The season of buying things is upon us! Shopping at secondhand stores is a great way to lower your environmental impact (and save money) during the holidays and throughout the year. Buying used items keeps waste out of landfill and saves the energy and materials it would have taken to manufacture something new. However, there […]Read More Thrift Store Reviews
It’s 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016. I’m sitting on the side of a hill on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation next to Sarah and MJ; two people that I’ve since become exceptionally close to. We spent the previous day and a half bumbling our way to Bismarck from UIUC in a Prius. Along […]Read More Standing Rock
Eastern Galápagos Racer (Pseudalsophis biserialis) – Often overlooked, this enigmatic snake is difficult to observe in the eastern Galápagos archipelago, where it dwells in coastal, xeric (very dry) areas. For this reason, little is known about the natural history and conservation status of this seldom seen species. Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus […]Read More Meet Your (Distant) Neighbors – Galápagos Edition
It is easy to think of the University of Illinois as somewhat of a bubble, removed from many of the injustices–both social and environmental–that are common everywhere throughout the United States. In recent years (and especially the last decade), grocery stores, restaurants, services, and apartments of varying degrees of luxury have opened on or near […]Read More Champaign’s Toxic Neighborhood
This issue’s Grad Interview is with Christina Ruiz-Rodriguez who studies Koala genetics. “Ultimately, the findings of my research will benefit both Zoo and wild koala populations” “One of the coolest things about koalas is that they are only found in Australia.” “Koalas … eat eucalyptus leaves, which can be poisonous to […]Read More Grad Interviews: This grad is getting her PhD Koalafication!
On a warm, October Saturday in Champaign, thirty-five people gather at Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery to enjoy the last farm-to-table dinner of the season. During the summer months, Prairie Fruits Farm hosts dinners at their farm using local produce from their farm and surrounding farms. Prairie Fruits Farm is just one of many agritourism […]Read More Agritourism: An Opportunity for Education
Perhaps one of FermiLab’s better-known features is its premier particle physics research laboratory, located right in Batavia, Illinois. However, only a handful of people know that FermiLab is also home to one of Illinois’ last largest, natural prairies. With less than a tenth of one percent of the world’s natural prairies still in existence, it […]Read More Harvesting the Future