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Climate change and political instability

Here’s a story from Swarthmore College about climate change, agriculture, and the potential for war. Our own professor Matt Mariola is interviewed about 24 minutes into the story. Recent visitor Richard Matthew is also featured. It’s a spin on climate … Continue reading

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New release

A new book, edited by ethologist Mark Bekoff, presents an argument for why we need to change our attitudes about nature. His goal is to critique the implicit (and sometimes explicit) attitude of domination and exploitation with which humans approach … Continue reading

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Doing sustainability work

I recently attended the meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in New Orleans. (I know, tough life.) What made this conference distinctive, and convinced me to attend, was the day-long preconference devoted to a discussion of how … Continue reading

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Waste not, want not

Many students were taken aback by the sight of their professors and peers scraping food into barrels on Tuesday night.  This was the first of a two-part weigh-in to see how much food we’re wasting at Lowry. Around the country, … Continue reading

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Creativity continued: Wooster alumni at work

Early in December I had the chance to attend a screening of some short films by Wooster alumnus Ted Burger. Ted has been working primarily in China, where he has produced some award-winning films. More recently he has moved to … Continue reading

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The sustainability team on the job

I had to share this example of Wooster sustainability at work.  Until this year, soap in the campus soap dispensers did not include triclosan, a known endocrine-disrupting chemical.  When we switched to the new dispensers, alert chemistry professor Melissa Schultz … Continue reading

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Scot Center reception

As part of RRR week, we had a reception in the Scot Center featuring local food prepared by Campus Dining. The reception honored the winners of an environmental studies scholarship funded by ESG: seniors Erin Plews-Ogan and Erika Takeo, and … Continue reading

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Tree Campus

I was going to post about Wooster’s designation as a tree campus, but the Geology Department beat me to it. A good reminder that this designation is something the whole campus should appreciate.

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Fall Events

Welcome back to the start of the school year! We’ll have a number of events of interest this fall. Some are sure to come up later, but here’s a sampling: The Art Museum will be presenting a video, Tooba, in … Continue reading

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LEED Gold!

 The Scot Center has been awarded LEED Gold certification. First: Hooray! By obtaining LEED Gold certification for the new Scot Center, the College of Wooster is signaling that it values environmental sustainability and is committed to finding ways to reduce its … Continue reading

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