Leave the Appalachians Alone

With Thanksgiving break looming on the horizon, I cannot suppress constant thoughts about seeing my family, eating good food, and getting a much needed break from schoolwork. But also on my mind is our upcoming day trip to¬†Shenandoah National Park! Although the winter chill is setting in and thus hiking season will soon be over,…

SustainaAutumn

Fall: The smell of pumpkin bread wafting from the oven, the emergence of sweaters and boots, the feeling of crisp wind on your cheeks and leaves crunching under your toes. The transition from the hot sun and strong AC of summer to the bitter cold and cozy fires¬†of winter. And most notably, the transformation of…

Expand your horizon: Find green in unusual places

As my last semester comes to an end and my commitments move on to my replacements, I find myself in an interesting juxtaposition: seeing many projects that I have worked on finished and a part of the UVa experience, while leaving with so much more that can be done. When I entered, Sustainability had just…

Tree Hugger: Origins of the Term

“Tree hugger.” We’ve all heard this term before, used to describe those invested in protecting the environment, ourselves even. But where does it really come from? I decided to do some detective work and find out. The term “tree hugger” was first coined 1730, when 294 men and 69 women of the Bishnois branch of…