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…

Defining Green: Wisconsin

Hey all, I think it is finally time to head east again! Wisconsin is primarily known as the Badger State, which is a little different than the typical nicknames we’ve been exposed to, so undoubtedly there is a story to be told. Essentially, miners in Wisconsin were searching for minerals such as lead and coal…

Combatting Coral Collapse

Imagine putting your snorkel on and venturing out into the cool, clear water of an ocean, dipping your face under the surface to see endless schools of fish, their bright and shimmery scales forming a majestic rainbow spectacle. Now imagine that instead, all you see are the whitewashed remains of coral, not a colorful fish…

Defining Green: Minnesota! & A Brief Look Into The Mall of America!

Hey all, lets head a bit further north this week into Minnesota! Minnesota is known as the North Star State, which is derived from the french motto “l’étoile du nord.” Minnesota is full of attractions such as The Mall of America and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory! Generally speaking, most do not think of sustainability when…

‘Tis the Season

Pumpkins: the iconic fruits (or vegetables depending on who you ask) of fall. Odds are you have seen many a pumpkin product recently, from the infamous PSL to pumpkin chips, pumpkin ice cream, even pumpkin cookie butter (thanks Trader Joe’s). But have you seen pumpkins around in the summer?  Although not popular, is it very possible…

Defining Green: Iowa

Hey all, This week we are heading a bit north onto Iowa! Iowa is known as the Hawkeye state due to the past Indian Chief that once inhabited the state. If given the opportunity to venture out to Iowa, make sure that you check out Maquoketa Caves State Park and Loess Hills State Forest Park….

Defining Green: Missouri!

Hey all! We are heading a little north today into the Show-Me State! Missouri has various attractions including the Elephant Rocks State Park and Missouri Botanical Garden. Both are definitely places to visit if you have the opportunity! Elephant Rocks State Park has numerous adventurous trials and a surplus of boulders shaped similar to elephants!…

Defining Green: Arkansas

Hey all, its been a while! It’s time to continue this series as the semester begins! Let’s head to Arkansas. Before we get to statistics, we can chat about the exciting attractions that Arkansas has to offer. To maintain our environmental friendly streak, take a visit to at least one of the parks that Arkansas…

Caring About Climate Change

Climate change. If you had not heard of it before, you must be familiar with the term after this note-worthy week. From China’s new pollution-trading system initiative to the Pope’s message to Congress and the UN, climate change is one hot topic. To make sure you are truly knowledgeable, here is the foundation of what…

Defining Green: Utah

Today, we’re going to head back to the West Coast! Therefore, we are landing at Utah, the beehive state! There are many beautiful places to visit if you ever have the chance to explore here; however, I’m only going to briefly talk about two! The first place that I would suggest would be the Arches National Park…