Pumpkins and You

Pumpkin Carving

Knox College students carving pumpkins, sponsored by Union Board for Homecoming 2016.

After an unusually hot start to the season, Autumn is here in full force and the characteristic overcast, gloomy days are here to stay. These day-long drizzles just make most of us want to forget our responsibilities and have a well-deserved nap amidst the midterm frenzy, and it is not an uncommon sight to see many of us carrying around delicious pumpkin spice lattes, or perhaps more accurately they are the ones carrying us around. While pumpkins are a seasonal delight this time of year and do well to accentuate our living spaces around Halloween, we likely don’t consider the impact our round orange friends have on our environment.

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Graduation Pledge 2017

 

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A student signing the GPA during commencement 2016. (Photo courtesy of Knox College Flickr)

It’s that time of year once again, time for all the hard work of another group of Knox students to finally pay off. This next week is going to be filled with lots of hugs and lots of tears as the senior class of 2017 celebrates their last week at Knox before graduation on June 4th. Each individual is headed on a different path and the grads are getting ready to make their post-Knox debut into the world. There’s no need for concern about these grads forgetting their sustainability roots however, because 236 (and counting) have already signed the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility!

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There Is No Away: How to Be Part of 2017’s Waste Free Move Out

 

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Unfortunately when it comes to disposing of unwanted items the American way of thinking is to just throw it away; this simplifies to “out of sight and out of mind.” But every good environmentalist knows is there is no away when it comes to trash. This is an important thing to remember as you start packing up your things for the summer. It’s always rather bewildering at the end of the school year to look around your room and see all the random things that you have accumulated. It’s a pretty safe bet that you won’t be packing up every individual item you own to take back with you. That’s where the Sustainability Office can help. Here are the answers to all the questions you might be having about how to contribute to a sustainable campus move out!

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Restorative Nature on Campus

 

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Knox Students enjoying a sunny day in a tree. (Image courtesy of Knox College Flickr)

Flunk Day has passed, deadlines are getting closer, the lure of summer is deafening- getting through the last couple weeks of Spring term can be stressful. On top of that, most time is spent indoors studying and in class. On average, Americans spend 93% of their time either indoors or in an enclosed vehicle, no wonder we’re so stressed (Green, 2016). Fortunately, there are ways to help. You don’t need a day at the spa to restore you to a calm and healthy state of mind, you don’t even need an entire forest, all you need to do is to walk out your door! Psychologists agree that the restorative effects of nature are many including reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress causing hormones (Larson, 2016). Here are 5 ways to restore your mind and body with nature, without even leaving Knox!

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5 Earth Friendly Summer Activities

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When on campus it is easy to get involved with sustainability. There are ample opportunities to take eco-centered classes, volunteer at the farm, and partake in sustainable club events. When you have a whole summer free however, it is easy to let sustainability fall by the wayside. Here are 5 activities you can partake in during your summer that will help keep you in the environmental mindset!

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Fun talks and festivals: Sending Earth Month out with a bang!

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This April has been one of the most action packed Earth Months Knox has seen in awhile. Instead of devoting only one week to celebrating the planet, as has been done in the past, the sustainability oriented clubs and organizations on campus have filled up the entire month! Over the past few weeks we have seen educational speakers, hands on workshops, planting events, and more. Here are the highlights of the two key events from this Earth Month, the Equinox speaker and the Earth Day Festival itself! These two memorable events along with everything else throughout the month has truly made Earth Month 2017 one for the books!

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Herbs, Leo, Fashion Shows and more: Earth Month fun continues!

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This month has been jam packed with environmentally themed events to help celebrate Earth Month! Week one started off with a terrarium workshop that brought in almost 70 people! This was shortly followed by a non-traditional recycling drive that helped raise awareness of the many different types of items that  Knox recycles in addition to the regular recycling stream, as well as the locations for non-traditional recycling across campus. If you want more information on non-traditional recycling at Knox, check out last week’s blog post.

Week two was packed with even more fun events! In case you missed any of the action, here’s a recap of the recent Earth Month Events over the last ten days:

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All you need to know about Knox Recycling!

 

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It’s hard to believe there was ever a time at Knox when recycling wasn’t a common practice. On campus today, it is a rare occurrence to see a landfill bin that isn’t accompanied by a recycling receptacle at its side.  It wasn’t until the 90s however that recycling began at Knox, and it was the result of student persistence that it was instituted at all. Early Knox environmental clubs like KARES (Knox Advocates for Recycling and Environmental Sustainability) were instrumental in beginning the recycling program, and at the time they were the ones in charge of maintaining it. Now Knox has folded the recycling program in with the everyday maintenance of campus, and thanks to encouragement by students, the assistance of the Facilities Services Office, and the outreach done by the Office of Sustainability, recycling at Knox has expanded to what it is today. Here is everything you need to know about all the recycling options available to you at Knox!

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Knox Farm News

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Thanks to the hard work of Sofia Tagkaloglou, Coral Weinstock (the Knox Farm Crew), and the help of many volunteers, 2016 proved a great year for the Knox Farm.  Altogether the farm produced more than 2,400 pounds of fresh produce! The change of the seasons brings a brand new growing season for the Knox Farm.  There are quite a few updates from the high tunnels, here’s the latest from the farm:

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