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


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.


Greening Your Kitchen


kitchOn average, the kitchen is the most wasteful room in the home. Besides the amount of food that gets discarded, there’s the packaging that accompanies food as well as the paper we throw out as a result of paper towels and napkins. Luckily making the transition to a greener kitchen is a relatively painless one that can take form in a few simple steps. Keep reading if you’re looking to move in such a direction. Continue reading


The Sustainability of the Printed Page


treesReading a book on a kindle vs. actually having the book in your hands as you read it is a very difficult subject for me. On the one hand, I want to be in support of anything that means less paper being produced and less trees being chopped for that purpose, but the relationship formed between a reader and the tangible book that they hold in front of them has always been a very special thing to me, and the idea of giving it up makes me experience a feeling of resistance to this form of progress, a word that I never want to be against. This article analyzes the green advantage of e-books. How can those of us who wish to be environmental but also cling to the idea of flipping through (non-web) pages deal with this issue? Continue reading


The Ethics of Zoo-Keeping


Bamboo_foot_infectionIt seems like most everyone has fun childhood memories of vising the zoo, watching penguins scoot and slide across the ice, feeling transported to exotic locations all around the world through the viewing of lions, mountain goats, polar bears. But on the other side of those warm experiences of youthful world expansion is the fact that we were all looking at animals who were forced into confinement for our entertainment. The topic of zoo-keeping ethics is not a new one, but reading this article about the Woodland Park Zoo and its elephant conundrum got me thinking about the issue again. Continue reading