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The one that almost got away...

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The one that almost got away….   As a recent graduate of the Institute of Sustainable Practice, the realization that my education in environmental sustainability has only begun hit me at several points during the program.  There's so much to learn - and things are constantly changing and evolving.  I'm excited to keeping learning - and doing!    I almost let one learning opportunity slip away and I'm so glad I didn't.  I wasn't going...

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My Summer of Saving Sea Turtles

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What kind of mother abandons her babies in the middle of a tropical beach? Hopefully no human, but hawksbill sea turtle mothers certainly do. A female hawksbill’s instincts guide her to swim hundreds of miles to the beach where she was born to lay her nests. When she arrives, she crawls up onto the beach, often heaving herself over large rocks to reach the sand that lies above the high-tide line. Once she finds a...

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Would you stick your Head in a Compost Toilet in the name of Sustainability?

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    Yup, I stuck my head in the holding chamber of a compost toilet on the campus of Vermont Law School during our sustainability travel trip. And it wasn’t as bad as you think, but I’ll give details later. (Compost Toilet Photo) Why did we go to New England? Professor Galbreath organized this year’s graduate student travel course to the New England area. Every year professor Galbreath takes students on a journey of sustainability,...

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Sustainability Trip to China

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Shanghai, China is a gigantic city of somewhere close to 24 million people living within it. Crowded is an understatement. With every meeting attended, there was a theme throughout: the future of China and its people. Other than the obvious of consumerism, IT in manufacturing, and being better than the United States, environmentalism is brought to light.  When sitting with professor Ulf Richter of Tongji University, he explained that China is embarking in their 13th...

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A quest to change lives- by Kyle Smith

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From May 18th to June 3rd I accompanied 12 engineers on a missions trip to Ghana, West Africa. Lipscomb University has had a growing relationship with the organization, The Village of Hope, where we have seen many different needs and sought to offer support in different areas. On this trip of the summer of 2017, we saw the need for dealing with the village’s wastewater that comes from the hospital, academy, and college. All of...

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