The impacts of increasing heat waves are more than skin deep. BY: CHELSEA WORRELL As winter ushers in the first snowfall to Miami University, I find myself reminiscing on the hotter days of summer and fall. In freezing temperatures, nothing sounds more enticing than a warm, sunny day. But cooling temperatures provide only temporary relief … More The Earth can’t handle the heat, and neither can we.
BY: KELSEY PLASSE This past spring I was desperately trying to find a summer internship. In the prior summer, I had been accepted to the Undergraduate Summer Scholar (USS) program here at Miami University for a biochemistry project. The USS program allows Miami students to carry out research during the summer term alongside a faculty … More Interning for the U.S. EPA
BY: CELINE THORMANN The recent news cycle has been inundated with stories of natural disasters of unusual intensity, duration, and span. With stories of disasters coming from all around the country and in every direction, it can be difficult to keep track of what is happening, where it’s taking place, and why. In recent weeks, we have … More Hurricanes & Wildfires & Floods, oh my!
By: Helena Wolenski In a period of uncertainty and misfortune, people often look to small glimmers of hope to cope with the seemingly dark times. COVID-19 has been indiscriminate as it devastates the lives of people all over the world. We sit and wait for any kind of news to come out about the end … More Climate Crisis in the Time of a Pandemic
By: Lindsey Brown I spent my first few months of 2020 in Washington D.C. studying through Miami University’s Inside Washington (IW) program. Choosing a study abroad can be a daunting experience, but the Global Initiatives office offers advice for choosing the perfect program for you. Additionally, many programs have information sessions to lay out the … More Inside Washington: Spring Semester 2020 at the U.S. EPA
By: Aidan Das Over the past few decades, the impacts of human activity on the environment and the hot topics of global warming and climate change have become more prominent in the media and in government policymaking. But what do all these buzzwords actually mean, and how did concern for the Earth’s changing climate actually … More The History of the Discovery of Climate Change
By: Taylor McCann Eco Development, a corporate sustainability firm out of Mason, Ohio that was founded in 2011, recently introduced a new “member” to its team on February 3, 2020: the XT700 Styrofoam Densifier. Eco Development is comprised of three business groups: Facilities/Energy, Commodities/Recycling and Logistics. The firm’s goal is to both introduce and increase … More Local Sustainability Firm Introduces XT700 Styrofoam Densifier
By: Brandi Young The health of our Earth has been in decline, so it is only natural that more people are getting interested in the different types of solutions to reverse the problem, or at the very least, reduce the rate of decline. As a part of GreenHawks Media’s “Students in Sustainability” highlights, I took … More Students in Sustainability: Advice From an Animal Lover
By: Noah Miller 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Miami University’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability (IES). It predates the founding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is believed to be the oldest program of its kind in America. Originally called the Miami University Institute for Environmental Sciences, the body updated its title … More IES Graduate Students Diversify to Tackle Environmental Problems
Photos courtesy of staff photographers Holly Flaig, Gia Mariani & Maya Smith The following photos were taken outside the President’s residence at Lewis Place where Friday’s climate strikers stood for enhanced campus sustainability commitments and international climate action. Friday marked a day of climate strikes all around the globe, with estimates from 350.org, a partner … More Photos from Campus Climate Strike