Shining a Light on Sustainability

Lighthouses have been guiding mariners home since the times of The Iliad and The Odyssey in the 8th century BCE. They may have begun as fires on top of hills, known as beacon fires, but they have developed quite magnificently since the times of Homer.  Considered...

Environment Spotlight: Women in the Environment

Over the past decade, many educational institutions around the United States have implemented programs encouraging young girls to become involved in STEM fields—like the National Girls Collaborative Project, National Math and Science Initiative, and Women in Engineering Proactive Network, to name a few—but there is...

Your Guide to Greenwashing

In today’s world, it is vital to be environmentally conscious. Businesses, products, services, and institutions are all working towards including environmental responsibility in their business mission. But, how can you tell who is actually ‘doing good’? Competition brings out the worst in some — and this can lead to...

Alternative Lawn Care: The New American Dream

Turfgrass -- the narrow-leaved grass species that gives suburban neighbourhoods that American Dream quality -- covers more of the US than corn, wheat, and orchards combined. Over 40 million acres of land in the US is covered in turf. A 2005 NASA study derived from...

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: A Plastic Problem

What is spread out to be twice the size of Texas and weighs the equivalent of 500 Jumbo Jets? You guessed it…the largest of five offshore plastic collections in our oceans. Located between California and Hawaii, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is approximately 80,000...