Massachusetts Daily Collegian

How a burger can destroy the planet

By Ashley Siegel

December 1, 2010

Filed under Archives, Environment

Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. The hamburger, literally a staple of so-called “American” food, could quite possibly be destroying the planet. Climate change, which could be one of the biggest pro...

Turn your six packs into gas, and other climate change tips

By Maggie Freleng

November 29, 2010

Filed under Environment

The door opens to what looks like disaster. On the left are boxes of unused books, VHS tapes, running sneakers and stray electronics. Dead ahead are thousands of plastic, glass and aluminum bottles and shredded paper. On the...

Green housing may help save the planet and cash in your wallet

By Colin Spence

November 29, 2010

Filed under Environment

Green housing development may have the construction and real estate industries buzzing with abundant promise for a more eco-friendly, and profitable, future. The new movement’s renewable energy technology allows homeowners to reduce...

UMass Transit encourages students, residents, to hop on for climate change

By Tim Jones

November 29, 2010

Filed under Environment

The rain is pouring down on several students, shopping bags in hand, as they run down Route 9 frantically to escape what looked like a sealed fate of missing the bus. In the distance, a bus hums as they attempt to wave it down....

UMass leads by example in its sustainability efforts

By Dan Peltier

November 8, 2010

Filed under Environment

The University of Massachusetts recently received the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Leading by Example award for its efforts to increase sustainability efforts and awareness on campus. According...

Knobloch lectures UMass about climate change

By Jessica Jankowski and Tim Jones

October 20, 2010

Filed under Environment

Kevin Knobloch, University of Massachusetts alumnus and president of the Union of Concerned Scientists spoke on campus on Oct. 18 with his lecture, “Climate Change: Profiles in Paralysis.” Warning the crowd about how governments are contributing to global warming...

John Smol discusses industrialism’s adverse effects in lecture

By Ashley Berger

October 4, 2010

Filed under Environment

Caught between trips to China and South Africa, Professor John Smol of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, presented a lecture titled “How Far Does Our Industrial Footprint Reach?” at the University of Massachusetts...

UMass professor scouts out cave for underground lab

By Cameron Ford

September 14, 2010

Filed under Environment

An assistant professor in the geosciences department at the University of Massachusetts went on an excursion to S.D. this summer to examine a defunct gold mine for its research potential. Professor David Boutt traveled to the now-abandoned...

UM researchers develop phone app to help rescue Gulf wildlife

By Michelle Williams

September 6, 2010

Filed under Environment, Science & Technology

A new smart phone application developed by four University of Massachusetts researchers allows users working on relief projects in the Gulf of Mexico to submit photos and the location of endangered animals and wildlife to rescue...

PCBs discovered in Southwest during renovations

By Sam Butterfield

September 6, 2010

Filed under Campus News, Environment

Toxic polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were found this summer in areas throughout the Southwest concourse while crews performed renovation work on the residential area, according to a University release. After the compounds...

The Norwottuck Trail finds itself a pain in the glass and planning

By Chelsea Whitton

May 2, 2010

Filed under Environment, Health & Wellness, Local News

The Norwottuck Rail Trail, an 11-mile stretch that winds through Belchertown, Amherst, Hadley and Northampton, Massachusetts, presents its users with preserved land, the Connecticut River, a view of the mountains and fresh New...

Watch your waste: Can students saving energy save the word?

By Danielle Kahn

May 2, 2010

Filed under Environment

Every morning Kassaundra Pereira, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts, wakes up to an alarm on her phone. After she gets out of bed, she flicks on her light. She then makes her way to the bathroom where she showers...