Shades of Green in Madison County!

February 27, 2012 § 1 Comment

This past Friday, I was fortunate enough to attend the Shades of Green in Madison County conference on sustainability. The conference took place at Morrisvile State College in Madison County, NY, and while the focus was on sustainability measures being implemented in Madison County and the surrounding areas, many of the messages and ideas transcended location. As described by the conference’s website, the purpose of the event was to:

“…help individuals, businesses, and communities advance green initiatives throughout Madison County to achieve more economically viable, sustainable and healthier places to live, go to school, work, shop, and enjoy!  Check out the agenda on the conference program page and register today! Shades of Green in Madison County: A Green Living Experience is an initiative of the Madison County Community Economic Development (CED) Committee.”

The day started off « Read the rest of this entry »

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Water Taste Test Shocks, Surprises SU Students

February 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

All day today in Schine Student Center, the Syracuse University Sustainability Club ran a water taste-test, challenging students, staff, potential students and their visiting parents to try to guess which type of water were which. The participants were presented with unmarked samples of bottled, filtered, and tap water, and asked to choose a favorite and then guess which was which.

Many participants were shocked to learn that they preferred certain types to others – though it was especially nice to see that many more people preferred the tap and filtered-tap water over bottled water. Even those who did prefer the bottled variety were shocked to learn the environmental and health dangers of drinking bottled water, and were excited and enthused to find out the benefits of filters and reusable bottles, especially when they learned about the new filling stations in Schine and Bird Library.Congrats to the Sustainability Club for an incredibly successful and informative event!

What’s New @ SU: Bottle Filling Stations

February 19, 2012 § 1 Comment

In the past few weeks, there has been an explosion of sustainable improvements at Syracuse University, empirically proving how small changes can make a huge impact. In the past couple weeks, a few small changes have made a huge difference on campus. Recently, water bottle filling stations have been put into Schine Student Center and Bird Library.

These filling stations are a bigger deal than one may realize. Up until they were put in « Read the rest of this entry »

Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

I know it’s a little late, but Happy Valentine’s Day from SU Sustainability and Green in a Sea of Orange!

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Dunk the Huskies!

February 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

After beating Georgetown’s Hoyas Wednesday night, it seems almost too easy to just beat the UConn Huskies this afternoon. So as an added challenge, Syracuse University is also working to promote sustainability via the DOT program.

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DOT (Do One Thing) On Campus is an initiative of SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) « Read the rest of this entry »

Tu B’Shvat: Going Green for the Big Man Upstairs

February 8, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today is Tu B’Shvat (Also spelled Tu Bishvat), the Jewish New Year for Trees. Don’t worry, I’m not going to go on about its origins or religious practices and significance. What I want to talk about is how this holiday relates to sustainability, and how I’ve used it to advance sustainable practices.

Traditionally eaten fruits and nuts, being purchased locally this year.

Many consider Tu B’Shvat to be the Jewish equivalent of Arbor Day or Earth Dat – A day to celebrate the gifts of the Earth, the beauty of nature, and everything else about the environment. So for this year’s tradition Tu B’Shvat Seder (traditional Jewish meal/service), I’ve worked with the Syracuse University Hillel to make a Tu B’Shvat that’s truly in the spirit of the holiday. « Read the rest of this entry »

America’s Next Eco-Star

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

FANTASTIC NEWS!!

Earlier this month, I was officially nominated for the “America’s Next Eco-Star” competition, sponsored by SmartPower. In just 4 days of voting, I’m already in the #3 spot! However, I need to stay in the top 10 until February 29th, so I still could use all of the support you all can muster!

Don’t have a clue what I’m talking about? Find out all about the contest here. Ready to vote? Click here.

So why was I nominated? « Read the rest of this entry »

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