environment

April 3, 2012 - 11:47am
Pinterest, the online pinboard, has easy and innovative ways to recycle and make your life more sustainable.

Pinterest is my new favorite time-waster. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, Pinterest is an awesome online pinboard where people can post anything they want, whether it’s a quote or a recipe or a DIY craft for your five-year-old daughter.

I’ve found that Pinterest is also great for simple home solutions on recycling and other sustainable practices. Here is a list of my top 5 sustainable tricks so far.

February 11, 2012 - 9:12pm
In the third G-Fit series post, a recycling specialist from OCRRA shares her advice on recycling in the wintertime, giving students no excuse but to use the blue bins.

There might not be much around Syracuse that’s green these days, but that doesn’t mean your recycling habits have to hibernate for the season. Recycling specialist Sarah Stewart from the Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency (OCRRA) shared some tips on recycling during the winter.

December 11, 2011 - 3:15pm
After being deemed a "critical maintenance project," Illick Hall is set to receive major environmentally-friendly renovations starting in May 2012.

A few green thumbs and a dire need for repair pushed the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to start the renovation process on one of its campus highlights: Illick Hall. Deemed a “critical maintenance project” by campus administration, a new roof and greenhouse complex will replace the original roof system starting in May 2012.

December 2, 2011 - 11:04pm
Syracuse University partners with local company to repurpose styrofoam packaging.

Styrofoam is common on campus. In fact, it's common any place where biomedical, chemical or other biological research in being conducted. Tomorrow, and on the first Tuesday of every month, Syracuse University's physical plant will be making stops at five buildings on campus to collect the myriad styrofoam containers.

What is it?

December 2, 2011 - 1:44pm
A journey along California’s 840 miles of coastline shows urbanization’s impact on communities, the environment and people's lives.

Extensive coastal development in the past 50 years has been a detrimental to California's natural landscape and the famous surf spots.

"There”s no question that California”s population has doubled in the 43 years since I’ve been here," said Gary Griggs, director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California-Santa Cruz. "It's gone from 19 million to almost 39 million people. And most of the those people, 75 percent of them are living in coastal counties."

November 30, 2011 - 11:04pm
Students and faculty are utilizing Zipcars a lot more than when they first arrived on campus, which is not only better for the environment, but it's economical, too.

You may have places to be and things to do, but you don’t necessarily have to have your own car (or a Centro pass) to do them.

In the past 18 months, the number of people registered for Syracuse’s Zipcars car sharing program tripled, bringing the number of members up to 1,150. Of that group, 1,077 are students.

Rick Martin of SU’s Department of Sustainability attributes the success to people catching onto the idea that they can use the Zipcars and not necessarily have to depend on having cars of their own on campus, whether it’s students, faculty or staff.

September 21, 2010 - 9:43pm
The green activist recounts a career of making change in her South Bronx neighborhood.

Majora Carter, acclaimed environmentalist and green activist, challenged her audience Tuesday night at Hendricks Chapel to promote a spirit of environmental equality in their communities. Carter spoke to a crowd of Syracuse University students, faculty and community members that filled the chapel’s lower level for the first speaker in the University Lectures series.

June 8, 2010 - 7:22pm
ESF's Green Campus Initiative reveals the trash habits of its students.

When an environmentally conscious school has trouble recycling, what do you do? Tell people.

April 21, 2010 - 5:52pm
Spotlight on sustainability: A bright hope for the Syracuse University campus or a fading dream?

All the buzzing widgets, blinking bulbs and electric air coolers in Newhouse I, II and III zapped through 150,200 kilowatt-hours of electricity last July. This is 7.5 times the energy consumed by the average automobile in the year 2000. It's 64 times the total magnetic field energy in all the magnets of the Large Hadron Collider, and 12 times the average yearly single-family home electricity usage.

March 2, 2010 - 8:38pm
Founder of WorldChanging.com Alex Steffen spoke at Hendricks Chapel about achieving big green change.

Those in attendance at Hendricks Chapel might have been surprised by the many statistics and studies Alex Steffen rattled off about environmental sustainability Tuesday afternoon. Yet the sometimes counter-intuitive facts he cited all pointed to a common theme: achieving a sustainable future, he says, isn’t about doing things differently -- it’s about doing different things.