Written by: Sarah Ross, Student Zero Waste Coordinator
Have you ever thought about where your trash goes on campus? Did you know that Southern Oregon University has an on-campus recycling center? Sarah Ross, SOU’s Student Zero Waste Coordinator, writes about material management at SOU and the Recycling Center revamp. Read the full article here.
Maya Shoemaker is in her second year in the Masters of Science in Environmental Education and Masters of Arts in Teaching programs. She is currently working at the SOU farm as the Business Operations Manager where she loves learning about organic farming and operating the business parts of the farm.
When linking her job to sustainability, Maya believes that “Conventional agriculture is one of the primary contributors to climate change, topsoil is being depleted at an alarming rate and food insecurity is of global concern. By learning sustainable agricultural practices, students at the Farm at SOU are taking steps to increase ecological literacy and self-efficacy. Additionally, by providing pesticide-free produce to our campus community we increase local resilience and cut down on carbon emissions.” Maya enjoys working on the farm and getting to know the rhythms of the seasons, the needs of plants, and the interests of the people she works with. She is doing excellent work for SOU!
About the Roundtables: The Equity Roundtables are a place to join in on conversations with the SOU community to explore topics of social equity and the impacts of inclusion and diversity on our university, the region, and beyond. Each quarter the Student Sustainability Resource Center, in collaboration with campus and community partners, will offer two Equity Roundtables Zoom discussions. This series is free and open to the entire community. Registration in advance is helpful but not required at www.tinyurl.com/equityroundtables.
“To use the world well, to be able to stop wasting it and our time in it, we need to relearn our being in it”
– Le Guin
The largest expedition to the arctic ocean has finally come to an end in September. The German research vessel Polarstern drifted into the Arctic ocean with 300 scientists from 20 countries to monitor important measurement data throughout the whole year. This mission will help scientists collect data to better understand the climate and climate change. “Only by truly understanding what is happening in the Arctic will one be able to gauge how the climate will evolve in the future.” See the photo below for insight on how the expedition looked, and for more information about the expedition, follow this link here.