Category Archives: General Sustainability Issues

Chasing Waterfalls

I recently returned from a research sail through the Denmark Straits and I couldn’t be more in awe of mother nature. We sailed aboard the gaft-rigged ketch Tecla out of Isafjordur, Iceland, bound for Greenland. We were thirteen women and men on a hundred-foot steel-hulled sailing vessel. As we cleared the steep-sided fjord and sailed…

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Cleaning the waters of Martha’s Vineyard and making waves with Conservation Commissions

In July, we took ORI’s Clean Water and Healthier Lawns Campaign to Martha’s Vineyard. ORI’s summer intern Jessie McIsaac led the initiative because of her multi-generational ties to the island. Morgan Berman, the other ORI summer intern, assisted Jessie both in the office and on the Vineyard. Nitrogen pollution has long been an issue for…

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Energy Efficiency Bill Reintroduced

Green Ribbon Schools NGSS

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) have reintroduced a wide-ranging energy bill with ten amendments, all with the aim of boosting energy efficiency in schools, commercial and residential properties, and federally-owned buildings. “This bill has garnered such widespread support because of a simple fact — it is good for the economy…

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