• The Thorny Issue

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, all of us are rushing to the stores to buy flowers for our near and dear. What the majority of us is unaware of is that the United States of America imports nearly 70% of its flowers from Colombia, Kenya and other countries. Not only has this raised the carbon-footprint …

  • Ash Tree, Ash Tree! They ALL fall down!

    Smaller than a penny, the seemingly harmless emerald ash borer beetles have been responsible for over 25 million ash tree deaths across the USA in the past 13 years and have spread to 22 states in the United States. Native to East Asia, these beetles were first discovered in Michigan when a small swarm of …

  • NSO and Sustainability!

    During the last day of New Student Orientation, the Integrated Program in Sustainability held a giveaway event for new students in which we asked students to draw a mystery question out of a bag, and post their answer to our Facebook wall or write their answer down on a piece of paper! We had a …

  • Truth in (Science) Fiction

    One of the many reasons I’m drawn to conservation and the world’s future is because I grew up watching The Matrix and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It’s taken many re-watching sessions and a little aging to understand the underlying themes behind these movies, but nonetheless, I think my way of thinking about the real world …