Green Summer Sharing!

Hello my fellow green people!   My name is Colleen Sloan and I am co-executive director of Green Grounds! As the summer comes to a close I would like to take the time and share with you all the~~cool~~and green things I’ve been up to this summer!   After finals, I spent some time in…

Sustainapitch Night

There is never an earth week event that is not fun, informative, and exciting. However, SustainaPitch Night this Thursday will be particularly special. After experiencing last year’s SustainaSupper, I have realized that bringing students and community members together to participate in collaborative problem solving can be a special time, and lead to great ideas. SustainaSupper…

E-Commerce, and Supporting Sustainability

While working at Starbucks today, I ran into an old friend of mine named Andrew Burill. After catching up for a few minutes, he asked me for my input on a series of photos, more specifically, which one contained the best lighting and optimal emphasis on a bright read bow tie directly below the man’s…

Green Washing?

  Is it possible to walk down the aisles of a supermarket and not know what you are about to purchase? With listings of every component ingredient, exact macronutrient content, and perhaps some other catch words thrown on top like “organic,” or “free range,” it would seem as if the average consumer has ample access…

Got a pesky roach?

The pesky cockroach rolled over onto its back, defeated. Its nervous system was completely paralyzed. No longer able to communicate messages through neural pathways, the roach died. Earlier, it had come in contact with the toxic chemical permethrin. Permethrin is present in roach sprays, flea bombs, flea and tick pet shampoos, and other insect control…

Soy Now What?

If I could wallpaper just one room in the house with bumper stickers, I’d do it. I’d call it my “thinking spot.” Bumper stickers are like tattoos, you know: often meaningful, thought-provoking, and personal, but without the commitment (and pain of needles). While passing through a parking lot this summer, I saw one of my…

Welcome

Welcome to the Green Grounds website where we have great stories from passionate bloggers, information about our Green Grounds CIO at the University of Virginia, media, and exciting, upcoming events! Our Footer on the bottom of every page and every post contains all of our blog posts. Our About sections contain descriptions of the organization, officers,…

Thanks for a great two years!

Hi, there! Meigan here and I just wanted to leave some parting words as I graduate and pass on the torch to Jimmy Zhao, the new Webmaster for Green Grounds! Thank you, dear readers, friends, family, and other supporters for a great two years on this blog. Back when I started the blog in January…

The Potential of Hydrogen as Fuel.

By now, I think we are all aware that battery powered cars are becoming more and more common. However, as long as our main power source is coal – battery powered cars are still not environmentally friendly – because every time you charge your car, most likely coal will be burned to create that energy. One…

The Problem with Consumption

I recently read several books about how we can thrive in a future of climate change and resource constraints, and I just want to share about a big theme that all of these books talked about: the problem of consumption. The bottom line is that we have to stop our current pattern of consumption. While we…

What is Bioart?

Ever heard of bioart? I hadn’t until I noticed some spectacular-looking images while reading a scientific article, and soon became intrigued by who created them. It turns out that bioart is a booming field for those interested in understanding more about biological processes as well as spreading their love of the science by presenting it…

Defining Green: Illinois

Hey all! We are heading east once again. This time our stop is at Illinois, otherwise known as the prairie state. Illinois has a lot to offer, but one of my personal favorite attractions to visit is the Starved Rock State Park. The park has breathtaking waterfalls and canyons that you do not want to…