Did MLK have a better approach to environmentalism?

January 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

I found this awesome article online today, and thought you all would appreciate it. Check it out:

http://climatesafety.org/why-environmentalists-should-stop-taking-martin-luther-kings-name-in-vain/

The basic idea of the article is that MLK had the right idea by taking an optimistic approach towards his political campaigns, rather than the do-or-die, the-end-is-near “scare tactics” that many environmentalists are considered to use. I am wholly in agreement with this point, and I would think that this blog emphasizes that. Keep a positive outlook, and do what you can, and we WILL succeed.

Happy MLK Day everyone!

 

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Caught Green Handed: Shake Shack

January 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

The Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, Manhat...

THE Original Shake Shack

Welcome to what I hope will be a recurring section here at Being Green in a Sea of Orange. Caught Green Handed will highlight companies and individuals that I interact with, who do awesome, sustainable things. First up? Shake Shack.

For those of you not from the NYC region, (or near one of Shake Shack’s other locations,) Shake Shack is one of the best burger joints around. Better yet though, it’s also quite famous for its hotdogs, fries, and, of course, its shakes and “concretes” – frozen custard with different toppings mixed in.

The coolest part about Shake Shack, however, is not really about its food – it’s about everything else there. Right away when you walk in, it’s made clear to you that recycling

is not just available but expected. The water bottles that they serve are locally filled and made in part « Read the rest of this entry »

Back to School: Buy Green!

January 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

Well, it’s that time of year again, which means that it’s time for us college students to return to school for the Spring semester. What it also means is that it’s time to go out and get all of the supplies we need for our new classes. But this semester, why not change it up? Why not make it the time of year where you decide to buy green, sustainable supplies instead. Maybe some of these will strike your fancy: « Read the rest of this entry »

Hank Green on Solar Energy

January 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

So as many of you have probably realized, one of my favorite things about this blog is its ability to help introduce others to the awesome information that is out there about sustainability, and to the incredible people who put out that information. I’ve done spotlights on Ray Anderson and John Mandyck, but today I want to introduce you all to one of my favorite YouTube celebrities, Hank Green.

Hank is often recognized as one half of the YouTube sensations, the VlogBrothers, with his brother, author John Green. However, Hank has quite a number of accolades himself, « Read the rest of this entry »

Solar Power in the Big City

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

A solar energy system in Harlem, NYC.

English: On 140 acres of unused land on Nellis...

On my recent internship with a renewable-energy company, I got to work with some really cool people, putting together a bunch of solar power systems all around New York City. Most of these were on small, flat rooftops of apartment or multi-family buildings – but every single one of these systems will allow the owner’s homes to become energy-efficient. They won’t have to pay electric bills ever again, and if they have a sunny enough year, the electric companies may even pay them for their energy. Plus, you can’t put a price on helping the environment!

So now you’re probably thinking that these panels MUST take up a ton of space. Well, they really don’t – take a look for yourself: « Read the rest of this entry »

Boardwalk Empire: ‘G’ isn’t just for Gangsters

January 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

Did the title confuse you already? What could a TV show about 1920’s gangsters and mobsters have to do with sustainability? Bare with me for a few moments and you’ll understand.

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First, for those of you who may not know what Boardwalk Empire is, it’s an HBO series that follows gangsters in the illegal liquor trade, based in Atlantic City on the Boardwalk during the era of Prohibition in the early 20th century. Though many major characters are fictional or loosely based on real people, most of the supporting cast is composed of fairly accurate portrayals of real people from the time period – from gangsters, to politicians, to athletes, etc., from the Atlantic City area, and across the country and the world. Furthermore, the sets and costumes, but more importantly the depictions of everyday life paint a vibrant picture of what the twenties were like. « Read the rest of this entry »

An Interesting Conundrum

January 4, 2012 § 1 Comment

Over the past few days, I’ve come across a bunch of situations that have tested the limits of my ability to make my life as sustainable as possible, specifically in terms of being waste free. I’ve been bottle free for the past few months, which up at SU hadn’t been much trouble at all. Now, however, eating out at various fast food restaurants has left me stuck in various sustainability quagmires.

Of course, my motto has always been that everything needs to be done within reason, without needing to make sacrifices to life’s conveniences (#4 in the Sustainability Manifesto). But what defines “within reason?” « Read the rest of this entry »

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