In Photos: Columbia’s Recycling Facility

At some point or another, most of us have heard at least something about Columbia’s landfill and recovery operations, where all of MU and Columbia’s waste and recycling is sent. Last week, I had the pleasure of touring the landfill via an Environmental Leadership Office-sponsored event, to finally see (and smell) what all the buzz…

Tour of Columbia for National Geographic GeoBee

Missouri’s 2012 National Geographic Bee champion, Jack Langen, gives a tour of his home town of Columbia for the NatGeo YouTube channel. Double-fisting Sparky’s ice cream? Walking on the MKT? The kid couldn’t be more spot on. Jack will be competing against the other state champions in Washington, D.C., on May 22-24. The Bee finals…

Edible Columbia Tour on May 6

The Center for Sustainable Living will take a caravan tour of the urban gardens of Columbia to learn about edible landscapes, urban farming, herb gardening, rain gardens, raised beds and much more! The tour will run from 2 to 5 p.m. The final stop of the tour is Comedor Popular, the new eatery opened by…

A Saturday at the Columbia Farmer’s Market

This past weekend was the second Saturday of the Columbia Farmer’s Market season.  Even though a lot of the time it was either raining or threatening to rain, there were still a lot of people who braved the elements to get their local produce.  Walking down the lane there was a large variety of produce…

Local researcher works to improve turtle crossings

Imagine you are small. The world is vast, full of dangers and obstacles, and you are driven by instinct. But your habitat is shrinking. Where once you could move freely, unfamiliar obstacles now hamper your travels, presenting new kinds of predators evolution hasn’t equipped you to deal with.

Spring abounds at Pinnacles Youth Park

This past weekend I was lucky enough to visit Pinnacles Youth Park, located about 12 miles north of MU’s campus off U.S. 63, on two separate occasions. As a recent immigrant from Texas, I’m enamored with the concept of spring. This season, and any other besides stifling summer, is a phenomenon that is largely absent…

Sneak Peak: Sustainability Week

It’s been one heck of a year. How is Sustain Mizzou celebrating? In April, we’re dedicating an entire week to topics and issues surrounding sustainability on campus and in Columbia. The themes are Waste, Energy, Transportation, Local Food + Local Business, and No Impact Featured events include an E-Waste Drive, Transportation Fair + Bike Decorating,…

True/False Film ‘Queen of Versailles’ Tells Tale of Consumption Queen

The Queen of Versailles was one of the most talked about films at this year’s True/False Film Festival, here in Columbia, MO. The documentary film centers around the Siegel family who exemplifies how a rags to riches life can lead to insanely conspicuous over consumption. The film primarily follows time share resort mogul David Siegel’s third…

Environmental events happening soon in Columbia

April will be the busy month for sustainability on campus (look for upcoming Sustainability Week posts soon!) but have no fear!  Between now and Spring Break, Columbia, Mo., has a wealth of environmental events.  Find one that fits and give a new group a chance this spring! MU CAMPUS MASTER PLAN FORUM, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14:…