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Christopher X J. Jensen
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Water, Alfalfa, China, and a modern Tragedy of the Commons

Posted 12 Aug 2014 / 0

NPR Morning Edition “In Time Of Drought, Arizona’s Alfalfa Exports Are Criticized” There are so many interesting aspects to this story. First and foremost, it illustrates that “tragedies of the common” are entirely, well — common — in modern economies. The rules of resource use dictate whether that resource will be over-exploited: if there are Read More

A Minor Post, Climate Change, Cooperation, Deserts, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Justice, Ethics, Radio & Podcasts, Resource Consumption, Sustainability, Sustainable Agriculture, Water Supply

This site is now hosted by A Small Orange

Posted 03 Aug 2014 / 0

As I chronicled in a previous post, I have been looking to switch my web hosting services to a company that has a sustainability policy. Well, I have made my choice. This site is now hosted by A Small Orange, which assures that 150% of their power needs are compensated by wind power credits. As this Read More

A Minor Post, Resource Consumption, Sustainability, Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Web Design

Pledge, Petition, Protect! All at Green Week 2014!

Posted 24 Mar 2014 / 0

   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 I will be involved with. The first event has become an annual tradition: New York Read More

A Minor Post, Activism, Center for Sustainable Design Studies, Envirolutions, Resource Consumption, Sustainability, Sustainable Pratt, Sustainable Transportation

Interesting numbers on the sustainability (or lack thereof) of the aviation industry

Posted 20 Feb 2014 / 0

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, and damning enough of air transport (while also accenting our very strong dependence on this Read More

A Minor Post, Climate Change, Economic sustainability, Information Design, Pollution, Quantitative Analysis, Resource Consumption, Sustainability, Sustainable Transportation, Web