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...

Some Peace and Quiet: More Than a Fantasy

It feels like New York City is the capital of noise. Car horns are constantly blaring, trying to outdo the sirens that periodically pierce the air. The apartment next to you is reverberating music. The bar down the street expels drunk people hooting and hollering...

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...

Good News for Green Sea Turtles

Green sea turtles could possibly have their extinction risk level officially changed from “endangered” to “threatened” after two extensive surveys have shown that the gentle marine creatures are beginning to bounce back from near extinction. The photogenic green sea turtles were designated as “endangered” in...

2018: The Year of Going Straw-Less

Over the past month American Airlines, Starbucks and the state of Seattle have announced they’re going straw-free for very important reasons. On a daily basis, over 500 million straws are used. Straws are the main single-use plastic item that ends up harming our planet, by...

Keeping our oceans clean

Growing up alongside the coast, the ocean is near and dear to my heart. Being on the beach brings a sense of happiness that nowhere else can bring, for me at least. I can remember the days where my family would wake up around 10...