My account of creating a greener life.

Advice for talking to a climate skeptic

Recently, on a group vacation, I met a few people who had never really learned about climate change. It wasn’t that they didn’t believe climate change was happening, they just didn’t think it was a big deal. Because I care so deeply about the fate of the planet, I knew my conversations with them had…

How to travel more sustainably

I suppose the very short version of this post would say, “Don’t travel. Stay home. Only go as far as a bike can take you.” Buuuut…. For better or for worse, we live in a globalized world, and travel is something of a given these days! Over the next few months, I’ll be traveling a…

Soylent: Is it any better for the environment?

Many of my friends make fun of me for drinking Soylent. If the name sounds familiar but you can’t figure out why, you might be thinking of “Soylent Green,” a science fiction movie named for a drink made of human remains. The Soylent I drink–thank goodness–contains no human remains. The name does capture the science…

5 Incredibly Simple Ideas to Make Your Life Greener

School has started up again and I’ve realized it’s just harder to live a green life when I’m busy with classes, meetings, and so much else. I’ve thought a lot about how to fit green choices into busy days and have tried to distill a few ideas into a list! Carry a bigger bag. This idea…

Is Airbnb the greener choice?

My summer has involved a lot of travel. Unfortunately, much of that travel has been by plane, which means a lot of carbon emissions. (The ethics of plane travel deserve an entire blog post – I’ll have to write about that another time!) When I wasn’t staying with family or friends, I used Airbnb. Admittedly, I didn’t…

Testing Out Insect Protein: Wholi Snacks

Why insect protein? I spend a surprising amount of time thinking about how to feed our ballooning global population. Of course, I do this mostly because I hope to pursue a career in sustainably feeding the world. But it’s an issue that all of us have stock in! While you could look at the food…

How organic produce differs in the U.S. and Europe

I have made a lot of changes to my diet recently in an effort to be more “green.” In general, this means eating little to no meat and buying local, seasonal food whenever possible. Eating greener, for me, does not actually mean eating more organic produce! This comes as a surprise to some people. While…

Tips to Make Your Commute Greener

Hello from my desk in Copenhagen! I am here working on a research project for the month of September. Right now, my commute consists of riding my bike to a train – a commute shared by many Copenhagen residents. I really enjoy finishing my work day with a bike ride through the crisp September air….

Travel Diaries: Sustainable Eating in Amsterdam

I wrote on Wednesday about the amazing culture of sustainability I observed in Amsterdam. Today, I’m doing a deep dive on their food culture! The Dutch have made some of the greatest agricultural innovations in the world and produce much more food than you’d expect of such a small country. This comes through in their everyday…

Travel Diaries: Sustainability in Amsterdam

People don’t usually travel to Amsterdam specifically to look at its sustainability. I traveled there with friends on my way to Copenhagen for a research project, not very focused on how sustainable the city might be. I was delighted by what I found; I saw sustainability in action around every quaint corner of the city….