One of the most important efforts we can take to protect our environment is one that is relatively unheard of: a shift in the collective diet of Americans. A plethora of studies have shown that livestock production negatively impacts the environment, but a new study shows that beef in particular may be doing the most damage. When compared to pork, poultry, dairy, and eggs it was found that beef production requires 28 times more land, 11 times more water, and produced 5 times more emissions. Eliminating or reducing our intake of red meat would be healthier for the planet and our bodies and it’s up to the consumer to make that choice. [Read more…] about 6 Ways Beef Consumption Harms the Planet and Your Health
In my head, I supposed I was picturing a camp stove powered by a solar panel [Read more…] about Using Solar to….Cook?
As I’ve been camping and sharing my adventures, there’s one thing that keeps showing up over and over in my experiences: trash.
When we think of a city, we don’t necessarily think about its parks. Instead, the metro areas, shopping opportunities, entertainment venues and other aspects come to mind. However, even though parks and other natural areas are a relatively small component of modern urban areas, the impact that these features have on the urban population is enormous. [Read more…] about The Effects Of The Natural Landscape In Urban Environments
I serve on the board of Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, an environmental and land use residency program based in Pittsburgh and Akron. I am delighted to share this recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, profiling Fair Shake and celebrating the accomplishments of our amazing Executive Director and Managing Attorney Emily Collins. [Read more…] about Environmental Law Firm Incubator Gets Great Press
Recently the Denver Post ran an article on how citizen activists are campaigning to put controversial land use decisions on the ballot. While I realize ballot initiatives about zoning matters aren’t new, I found the article fascinating at a few levels. [Read more…] about Ballot Box Zoning, Prairie Dog Refugees, and Colorado’s People Explosion.
Everyone loves trees in urban settings. At least they love the concept of urban trees.
[Read more…] about Are Trees to Blame for the Lack of Shade in Southern California?
Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to issue a ban on plastic bags at supermarkets this week when the City Council voted to put a stop to their use. [Read more…] about LA Becomes Largest City to Ban Plastic Bags
I recently watched the Academy Award nominated documentary, Food inc. To be honest, I was hesitant about watching it. I already know more than I’d like about the sorry state of our food supply. Another film putting images in my head of slaughterhouses and e-coli poisoning was not going to make me any happier. (And, after all, being happier is something I strive to be.) [Read more…] about How food should shape our cities