Archive | July, 2012

The Most Sustainable Bus…Ever.

16 Jul

Summer is slowly trudging by, and I am counting down the days until I head off for college in the fall.  One of the things I am doing every day to keep in touch with Dartmouth’s amazing programs is keeping up with the Big Green Bus (http://www.thebiggreenbus.org/).  It’s a bus that is run completely on waste vegetable oil and this summer, 11 Dartmouth students are touring the entire nation to spread environmental activism.  It is a true model of a youth-led sustainability initiative and one that inspires me to continue my own environmental efforts with SSE.  I think it’s really empowering to see this group of students spending weeks together, all united around one goal: to represent the young

minds in our world working to make a difference, one community at a time.  At every stop they make, they impact people, build connections, spread the influence.  It’s so powerful the way they slowly build the momentum as they travel across the nation.  Sometimes, it’s community work by helping kids in Arizona plant popcorn.  Sometimes its visiting the nation’s

Capitol and engaging in meetings.  Everything they do will contribute to a powerful, rippling effect that can change perspectives and even more, lead to direct sustainable actions.  I’m definitely going to continue to follow their journey…hopefully a few years from now, I will be able to have a spot on the BGB crew!  Good luck on the rest of your trip BGB ’12!

First Day of my Internship!

12 Jul

Today I started my first internship at Green Living Solutions (http://www.greenlivingsolutionsnj.com/), a sustainable business consulting group that helps homeowners assess ways to save money and energy in their homes.  I’m already involved with two projects, and it’s been quite exciting!

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Your home uses energy every day, all day long. It uses energy to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It uses energy to provide you with light when you need it. It uses energy to provide you with hot water. And, it uses energy to run all of your home appliances and electronics.”

I’ve already learned that in order to counteract the biggest problem our planet faces today, global warming, it’s all about taking the first step as an individual to save energy.  This company helps people do just that.  I am so lucky to have the opportunity to work with Eco Ed (http://www.askecoed.net/), who is a fantastic role model.  He owns one of the most sustainable homes in New Jersey, and he really knows the tricks and ways to save energy.  He is a true environmentalist.  Can’t wait to move forward in this venture!