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Is Sustainable Food Management Possible at Bucknell?


After going to the Sustainability Symposium and seeing an array of billboards and posters, it is clearly sustainability is defined in different ways. My first assignment in MSUS 300, which I am currently enrolled, was to define sustainability using a variety of sources. After doing extensive research, I came to the conclusion that the Brundtland Commission’s definition of sustainability is the most accurate. Sustainability is the “development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Many of the posters, lectures and speakers define sustainability very differently. Continue reading Is Sustainable Food Management Possible at Bucknell?

That’s such a waste of food, Bucknell.


At the Sustainability Symposium, it was interesting to learn to see how people viewed and defined sustainability differently. I presented a project I was working on in my MSUS400 class, where we are looking at organizational development. In the class, I see sustainability as the efficient and effectiveness of the stakeholder network in an organization, since communication is one of the key things any organization needs to be sustainable. As I was walking around and looking at the posters on various projects other people have been working on, it was interesting to see how much your field of study plays an influence in how you perceive sustainability and the green movement. Continue reading That’s such a waste of food, Bucknell.

Let’s build a house…with straw!


For every construction project, there is a certain amount of insulation needed within the walls of a home. The amount of insulation needed in a home varies based upon location. For instance, Florida is in zone 1, which means that builders should utilize insulation for the attic that has an R-Value between 30 and 49. To view what R-value your home’s insulation is recommended to have, click here. The R value signifies the thermal performance of the insulation such that a higher R -Value means that the insulation has a greater thermal performance. Thus, Florida builders would want to use insulation with a lower R-Value than New York builders. According to Energy.gov, the most common form of insulation for homes is blanket insulation or known as fiberglass insulation. To read more about insulation, click here.

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Sustainability in Terms of Language, Justice, and History


I attended a panel designed to discuss sustainability from the perspective of language, justice, and history. The panel was titles “Imagine” and aimed to present the different forms available to the topic of sustainability. I thought this panel was particular interesting in the representation of different academic departments including English, Philosophy, and History.

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No More Floods: The Science behind Rain Gardens


Hurricane Irene was an extremely large and destructive hurricane that hit the east coast of the United States hard during September 2011. Threats of possible flooding as side-effects of Irene’s wrath caused panic amongst faculty and students on Bucknell’s campus. Due to Bucknell’s close proximity to the Susquehanna River, administrators forced Bucknell students in downhill residence halls to seek alternative accommodations. The destruction of Irene was apparent in the startling photos of entire streets in two feet of water. People were seen in kayaks on 6th street. I was simply blown away. Continue reading No More Floods: The Science behind Rain Gardens

Learning to Create Sustainability


As part of the “Shaping Sustainability” Symposium, I attended a faculty panel discussion today entitled “Create”.

This panel focused on the idea that sustainability requires first truly understanding people and their cultural and political patterns. Continue reading Learning to Create Sustainability