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

Earth Day(s) Events around the country

I’m guessing that if you follow this blog or are even just checking it out for the first time, you know that Aprill 22nd was Earth Day! I wanted to highlight a few things I found going on at other universities and our own that reflect on the importance of Earth Day.

Food on the front page at George Washington University in Virginia:

At GW, food and agriculture were the main concern of an event that took place Thursday night. Experts spoke at the Feeding The Planet Summit and discussed the future of food and how to fight hunger appropriately using science and sustainability. You can also check out some of their highlights.

SPU’s Scientific Discussion Group:

Scientific Discussion for EarthDayOur own scientific discussion group that meets about weekly on campus honored Earth Day as well. On Tuesday there was a discussion on agriculture as well, regarding the conservation of the grasslands in the U.S. and livestock. The group watched a TED talk and then discussed points from it. If you’d like to, you can still catch the TED talk. You can also get involved by going to their upcoming event next week regarding water conservation.  Email if you’d like to know more or be added to their email list.

Berkley’s efforts shine at summit: Continue reading

Trees Bring People Together

Community-treeAnd you thought that trees were just good for oxygen and looking awesome. A study conducted within a Chicago public housing development shows otherwise, finding that residents of buildings with more greenery surrounding them had more frequent interactions with their neighbors and a stronger sense of community than those who lived in more barren areas. Continue reading

How to Grow Your Own Garden

HomegrownWant to save money, improve your health, and spend more time outdoors? Start your own garden! Growing your own fruits and vegetables is the ideal way to control what chemicals come into contact with your produce, and more affordable than the grocery store. Even better, homegrown food is often tastier and healthier than its store-bought counterpart.

Since it is likely that we have passed the last Seattle frost, you can start planting new crops right away. Even if your housing doesn’t offer a lot of space, you can grow gardens in a sunny corner of your backyard, in your nearby P-Patch, or even in the SPU organic community garden located off of 4th Ave and W. Dravus St.

Luckily, growing your own plants is easier than most people think. Continue reading

Finding S.P.A.C.E. on Campus

ImageSharing my knowledge of the on-campus club SPACE (Seattle Pacific Agriculture for the Community and Environment) usually comes with blank stares or “Garden club? We have a community garden?” Yes! In fact, I would highly encourage checking it out firsthand. You’ll be happily welcomed by fresh fruits, vegetables and perhaps a couple weeds here and there.