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Supporting the Revolving-Loan Environmental Efficiency Fund

Another Environmental Psychology group (Ben Caroli, Rebecca Cinquino, Mariel Ho, Clara Hobson) investigated the REEF project, which provides loans to Wooster students to implement green initiatives. This project aims to improve both the environmental status of the college as well … Continue reading

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Learning to think about nature

More work from students in Environmental Psychology.  This group (Alex Ford, Sarah Frederick, Kyrstin Gibson, Amy Joy Huffenberger, Shannon O’Neill, Joanie Zekan) was interested in how children think about nature — important as a possible predictor of how they will … Continue reading

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What do you think about pets?

Another project by Environmental Psychology students Lindsay Bowman and Sarah Hawke was inspired by research showing positive effects of pets on health. Read their post, and take the survey! Our project focuses on creating a proposal to implement a pet-friendly … Continue reading

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Invisible effects of climate change

Remember Katrina? Though no single weather event can be definitively linked to climate change, scientists agree that extreme events like hurricanes and tornadoes will be more likely as the world heats up. Thus Hurricane Katrina, among similar events, may be … Continue reading

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Beyond coal

Do you know where your energy comes from?  The College of Wooster has a coal plant.  Many colleges and universities do, particularly in our part of the country. But increasingly, colleges are turning to other sources of energy. Why? – … Continue reading

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What makes an environment healthy?

It’s that time of year again — the time when the leaf-blower army appears on campus. I’m still unconvinced about the merits of leaf-blowers.  Obviously, there are environmental costs associated with the engines; though ours are pretty efficient, they still … Continue reading

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Sense of place

I’ve been traveling a bit recently — from the claustrophobically tree-lined, winding roads of Connecticut to the desolate open spaces of Texas: All this has made me think about the way we attach ourselves to place.  Location puts its stamp … Continue reading

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Where do you want to end up?

A recent environmental studies brownbag discussed green burials. Those of you who were there know that there’s a certified green cemetery in our own area, associated with the Wilderness Center.  Kyrstin Gibson passed on this link to an article in … Continue reading

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What Wooster is doing

If you haven’t looked at the live feed on how much energy the solar roof is generating, check it out here . It won’t save the world, but it’s a step in the right direction!  

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Sustainable eating

All this talk about the garden makes me think about the end result:  food. There’s a lot of talk about the role of food in sustainability, and I recently heard that Northeast Ohio is actually a center for the local … Continue reading

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