Fermentation: Not just for cucumbers, but everything in your fridge

Each year the United States racks up a bill of roughly $1.3 trillion dollars because of the 1.3 billion tons of food it wastes. American families have fallen into a cycle of over purchasing and then wasting the excess because of minor blemishes or the product is a day past expiration. In order to combat…

Kombucha: For Foodies and Fashionistas alike

Over this past year the fermented tea product kombucha has taken supermarket shelves and your favorite blogger’s Instagram feed by storm. Kombucha has been praised for its potential health properties, but is now catching the eye of daring designers across the world. But it is not the effervescent tea that they are after… When kombucha…

Beef Be Gone?

In a climate change report published in October, scientists warn that if the environment isn’t being taken care of soon, by 2030 global warming could ensue some seriously harmful effects. In this report, one of the most prominent suggestions was reducing meat consumption in diets. In an article written by CNN (https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/08/world/ipcc-climate-change-consumer-actions-intl/index.html) cows in particular,…

EPA Water Changes

On December 11, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced its changes in what waters in the U.S. are considered protected under the Clean Water Act. The act originally protected most forms of water in the United States from pollution and under President Obama, even smaller waterways were protected. However, as of yesterday, some major…

An Environmentally Sound Holiday

Its the holiday season! With the holidays comes lots of waste, in fact, according to the augustafreepress.com (https://augustafreepress.com/10-tips-for-a-more-sustainable-holiday-season/), Americans throw away twenty five percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New years Eve. It’s important especially during the holiday season to continue to be environmentally conscious and more aware of the things we use and the…

Endangered PA Animals

Its no secret that hunting is a popular recreational activity in Pennsylvania. So much so, that the day after Thanksgiving, is reserved so that those in school are able to take a day off and hunt. There are more than 20 species, currently endangered in Pennsylvania and five are on the threatened species list.  Now…

Round Two for Pennsylvania Rust Belt Town

New Kensington, a community about 25 minutes northeast of Pittsburgh is taking on a new challenge: sustainable revitalization. The small rust belt down had a once booming economy based on the aluminum industry, while today the city works to transform its economy. With the help of Penn State New Kensington branch students and educators armed…

The Plastic Bank

Learn about The Plastic Bank and how it is helping to keep plastic out of the oceans all over the world. “It‘s our mission to stop Ocean Plastic by gathering a billion people together to monetize waste while improving lives. Plastic Bank is a root cause solution to prevent the flow of plastic into our oceans.” https://www.seeker.com/videos/earth/the-blockchain-solution-to-plastic?jwsource=cl

Carbon Dioxide Levels Off the Charts

Carbon Dioxide Emissions have reached a record high over the year of 2018. New outlets everywhere are covering the alarming reports. To find out more about why 2018 has promoted rising carbon dioxide levels than ever before, check out the following links. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/12/05/carbon-dioxide-earths-atmosphere-soars-highest-level-millions-years/2215508002/ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/22/climate-heating-greenhouse-gases-at-record-levels-says-un