Alumna saves the world one baby at a time

Sure, Superman can save the planet on a regular basis, but Willamette University alumna Joy Hatch MAT'97 is teaching people how to save money, raise babies and save the planet all at the same time. 

She recently published a book entitled "The Eco-nomical Baby Guide: Down-to-Earth Ways for Parents to Save Money and the Planet," which culminates three years of work with co-author Rebecca Kelley. The book focuses on how to raise a child in an eco-friendly atmosphere without breaking the bank, and making "progress instead of perfection."

After earning her master's at Willamette's Graduate School of Education, Hatch taught middle school for 10 years before starting her book project. When she sunk her teeth into the writing, she integrated her queries, book proposals, freelance articles and rejection letters into her classroom - showing students the tumultuous process of publishing.

Hatch and Kelley have kept a lively blog, The Green Baby Guide, throughout the process. They have been featured in Fit Pregnancy Magazine, Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine, and locally in the Statesman Journal, The Register Guard and Eugene Weekly. They also have a regular column in Oregon Family Magazine entitled "Simply Green."

Hatch plans to continue taking her experiences back to classrooms to educate children on the journey of publishing a book.