Sustainibilibuddies, unite!

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This weekend is the culmination of months of work from members of the environmental community. Spearheaded by the Student Environmental Resource Center, and with representatives from other student environmental organizations, we have been working long hours planning to bring hundreds of students to Berkeley from colleges all over California. Community
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The greenest day of the year

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April 22 is one of my favorite days of the year. Nestled nicely between 420 and my birthday, Earth Day has become a day of renewal for me in my environmental aspirations. It gives me an opportunity to rejuvenate myself in the spirit of community and let the history of
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Berkeley as a land grant university

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I’m being selfish when I say that UC Berkeley needs to go back to its roots. As a member of the Student Organic Gardening Association, a facilitator of our organic gardening DeCal and a student deeply passionate about food systems and sustainable agriculture, I can clearly see how little stock
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Finding passion in California parks

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Seeing Yosemite for the first time was as close to a religious experience as I’ll most likely ever have. I’ve always loved spending time in the outdoors, hiking, kayaking and the like, but this spring break, I realized how deeply I am physically and emotionally tied to the outside world.
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Club fatigue

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There are more than 30 environmental student groups on campus. Most have a unique focus on one, maybe two aspects of environmentalism, but all are united through a belief in actively working to make our world more environmentally friendly. I’ve been a member and supporter of many of these clubs
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Bicycling Berkeley

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Does riding a bike contribute to greenhouse gas emissions? Ed Orcutt, a representative in the Washington state Legislature who is on its House Transportation Committee, seems to think so. In an email response to a cyclist angry about a proposed bicycle tax in Washington, Orcutt wrote: “You claim that it
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Sustainability and the Berkeley Bubble

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I realized I was outside of the Berkeley Bubble when I noticed my friends back home had two trashcans in their kitchen. Both filled with trash. My hands at the time were filled with various bottles and cans from the night before, and as I looked around desperately searching for
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Environmental pipe dreams

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There was a time in my life when I knew exactly what I wanted to be. Or rather, where I wanted to be. I wanted to be in New York City, home of sky-high buildings, even higher rent prices and more importantly to me, The New York Times. I dreamed
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