The Benefits of Being a Culturally-Conscious Traveler

When you’re traveling, there are a lot of things to consider. Of course, you’ll need to deal with logistical factors such as airfare, visas, and currency exchange rates, but that’s just the beginning. You’ll also need to be ready to interact with new people, places, and cultures that are vastly different from your own.

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To many travelers, especially those who have never left the U.S.,… [Read more]

Hot and Getting Hotter: Why the Urban Heat Island Effect Matters

If you live in a densely populated area, you have probably heard of the urban heat island effect. This localized warming of cities affects many aspects of life, and most aren’t healthy for the Earth or for humanity.

Thankfully, there are ways that we can reduce the effect of urban heat islands.

What Is an Urban Heat Island?

Before you can understand the urban heat island effect, you must first learn about what a heat island is in the first place.… [Read more]

Bringing Sustainability to Rural Cities

While there has been a slight population uptick in recent years, rural America is dwindling. About 46.1 million people, or roughly 14 percent of U.S. residents, called rural and non-metro areas home as of July 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Further, 462,000 more people have moved out of rural areas since 2010 than have moved in. … [Read more]

Water Waste in America and How Things are Changing for the Better

Water is the most precious resource on earth, essential for all forms of life. It makes up about 60% of the weight of an average human body and without water life would not exist on earth. As the human population continues to multiply exponentially, the strain on important resources such as water continues to grow. It is important to ensure conservation of water for the continued existence of life on earth.… [Read more]

How Your Business Can Combat Climate Change

From the outside looking in, it’s difficult to imagine that humanity’s collective treatment of the environment could substantially change overnight. After all, even if we in America got our acts together, could we really offset the damage that China is doing to the environment on a daily basis?

Whatever the case may be, my mantra remains: You can’t control anything but yourself and your actions.… [Read more]

Confessions of an Environmentalist: Why I Hate Earth Day

In a lot of ways, I feel the same way about Earth Day that I feel about Black History Month and Women’s History Month. These holidays are important for raising awareness about specific issues and creating a space to talk about them, until they become entrenched traditions and periods of time in which corporate PR takes over and we do little but pay lip service to an idea. … [Read more]