Thrive: Musings on Sustainability

Secondary Stories: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- In That Order! (11/1/2018) - Reduce, reuse, and recycle– they’re household names at this point and recycling seems to be the most popular option. After all, recycling still allows for consumption but limits waste. So why is it last on the list? Why should reducing and reusing take place before recycling? Recycling is vital in combating climate change, but it
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Director’s Corner: Consumerism Drives Consumption that is Consuming the Planet (10/31/2018) - “People say they want to have it all.  But where would they put it?” Steven Wright The word “consumption” was used in ancient Greece almost 2,500 years ago to describe the disease pulmonary tuberculosis because the disease appeared to consume the body it had infected.  This form of consumption has been largely controlled in the
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Be Good Like the Coconut Tree (10/31/2018) - Post contributed by Laura Vinzant, Senior in Global Studies The Resourceful Nature of Fijians There are countless things I learned during my four-week journey on the small, North Fijian island of Vorovoro from winding fish lines on bottles to cooking every-day meals. I saw, first-hand, what the gender roles looked like and the importance of
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Sustainability Course Offerings Spring 2019 (10/31/2018) - Post contributed by Dr. Nanette Chadwick, Academic Sustainability Programs, Director More than 20 courses are being offered toward the Minor in Sustainability Studies during Spring Semester 2019, spread across 8 colleges on campus. Most of them can also be used as free electives, or even toward students’ majors. Academic Sustainability Programs has posted online a guide to sustainability electives that details the time each
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Gathering around Global Goals at the 2018 Sustainability Conference (10/31/2018) - Here in the Office of Sustainability, the goal of our internship program is to transform our student interns into sustainability practitioners who are equipped to lead others in solving the sustainability challenges our world is facing. One of the most powerful professional development experiences we provide is the opportunity to attend the premier conference for
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Campus Changemaker: Karen Cochran (10/31/2018) - Post contributed by Taylor Kraabel, Office of Sustainability Intern For the past twelve years, Karen Cochran has been a dedicated member of the Auburn community. She began her time at Auburn as the administrative assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering, where she worked for eleven of her twelve years. In the past year, Karen
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