Consider the yellow jacket (the actual insect, not our mascot). What purpose does this pest have in our ecosystem (other than to viciously attack when disturbed)? Yellow jackets serve an important purpose by helping to control the pest population. The importance of every living creature, no matter how small, is at the heart of permaculture—the development of agricultural ecosystems that are intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient.
Submitted by Diana Tiernan on August 4, 2017 - 1:50pm
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