When we talk about the changes we need to make in our lives to combat climate change, electric vehicles (EVs) are usually portrayed as the ideal solution to slashing our transit emissions. Despite the fact that it takes far more emissions to
During her tenure as College President, Valerie Smith has helped lead Swarthmore’s multiphase plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. But in Spring 2022, Smith also quietly took on a role in the private energy sector, accepting a position on a major
Upon returning to campus this semester, students face several changes meant to contribute to Swarthmore College’s sustainability initiatives. In June, the college established a new goal: to become a zero waste campus by 2035 and transition to energy-efficient practices in the coming
Every week, we GAs sort through the compost for two hours apiece. And every week, we witness how extraordinarily … creative the Swarthmore community’s definition of “compostable” is. Granted, it is confusing; sometimes you forget to check whether a plastic cup is
I feel the familiar buzz in my pocket: one of many news notifications distracting me while I do homework. I pull out my phone to read it and roll my eyes. “New climate report says we are screwed” — or something like
Over the past few months, more and more students around campus have been wearing the art of Sidhika Tripathee ’22 — on their ears and even on their bodies. Sidhika has recently started her own business, selling handmade crochet earrings and tattooing
From a Broken Promise, Glimmers of Hope Still Emanate: Swarthmore Pledges to Reach Carbon-Neutrality by 2035, But Why Does It Feel Like We Don’t Care?
imagine a lush garden fill your pockets with freshly torn grass so that you carry the burden of the Earth For the past couple of months, Magill Walk has been closed for construction. The exposed steel pipes perfectly bisecting the trees along
On Jan. 19, the college announced the appointment of interim Director of Sustainability Elizabeth Drake to the position on a permanent basis by President Valerie Smith. The first thing Drake wants students to know is that they are in the driver’s seat.
From the roles of the Green Advisors to the use of take-out containers at Sharples, each member of the Office of Sustainability has had their roles affected by the pandemic. Though many things remain the same, the office has made some changes
On Feb. 27, the Swarthmore Board of Managers approved a $69 million “Energy Master Plan,” which includes the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2035. Entitled the ‘Road Map to Zero,’ Swarthmore’s energy plan includes finding ways to eliminate or offset all