Sustainable Seafood

10/29/2013 § 1 Comment

By: Nadia Lovko, Sustainability Metrics and Reporting Intern

When you buy seafood in the Midwest, it is easy to forget where it came from.  We are so distanced from the fishing industry that we don’t see the impacts of over-fishing and unsustainable fishing practices.  

ImagePhotograph by Richard Eskite Photography, Workbook Stock/Getty Images

In reality, 70% of fisheries worldwide have been exploited or have already suffered a collapse.  The increasing demand for seafood and more efficient methods of fishing have pushed global fisheries to their limits.  If fishing practices continue in this way, this could lead to a global crisis.  While it negatively affects the ocean ecosystems, it also can have terrible human impacts.  Many communities worldwide depend on fishing as a major source of economic support and as a major food supply.  So what can you as a consumer do?

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Linking Happiness and Sustainability at AASHE 2013

10/28/2013 § 2 Comments

By: Dana Schroeder, Sustainability Peer Educator Program CoordinatorImage

A few weeks ago, some of the Office of Sustainability staff had the opportunity to travel to Nashville, Tennessee for an annual conference hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Since returning to Bloomington and jumping into midterm studying, I’ve barely had a spare moment to process all I learned at AASHE 2013. However one idea, echoed in many sessions, has crossed my mind at least once every day since the conference. It is the idea that sustainability and happiness are inextricably linked. « Read the rest of this entry »

Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby: A National Strategic Narrative

10/27/2013 § 1 Comment

By: Jessica Stavole, Energy and Built Environment Intern

“Hope is a part of the human condition”, said Col. Mark “Puck” Mykleby in his lecture at IU this past Tuesday, October 22nd, titled The Strategic Imperative for Sustainability.  The former special advisor to the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Col. Mykleby has taken great strides over the past few years toward developing a National Grand Strategy at the Department of Defense.  Focusing on three key areas where sustainability and economics intersect, he speaks of sustainability as an organism’s ability to remain diverse and productive over time.

In our day to day lives, we tend to be hyper-efficient creatures, doing more and consuming more without a thought of our long-term sustainability as individuals or as a society.  In addition, we have built our society and past strategies upon the characteristics of threat and risk instead of opportunity and hope.  The National Strategic Narrative is the first of its kind, addressing investment, security, economic development, the environment and engagement from a positive outlook.


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Reconsider and Reduce

10/09/2013 § Leave a comment

By: Stone Irr, Previous Intern for IU Office of Sustainability

Fall is among us and you know what that means. Of course, that means there will be more sweaters worn and more hot chocolate consumed. But fall also means that it is time for the IU Energy Challenge, occurring from October 6th until November 7th.


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