Game Day Green: Sustainability in College Football

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If you’re anything like me, the holiday season is a time for relaxation, family, food, and of course football! If you turned on the television during the New Year’s Day weekend, I’m sure you found yourself with a choice of many different college football games to watch. Personally, I tuned in to watch the University …

Ep 10. Why Were Plastic Mirobeads Banned? Marine Debris and Sustainable Plastics

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Plastic debris in our water is a huge pollution problem, and just one source of that pollution is the tiny microbeads that have been widely used in personal care products. In this episode of the podcast, we interview Dr. Richard Thompson, a Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University and an expert on the effects of plastic debris in the marine environment. We discuss the recent federal ban on microbeads and what consumers can do to be more sustainable in our day-to-day use of plastics.

Why Do Parks Care What Sunscreen We Use?


Earlier this year I went to Mexico for spring break. During my trip I visited sinkholes (called cenotes) and Xcaret, an eco-archeological park. Xcaret is a combination of an ecological park (open spaces for plants and animals that have built in modifications for human activities) and a cultural park (areas where visitors can observe traditional …

Ep 5. What’s the Deal With Triclosan?

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently announced a ban on using the antibacterial agent triclosan (and 18 other substances) in soaps, and then last week the issue of antibacterial resistance was discussed at the UN General Assembly. In this episode of the Sustainable Nano podcast, we talk with scientist Eric Melby about different types of antibacterial chemicals and why we should care about triclosan in the environment.

How Many AA Batteries Would it Take to Power a Mercedes?

If you're like me, you probably have a drawer full of AA batteries at home somewhere, just in case you need them. They're not as ubiquitous as they used to be - I try to buy mostly rechargeable electronics nowadays, but those AAs still go into so many things, from TV remotes to flashlights to bathroom gadgets. (And …

Digging Deep: Celebrating the Gem Beneath Our Feet

Did you know that there are nearly 70,000 different types of soil in the United States?1 With the abundance of natural beauty that we see above the ground, it is easy to overlook all the roles that soil plays in our ecosystem. Soil does much more than simply providing the canvas for green spaces; it …

What Can One Hotel Do to Be Sustainable?

Let’s face it, staying in a hotel can be pretty wasteful. All those take-out containers for food, those little soaps in cardboard boxes (or plastic wrap!) that get used three times before they’re replaced with a new one, and hard-to-control thermostats that lead to ice-box air conditioning even when no people are around to enjoy …