Greening the Corner

If you go to UVA, then you must have visited the Corner’s newest addition by now: Roots. This “natural kitchen,” started by an enterprising group of alumni, serves delicious salads and rice bowls. In a Chipotle-esque line, you can walk through and choose whatever veggies and toppings you want or pick one of the pre-designed…

To a Greener Thanksgiving

We all know that Thanksgiving came from humble beginnings: a true celebration of surrounding community and land’s bounty.  Today, while we still surround ourselves with family, we often do not know the source of many of our tasty dishes.  As a holiday that epitomized our connection to the earth, shouldn’t we ensure that our current Thanksgiving…

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…

‘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…

Transforming Waste into Power

BREAKING NEWS: DC Water® Unveils Largest Wastewater Treatment Plant in the World! This is especially exciting if you are from D.C. and the surrounding suburbs; now whenever you flush the toilet you will be contributing to the production of renewable energy. I’m talking about the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant: the first Thermal Hydrolysis Wastewater Treatment Plant in…

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…

Even Greener Gardening

With the winter chill long gone, its time to bring out the seeds and trowels and get our hands in the dirt! Here are 5 sustainable gardening tips for a greener growing garden: Grow native, climate-appropriate plants. Plants that can tolerate your environment will be easier to grow, requiring less water, soil additives, and overall…

Sustainable Dining

Have you ever thought about what happens to the stacks of plates of half eaten entrees and picked at salads at restaurants? Unfortunately, the cooks can’t exactly pack the leftovers up and serve them again tomorrow. In the United States food service industry, 25% of food that is prepared is lost as consumer waste. Restaurants are also…

What you didn’t know about almonds

I love almonds. I snack on them at the library, put them in my salads, and even use almond milk on my morning granola.  On top of all that, whenever I have an almond I feel like I’m sticking a punch to the land grazing, methane producing meat and dairy industries that say, “Oh no,…