Unique places of intellectual intermingling and diverse expertise, institutions of higher education are strategically placed to push the boundaries of and experiment with progressive sustainable practices. In a city like New York, the particular concern of how we interact with built infrastructure is especially pronounced, and addressing this in the context of universities means adapting existing resources and building healthier environments that facilitate “better learning.”
This Friday, June 8th, is World Oceans Day. The world’s oceans form Earth’s largest and most diverse habitat and play a crucial role in weather patterns and nutrient cycling. Their health is also impacted by global climate change. World Oceans Day challenges us to take action to conserve the world’s oceans. There’s no better day to remind ourselves that New York City is an archipelago, many islands grouped together, but surrounded by water. The ocean is right at our doorstep and we can help protect it.
Like most people, I do my best to practice sustainable habits–especially when it comes to food. While I mainly eat a plant-based diet, I do on special occasions eat chicken and seafood. However, my most forbidden love has been tuna. When I heard the craze around ahimi, a vegan tuna substitute, it became a must-try in my book!
Why even have a vegan tuna alternative? Well, while not all tuna populations are threatened, popular species (those most likely to end up on our plate or in our sushi roll) are. Read more
Today, the demand for chocolate continues to rise while the effects of climate change threaten to impact chocolate production. Chocolate is sweet, but what about its environment impact?
Cacao production was predominately in West Africa, however, it has expanded to South America to keep up with the market. Some research suggests that cacao farmers clear tropical forests to plant new cacao trees rather than reusing previously used land, becoming one of the leading causes of deforestation.
A study in 2012 investigated the effects of deforestation and found that their sample cacao plantation could store approximately 40 metric tons of carbon per hectare over its production lifetime! The World Resource Institute did the math and if you apply this to a 2,000 hectare planation–YIKES! The net carbon emissions from land-use change will be 0.6 million metric tons (more than 660,000 tons) of carbon dioxide.
It seemed like graduation was just yesterday but NYU students are flocking back into the city for summer classes and internships. Hopefully, there won’t be too many assignments or your work hours aren’t too long because the best part about being in NYC in the summer are its parks! There are hundreds of events from May to August you can scroll through here, but I found the series that you should definitely check out if you get a day off to get out. Read more