Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Have a happy and sustainable Thanksgiving!

 Photo from U.S. Department of Agriculture.  License.

(In case you don't know, that's a photo of how they harvest cranberries.)

I went looking for ideas on making Thanksgiving more sustainable.  Here is some of what I found.

Talk Turkey: Tips for Sustainable Thanksgiving.  From LiveGreen Tennessee.

A more Sustainable Thanksgiving Feast.  From WLOX.

Sustainable Table: Talking Turkey.

Sustainable Thanksgiving Meals and Recipes.  From Mother Earth News.

Green Inspiration: Create Sustainable Thanksgiving Traditions.  From Taiga.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

See and Be Seen


Fall and Winter means shorter days, longer nights, and more darkness. WWU Sustainable Transportation and other sponsors are launching the "See and Be Seen" safety campaign to education and equip pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists with what they need to be safe on the road. Tomorrow, November 4th, there will be a "Seen and Be Seen" info table in front of the Viking Union where you can pick up free lights, safety tips, reflective materials and coupons for lights. For more info, check out this piece in Western Today. And remember to See and be Seen!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Smithsonian Institution and the environment

Maybe only library-heads would be interested in this, but what the heck.  The Smithsonian Institution has a library that just contains scientific material about Chesapeake Bay.  Who knew?  By the way, "Grey Literature" is material not published through the standard systems, i.e. commercial publishers or scholarly journals.  Think of all the "white papers" and reports issued by non-profits, for example.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Huxley College Speaker Series & Elwha: a River Reborn


As you probably already know, the Huxley College Speaker Series takes place every Thursday throughout the quarter, and features a variety of knowledgeable speakers presenting on a range of fascinating topics. You can see the whole list here, but I also want to direct your attention to two of the upcoming sessions in particular since they complement the Elwha: A River Reborn exhibit currently on display in Special Collections.

Thursday, November 6th from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the Wilson Library Reading Room: "Freeing the Elwha" panel discussion featuring faculty from Western and Northwest Indian College who will discuss the Elwha restoration and its broader implications.

Thursday, November 13th from 4:00 to 5:30pm in the Academic West building Rom 204: Film Return of the River, with Director John Gussman in attendance & hosting a Q & A after the screening.

Both of these events are free and open to the public. Also, a reminder if you haven't already seen it, stop by Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor) Mon-Fri between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm to see Elwha: A River Reborn,  the traveling exhibit from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, now on display at WWU and supported by a partnership between Western Libraries and Huxley College of the Environment.

Friday, October 24, 2014

3 pillars

I was looking up the Three Pillars of Sustainability and saw this page with some nice diagrams illustrating it...