By Audrey Brinkers, Campus Garden Initiative CoordinationThe advancement of mankind was rooted in connections. Connections between villages allowed for trade; connections between people allowed for relationship; connections with the land allowed for agriculture. Connections across the globe via planes, trains, and automobiles allowed for industrialization, and connections among great minds allowed for alarming technologies in every … Continue reading Connections
by Andrew Carty, Greek Life Sustainability Intern Yale University has released its 2014 data for its Environmental Performance Index (EPI) which ranks the world’s countries as environmental stewards. The dual objectives of the index revolve around protecting environmental health and ecosystem vitality and are subdivided into nine issue areas. These issues categories are then subdivided … Continue reading How We Measure Up? 2014 EPI Results
By Liz EssmanThe United Nations declares 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, an initiative that aims to promote family and community owned farms in order to address human and environmental issues such as food insecurity and natural resource management. A family farm includes any family-based agricultural activity, including forestry and pastoralism, in which … Continue reading The Year of Family Farming
By: Nadia Lovko, Sustainability Metrics & Reporting InternGenetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have been coming under fire lately with their use in crops. 93% of soybeans and 86% of corn produced in the U.S. are GMOs. Crops have been at the center of the GMO debate, but much more is being done with gene modification than just … Continue reading Could Genetic Modification Save Species from Extinction?
By Rachel Joseph, First Year Experience Intern I understand the rationale behind the new parking meters. I really do. Not only do they raise more money for our city, but they also discourage people from unnecessarily driving to and around downtown when they can walk, bike, skate, ride public transportation, or in some fantastic cases, … Continue reading Parking Meter Pandemonium
By: Jessica Stavole, Energy & Built Environment Intern In December of 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was adopted and the first commitment period took place from 2008 to 2012. Although the United Stated did not sign the Kyoto Protocol, the EIA reported that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2012 were the lowest since 1994, at 5,293 … Continue reading Curbing Climate Change
By Henri Venable, Bicycle Initiative Intern I had an interesting conversation with an IU staff member regarding the latest bicycle infrastructure around Bloomington. He voiced two of the same complaints that people usually voice when bike infrastructure comes into town: 1) bike lanes make the roads too narrow and 2) reduced parking/vehicle space is bad … Continue reading Business for Bikes