular Columns  
(Fairfield County Weekly, 7/1/2004)
"Short Order" columnist- 1st week of reviewing local hot spots for specific food items.
(Fairfield County Weekly)
I've been writing this column for two years now. I take the pictures too. Here's the latest.
(Fairfield County Weekly)
Commuting in the Connecticut suburbs can be tough; this monthly column highlights why.
Books  
(E/The Environmental Magazine Book Project, 7/1/2005)
I wrote a chapter in this new book from E/The Environmental Magazine and Plume. Entitled "Kid's Stuff" my chapter covers all that is green and environmentally friendly for kids and their parents today.
Food Writing  
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 7/1/2005)
Exploring the causes behing the rising incidence of nut allergies in children.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 3/1/2005)
1200 word article in the Eating Right section of the magazine about various kinds of shakes and whether they're healthy as meal replacement or for snacking.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 11/1/2004)
Green living article about green vegetables- their benefits, how to prepare them and what to look for.
(Fairfield County Weekly, 6/24/2004)
Humor article/restaurant review
(Alternet, 6/3/2004)
"A pending lawsuit may force McDonald's and Burger King to put warning labels on the nation's favorite side order."
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 3/1/2004)
1200-word article detailing non-dairy cheese alternatives for "Eating Right" section of national environmental magazine.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 11/1/2003)
Natural Alternatives to Sugar, Minus the Calories and Carcinogens
(ActionLine, 9/1/2003)
1000-word article on the wines available to vegans, published in Friends of Animals quarterly magazine.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 9/1/2003)
Now Sold in Supermarkets, It May Put Dairy Cows Out of Business- 1200 word article on fresh soymilks.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 3/1/2003)
All about 'natural' eggs and the differences among them and what it means to the consumer
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 5/1/2002)
A 1200-word article showcasing some new organic and vegan or vegetarian snack options. Includes new products and healthy snacking ideas.
Health Writing  
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 11/1/2006)
1200-word article on genetically modified foods and their possible connection with allergies.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 6/1/2003)
1,200 word article on herbal, homeopathic and natural sleep aids.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 1/1/2003)
New Toothpastes Clean Without the Chemicals 1200 word Consumer News article for national environmental magazine.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 6/1/2002)
Natural hair dyes, including products and techniques.
Animal/Wildlife Writing  
(ActionLine, 4/1/2004)
A service article describing how local communities can keep deer from roadways.
(ActionLine, 12/1/2003)
Story detailing the recovery of coyotes and antelope at a wildlife refuge in Oregon.
(ActionLine, 12/1/2003)
News article on Neutersol, a chemical pet sterilant, featured in Friends of Animals' quarterly magazine and on the FoA website.
Science/Technology  
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 5/1/2006)
How to find green webhosts and email providers- and why you'd want to.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 8/1/2005)
A "Green Living" article on how to buy Clean Energy for your home wherever you are in the U.S.
(Hartford Advocate, 10/16/2003)
Bush administration rollbacks of environmental laws mean more pollution for Connecticut - 1200 word story for alternative weekly newspaper.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 9/1/2003)
1200-word article on leather alternatives, including pleather, pvc, and fabrics.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 11/1/2002)
Aseptic Packages are Convenient, but Hard to Recycle (co-written with Orna Izakson)
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 3/1/2002)
A 1200 word article on alternative transportation, not including cars.
Travel Writing  
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 11/1/2006)
Eco travel article on preserving the Grand Banks of the Bahamas.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 11/1/2005)
Profile of an eco-resort and local green attractions in Mystic, CT.
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 4/1/2003)
An article co-written with Brian Howard about eco-travel in the Domincan Republic.
Lifestyle  
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 11/1/2006)
Eco friendly jewelry companies and designers
(E/The Environmental Magazine, 9/1/2006)
"House and Home" section article promoting line-drying of clothes.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Copy Editor 4 Years
Researcher 8 Years
Writer 8 Years
Specialty
Environment & Nature 6 Years
Food 5 Years
Health 6 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
6 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Huffington Post (11+), E/The Environmental Magazine (11+), Greenopia.com (11+), The Daily Green (Hearst) (11+), Elle.com (6-10), Fairfield County Weekly (3-5), Jewschool.com (3-5), Plenty Magazine (3-5), Gateway NY (1-2), Alternet (1-2), Hartford Advocate (1-2)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Arts and Entertainment (3-5), CBS (1-2), Home Box Office (1-2)
Computer Skills
Word, Excel, Photoshop (intermediate), Quark Express, various email programs, comfortable with Macs or PCs. Social News/Networking: StumbleUpon, Reddit, Digg, Kaboodle, Stylehive, Facebook, MySpace
Technical Skills
Basic HTML
Equipment
laptop, desktop, digital camera (SONY Cybershot), voice recorder
Foreign Language Skills
basic French and Spanish
Work Permits & Visas
Dual citizen; available for work in Australia and the U.S.
References
Please inquire
Associations
Mediabistro
Other
I have quite a bit of first-hand experience in environmental education for children and adults as I have been employed as an ecology teacher.
Freelancer Availability
Not currently, but interested in pursuing it. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.