Green Living

A lot of simple, seemingly insignificant things can add up to a positive and meaningful global change. PF Members have solutions to living a more sustainable day to day life.

Osprey on a tree next to a pond at Eckerd College

An osprey on a tree next to a pond at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Eckerd College
Each year, professor Elizabeth Forys leads a group of Eckerd College students in a research project about the ospreys that nest on campus and in the area. This research helps us understand the health of the rest of the ecosystem. 
What's in your trash?
What's in your trash?
Columbia University
A close-up of what makes up our trash, and how we can create less of it.
Energy awareness: A pocket sized solution
Energy awareness: A pocket sized solution
SUNY Plattsburgh
With Utility Smart, you can track how you throw out trash and recycling, or how high you set your thermostat during the winter. It compiles the data and helps you learn about how your choices impact the environment.
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi live in symbiosis with plant roots and are able to store up to 70 percent of organic carbon from leaf litter. (Mark Perkins/Flickr)

Assignment Editor, Planet Forward
In many cases microbes are already helping the planet in underrated ways. Technological developments and advanced genetic engineering make microbiological innovation a major player in climate change mitigation.
New York City (Katherine Baker)

The New York City skyline. (Katherine Baker/Columbia University)

Columbia University
After the Paris Agreement withdrawal announcement, many cities and states vowed to commit to sustainability efforts despite the federal decision. New York City was among the cities to commit, but how is the Big Apple doing in terms of going green?
Sustainable consumerism

One man's trash; another man's treasure. The movement to reclaim urban space in New York City inspired communities to start recycling, sourcing their food locally, reusing and re-purposing their waste and the "garbage" of others. (Shandra Furtado/Planet Forward)

The George Washington University
Today we see a lot of differences between rural and urban communities, which distract us from environmental issues, but why not examine the common sustainable ingenuity arising out of the simple will to survive anywhere?
Syracuse University
In this sneak peek of my podcast Portraits of Plants, help build your relationship with the natural world by learning more the plants growing right outside your door.
Tanalian Mountain view

The view from the peak of Tanalian Mountain, which looks down on Port Alsworth. (Olivia Urbanski/Loyola University Chicago)

Loyola University Chicago
Planet Forward Correspondent Olivia Urbanski spent a summer interning at Lake Clark National Park as a Junior Ranger Intern to teach – and ultimately learn from – local children about environmental stewardship. 
Together We Start

Purin Phanichphant uses interactive art to personalize the issue of climate change for viewers and create a lasting impact in their lives. 

UC Berkeley
Interactive artist Purin Phanichphant shows through his work that the way we communicate ideas is critical to creating an impact.
Phipps Conservatory welcome center

The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood. (Wikimedia Commons)

George Washington University
Of all the places on the planet you’d expect to find the greenest building, you probably don't think of Steel City.

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