Tip #12: Pot a native Missouri plant!

Yes, just one. If every person planted one native Missouri plant, we’d be out of trouble in no time! A huge problem facing us today is “invasive species.” They are species of plants and animals which outgrow other plants or animals around them, and take over the landscape. Invasive species are hard to get rid…

Tip #5: Buy Local Eggs

Being a sustainable shopper is a hard task, especially as a college student. $100, or even $150, a month doesn’t go as far as you might think, and buying that $3 head of organic broccoli seems like such a waste when there is a $1.50 head right next to it, and they look exactly the…

Spring Flowers: Falling by the Minute

During my spring break my family and I went to Dallas Blooms. It was this fantastic display of all different kinds of spring flowers at the Dallas Arboretum. While we were there we got to see all different kinds of tulips, azaleas, daffodils, snapdragons, with other flowers, but it was mostly tulips. Getting to see…

Recycling for the “Randos”

By Sheridan Brown Recycling is the last thing on college student’s minds.  Trying to juggle class, extra curricular activities, work and a social life is usually overwhelming in itself. What most people do not realize is that recycling takes no time at all.  So for those individuals who are not as concerned about the environment…

Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, My Home Base

When speaking to other lovers of the outdoors I feel that I’m preaching to the choir.  These folks are already excited about being active, and their curiosity has led them to become extremely knowledgeable about the world.  What can I offer them?  Today’s post is not a travel advertisement for a distant wilderness trip or…

True/False Highlights Climate Change Issue with Film on the Maldives

The Island President is a documentary film that follows the life of a former-political-refugee-turned-president during the lead-up to the 2009 Copenhagen Climate Conference as he attempts to save his small country from the global political forces that resist the growing need to reign in the issue of climate change. I was fortunate enough to catch the…

Tiger Transit Movement gains traction

Columbia’s transit problems came to a head in November with a lot of alarm and controversy, but now it seems to be leveling out. University administration hired a consultant from Solstice Transportation Group, who says he will present us with a plan for fixing the system before the end of the semester. And on the…

Environmental Summit this weekend!

Want to see how Missouri is working to protect the environment? Come to the Missouri Votes Conservation (MVC) Environmental Summit January 28th right here at Mizzou! Missouri Votes Conservation Education Fund is a non-partisan, common-ground organization that strives to unify the many diverse environmental and conservation interests in Missouri in order to strengthen the state’s…

Get a job with urban agriculture!

Great news for job-seeking food lovers! The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is currently accepting applications for three AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer positions in 2012.  Two of CCUA’s partners also have a VISTA position available, making the total five.  Below are links to the AmeriCorps VISTA website which has more information. Urban Farm Outreach (CCUA) Urban…

Free Parking: Is it really free?

The average Walmart Superstore has between 4 acres of store under its roof and 16 – 20 acres of parking out in front of it. This means that 75 – 80 % of the land footprint is dedicated to parking. Parking also dominates the landscape, making up the largest land use in urban areas; in…