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Vol. CLIV, Issue 5
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Contradictions and Climate: Patagonia’s Philanthropic Restructuring

Anna Wellborn, Science & Environment Writer February 29, 2024

On Sept. 14, 2022, Patagonia publicly declared that “Earth is now our only shareholder.” The founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, relinquished ownership of his billion-dollar company to two different...

Photo by Sailor Harris

Exploring Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Ethnogeology Class

Nat Lange, Science & Environment Editor February 22, 2024

When I walked into Hall of Science Room 116 on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the consistent thump of mortar against pestle punctuated the classroom air. Tribal Elder Cultural Instructor Jim Baugh (Cherokee/Lakota/Arikara)...

Williams joined the campus community as Sustainability Manager in Dec. 2022. Photo by Cooper Andersen

Building Sustainable Futures: Q&A with Sarah Williams, Whitman’s Sustainability Manager

Kasey Moulton and Rachel Husband February 15, 2024

Native plant restoration, coffee compost, bike policies and residence life talking sessions on sustainability all have one thing in common: Sarah Williams. Sarah Williams joined Whitman College as its...

Illustration by Edyn Parsell

Reimagining Human Rights: How Children are Fighting for Climate Action

Anna Wellborn, Science and Environment Writer February 8, 2024

In recent years, multiple cases of legal action against governments for violating human rights have arisen in response to climate change. Human rights — and in United States courts, constitutional...

Bon Appétit’s War on Waste

Bon Appétit’s War on Waste

Nat Lange, Science & Environment Editor February 1, 2024

In 2019, a waste audit conducted by Bon Appétit and the Whitman Sustainability Office revealed 2,000 pounds of weekly food waste. A little more than four years later, food waste has plummeted by nearly...

Illustration by Payton Davies

Can we save the environment by purchasing it?

Nat Lange, Science & Environment Writer December 7, 2023

With course offerings like The Cultural and Literary Life of Rivers, Power, Pipelines and Dispossession, and Communism, Socialism and the Environment, the Whitman Environmental Studies program does...

Plastic Recycling to Return in 2024

Alicia Buchter, Science & Environment Editor December 7, 2023

At its meeting on Nov. 15, the Walla Walla City Council approved a new residential recycling contract that will allow residents to recycle plastic, specifically plastic types No.1 and 2, starting in January...

Illustration by Kai Bowen

Expansion Coming Soon to a Pipeline Near You

Kaitlyn Salazar, Science & Environment Writer November 16, 2023

As freezing fog makes its yearly return to Walla Walla, many of us find ourselves cranking up the thermostat to stave off the frigid temperatures outside. Unfortunately, heating a house can heat the...

Illustration by Paloma Link

The Visceral Meets the Objective: How Can Art and Science Complement Each Other?

Alicia Buchter, Science & Environment Editor November 9, 2023

Amino acid chains, cellular intestines, bubbling beakers filled with colorful liquid and E. Coli bacteria were depicted in stickers spread around the STEM hub after last week’s admitted students...

Illustration by Kai Bowen

Upward Together … Without Sustainability? Environmental Justice is Waiting For Its Moment

Nat Lange, Science & Environment Writer November 2, 2023

The Upward Together campaign is Whitman College’s largest fundraiser ever, with a goal of $200 million. Whitman is looking to target six pillars with the new campaign: “Expand Access & Affordability,”...

Action from the White House to Restore Columbia Basin Salmon Populations

Action from the White House to Restore Columbia Basin Salmon Populations

Kaitlyn Salazar, Science & Environment Writer October 26, 2023

The role of salmon in the Pacific Northwest cannot be understated. They are a keystone species in both coastal and inland ecological systems and they generate billions in economic activity through...

Photo contributed by Brit Moss

Programmable Plants? Engineering Plant Growth Control Systems

Alicia Buchter, Science & Environment Editor October 19, 2023

Plant-based burgers that bleed, microbes that produce unnaturally strong spider silk, face masks with a CRISPR sensor for wearable detection of SARS-CoV-2 and plants that can be programmed like computers:...

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