COVID & the climate

Climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are alarmingly similar crises that can be solved in similar ways if we act boldly It is no question that we are living through an unprecedented crisis that has impacted everything from our social lives and livelihoods to the international policies and procedures observed by governments and businesses across…

Fracking up our future

Why we need a fracking ban, and why voters are being led astray Hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking, is the controversial yet widespread practice of extracting natural gas from shale fields with explosive chemicals. Contaminated water supplies, increased seismic activity and the long-term impacts of climate change are all tangible fears justifiably associated…

How to love the planet this Valentine’s Day

5 Tips for a more sustainable Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so the goal of this week’s #GreenCaptain column is to highlight classic Valentine’s Day traditions that can easily be more sustainable this year.  Reduce single-use waste: Buying gifts are highlights of any holiday, but the ones we choose for our…

Trump admin slashes historic environmental protections

Rule changes once again put profit over planet and people Patriotism is often described as a love, devotion, dedication and support for one’s country.  President Donald Trump and his administration’s brand of patriotism blatantly excludes a dedication to the physical land and resources of our nation, unless they are profitable or exploitable.  Since his inauguration…

Is COP25 the “point of no return”?

Following the largest global calls to action in history, COP25 could make or break the future of global climate action  2019 was a year of unprecedented climate activism, and how global leaders and activists move forward in 2020 could raise that bar. This month, Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention on Climate…

Utilizing CNU’s single-stream recycling

The do’s, don’t’s and best practices for sustainable waste management This past Friday, Nov. 15th was “America Recycles Day,” a yearly celebration and recommitment to sustainable waste management, specifically recycling.  Here on campus, there are more recycling bins available across campus than ever thanks to the work of the Office for Sustainability and Plant Operations…

Greenwashing: Can you market your way out of environmental degradation?

Informed consumerism requires looking past the green curtain Consumers are becoming more and more informed; in just this semester, I’ve covered multiple issues of informed choices from what coffee you choose to drink to the clothes you buy or thrift.  Our digital era allows us to be more aware than ever about the products and…

Sustainability is in style

Trends come and go, but ethically-sourced clothing is more than a fad The term “fast fashion” has been used in recent years to describe the rapid production of clothing following new trends sold at cheap prices.  Think about it: you’re scrolling Instagram, you see some influencer or celebrity on Instagram wearing a wildly-expensive article of…

Shelly Simonds is ready to fight for the future of Hampton Roads

A long-time environmental activist, Simonds will deliver the environmental policy that VA-94 needs This past week, the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport hosted the only debate this election cycle for residents of Virginia’s 94th district delegates. Candidate Shelly Simonds and incumbent David Yancey took to the stage for an hour of policy-specific…

Sustainably sourced cold-brew showcases an exciting partnership

Chameleon Coffee, a company with impressive environmental and social initiatives, is now on tap in Einstein’s Cafe As an Einstein’s Cafe regular as well as an avid cold-brew coffee fan, I was excited when I, along with many other students, noticed the new cold-brew tap at our campus cafe. The Chameleon Cold-Brew Coffee (with traditional and…