A Schurz Exposé: Do these Brats Recycle?

By Lauren Looney Recycling is one of the most elementary attempts at sustainable living. Seriously, toddlers and gorillas can sort their own refuse (though at the moment, I have no research to back the latter up).  So as I lose faith daily in our campus’ ability to do the simplest things for the environment, I…

Cold weather hiking in Columbia and beyond

By Tina Casagrand Cold weather and post-Thanksgiving “back in shape” blues drives crowds of people inside for exercise.  But where’s the fun in a treadmill?  Especially with an unseasonably warm winter, nature lovers can stay outdoors for plenty of hiking, running and paddling throughout the season. The brand-new Missouri State Park Stories site suggests 10…

Sweet Sustainatato Pie Recipe

When Sustain Mizzou members cooked for St. Francis House last week, we made four tasty sweet potato pies.  Here’s the recipe, modified from a delicious concoction found on AllRecipes.com.  We cut the sugar and used small sweet potatoes from the Root Cellar instead of one big one.  That made it a little harder to peel,…

My Green Cities offers local gift guide

By Tina Casagrand With so many local shops and restaurants around town, it’s sometimes overwhelming to consider what to give your favorite sustainer for the holidays. Here’s a good jumpstart: Arianna Parsons at My Green Cities just posted a green gift guide to local businesses.  It’s an attractive 28-page book that explains why they love…

Planning a rocking benefit concert: Gulf Sounds

I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to combine my passion for music with an environmental cause and I had to seize this one. I decided to pick three organizations that are providing aid to the Gulf, to cover three categories: environment, community and wildlife. The idea was to create an event with Sustain Mizzou that…

Sustained! 7 steps for transitioning leadership in a student organization

By Julia Haslanger This evening, a new Sustain Mizzou executive board will meet for the first time.  Now in its seventh year, our organization has learned a few things about leadership development. The trick to sustaining a student movement is developing a system to support and transition that energy.  Here are seven steps for identifying…

Winter food finds at the Columbia Farmers Market

By Tina Casagrand Fall never seems to last very long in mid-Missouri.  Good apples ripen and fall, the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival whizzes by in a weekend, the last tomatoes drop off the vine, and jack-o-lantern smiles melt into dirt. Winter’s here.  The veggie stock’s down.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a fresh, fruitful…

Gulf Sounds Success

By Lauren Looney Here are some highlights from the Gulf Sounds benefit concert for oil spill relief. It was amazing, y’all should have been there. (Y’ALL? I’m from Missouri…). Ahem, anyway- Davis Dunavin, Kyle McDonald, The High Street Nephews and The Nacho Brothers all played a great show at the Blue Fugue.  There were Neutral…

Ups and Downs After Midterms for Environmentalists

note: Sustain Mizzou is a non-partisan 501 (c) 3 non-profit. We do not endorse any political party, candidates, or policy. Opinions of Footprint writers do not necessarily reflect those of Sustain Mizzou.   By Paul Rolfe Environmental advocates may be feeling a paler shade of green after the mid-term elections.  There were some big wins…

Oil Spill reading resources

In honor of this week’s Gulf Sounds concert to benefit victims of this summer’s oil spill, Reading Group is examining aspects of the issue by bringing in our favorite articles, videos, maps and other multimedia.  Other websites have archived resources much better than we ever could, so we’ll leave it to them: Full overview and…