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  • Pesticides
    Pesticides
    Whether it's a school or home garden, pesticides can wreak havoc on ecosystems. Contributor Kacey Mya shares the environmental impacts of pesticides and provides some alternative management strategies.  more
  • Getting Ready For College? Time To Get More Sustainable!
    Getting Ready For College? Time To Get More Sustainable!
    If you're finishing up at high school, consider these tips to help you ensure your college experience is a bit kinder to the world we live in.  Blog by contributor, Kacey Mya.  more
  • Top 6 Strategies For An Energy-Saving Water Heating System 
    Top 6 Strategies For An Energy-Saving Water Heating System 
    From solar to recirculation pumps, Kacey Mya shares strategies for heating water that are kinder on your pocket and the planet.    more
  • 6 Clean/Sustainable Eating Tips For Families With Kids
    6 Clean/Sustainable Eating Tips For Families With Kids
    Learn strategies for cultivating a diet that is good for both your family and the planet, by Kacey Mya   more
  • 6 Simple Steps For A More Sustainable Summer
    6 Simple Steps For A More Sustainable Summer
    Kacey Mya shares 6 simple changes to make your life at home more sustainable and earth-friendly this summer. more
  • Thankful For Sc3 On Thanksgiving
    Thankful For Sc3 On Thanksgiving
    So, It’s Thanksgiving. This time serves as a moment to slow down our busy lives, be with family, and recollect on what we are thankful for. This Thanksgiving especially, Sc3 has not left my mind when thinking about things I am grateful for. I am so fortunate to still be connected to many of my close friends from Sc3 after two years. They never fail to ... more
  • Chef’s Table With Dan Barber: A Sustainable Food Systems Film Review
    Chef’s Table With Dan Barber: A Sustainable Food Systems Film Review
    This episode of Chef’s Table (found on Netflix) discussed the idea of cooking in the world that we live in today through the lens of Dan Barber, the head chef of the Blue Hill Restaurants in Hudson Valley, New York (Stone Hill Farm) and in New York City. Dan is described as the ‘modern chef’ of our day and age and he thinks about not only how to feed his customers, but what experience they have when they come to his restaurant and what impact the food they eat there has on the rest of their life. Dan sees food from not only an artistic culinary view, but also through an ethical and biological view, asking: what is the responsibility we are supposed to have with the food we consume and how are we supposed to use the Earth? more
  • Writing To Businesses: A Guide
    Writing To Businesses: A Guide
    Living as an environmentalist in a wasteful world can be at worst incredibly frustrating and at best rewarding and full of opportunities for improvement. I am frustrated constantly by the prevalence of single-use plastic and the normalcy of living in a society that creates such excessive waste. Sometimes, this frustration fuels the initiation of a passionate solution-oriented action plan. Other times, the overwhelming wastefulness inspires bitter ranting, long, guilt-filled showers, and binge-eating vegan desserts. On one of the more productive occasions, I turned my rage into a letter to the CEO of Hilton. Due to the fact that my dad is a Hilton Honors member, I realized that Hilton hotels give out two complimentary plastic water bottles to each of their honors guests. Upon noticing this, I pointed the issue out to my dad and began one of my rants about single-use plastic, the horrors of Nestle, etcetera. My dad, as usual, stopped my rant and cleverly redirected my anger toward the idea of writing a letter to Hilton about the issue. Together we brainstormed about alternatives for the plastic water bottles, and after some thought and research, I finished writing this letter to the CEO of Hilton. more
  • Investigating Consumerism In Ten Thousand Villages
    Investigating Consumerism In Ten Thousand Villages
    Before walking into Ten Thousand Villages, signs ensured purchases in the store were a communal and moral claim. Quotes such as:  “You’re preserving artistic traditions” “Come check out what they've been working on!” and “For the Mindful” filled their window. Does this store know how to be sustainable? In other words, do they support the needs of the  community -equitably, economically and environmentally- while supporting the needs of the future inhabitants of the system?  I talked to a spunky Junior from the University of Vermont who works at the shop on Church Street part-time. He said the problem is “we live in a bubble,” our minds never think about the effects of being a consumer-which is why he loves to work for Ten Thousand Villages. Products, their makers, and getting a product to the consumer, affect the greater world we live in. In these three areas, I found that Ten Thousand Villages gives its best effort to make this process sustainable. more
  • Ocean Acidification: Protecting The Coral Reef
    Ocean Acidification: Protecting The Coral Reef
    As the twenty-first century continues on, the effects of climate change drastically alter the planet’s conditions, making it less habitable. Polluting the air with more emissions furthers the greenhouse effect that heats up the planet. While a majority of the greenhouse gases that are released stay in the air to continue the greenhouse effect, a large chunk of these gases, approximately twenty-six percent of emissions each year, are absorbed by the oceans. Ocean life has existed for a much longer period than human life, and roughly seventy-one percent of the earth's surface is covered with water. However, in our world today, scientists are in agreement that we are amidst a sixth mass extinction whose cause is anthropogenic. Meaning that humans are the cause and catalyst for the environmental destruction, extinction of wildlife, and loss of biodiversity that is occurring across the globe.       more

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