Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

Lazy Indoor Activities

5339_futurama_hd_wallpapers_fry1Well, my fellow SPU students, school is…..another month away? Of course it is. I would never write an article reminding you of the impending return of essays, textbooks, and increased obligations unless said return was at least 30 days away. Not to be a downer. There are plenty of awesome things about college. The stress is just rarely one of them. But there’s still plenty of time to fit in those lazy summer activities before school starts and your mind won’t let you do them anymore without constant reminders of what needs to be done. So in the spirit of being unproductive, I thought I’d go over some lazy indoor shenanigans that can keep you away from the car as well as any shred of responsibility. Continue reading

A Sustainable Dream

green-martin-luther-king-jr.It’s been fifty years today since Martin Luther King delivered a landmark speech for human sustainability, which cannot thrive in the midst of inequality. Back then, people united to fight against a prejudice lethal to human existence, one which caused much suffering and tragedy, including the death of Dr. King himself. A lot of progress has been made since (though prejudice still exists, in several forms, all over the place), and I’m thankful to be alive in a time where the ignorance of racism isn’t nearly as present as it once was. Continue reading

Pretty Cool Thing: Seattle Park(ing) Day

parkOn September 20th, people will be constructing their own mini-parks on would-be parking spaces on the side of the street. The event, called Seattle Park(ing) day, will last from 9a.m. to 3p.m. Even if you’re someone trapped in a car, upset at the fresh lack of parking spaces available, this unique and innovative way to promote green love, communal involvement, and creativity has to seem like an awesome idea. Continue reading

Trees Bring People Together

Community-treeAnd you thought that trees were just good for oxygen and looking awesome. A study conducted within a Chicago public housing development shows otherwise, finding that residents of buildings with more greenery surrounding them had more frequent interactions with their neighbors and a stronger sense of community than those who lived in more barren areas. Continue reading

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Boasting Cleaner Air

airAs reported by The Seattle Times, local Air Travel is getting in on the city’s commitment to sustainability. Instead of cooling passenger cabins with the plane’s auxiliary-power engine, an act that burns jet fuel while the plane is being serviced, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has recently started a “preconditioned air” network that cools or heats at a central plant, pumping the treated air through hoses connecting to the plane. Continue reading

Fulfilling our Shoes’ Potential

chrisSpeaking of walking, the simple act of hoofing it sometimes gets lost in the shuffle when it comes to getting places, and it’s certainly not the only sustainable mode of transportation, what with bikes, buses, and ride-share options. With all of these faster ways to go, the thought of walking can easily be glanced over, to the point that you might forget about just how possible, and good for you, it can be. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Sustainability Walk

ullittIf you’ve recently had an urge to engage in one of the most sustainable modes of transportation there is whilst checking out the new sustainable features of Capitol Hill, you’re in some very particular luck. Sustainable Seattle is hosting a sustainability walk around Capitol Hill this Saturday, with tours starting at 5, 5:30, and 6:00p.m. Continue reading