Confronting a Year of Uncertainty with a Year of Action

Written by Julia Plasynski   Truthfully, graduating college during a time of overwhelming uncertainty led me to complete a short ten months of volunteering, which thankfully brought me certainty during this pandemic. I graduated Washington & Jefferson College...

How is COVID-19 Related to the Environment and Minority Communities in the United States?

Written by Rachel Karman As of April 2nd, 2021, COVID-19 has taken more than 2.83 million lives world-wide. The pandemic had a reproductive rate (Re) of 2.2-3.0, essentially meaning that if you got the virus, you would likely spread it to 2-3 other people. A...

Student Activism in Action

Written by Selena Easley Growing up in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania and attending school in Washington County, Pennsylvania, I have always been surrounded by the Ohio River-Valley extraction industry. As a young child, I remember driving through certain parts of towns and...

Biophilic Cities: the important role of nature in our cities.

Written by Erin Herock I’ve always loved cities. Growing up near Pittsburgh, I remember how excited I was when my parents took me downtown. When I was old enough to drive, I took any opportunity to hangout in Frick Park with friends or walk along North Shore before...

Summer 2020 Internship – Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park

Written by Cameron O'Connor This past summer, I interned at Penn’s Cave and Wildlife Park as a cavern guide. I drove a boat throughout the underground river system and educated the public on the geology and biodiversity of the cave and the wildlife park. Although...

How to Combat Climate Change and be Sustainable as College Students?

Written by Rachel Karman   As of just recently, I have trying to implement sustainable practices in my life all while holding large corporations accountable for their colossal role in damaging the environment. I think the most important lesson I can pass on is...

Shenandoah National Park

Written by Jack Meck   Earth Day is a special day. It is one of my favorite holidays. I enjoy it so much because it is a reminder to be out in nature. Earth day is coming and if you need an idea, I’ll let you in on my favorite. Every year on Earth Day I like to...

Greenify Your Coffee

Written by Lily Bonasso Have you ever glanced at your morning coffee and wondered about its origins, about the process that it has undergone from bean to cup, about the environmental implications of the industry? Maybe not, but I’d like to urge you to do so today. My...

Chilean Sunsets

Written by Tony Columbus   In the summer of 2019, I was granted the opportunity to study abroad in Santiago, Chile through the USAC program. Chile is one of the most unique countries in South America environmentally, with a wide array of climates that span...

City Mission Thrift Stores

Written by Washington City Mission When you donate to our City Mission Thrift Stores, your donation makes a far bigger impact than you might think. Whether you are looking to be kind to the planet this Earth Day or to help those in need in our community, donating your...

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