Composting allows nature to take its course, degrading organic materials and returning the nutrients back to the Earth. Composting is a great way to avoid sending materials to the landfill. In fact, in 2014, an estimated 2.4 million tons of organic materials were diverted from landfills due to composting.
I met with Dr. John Crittenden in the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems (BBISS) in an open space with graduate students pecking away at their keyboards. We dove right into how he got involved in sustainability and how his career has mirrored the growth of the green movement.
Submitted by Joseph Buehler on March 9, 2017 - 8:56am
In its inaugural event last year, Greenovation was a student ideas competition to influence the future sustainable design of the new Student Center renovation. This year’s event, which includes a formal proposal submission process and a project showcase with expert judges, is taking place during Homecoming Week on Tuesday, October 25th. Money from corporate and campus sponsorships, including the Office of Campus Sustainability, provides a funding source to award a winning project that will be implemented on campus.
We’ve probably all heard it before. We need to find renewable fuel sources that can keep up with the energy demands of our twenty-first century lifestyles. Coal, oil, and natural gas are not considered sustainable; once we burn them, they’re gone. It is predicted that the earth contains enough fossil fuels to last us hundreds of years, but once the fossil fuels they run out, our energy source is depleted. It may seem like we have plenty of time to develop better energy solutions. But what about the raising average temperature of the earth, melting ice caps, rising sea levels, and changing weather and climate?
Submitted by Amanda Schaefer on July 28, 2016 - 11:10am