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


Sustainability & Film: Frances Ha


Frances-Ha-film-stillIt’s hard to think of a better movie about the sustainability of youthful enthusiasm than Noah Baumbach’s simultaneously charming and distressing dramedy “Frances Ha.” While the post-college transition or non-transition into adulthood is a popular indie-movie theme (and one of my personal favorites), Frances Ha manages to examine it with a hand that is both hyper-realistic and graceful. Greta Gerwig gives one of my favorite performances of 2013 as Frances, a 27 year-old apprentice dancer who lives in Brooklyn with her best friend Sophie. With her dancing career not taking off as she had hoped, Frances’ friendship with Sophie acts as her mental cushion against a discouraging reality. This gets taken away from her when Sophie decides to move in with someone else, and Frances is forced to re-examine the state of her life. Continue reading

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Steps to Happiness: Social Connection


Hands-fo-Friendship-Version-2Sustainable Happiness Week is upon us! This will be our first post about the factors contributing to an overall sense of personal satisfaction. The topic today: a crash course in relationships’ impact upon happiness.

A 2012 survey by the National College Health Association found that 58.4% of college students felt “very lonely” at least once in the past 12 months. Unfortunately, this high statistic has been fairly stable over the past five years.

Despite the crowds of people around campus, college can be a lonely time. Students move away from their families and social supports into an unfamiliar environment. Many students feel isolated among their peers. And this is a difficult feeling to handle, much less express to others. For this post, we will give strategies to handle loneliness and promote social connections. Continue reading