Mar. 17, 2017
The power of sustainable materialism
Environmental activism has shifted away from the notion of post-materialism, the idea where people will inherently impact the environment less as their basic needs are met, to that of sustainable materialism.
Mar. 3, 2017
Eat more veggies, save more lives
Although vegetarianism has been popularized for many years and has influenced most restaurants and stores to carry more meat-free options, its more extreme cousin, veganism, is a term not known by many people. But it is quickly becoming more mainstream.
Feb. 24, 2017
Green politics can save us
The nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency showed exactly what President Donald Trump’s commitment, or lack thereof, to the environment would be for the duration of his presidency.
Nov. 19, 2015
Drexel report on Philadelphia’s greenhouse gas emissions presented
A team from Drexel University’s A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment presented their 97-page report on Philadelphia’s greenhouse gas emissions to the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Nov 4. The report, titled “Options for Achieving Deep Reductions in Carbon Emissions in Philadelphia by 2050” began in June 2014 and completed just prior to the presentation in early November. The researchers who contributed to the report included experts and students from Drexel University College of Engineering as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, and also included research done at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec.
Jan. 17, 2014
PA gubernatorial candidates discuss sustainability
Eight Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates gathered at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Jan. 13 to discuss environmental issues in the state. Each of the candidates was asked to present his or her thoughts on several issues regarding sustainability in Pennsylvania, including hot topics like fracking and global warming. Dave Davies, senior government and politics reporter for WHYY, was the moderator for the evening.
Jun. 28, 2013
Graduate student designs urban ‘parklet’
A Drexel student designed a new small, sustainable urban garden for the Moore College of Art & Design June 1. The “self-sustaining urban oasis” was created by Alexandria Imbesi, a graduate student studying interior design and architecture at Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.
May. 17, 2013
Green roof progresses sustainability
In what is estimated to be one of the largest green retrofitting projects in U.S. history, a makeover of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is underway in New York City. The cost of the transformation is on the order of $463 million. While the effects that the green technology will have on the massive convention center and its surrounding environment are not yet known, they will be closely monitored by a team of engineers from Drexel University and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
May. 10, 2013
It isn’t easy being green—or is it?
One of the world’s leading sustainability ﬁgures was on Drexel’s campus last month in the ﬁrst event hosted by Drexel Smart House in nearly a year. The presenter, David Orr, is a world-traveling, future-thinking, down-to-earth gentleman who in the 1980s saw the need for American universities to become centers for sustainable practices. His visit with Drexel Smart House allowed him to explore and engage with some of Drexel’s most progressive programs and students. The students he met are developing products to help make sustainability a tangible reality. Students who are informed about sustainable ideas will be more competitive in a future that requires sustainable solutions. Here’s why:
Apr. 26, 2013
EnviroWeekly | Divest Drexel!
The decision of which university to transfer into involved many more factors than the decision of which one to dive into directly from high school. I geared my focus toward an institution that proved it could foresee America’s future developments to lift my career as well as set the standard for sustainable behavior in higher education. Programs such as Drexel Green; the Sierra Student Coalition; Drexel Smart House; the University’s partnership with the Academy of Natural Sciences; and the formation of the new Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science brought me here to pursue my bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Even more so, Drexel’s commitment to 100 percent wind power in 2010 convinced me to believe in its ability to help lead the shift of organizations everywhere toward reducing the effects of climate change. During my time at Drexel, since September 2012, I discovered the finer details of the University’s involvement with the fossil fuel industry.
Mar. 1, 2013
Fracking a poor decision for environment
To clarify my previous article: Drexel is in the pocket of big polluters. In this case, we’re in the pocket of the American Natural Gas Alliance. It was recently announced that 11 undergraduate business students competed and won first place in the American Natural Gas Alliance Collegiate Energy Challenge, in which they were presented with the task of acting as consultants to develop and implement a campaign to promote natural gas to the Drexel community. As natural gas is on the rise, it’s important for everyone to be aware of the environmental and personal health damage caused by the current methods of natural gas extraction and production.