Simple Ways to Conserve

29 Aug

Read this awesome ny times article on how to reduce your food waste everyday by bringing reusable containers to school for your lunch!

Victory in Appalachia – EPA stops Largest Proposed Mine in West Virginia

17 Jan

January 13th, 2011 marked a historic victory in the efforts to protect Appalachia from mountaintop removal coal mining.
The EPA announced its decision earlier this morning to protect mountain communities and the health of Appalachian citizens by vetoing the largest single mountaintop removal coal mining permit in West Virginia history, the Spruce No. 1 Mine.

Full article here

University No Impact Week comes to Hunter College

1 Nov

Hey there all you sexy, smart, hard working environmental activists!

Ever wondered what it would take to reduce your carbon footprint to zero? Well, register for University No Impact Week and find out how fun and easy it can be! The week will be from November 14th to 22nd. From the 15th to the 19th, there will be various events and demonstrations at Hunter College that you should look out for, they will be really awesome and interactive.

The No Impact Project uses each day of the week to focus on the different categories of our everyday lives that have potential impact on the planet.

Sunday: Consumption

Monday: Trash

Tuesday: Transportation and Taking Action

Wednesday: Food

Thursday: Energy

Friday: Water

Saturday: Giving Back

Sunday Eco-Sabbath

The week is designed to help you think of fun and creative ways you can change your lifestyle to reduce your carbon footprint on our beautiful mother earth and live a happier, healthier, fuller life.

For more info about the project or any of our events email us at hunter.solar.project@gmail.com

If you have Facebook, look for the University No Impact Week page and Like us.

Hunter College Univeristy No Impact Week

Peace and Love folks! – HSP team

5Gyres.org is an organization whose mission is to end plastic pollution in the world’s oceans

1 Nov

Check them out:  5gyres.org

Vision

Their vision is to witness plastic pollution decline in the environment until it is no longer found in the world’s oceans.

Mission

Their mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.

Goals To Reach Mission

To understand the impact of plastic pollution they study the 5 subtropical gyres by sailing through them.

Together with their partners, Pangaea Explorations and Algalita Marine Research Foundation, they organize research expeditions, inviting scientists, journalists and other sailors to join the crew.

To communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution, they share their findings through multimedia outlets and peer-reviewed publications.  These include print and television media, websites and blogs, lectures and school outreach, and a traveling exhibition about plastic pollution to museums, science centers and aquariums.

To eliminate plastic pollution they employ strategies that work.  To stop the flow of plastic to the sea they  advocate new materials, better designed products, fair legislation, and engage in consumer education.  Post-consumer cleanup efforts focus on coastal and island debris removal and mitigation.

What is the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch?

1 Nov

Not all garbage ends up at the dump. A river, sewer or beach can’t catch everything the rain washes away, either. In fact, Earth’s largest landfill isn’t on land at all.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch stretches for hundreds of miles across the North Pacific Ocean, forming a nebulous, floating junk yard on the high seas. It’s the poster child for a worldwide problem: plastic that begins in human hands yet ends up in the ocean, often inside animals’ stomachs or around their necks. This marine debris has sloshed into the public spotlight recently, thanks to growing media coverage as well as scientists and explorers who are increasingly visiting the North Pacific to see plastic pollution in action.

Click here to read the article in full and learn what you, Yes you!!! can do to help.

Scientists, sailors, journalists and government officials set sail from San Francisco Bay to start a study of the planet’s largest known floating garbage dump, about 1,000 miles north of Hawaii

1 Nov

The goal of the month long mission, dubbed Project Kaisei after the 151-foot brigantine that was bought from Japanese sailors in 1991, is to chart the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch and learn about its mysterious vortex of discarded plastic and assess what might be done about it.

Click here to read the entire article.

Hunter Students Establish Engine for Environmental Action on Campus!

23 Apr

On Friday at 11:59 PM, the polls closed for Hunter College’s Undergraduate Student Government elections. We are excited to announce that an overwhelming majority, 93.8% of students voted in favor of establishing The Green Initiative Fund at Hunter College!

The Green Initiative Fund, based on University of California’s successful model, is a fund that will support innovative environmental projects proposed by members of the Hunter community. TGIF at Hunter will not raise the Student Activity Fee, but reallocate unused funds – approximately $43,000 annually – to advance sustainability on campus. A committee, with a student majority, will review proposals and award grants to projects that promise to reduce Hunter College’s negative environmental impact, create environmental education opportunities, and/or empower students to implement solutions to environmental problems.

On Wednesday, April 21st, Hunter Solar Project, Undergraduate Student Government, NYPIRG, and Hunter’s Chapter of Roosevelt Institute convened a student environmental forum to discuss environmental action on (and off) campus, and brainstorm ideas for future environmental projects for TGIF. The star-studded event included guests from Solar One and the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities.

Check out this group of young, determined environmental leaders, standing by their ideas!