Piping Plovers: Conservation in Action

This blog was originally published on Science Unsealed. The story has had a few updates. At the end of the summer, two of the plover chicks were successfully fledged, and by the end of August, monitoring time was over. The birding and nature-loving community rejoiced in the success. Hope to see Monty and Rose next …

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Going Around in Circles… Trapped by Consumerism and Freed by the Circular Economy

This blog comes to you in two parts: the frustration of trying to make sustainable purchases, and how we need to work towards a circular economy. Lately, I have found that my inner monologue at the grocery store has been spiraling out of control. Say I have to pick up some dish soap. The conversation …

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Redefining Clean: The Search for Sustainable Cleaning Products

With the increasing amount of antibiotics in our waterstream, as well as other pollutants that are difficult to remove, we need to be more careful about what we put down the drain. Despite the municipal water systems which remove many pollutants, there are many compounds that just can’t be filtered out. Non-biodegradable cleaning products that …

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Assorted Inspiration: EarthTones Environmental Conference at Valparaiso University

On April 29, 2018, I attended the Earth Tones Environmental Conference at Valparaiso University, a conference with more than a dozen speaker presentations on topics related to sustainability, the environment, and green energy. What brought me there? My very own sister, who was one of the event’s organizers. In the conference’s main room we were …

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Living Sustainably: Definitions, Geography, and Accountability

When I first learned about global warming in middle school, I was very distressed.  I couldn’t understand why everyone was so chill about it. Scientists were predicting a slow and painful end to life as we know it, yet no one seems to lament their daily use of fossil fuels and single-use plastics. Since then …

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