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Show love for the Earth this Valentine’s Day

Posted by on Monday, February 6, 2012 in Dining, News, Waste & Recycling.

Valentine’s Day, February 14, is a day filled with cards, sweets, flowers and gifts. Like many holidays, its celebration can create unintentional environmental side effects, such as the consumption of natural resources and the generation of solid waste. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

When showing their affection for each other, Americans tend to go all out. For example:

196 million roses: The number produced for Valentine’s Day in 2011, according to the Society of American Florists.

141 million Valentine’s Day cards: The number exchanged each year (not including packaged kids’ Valentines for classroom exchanges), according to Hallmark. This makes Valentine’s Day the second-largest holiday for giving greeting cards.

$15.7 billion: The amount Americans were expected to spend on Valentine’s Day merchandise in 2011, according to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation.

Here are some suggestions for showing the Earth some affection, while celebrating with those near and dear to you:

Send an e-Valentine in lieu of a paper Valentine. If sending a paper Valentine, be certain to send one that is printed on paper containing recycled-content. Don’t forget to recycle Valentines you have received that you aren’t keeping!

Give organic or locally-grown flowers, a potted plant, a tree seedling, or a perennial plant instead of the traditional bouquet of flowers. Trees well suited for the southeastern United States include oaks, maples, redbuds, crape myrtles, dogwoods, and tulip poplars. Perennials suitable for the southeastern United States include roses, chrysanthemums, peonies, and hostas.

Give organic or fair-trade chocolates. Organic chocolates are produced in an eco-friendly manner without the use of pesticides, and fair-trade chocolates ensure that cacao farmers work in healthy, sustainable, and safe environments while receiving a fair wage for their products.

Make a donation to an environmental organization on behalf of your Valentine. Several organizations you might consider include the TN Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy of TN, Land Trust for TN, TN Parks & Greenways, World Wildlife Fund, Harpeth River Watershed Association, Clean Air Partnership of Middle TN, TN Environmental Council, and Arbor Day Foundation.

Plan a trip to a wildlife reserve, park or natural area. Your business will help support the running of such establishments. Several destinations you might consider include TN State Parks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in TN, TN Natural Areas Program, TN Sustainable Tourism, and U.S. National Parks in TN.

Arrange dinner at a local restaurant that specializes in organic or locally-grown food, or make your own romantic meal with locally-grown ingredients. Eating locally reduces the number of miles that your food travels to you and supports local establishments. Cooking your own meal will also save gas and money while avoiding greenhouse gas emissions.

Commit to going green at work and home. Several easy ideas include turning lights off when leaving the room, shutting down your computer at the end of the day, creating a dedicated home recycling area, washing only full loads of dishes and laundry, moderating your thermostat when leaving your house or office for extended periods of time, unplugging appliances not in use, and printing or using both sides of paper when possible.

Have an idea for celebrating Valentine’s Day sustainability that isn’t mentioned? Tell us about it! Email the Sustainability Librarian with your suggestion.

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  • Here is a fun activity for students that want our leaders to act on climate.The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference will take place in Bonn, Germany this November. Citizens Climate Lobby and Put a Price on It are working together to compile a digital book of student testimonials to show at the conference, and to members of Congress to show young people support for carbon pricing! Please go into this google presentation, and share a photo of yourself, as well as a sentence or two of why you support carbon pricing as a solution to climate change. Provide your age, hometown, school, major, and notable activities you are involved in. Also include your email and phone number in the notes in case we need to get in touch with you. You don’t have to be a current student, but you must be under 30 to participate.  Please submit your testimonial by October 30. Thank you for sharing your concern for the climate!

    To learn more about carbon pricing, go to https://theclimatesolution.com/

    To find a CCL chapter near you, go to https://citizensclimatelobby.org/about-ccl/chapters/

 

 

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This is so very sad. We must learn to be more mindful of how our actions today effect our home, the Earth.

 

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Climate action letter for colleges and universities

We recognize that a lot is happening this week (of Earth Day), but we want to draw your attention to an opportunity for your institution to participate in the higher education climate letter that we initiated last fall with a group of 30 campuses.
One of the goals of the effort was to align higher education’s voice with that of the business community for scaled climate action. We have publicly launched that joint effort today with partners under the banner of Low Carbon USA. Over 230 presidents and chancellors, combined with over 1000 businesses, can really move the needle on whether current administration decides to remain in the Paris Agreement and will ensure national climate action will continue to accelerate despite the lack of federal government involvement. It is this type of collective, multi-sectoral support that will be essential for global climate progress.
We are keeping the statement open indefinitely and welcome more campus participants. Feel free to reach out with any questions.
Thank you, as always, for your great work and support during this critical time in our country’s history,
Tim
Timothy Carter

President

Second Nature

 

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Here is a video about how librarians can help people be more sustainable.

Sustainability and libraries

Made for “The Encounter for Sustainable Library Development” conference, February 10, 2017.

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Work Defending the Future: Sustainability Careers Post-Trump 

How to Get a Purpose-Driven Job in Business, NGOs, or Government

Webinar: Thursday December 1st, 7 PM

Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, will outline career strategies for both soon-to-be and recent college graduates, and for professionals looking to make a move. Goodstein will provide participants with a concrete job-search strategy, discuss what Trump’s election means for careers in social and environmental sustainability, and also field questions.

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A version of the webinar for undergraduates can be viewed here.

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The Jarchow Lab at the University of South Dakota is seeking an innovative and hard-working student to be part of the first cohort of students in a graduate program in sustainability that is being developed at USD.  The PhD position is fully funded for four years at ~$22,000 per year.  The position has a flexible start date of either summer or fall 2017.

The PhD position is part of a project, funded by NSF, titled “Sustainable socio-economic, ecological, and technological scenarios for achieving global climate stabilization through negative CO2 emission policies.”  The project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from USD, Montana State University, and the University of Wyoming to evaluate the role that a BEECS (bioenergy and carbon capture and sequestration) economy would have on the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB).  The Jarchow Lab-led project has two main components.  First, we will assess, map, and quantify how residents of the UMRB perceive the social values of the ecosystem services provided by their environment.  Second, we will do sustainability visioning to develop a scenario of a desirable future for the UMRB.

Applicants with training in a number of academic disciplines will be considered for this position including sustainability, biology/ecology, environmental science or studies, political science, sociology, or other related fields.  Additional qualifications include knowledge of geographical information systems (GIS) software, excellent oral communication skills, and interest in conducting interdisciplinary research.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter describing your career goals and how your experience and qualifications make you a strong fit for this position to me (Meghann.Jarchow@usd.edu).  Also attach your CV or resume, unofficial transcript(s), GRE scores (unofficial OK), TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only), and the names and e-mail addresses of three references.  Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by 16 December 2016.

For more information, please contact me.

Meghann Jarchow

Assistant Professor

Sustainability Program Coordinator

Department of Biology

University of South Dakota

Churchill-Haines Labs 171E

(605)677-3115 (office)

(605)659-1889 (cell)

http://www.jarchowlab.org/

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