Environmental Literature | Social Justice | Sustainable Futures

“The Green Crusader”

April 20th, 2017 | Posted by Jessica Marlow in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
  1. Power/ability: Influence people’s mindsets and behavior in an eco-friendly direction!
  2. Name: The Green Crusader
  3. Motto: “For the good of us all.”
  4. Outfit: Dark green suit, sunglasses
  5. Appearance: Looks like a normal person when not in superhero garb, small scale permaculture farmer in Vermont like Ben Falk

  1. Transportation: Natural flight (most eco-friendly) –> think superman
  2. Weakness: His “kryptonite” is pollution
  3. Side kicks: The planet
    1. Earth world planet globe smiling happy cartoon vector Vector clipart ...
  4. Villain: Consumerism, commercialization, wasteful human behaviors
  5. Species/Backstory: Appears to be human, but comes from a planet that was transformed into an arid wasteland as a result of overconsumption and unsustainable practices. He now travels the universe finding planets in danger of facing the same fate and does his best to deter their impeding destruction.





Filter Fred

April 20th, 2017 | Posted by Barbara Lynn Weaver in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
  1. Power: Filters water, like, really well.
  2. Name: Filtering Fred
  3. Motto: Better than a Brita
  4. Outfit:
  5. Appearance: see above.
  6. Transportation: rides on a cloud.
  7. Weakness: pollution
  8. Sidekick: Composting Kid (power: has seen compost before)

  1. Villain: Plastic Pete


April 20th, 2017 | Posted by Brandon Foreman in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)
  1. power/ability – spreads seeds
  2. name – Green Giant
  3. motto – “Seeds to make you grow big like me”
  4. outfit – Green cape with a picture of corn, shirt with a chart of fruits and vegetables
  5. appearance – Basically the Hulk
  6. transportation – dragon
  7. weakness – Unable to eat meat
  8. sidekick – Dragon – picks where to spread the seeds
  9. villain – Monsanto
  10. form/species – Human with dragon sidekick
  11. back story – Green Giant needs infinite vitamins to live


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This Week’s Links: April 15

April 15th, 2017 | Posted by Amanda Starling Gould in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Life on the Forgotten Farms of Guangzhou” via City Lab

Read to Respond: Articles for Student Activists” via Duke Press

Artist’s brilliant National Park posters advertise a grim future” via Treehugger

The Intrepid ’20s Women Who Formed an All-Female Global Exploration Society” via Atlas Obscura

Letters to a Young Farmer: “Barbara Kingsolver Cheers on Young Farmers” via The Daily Beast

Depressed about climate change? There’s a 9-step program for that.” via Grist

The Smog of the Sea: Ian Cheney & Jack Johnson’s (with collaborators) film about ocean waste.

This Week’s Links

April 10th, 2017 | Posted by Amanda Starling Gould in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Interested in solar panels? Google Project Sunroof can help!

Think You Have What It Takes to Become a Farmer? It is harder than it looks.

How about a cotton bouquet?! Black Cotton: This Man Has a Surprising Idea to Help Black Farmers Thrive.

Are you eating happy food? Paleo vs Vegan.

Need another dose of hope for the future? This Changes Everything: Beautiful Solutions!

Curious about popular thinking about climate change? The NYTimes has a few maps for you: How Americans Think about Climate Change in Six Maps.

Is climate change gender neutral? (Nope) See for instance this new piece: Women’s Crucial Role in Combatting Climate Change.

Feeling down about POTUS’s recent anti-environmentalism? See how cities are already fighting back!

Oh my, this guy:


Thanks to significant increases in Internet connectivity speeds over the past few decades, browsers are able to load an average website’s content almost instantaneously without being seriously affected by bottlenecks derived from loading various kinds of media and assets, such as images or videos. Given this mitigated negative effect, many modern website designers are paying less attention to the size of their webpages and are building webpages that are increasingly dominated by different kinds of media. This negligence has resulted in large, asset-dependent webpages that require more energy to load which ultimately increases the environmental impact of browsing the Internet.

This final project explores the field of sustainable web design by analyzing different methods of reducing energy consumption within a webpage without sacrificing the quality of the website itself. These methods range from simply using different file types for media to having the website hosted by a more environmentally conscious web hosting provider. In addition to this research, the project incorporates a hands-on component of constructing a Google Chrome extension that implements options for reducing website energy consumption that are independent of the website designer’s control. Ultimately, this final project strives to not only educate Internet users on the impact of their daily browsing but also give them a user-friendly tool to reduce their browsing’s energy consumption without needing substantial experience on their own end.

Project: Economic Analysis of the Effect of Oil on the Nigerian Economy

Things to consider:

  • Timeline of events
  • Map of oil rich areas
  • Total supply capacity
  • Brief long term history of energy/oil
  • Brief history of recent oil developments
  • GDP, Infrastructure and jobs created by oil companies
  • Brief overview of Nigerian conflict
  • Impact of supply disruptions on oil market
  • Impact of supply disruptions on daily life for Nigerians


Structure: PowerPoint Presentation, Excel Model

Sources: Energy Information Administration (EIA), news reports, Wikipedia, quotes

In a society where the popular belief is that humans and their environment are growing farther and farther apart, the solution of an investment in environmental conservation alongside an increase in human activity in that same environment may initially seem contradictory. In this project, I will analyze the intersection between conservation and hunting in numerous areas of the world with extremely varied physical and social climates to address how the human pursuit of food and game can benefit both environmental well-being and community development. Continuing in this discussion will be an attempt to define related terms and opposing theories, such as the debate of what exactly constitutes conservation and the stance of behavioral ecology and environmental ethics on this topic. Furthermore, I plan to interview local hunters in the Rocky Mountains to develop an in-depth perspective of human’s relationship with and feelings about spending time in nature doing this activity, as well as understanding the power of humans and their perception of their intended role within the wilderness. 

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

Roosevelt Franklin

Agricultural science and the natural world have found themselves pushed out of increasingly competitive school environments. Students from pre-k onward are being prepped for college acceptances instead of for our changing environment. The lack of attachment to green spaces and the reinforcement of fluorescent halls has led to increased negative effects on today’s youth, particularly in their education and overall health. This paper explores the overarching need for environmental education in public schools through access to classroom gardens. Detailed are groups around the United States that have worked to implement “agriscience” into public school classrooms, with a focus on the Durham Public School System’s Hub Farm. These organizations will be used to evaluate the impact gardens have on the habits and long-term well being of students. This paper aims to offer a holistic evaluation of the benefits of gardens in public school classrooms, and their ability to build our youth for the future.