If we're going to reduce damage to the environment as the population grows, we need to teach young people about sustainability and recycling.  Southern Oregon University takes the mission seriously, even winning awards for its sustainability efforts. 

Joe Coca/Thrums Books

Learning about the harsh processes used to create synthetic fabrics and dyes can curl your hair.  And some of the chemicals used in the processes can do that, and much worse. 

So there's a greater emphasis over time on making fashion sustainable and earth-friendly.  Keith Recker keeps an eye on the evolution from his role as editor of Hand/Eye magazine and as a color consultant for Pantone, the color standard-setters. 

He talks about the revival of nature-based dyes in his book True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments

Columbia University Press

If you're thinking that the key to humans living sustainably lies in the countryside, you're looking in the wrong direction. 

Cities are where most of the people live, and they will have to pave the way (no pun intended) in demonstrating that people can live in harmony with the planet, putting back what we take from it. 

That's the view of Steven Cohen, who runs the Earth Institute at Columbia University.  He fleshes his argument out in The Sustainable City, a glimpse of the urban systems of the future. 

Refrain And Sustain: Permaculture Explained

Nov 29, 2016

The Earth gives, and we take. 

But as we continue to demonstrate, it's easier to take than to give. 

Permaculture is all about setting up systems that regenerate the natural world while providing resources for people to use. 

Jono Neiger gives a colorful look at the systems in his book The Permaculture Promise.

Most of us look at the nearby landscape and see trees and flowers and rocks. 

Tao Orion looks with eyes that see sustainability... or the lack of it. 

Orion, author of a book on invasive plants and permaculture teacher, offers a permaculture workshop as part of Earth Day/Arbor Day festivities at Southern Oregon University. 

Making Higher Education Sustainable

Jan 29, 2016

The newer buildings at Oregon public universities tend to be LEED-certified for "green-ness," and campuses have been known to use things like compostable flatware in food services. 

Those are just a few of the efforts to address sustainability in higher education, the focus of a whole conference later this week in Eugene. 

Lane Community College President Mary Spilde is host and a speaker for the conference. 

Fashion That Fits Your... Ethics

Nov 27, 2015
New Society Publishers

Even people who take great pride in their appearance may blanch occasionally when looking at clothing labels.

It's tough to live a lifestyle that combines fashion, a sense of worker justice, and environmental ethics. 

But Kate Black says it's entirely possible, and she shows how, in her book MagnifECO: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty.

The book is the first print extension of the MagnifECO brand Black pioneered on the web. 

Exploring The Psychology Of Sustainability

Aug 31, 2015
Greenleaf Publishing

Even the most fervent believer in sustainability can only do so much alone. 

So it certainly helps when true believers can win converts to the cause. 

Leadership educator Steve Schein has some ideas for how to make that happen, ideas he shares in his book A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews

Sustainability In Public Spaces

Feb 23, 2015

Designing cities around cars makes them efficient for drivers, but not entirely friendly to people on foot or bicycle. 

Recent decades marked a shift back toward pedestrian-friendly cities, and Mark Lakeman has been part of it. 

Lakeman works with cities to design sustainable public spaces, and he was an early consultant in the effort that led to Opportunity Village Eugene. 

Selling Carbon Credits To A Car Company

Sep 8, 2014
SOU Center For Sustainability

Green is IN at Southern Oregon University. 

Not in school colors, but certainly in attitude. 

SOU prides itself on its environmental friendliness, with greater efficiencies in its newer and recently remodeled buildings. 

The efforts include selling carbon credits to Chevrolet.  Yes, the car company.