A 20-something Environmentalist at Blue Vision Summit 4

By now, you have all been bombarded by the phrases "go green" and "be sustainable" in the media, in advertising and from peers, but have you heard of the phrase "go blue?" Not to give you all horrible SAT flashbacks, but "blue" is to the ocean as "green" is to the environment. So, when I [...]

NJ Has 20 Coastal Lakes (Who Knew?) And They All Need Help

On Tuesday, I attended the Coastal Lakes Summit: Moving to a Healthier and More Resilient Future at Monmouth University.  The Summit was organized by the Urban Coast Institute (UCI), which strives to “serve the public interest as a forum for research, education, and collaboration that fosters the application of the best available science and policy [...]

Bottled Water? What’s next? Bagged Air?

In college, I was involved with the Delaware Environmental Institute Student Programs Committee, where we encouraged students to become more "bottled water aware" and offered alternatives to buying bottled water (see Bottled Water Awareness on Campus).  After graduation, I began working for an ocean advocacy non-profit, where we also try to discourage our network of citizens, [...]

Canoeing the Conestoga: Agriculture and Water Quality

Happy Earth Day 2012 everyone!  On this Earth Day, I have decided to center a post around an important environmental issue of our time: clean waterways.  Understanding the connectedness of nature is vital for taking on a "deep ecology" mindset.  A great way to explain the connectedness of our natural systems is through our waterways.  [...]

Bottled Water Awareness on Campus

The mission of the Delaware Environmental Institute is to conduct research and coordinate partnerships that integrate environmental science, engineering, and policy in order to provide solutions and strategies that address environmental challenges.  As their intern, one of my responsibilities is to chair the Student Programs Committee (SPC), a group of 8 undergraduate UD students that [...]

Scientific Ocean Studies a Load of Garbage?

The Pacific Ocean is home to copious marine flora and fauna, vital fisheries for human consumption, and…a vast pool of litter? The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is in the gyre (large system of rotating ocean currents involved with large wind movements) of the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone in the central North Pacific Ocean. The [...]