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


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The Pros and Cons of Not Having a Car


jeffI wish I could say that I never longed for a car. It’s easy to ignore the desire when bus trips and rides with friends are smooth and available, but there are moments when my lack of four-wheeled convenience grows difficult, and I have to remind myself of all the reasons I’m glad to be carless. Continue reading

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Homebound Passivity


passveImagine watching a silent movie in color and you might get a sense for what it would be like to watch the world go by from inside a passive house, a super-insulated and energy efficient home that renders any outside noise completely inaudible, also keeping the air incredibly fresh and the temperature a comfortable 70-74 degrees year-round, all while using a fraction of the energy consumed by the average house. Continue reading


The Eco-Friendly Road Trip


road tripThere’s nothing like the feeling of adventure that comes with leaving home and setting off to explore different parts of the world. Similar to what nature can do, road trips have a way of reopening our minds and putting things in perspective, ridding us of the entrapped sensation that can come with doing the same things and being in the same places every day. Summer, of course, is a prime season for (drug-free) tripping, especially for us students. And given the theme of this blog, you can probably guess where I’m going with this. If you want to hit the road in the most ecologically friendly way possible, there are a few things to take into consideration. Continue reading


Easy Summer Projects


2622523It’s become the big thing on sites like Pinterest to make bun holders out of socks and glitter lamps out of glowsticks. We thought we would take this up a notch and find some creative ways to reuse common trash items. You don’t even need a trip to the craft store!

  • Start seeds inside of a hollowed-out grapefruit half, or in eggshells for smaller seeds. The containers give the seedlings nutrients, and can be planted directly in the earth when the sprouts are strong enough.
  • Turn old magazines into envelopes. All it takes are your old issues, a pair of scissors, and some tape.
  • Punch patterned holes in old (and clean!) tin cans, tie strings at the top, and place candles inside for your own lantern.
  • Turn old shirts into scarves, headbands, pet beds, oven mitts — the list goes on and on.
  • Use old baking soda and vinegar to clean the house instead of chemical products keep socks with their mates.
  • Use bread tags to separate electronic cords, label keys, and tag stemmed glasses.