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14 Articles by Riley Smith

Sustainability 101: Confronting Trade-offs to Create Multiple Reinforcing Gains

As we aim to address and solve the complex local and global problems – climate change, poverty, overpopulation, water access, loss of arable land, etc. – it becomes clear that these (and many other) issues are intimately intertwined. It will not be possible to isolate one problem and attempt to fix it ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in July 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Biofuels & Alternative Energy, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Economics, Energy Saving, Environment & Wildlife, Environmental Disasters, Green energy, Philosophy & Religion, Politics & Government, Smart Growth (1 comment)

Pro-Environmental Behavior; Everybody’s Doing it!

Have you ever noticed the placard in your hotel bathroom encouraging you to reuse your towels? Maybe turn the lights off or conserve water? I’m sure you have and like me, you wonder whether such efforts are well aligned with responsible environmentalism (instead of cost reductions) and whether they ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in July 2009, about Action, Protest, & Activism, Clean Technologies, Consumerism, Education

Going Local In An Era Of Globalization (+ Video)

Unlike previous global environmental problems such as the depletion of ozone via CFC’s and excessive pesticides (DDT), greenhouse gases are not something we can phase out.  First off, there is the problem that previous years of releases are with us and will stay with us for quite some time ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in July 2009, about Alternative, Cohousing, & Off-Grid Living, Carbon Trading, Children and Families, Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Coal & Oil, Emissions, Energy Saving, Green energy, Industry & Business, Lifestyle & Behavior, Pollution, Poverty & Development, Travel

Peri-Urbanization...what is it and why is it happening?

Simple definitions of peri-urbanization range from the spatial fringe that surrounds the city to more compound ones involving socio-economic processes and dimensions. This historical binary of rural and urban often serve as a barrier to understanding peri-urbanization. Peri-urban regions are complex and interact through distinct geographical and chronological dimensions and ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in October 2008, about Architecture, Design, Economics, Population (1 comment)

The Greenest Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

The Princeton Review has recently come out with their first rating of the greenest universities after ranking 534 institutions and profiling 368 of them. Along with a non-profit environmental marketing agency called ecoAmerica, the Princeton Review based their rankings on a scale of 60 to 99, where a score of ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in August 2008, about Education

Group Suggests a Green New Deal in the UK to Fight Climate Change

Less than two weeks ago, Al Gore dispensed an audacious goal for the U.S. to use 100% renewable energy for all of our electricity needs within the next 10 years. A group out of the UK seems to have coordinated their message with Gore's speech, as if they ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in July 2008, about Clean Technologies, Climate Change, Energy Saving, Politics & Government

The Unofficial ‘Celsias' Summer Reading List

We are all blog readers.  On a daily basis, we peruse our favorites to gain a reasonable insight to important issues and current news.  However, blogs are often not the most suitable medium for in-depth coverage of heavy disciplines (‘often' being the key word, as I have learned more about ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in July 2008, about Education, Media (1 comment)

Making Greensburg, Kansas - GREEN!

More than a year ago, on May 4, 2007, the city of Greensburg, Kansas was hit by an EF5 tornado (that was nearly 2 miles wide) that destroyed 95% of their residential and business sector. While tragedies such as this one have been more commonplace (or more reported) in the ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in June 2008, about Architecture, Events

Corporate Social Responsibility. Haagen-Daz's Commitment to Honeybees

For some time now, there have been reports on the declining honeybee populations across America. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD occurs when bees leave the hive and die) has been recorded in 35 states and other countries. Although the verdict is not out on the primary force behind their regression, we ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in May 2008, about Agriculture & Food, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business

Soap Suds or Soap Scum? You Decide

A wonder of diversity, going up in smoke A recent report published by Greenpeace (“Burning up Borneo”) was released detailing the actions of Unilever in the rainforests and peatland forests of Borneo. According to Greenpeace, Unilever, a company containing some of the world’s largest brands such as Dove, is ... keep reading

Written by Riley Smith in May 2008, about Consumerism, Deforestation, Environment & Wildlife, Industry & Business

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