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Thoughts on the Bioneeers Conference Summit

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by Richard Groves MS Student, 2015 This was the second consecutive year that I attended the Bioneers Summit Conference in San Rafael, California on work-trade, and 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the conference. Bioneers is very different from many other sustainability conferences, and it tends to inspire its attendees to be agents of positive environmental and social change. The conference offers an equal focus on science, technology, people, culture, and underlying social systems. Many of the speakers, and the conference...

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Experiencing Sustainable Farming and Agroecology First Hand

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by Christina Gomez ISP Class of Dec 2014 For nine weeks this summer, I lived on a sustainable farm in northern Indiana with a program called Merry Lea's Agroecology Summer Intensive through Goshen College. Every single day, we spent time in the classroom learning about vegetable crops, soil science, small farm management, and agroecology, then we would work in the gardens to practice the skills and concepts we were learning (I had zero agricultural experience before...

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What Ensures our Future?

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by Matthew Sargent - Sustainable Media Content Creator MS Sustainability/MBA candidate 2015 “Water touches across all laws.” This sentiment reverberated throughout the night at Lipscomb’s second of three Collaborative Conversations on Water Resources. As pointed out by Dr. David Harbin, one of four esteemed panelists speaking; “Regulation can and will play a prominent role.” Apparently, the audience had already agreed. When given the option, pre-conversation, to vote for topics of interest associated with water; the audience almost...

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Today is Good. Tomorrow is Better.

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by Matthew Sargent - Sustainable Media Content Creator MS Sustainability/MBA candidate 2015     Being at ground zero on a project that will be realized three years out has its rewards. That is what I continually realized as I was fortunate enough to be able to take part of S.T.R.E.A.M. – Students Taking Responsible Environmental Active Measures – this past Saturday at Lipscomb Elementary.      Having just completed a creek restoration project for Professor Galbreath’s Zero...

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Reflections on Wilderness and Stewardship - An Alaskan Experience

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by Sarah Hoots MS student, Class of 2014 The wind picked up, spraying freezing cold water onto my face as blinkingly, I gazed into the distance.  An old floater plane was now halfway across a remote alpine lake; water was spraying in perfect formation, the motor echoing into the surrounding mountain peaks.  The tip of the plane then tilted up, as the last glimpse of the modern world flew off into the distance.  It was...

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