Green Travel Diaries: Learning from New Zealanders

Kia Ora! Greetings from your recent Kiwi traveler! Spending time in the land of the Hobbits this past semester has given me spectacular views, unforgettable experiences, great new friends, and valuable insight into the New Zealand culture across the world! During my time in New Zealand, I had the opportunity to visit a tiny town…

Vegetarian Eats: Richmond

Along with colorful murals covering brick walls throughout the city, Richmond, Virginia is well-known for being home to many vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurants. One of my favorite restaurants is located on Addison Street going by the name: Fresca. A small restaurant with a beautiful interior and friendly service, they are an entirely vegetarian restaurant…

Literature and the Environment: A Conversation with Mary Kuhn

Wondering what environmental research is like outside the sciences? Unsure about what role the humanities play in sustainability? Mary Kuhn, Associate Professor from the Department of English spoke to me about her research in the environmental humanities and shared valuable insight on these questions. How did you become interested in research related to the environment?…

GG Exec and Web Guy Jiaming Zhao and His Summer Adventures

This post is a quick debriefing (with pictures!) of my green adventures this summer. The company at which I was interning this summer planned an outing to attend a Washington Nats baseball game, and I decided I would skip the traffic, enjoy the weather, and catch the game by cycling there. I saw that the…

GG Exec Bethany Mosher and Her Summer Impact

My internship this summer was working as a Summer Intern for the partnership between UVA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), with a focus on work with their corporate partnerships.  My focus was on developing analysis on previous corporate water stewardship programs and utilizing that to make recommendations and protocol for future corporate…

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…