From-farm-to-table: it’s the idea that our food is pulled right out of the farm ground with one hand and placed onto our dinner tables with the other. With our backyard gardens and our organic supermarkets, it seems like we have reached the ideal: we are closer to the “farm-fresh” way of eating right now more […]Read More “From Farm to Table”: The Power of Locally-Sourced Food on a Large Scale
On a clear-skied Tuesday, a yellow butterfly flickered amongst purple and golden flowers. A soft breeze rolled past an array of plants and grasses, eliciting the sounds of crickets, grasshoppers, and gold finches in its wake. It was a typical day for the ecology of the Florida and Orchid Prairie, filled with the sounds of […]Read More Growing a Balance: The Removal of the Campus Honor House Prairie Garden
During this semester, I have attended several meetings and symposiums about the progress of campus sustainability. In particular, I learned from Ben McCall, the newly appointed associate Director for Campus Sustainability at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, all of the ways UIUC is working to make campus a carbon-neutral institution. From where I’m […]Read More Letter from the Editor – Spring 2014
The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) aims to have the University of Illinois carbon neutral by 2050. One strategy outlined in the plan is to invest in renewable energy technology. And perhaps the best type of renewable energy is solar energy, which is what the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) has petitioned for. Initial efforts included […]Read More University of Illinois Solar Farm
When you toss a coffee cup in the Union or a Gatorade bottle at the ARC, where does it go? Before facing eternity in a landfill or being recycled into new materials, it is first hauled to the University’s Waste Transfer Station (WTS). Since 1987, the WTS has been collecting and sorting all campus waste. […]Read More Sorting out Sorting
On Wednesday, Oct 22, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) hosted the iCAP Forum, a chance for the campus community to get a glimpse into the university’s progress toward sustainability on campus. The Illinois Climate Action Plan, known as the iCAP, was adopted in 2010 by campus administration as the first of several […]Read More GO Attends: iCAP Forum Edition!
Try to imagine a typical university dining hall. If you see stacks of trays loaded with unconsumed food, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, dining services generates large quantities of food waste, all of which required a lot of time, money, water and energy during production. Unfortunately, students do not consume all of this food and many […]Read More Sustainable Dining on Campus!
While throwing away the Jambalaya at the dorms or expired milk from your refrigerator, has it ever occurred to you that the food you did not consume could have quite possibly been deemed unfit for consumption, long before it even reaches your plate or house? In an ideal world, our food system would be 100% […]Read More The First International Congress on Post Harvest Loss Prevention