Review of Giants of the Deep Blue (2018)

Giants of the Deep Blue is a 44-minute documentary from 2018 that can be found on Disney+. It was a very interesting watch on the whales, dolphins, and many other majestic creatures of the sea. I found the hunting strategies as the most interesting part of the documentary. For example, even though the blue whale…

Maintaining Sustainable Habits

Thanks to the work of environmentally-minded groups like UVA’s Office of Sustainability and Green Grounds, sustainability has become a central part of my lifestyle while at college. Becoming more aware of how my behavior impacts the environment and developing better habits has been something I have really dedicated time to over the past few years….

Sustainability in Style

From football tailgates to a day spent at Carters’ Mountain Orchard, I always seem to find a reason to buy a new outfit. With the Fashion Square Mall and the historic downtown shopping scene both only a short bus ride away, the temptation to have a killer shopping spree in Charlottesville is difficult to resist….

Science and Sustainability in the Northwoods

This past Summer, I spent 3 months working as a research assistant at a remote field station in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The living conditions were rustic (to put it gently), and we were at least an hour’s drive outside of the nearest small town, down in Wisconsin. The field station, as well as the…

Thoughts on Climate Change

As the detrimental effects of climate change become more apparent in dominant environmental discourses, there is a re-emphasized desire to make individual impact on sustainability. Now more than ever, the environmentally-minded citizen is eager to recycle, carpool, and replace one-use plastic commodities with more reusable, sustainable inventions, among numerous other sustainable personal practices. But amidst…

Hike for Health

Recently, the Sustaina-space committee of Green Grounds held its Hike for Health, a semesterly event that aims to get people outside and connected with nature and themselves. It is also a great way to learn about the O’hill trails and the wildlife on them, and a great chance to make new friends, eat food, and…

10 Ways to be More Sustainable: College Edition

College is an extremely challenging environment when it comes to implementing green and sustainable practices. However, there are ways in which you can help diminish your impact on the environment through simple and accessible practices in dorms, at your home, in the classroom, and on the go. Here is a list of 10 campus friendly…

Homemade Kombucha

Every college student has fallen prey to the trope of the busy academic: too lazy or too otherwise occupied to engage in healthful and sustainable practices. Particularly our practical options for food and drink often come at high economic and environmental-impact prices. Whether coffee drinks in non-recyclable cups or expensive smoothie bowls, quick meals around…

#WriteClimate for the right climate

This semester, I enrolled in a new one credit environmental class centered on climate change activism called “Words on Paper.” I knew absolutely nothing about what I signed up for, other than the fact that I was interested in doing something about climate change. Since I enrolled, the class has evolved into much more than…

What Is Green Grounds Up To?

Green Grounds consists of four committees: Green Engagements, Green Corner Consulting, Sustainaspace, and Green Greeks/Cans to Cans. Here are what each committee has accomplished, along with what we are currently working on, as told by our Green Grounds members! Green Engagements  Green Engagement focuses on outreach to the Charlottesville and UVA community through various programs and events….