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Recent Major Posts
- There’s No Such Thing as Qualitative Sustainability
- New glacial maximum on Mount ARC provides definitive evidence that Pratt’s sustainability efforts are working
- I receive funding to initiate the Wallace Darwin Project
- Scientific American “Tiny Plants” article provides a primer on the inter-relationship between ecological and evolutionary change
- Taking risks for the data
- Barash the gene accountant on that little economic driver called “reproduction”
- An amazing indictment of the academic publishing industry (in which most of us participate)
- For the next eight months, the future of my career is (mostly) out of my hands
- My review of “Origins of Altruism and Cooperation” is published in QRB
- US EPA’s EnviroAtlas project promises to give researchers, students new insights into the geography of ecosystem services
Recent Minor Posts
- Donald Trump saves CitiBike, proving that selfishness and cooperation are no longer opposed
- Pledge, Petition, Protect! All at Green Week 2014!
- Cognitive Ethology and Cat Companionship
- Interesting numbers on the sustainability (or lack thereof) of the aviation industry
- If sloths endure costs to maintain closed-loop agricultural systems, why can’t we?
- Do we need to delete to keep the web sustainable?
- TurnUp seeks to turn excess art materials into treasure, not trash
- String Theory: should we care?
- Okay, I admit it: I am a bit of a Neanderthal
- Model evidence that third party punishment only makes sense in tight-knit groups
Category Archives: Resource Consumption
Every year, Pratt’s Sustainability Coalition hosts Green Week, a celebration of Pratt’s efforts to build a more sustainable society within and beyond our campus walls. This year’s Green Week will feature a variety of events, including two events that … Continue reading
Air Transport Action Group “Facts & Figures” I recognize that these statistics are being presented by an industry advocacy group, so they should be taken with some skepticism (I don’t have the time to fact-check them). But they are interesting, … Continue reading
TurnUp is an entrepreneurial material repurposing project supported by Pratt’s Design Incubator. If it works, it should save a lot of students some money, decrease the impact of consumption, and save a lot of materials from going to the landfill.
KQED The Lowdown “Rot and Rubbish: The Rancid Truth About How Much Food We Waste“
US EPA’s EnviroAtlas project promises to give researchers, students new insights into the geography of ecosystem services
At the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, I first learned about a really interesting initiative of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project –now dubbed EnviroAtlas – is dedicated to creating a free, interactive online tool for exploring … Continue reading
NPR Planet Money “Economists Have A One-Page Solution To Climate Change” I love this piece because it effectively captures the importance of an across-the-board carbon solution. The carbon tax would be relatively easy to enforce, could be used to wean … Continue reading
During this year’s Green Week celebration, Envirolutions club members brought their Room for Improvement campaign to the campus, asking members of the Pratt community to identify where the campus has the most “room to improve” in terms of sustainability. Two enticements incentivized participation: those … Continue reading
NPR All Things Considered “One Airport’s Trash Is 2 Million Worms’ Treasure“
All Things Considered “Positive Fracking Study Was Funded By Gas Company” 1.5 million dollars is a lot to receive from a corporation with interest in your research! Scientists can be bought, and transparency is the only thing that prevents profit-driven … Continue reading
Culminating over three semesters of work, Pratt’s Envirolutions student club chose Election Day to celebrate the launch of eleven new recycling bins on the Brooklyn campus grounds. President Schutte joined students to cut the ribbons on the new bins, which … Continue reading
The students in the Pratt Envirolutions club have worked tirelessly to get a set of recycling bins placed on campus. Please join these students and President Schutte for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 6, 2012 in front of the Engineering Building lawn @ 4 PM. … Continue reading
Science Debate dot org “The Top American Science Questions: 2012“
National Geographic “Tibetan Gold” This story encapsulates a whole host of unsustainable human behaviors: First, we have people over-harvesting an ecological product in a manner that risks its collapse; Second, the over-harvesting is driven by a cultural superstition that has spread … Continue reading
This year’s Green Week celebration brought the return of two regular events, an Envirolutions project to help make Pratt’s campus more sustainable and the return of the NYC Department of Transportation to give away free helmets. Envirolutions’ latest project is a collaboration with the Student Government Association … Continue reading
Bill McKibben has a feature article in this month’s National Geographic entitled “Can China go green?“.The article discusses how the rapid growth of the Chinese economy presents both great environmental risks and great environmental opportunities. Although McKibben is a well-known … Continue reading