Summer is here and so are the picnics, baseball games, and barbecues. Spending time with family and friends during summer vacation is always a great time, but it’s also the season where paper plates, plastic water bottles, and long trips in the car make a big comeback. From skipping the straw to a plastic-free picnic, …
David Johnston, URA Board Member
Feeling disconnected? You’re not alone. Humanity’s isolation from wild places can be detrimental to our health – both physical and mental – and, unfortunately, too frequently, this isolation feeds into other ill-habits and frames of thought, which can wind up hurting our natural world further and pushing ‘us’ and ‘it’ further apart.
Jennifer Farrell, URA board member
Spring is naturally an exciting time of the year. As much as I love the winter season—watching snow fall, drinking copious amounts of hot beverages and donning my most colorful scarves—like most people I am ready for a new season. For me, this new season also brings the start of the year’s Master Recycler program.
By Sarah Bateman, URA board president
My focus for 2018 was simple: Go outside. It seems like the simplest of statements. Two words. And seemingly unnecessary. My grandparents would have been puzzled by a “goal” to “go outside.” It was Florence Williams’ recent book that inspired my focus. “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More…
By Emily Malik, URA Board Member
Those little recycle symbols (also know as Resin Identification Codes) found on all types of plastic containers can be confusing to consumers. Whether or not the item is recyclable depends on a whole slew of factors including local recycling markets, transportation costs, ordinances, and more. What’s a consumer to do?