Sustainability Matters

Why Rehabilitate?

Written by Hannah Robart   Wildlife rehabilitation is the caring of individual wild animals until they can be released back into the wild, but it can take a lot of time, work, and energy. So why put in this much effort into providing care for sick or injured...

Gen-Z Visionary Collective

On this Earth Day, 2021, I thought it would be appropriate to tell you all about a growing movement in the city of Pittsburgh focused on climate justice. I am a recent graduate of W&J, a member of the class of 2020, and a member of the Gen-Z Visionary Collective. ...

The Addax

Written by Chibuike Ugwu Scientific Name: Addax nasomaculatus. Status: Critically Endangered. Threats: Uncontrolled hunting, drought, and the extension of pastoralism. Africa is a land that has been blessed with the most some of the most unique animals in the world....

The Relationship Between Father Time and Mother Nature

Written by Sofya Maxnide In the spirit of this upcoming Earth Day, let’s take a look at the parental words used in reference to Time and Nature. Time first appeared as a male in 1439, according to the OED, but we will not take into account the implied pronouns because...

Confronting a Year of Uncertainty with a Year of Action

Written by Julia Plasynski   Truthfully, graduating college during a time of overwhelming uncertainty led me to complete a short ten months of volunteering, which thankfully brought me certainty during this pandemic. I graduated Washington & Jefferson College...

How is COVID-19 Related to the Environment and Minority Communities in the United States?

Written by Rachel Karman As of April 2nd, 2021, COVID-19 has taken more than 2.83 million lives world-wide. The pandemic had a reproductive rate (Re) of 2.2-3.0, essentially meaning that if you got the virus, you would likely spread it to 2-3 other people. A...

Student Activism in Action

Written by Selena Easley Growing up in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania and attending school in Washington County, Pennsylvania, I have always been surrounded by the Ohio River-Valley extraction industry. As a young child, I remember driving through certain parts of towns and...

Biophilic Cities: the important role of nature in our cities.

Written by Erin Herock I’ve always loved cities. Growing up near Pittsburgh, I remember how excited I was when my parents took me downtown. When I was old enough to drive, I took any opportunity to hangout in Frick Park with friends or walk along North Shore before...

Summer 2020 Internship – Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park

Written by Cameron O'Connor This past summer, I interned at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park as a cavern guide. I drove a boat throughout the underground river system and educated the public on the geology and biodiversity of the cave and the wildlife park. Although...

How to Combat Climate Change and be Sustainable as College Students?

Written by Rachel Karman   As of just recently, I have trying to implement sustainable practices in my life all while holding large corporations accountable for their colossal role in damaging the environment. I think the most important lesson I can pass on is...

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