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


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Governor Inslee Pushing for Limits on Carbon Emissions


carbonWashington Gov. Jay Inslee declared new goals towards instigating carbon emission limits on Tuesday, calling the continued push against climate change a “moral responsibility.” The 21-member task force appointed by Inslee is set to design a market-based carbon reduction plan which will focus on cap-and-trade systems (which allows corporations to trade emission allowances under an overarching limit) and carbon taxes. Continue reading


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Five Items to Keep Out of the Trash


parks trashEven if you’re a recycling and composting expert, you may find yourself wondering about the trashability or recyclability of certain rather ambiguous items. If they’re any of the following five things, the answer is to keep them away from the garbage pile. Continue reading


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Seattle Bus Cuts Impending


seattle-busI’m one of many SPU students (and Seattleites in general) who don’t own a car and are dependent upon the bus and rides from friends to get around. Anyone in a similar situation will be bummed to learn that bus routes are getting cut in Seattle as a result of proposition 1 heading for a loss, which would have hiked up sales tax and car tabs in order to provide the necessary funding for the continuation of current bus services. This is bad news for sustainable transportation in Seattle, since it will probably lead to more cars on the road as people whose regular route gets cut are forced to drive. All in all, the cuts will remove 72 bus routes from existence, and those remaining won’t have as frequent of a running schedule. Continue reading


Environmental Film Festival at SIFF


siff-logo1The Seattle International Film Festival is hosting a special night of environmental-themed film screenings, starting tomorrow (April 24th) at 5 p.m.. The showings will include a documentary called The Strong People detailing the efforts of those who removed the Elwha Dam, as well as Momenta, which discusses the potential impact of coal-exporting trains running through the Pacific Northwest, and several other films dealing with the natural world and humanity’s interaction with it. The “Wild and Scenic Film Festival,” as SIFF has deemed it, will be hosted at the Uptown Theatre in Lower Queen Anne. Look here to purchase tickets ($15).


Earth Day in Seattle


earthday1Earth Day was founded just about forty-four years ago today, on April 22, 1970, by Gaylord Nelson, bringing greater national attention to our earth’s needs. In honor of Earth Day, a number of local organizations have put together events for people to gather and celebrate their commitment to making the earth a greener place. See below for a list of potential earth day activities to take part in. Continue reading


SPU’s Sustainable Graduation Wear


tiffany-loopAs a soon to be SPU graduate (provided I don’t screw anything up), I recently went about ordering a cap and gown through SPU’s regalia connection, and was surprised to learn that SPU 2014 graduation gear is made up of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Clothing manufactured from bottles? It’s true; an average of 23 plastic bottles were used in the making of each cap and gown this year. The material is made out of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets. With less than 30% of all plastic bottles being recycled, and plastic building up in landfills to an alarming degree, wearing bottles seems like a pretty cool way to launch into the post-graduate world. And symbolically, how perfect is this for a graduation outfit? Renewal, renewal, renewal.


Eco-Sanctuaries on Whidbey Island


whidbeyIf I may add to the list of reasons to visit Whidbey IslandThe Seattle Times has recently posted an article about some intriguing zen-centered island spots to visit, starting with the yoga lodge, a super-chill Whidbey Island retreat. The lodge sounds like the perfect place to get your enviro-health on, with yoga classes, a hiking trail, and an all-vegetarian menu. Continue reading


Green Activities for Your Weekend


Picnic_EatingLadies and Gentlemen, may I announce the end of the second week of spring quarter. Odds are you’ve been working hard these past two weeks to get adjusted to your new schedule and readjusted to school in general. You deserve a break, and hopefully this weekend you’ll be getting one. While there’s nothing wrong with a little Netflix (believe me, I am no stranger to the Netflix binge), you might consider unplugging for a bit this weekend and relaxing techno-free. The appeal of it doesn’t always kick in until you’re in the moment, and then you just might realize that it’s exactly what your screen-addled mind needed. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, keep reading. Continue reading


More Recycling Tips


recyclops-06A few days ago I discussed the perks of creating a waste center where you can easily give yourself the options of trash, recycle, and compost. Today I stumbled upon some info that shows how recycling isn’t always as simple as it seems. It can be more complex, or even simpler, than you think. Continue reading


Amazing Video of Elk Herd Passing through Montana Surfaces on Youtube


A while back I posted about a Rocky Mountain Elk Herd coming to Washington and the breathtaking photos accompanying their arrival. But what’s better than elk photos? An elk video of course. On March 27th, footage of a large elk herd jumping a fence and crossing a Montana highway was posted by Washington-native Austin Stonnell, going viral on youtube within a few days. The inspirational video (possibly tear-worthy) shows the last elk in the herd struggling for a bit before finally hopping over the fence and joining the others, and the best part is that several elk can be seen waiting for it. It sounds like something out of a Disney movie, but the miraculous thing is, it isn’t. You can check out the video below, and if you’re having a bad day that could use some encouragement, you might want to prepare a few tissues.