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


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Aotearoa New Zealand: Sweet As!


Eighteen students, thirty-thousand sheep, two Kiwis, twelve days, and one incredible experience in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

These numbers only begin to describe the study abroad I recently participated in. This trip was organized for more than two years by two Kiwis: Dr. Ross Stewart, SBGE Dean and Professor of Accounting, and Dr. Daniel Schofield, Professor of Chemistry.

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Daniel and Ross at the Waimangu Inferno Crater Lake. Photo courtesy of Daniel Schofield.

After Fall Quarter finals, eighteen students studied abroad in Aotearoa New Zealand. We focused on aspects of environmental and cultural sustainability from both accounting and chemistry perspectives.

“Aotearoa is the [indigenous] Māori name for the country of New Zealand. The literal translation of Aotearoa is ‘land of the long white cloud’” (Māori Tourism Lmtd.).

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Seattle Electric Company Aims to Set Up Offshore Wind Park


Windmills in a row on cloudy weatherSeattle’s Principle Power has recently acquired the go-ahead from the U.S. Department of the Interior to apply for a lease on 15 square miles of federal waters located outside Coos Bay, Oregon. The company plans to build the first wind turbine park in federal territory on the west coast, capturing the power of the strong winds that blow through the Pacific. Continue reading


SPU Deemed Green


thumb-plant3SPU has been included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The Guide looked for colleges that demonstrated a “strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.” This follows in SPU’s pattern, the school recently achieving several green feats for the year of 2012. It was easy to spot a class centered around sustainability when I took a quick glance at what was available next quarter in the Engineering Science category (frightening and unknown territory for this English major), finding Alternative Energy Systems (EGR 3611). The class is described as an exploration of alternative energy sources and has an encouraging amount of seats open: zero. Continue reading