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


spu2Moving forward and healing, of course, aren’t always the same thing. Moving forward is often what we’re forced to do in hard times, when we feel frozen and stagnant on the inside, but it doesn’t imply anything more than what the physical body is doing. I suspect that much of the SPU community is still in the moving forward phase, with the emotional toll of last week still acting as a heavy weight inside. Continue reading

Attack of the Crows

crowComing up on a year ago, I wrote about my experiences getting attacked by a crow on my way to work. As it turns out, June marks the beginning of the mean crow season, and just this morning, I was again swooped down upon by an angry crow, on the very same street I was attacked last year. Continue reading

2014-2015 Sustainable Course Offerings

UCSB-Green-College-400x2801Those of you looking to enter the field of sustainability will want to take note of the environmentally-related classes taking place at SPU the next academic year. To start in the subject of biology, there are a host of wildlife-centered courses available, including animal bio, marine bio, intro to sustainability and science, oceanography, and ecology. Continue reading

Sustainable Discovery

Captura-de-pantalla-2014-01-03-a-las-12.05.09-PMDid you know that an estimated 18,000 new species of animals, plants, and insects are discovered every year? This mind-boggling statistic thrilled and uplifted me; who says there’s nothing left to discover? The International Institute for Species Exploration recently released a list of its top ten newly discovered species from the past year, which includes a new member of the raccoon family as well as a new kind of gecko. While new doesn’t always mean better, it’s a nice idea to carry forward, especially for us soon-to-be graduates; we, as a species, are never done learning.

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Green Careers

Solar_PowerWelp, graduation is approaching fast for us SPU seniors, and the desperate search for a new job is well underway for many. Whether or not you’ll be stepping away from SPU this June, the field of sustainability is a constantly growing one, and green career options are expanding past the ones you may already know about. If you’re at all interested in going into sustainability after school, or if you’re in the thick of it and trying to look ahead, check out the following list of possible future jobs in under-sought areas within the sustainable framework. Continue reading

The Benefits of Soybeans

basket-of-soybeansYou may have noticed Soybeans or Edamame being served as an appetizer when you eat out, or perhaps you’ve discovered them through your own curiosity. Either way, these fuzzy-shelled guys are deceptively delicious. While they may look like just another vegetable (even though they’re technically a legume), soybeans are super yummy, especially with the addition of some salt on the pod. Fortunately said yumminess does not, in this case, mean that soybeans aren’t as healthy as they look. The fact is that soybeans have many health benefits, and you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them at all. Quite the contrary. See below for some reasons soybeans are both tasty and healthy: Continue reading

Steelhead Breakout!

fronttest3No matter how you feel about fish hatcheries, this story of 25,000 steelhead being broken out of a hatchery east of Seattle is pretty interesting. The police are currently looking for whoever broke into the hatchery and released the fish, and details are little about the suspicion of a certain “disgruntled angler.” The Wild Fish Conservancy has called out the hatchery program for its harmful effect on the steelhead population, which has declined 97% in Puget Sound waters since 1895. The idea is that these hatcheries, with the way they concentrate populations, may contribute to overfishing. While this problem won’t necessarily be aided by the breakout, it’s interesting to consider the motive behind the operation. We’ve all had fantasies about breaking into the zoo and releasing the animals, but of course, in our urban environment, those animals probably wouldn’t get far. Here’s to hoping that this steelhead liberation contributes in some small way to the restoration of their presence in Pacific Northwest waters.

Good News for the Amazon Rain Forest

amazon-rainforest-heroUnfortunately, there’s a lot of bad news in the sustainability field these days. It’s easy to get discouraged, but there’s always somewhere to find encouragement, and today that positivity can be attained from the fact that Brazil and co. have recently agreed to create a 215 million dollar fund to expand protection of the Amazon rain forest by 34,000 square miles. In an area where logging is a constant threat, it’s good to know that the government is making continual effort towards conserving as much of the epic rain forest as possible. So, if you needed 34,000 square miles of environmental mood boost today, there you go.

Planting Flowers this Spring

spring_flowers-tulipsIf you’re looking to add color to your home or garden in the form of flowers, there are several great plant options that will give you those same beautiful petals to stare at year after year. Spring is a good time to plant because the heat hasn’t fully kicked in yet, but it’s getting there, so you may want to work with haste. Below are a number of plants you can check out if flowers are what you desire. Continue reading