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Sleeping Be(e)auty: Why Bees Need a Good Night’s Rest

Eve Gersh – Bee Campus USA Eco Rep If flying up to ten miles a day, a distance more than 100,000 times your body length, sounds like hard work: that’s because it is. Yet, foraging honeybees do this daily to contribute to their honey stores for the hive. It is no wonder they need toContinue reading “Sleeping Be(e)auty: Why Bees Need a Good Night’s Rest”

A Bright Future for Flash Graphene

Written by Hunter Chan, Zero Waste Logistics Eco-Rep In the 1960s, the US produced around 100M tons of municipal solid waste (MSW). According to the Environmental Protection Agency figures from 2018, the country has nearly tripled its volume of waste to 292.4M tons. Increasingly, the attention has shifted to food and plastic waste. The EPAContinue reading “A Bright Future for Flash Graphene”

Wave “Hello” to Wave Energy

Written by Jaime Valdez– STARS Analyst & Community Outreach Eco-Rep Did you know that generating electricity produces 60% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions1? Greenhouse gas emissions heavily contribute to climate change and the overall health of our planet. Now, imagine if I told you that there is a new energy technology that will completelyContinue reading “Wave “Hello” to Wave Energy”

Exploitation In Your Closet?

Written by Gwen Schaulis- Education Outreach and Programming Eco-Rep Over the years, shopping has evolved from necessity to hobby. Many of us look for the latest trend at the lowest price. What we fail to recognize is that our shopping sprees fuel an industry that places profit over environmental and human health. Concealed from consumersContinue reading “Exploitation In Your Closet?”

Buying a Bike for Transportation

By Ian Seamans – Bike Friendly University Eco Rep Want to get happier, healthier, significantly reduce your carbon footprint and save money on gas? Try riding a bike! Getting started with biking can be intimidating at first, so this guide is here to help. We will cover the types of bikes available, three key aspectsContinue reading “Buying a Bike for Transportation”

Uncovering the Wonder of Worms

Written by Carolina Parra – Marketing Lead Eco-Rep When someone mentions worms, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? That they’re grossly wiggly, perhaps even slimy and disease-ridden?  While their wiggle may make some people queasy, neither they nor their minuscule amounts of slime cause nor carry disease. In fact, their slime is howContinue reading “Uncovering the Wonder of Worms”

Beeswax Really is the Bees’ Knees

Why is beeswax so important, and where did the phrase ‘bees knees’ come from anyway? Do bees even have knees?   Let’s start with beeswax. Most of it is produced by young worker bees aged 14-21 days because, as a bee gets older, her wax glands shrink. Older worker bees may help to produce wax ifContinue reading “Beeswax Really is the Bees’ Knees”

International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day

By Mohini Shanker So what exactly connects the words “sunflower”, “guerrilla”, and “gardening” to make one special day of collective action? Guerrilla gardening is the reclamation practice of planting in neglected public spaces that are not authorized for gardening. Guerrilla gardeners plant flowers and vegetables and maintain the plants in these designated areas, continuing aContinue reading “International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day”

Earth Week At A Glance

Before the 1970s, the United States did not have any stringent environmental regulations in place. Because of this disparity, Senator Gaylord Nelson established Earth Day (April 22nd) to shed light on the importance of taking action to protect our planet. Millions of Americans participated in demonstrations to show support. Today, Earth Day Network (EDN) coordinatesContinue reading “Earth Week At A Glance”

The Invisible Pollution of Urban Waterways

You know not to litter, you know to not dump dangerous chemicals, but did you know that you might be unintentionally contributing nutrient pollutants to waterways? Because most land in urban areas is covered in impermeable surfaces like concrete, asphalt, and compacted dirt, rain water can’t soak into the ground. Instead, rain enters storm drainsContinue reading “The Invisible Pollution of Urban Waterways”