Women’s History Month Spotlight: Goddess of the Sewers

I work for the water reclamation district of Chicago, and a part of my job includes writing research-based blog posts on anything water related. I wanted to share this one on my personal blog because who doesn’t want to know about the history of the sewer goddess?! Enjoy some history, on me. ūüôā   In … More Women’s History Month Spotlight: Goddess of the Sewers

Viewing the Super Bowl through an Environmental Lens

Between the¬†500 million chickens killed to produce 1 billion chicken wings,¬†the millions¬†of gallons of beer consumed, and the¬†310,000 pounds of carbon emissions generated, it’s safe to say that the¬†Super Bowl is built around consumption. Buzzwords¬†such as “green” and¬†“sustainability”¬†are finally getting thrown into the Super Bowl vocabulary, however, and host committees are taking steps to offset … More Viewing the Super Bowl through an Environmental Lens

Understanding Chicago’s role in the Gulf of Mexico dead zone

One of the many environmental problems that Earth faces today is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico, where¬†8,774 square miles are uninhabitable by fish and other aquatic life¬†due to extremely low oxygen levels. These low oxygen levels are caused by¬†nutrient (phosphorus and nitrogen)¬†pollution¬†in waterways that flow into the Gulf of Mexico through the … More Understanding Chicago’s role in the Gulf of Mexico dead zone

Asking for a friend

After Plastic Pollution Coalition re-posted “Starbucks, I think you’re greenwashing,” my blog received a lot of views and comments.¬†Katheryn Keller, an Orange County native, saw my post as an opportunity to get out her message to call on the AVP and beach volleyball players to respect our oceans. She asked me to share her story … More Asking for a friend

Starbucks, I think you’re greenwashing

On Thursday, August 3rd, 2017, I decided to contribute to Starbucks’¬†revenue stream. I stopped at the Starbucks storefront located in the base of the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel¬†right off of Michigan Avenue and Erie Street to order my tall, unsweetened iced coffee in my reusable Starbucks cup that I had purchased for $1 … More Starbucks, I think you’re greenwashing