Green Blogs

September 14, 2010

What part do you play in wildlife crime? Click here for an interesting opinion article published in NewScientist relating to the consumer culture of first world countries.

September 3, 2010

In “UofL Green Scene: Environmental crime – Why don’t those folks ever go to jail?” Professor Terry Edwards brings up an interesting point that applies to issues here in the city.

For those interested in pursuing the matter in more detail: “Green Scene is a monthly column on sustainable activities written by the faculty, staff or students responsible for them. Edwards teaches a course titled “Environmental Crime,” has published on the topic and has served on environmental crime committees.” Source: UofL Today

October 28, 2009

The largest source of industrial emissions in the Jefferson County area is a petrochemical complex located in West Louisville known as Rubbertown. The complex is composed of 11 large chemical plants that account for approximately 20% of the state’s total industry releases of air toxics and 42% of all industrial air emissions in Jefferson County. Click here to read more about the history of Louisville’s blight.

October 16, 2009

The photographer Chris Jordan displays the impact of consumerism on albatrosses in the Pacific in his powerful and moving collection “An Ocean of Plastic… In Birds’ Guts.” Click here to view the heart-wrenching evidence of the effects on the Pacific Trash Gyre on wildlife, as the rare birds die from malnutrition and starvation, mistaking colorful lids and plastics for food.

October 2, 2009

A massive project to shrink the carbon footprint of the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus received final clearance from university trustees a few weeks ago. UofL and Siemens Building Technologies Inc. are set to begin work this month on a $21.7 million, 13 ½-year performance contract to make the campus more energy efficient. Full story can be found in UofL’s press releases – check out what steps the university is taking to go green!

September 18, 2009

Do you know what you’re ordering when you ask for fish at McDonald’s or other fast food chains? According to recent research, those breaded tasty meals may be causing deep ecological impacts, despite New Zealand’s attempt to hush the controversy over their fishy exports.  Click here to read about the hoki, the bug-eyed fish that’s raising sustainability questions across the globe.

September 4, 2009

What happens when an artist takes waste from a major fast food chain and returns it to its previous form?  How does this symbolize and embody the idea of sustainability? Those are the questions Tuken Teruya asked when creating his Notice-Forest, an art project in which used paper Happy Meal bags are shaped into beautiful trees. Click here to see pictures and the full story.

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