Friday, March 21, 2014

Trashion Show!

Check out this year's Trashion Show featuring WWU's Industrial Design students' creations from re-purposed and re-cycled materials.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

WWU Bottle Water Ban Effective April 1, 2014

Gerald and Carolyn, the EOHS GEF Team, (photo from the GEF Facebook page)
In case you haven't heard, it's official! Beginning April 1, 2014, Western Washington University will become the largest university, public or private, in Washington state to end bottled water sales on campus, following a student initiative in the spring of 2012 that stated that the selling of bottled water was an unsustainable practice, and asked the university to halt the sale of bottled water on campus.

According to a press release, WWU student, member of Students for Sustainable Water, and one-half of the student team that partnered with Western Libraries on a GEF grant to have a water-bottle refilling station installed in the library, "Bottled water and water privatization is detrimental to the environment, to human rights to water, and simply doesn't make sense in a region where we have clean, amazing tap water." As she points out, this change is important "because it means upholding Western's values in sustainability and social justice." 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Anticipating Surprises

Did you know that the National Academies Press makes all their books available for free online?  One of the Academies is the National Research Council and you can find their new book Abrupt Impacts of Climate Change: Anticipating Surprises (2013here.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

West Virginia Chemical Spill

The March issue of the Natural Hazards Observer is online, with a good article on the chemical spill in West Virginia.  Special bonus: an article on what the behavior of beer in bottles tells us about volcanoes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

REMINDER: Sock Monkey-Making Workshop is TODAY!

As a continuation of the GEF sponsored project, "The Human Aspect of Sustainability," a workshop will be held today in Wilson Library room 268 where you can help make sock monkeys for displaced children. Refreshments will be provided, and good time will be had by all! Come join us!

FROM 4:00PM TO 6:30PM