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!

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Whose Problem?

December 5, 2011 § 3 Comments

Corporate Social Responsibility. In today’s times, it’s a term we hear all the time. But when it comes to the Environment, whose problem is it? Who is responsible for protecting the environment?

Is it the responsibility of corporations and big business, like CRS claims?

Is it the government’s job to do, by setting rules and regulations, as well as punishments?

Is it a problem of our already-under-attack educations system, which many believe should be teaching sustainability?

Is it our job, as citizens, to sacrifice conveniences of modern life in order to save our planet?

Lastly, at what level does the responsibility fall? Is it a local, national, or world-wide issue? Should the UN take responsibility?

Starting next Monday, and continuing over the rest of that week, I will try to answer these questions. Until then, let me know what you think in this poll:

Water Privatization: Villainy or Necessity?

November 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Water Privatization: Villainy or Necessity?. Interesting take on the privatization debate. I don’t think I necessarily agree with his (perhaps slight) pro-privitization slant, but he provides some thought-provoking insight and some new details to think about.

Poll of the Week

November 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

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