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Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Fracking Offers Few Unbiased Answers

Dani Hupper

October 10, 2013

The public debate on hydraulic fracturing (the process of pumping a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the ground to crack rock formations and release natural gas) is nearly impossible to follow. It's hard to find unbiased information on a subject so intermingled with political and economic self-...

David Williams Looks to Progressive Economic Theory to Re-Orient Business

River Sterne

October 3, 2013

Whitman College alumnus David Williams '67, former CEO of Shoreline Banking, believes that modern business has lost sight of the role economics should play in the world. Williams recently gave a lecture titled "Making Money is a Result, Not a Purpose," in which he presented a progressive economic theory...

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Divestment About Spectacle, Not Success

Sam Chapman

February 14, 2013

On March 15, 1986, Whitman's Board of Trustees voted on a divestment proposal for the first time. Students and faculty had both submitted resolutions urging the Board to remove companies from the college's portfolio that did business in apartheid-ridden South Africa; student activists went so far as to build...

Sustainable Walla Walla Makes Plans for Earth Day, Future Collaborations

Emily Lin-Jones

February 7, 2013

Students, city council members and representatives from around the community gathered for a meeting of local working group Sustainable Walla Walla in the Walla Walla Public School District board room Tuesday night, Feb. 5. Attendees shared their own efforts to promote sustainability in the community...

Aquaponics best means to increase local food

Danielle Broida

December 6, 2012

Food justice has quickly become the latest environmental buzz. "Eat local" campaigns have spread across the nation, seen primarily in the rise in farmers' markets from 1,755 markets in 1994 to over 7,864 in 2012. However, local alone does not mean sustainable or good. Bon Appétit, marketed as "food services for a sustainable future," has noticed the ...

Image Wrong Focus For Sustainability Staff Position

Image Wrong Focus For Sustainability Staff Position

Danielle Broida

November 15, 2012

An unquestioned buzz has permeated the green community at Whitman over ASWC's recent initiative for a staff position to bottom-line environmental campaigns, internships and long-term "green goals" on campus. The idea of having a staff position dedicated to sustainability has been in the works for many years. For th...

Green Leaders to Install Dual-Flush Toilet System in Anderson

Green Leaders to Install Dual-Flush Toilet System in Anderson

Elise Tinseth

October 31, 2012

This winter break, campus Green Leaders hope to push one of the oldest buildings on campus toward a more sustainable future by installing dual-flush toilet systems in Anderson Hall. Modeled after a past project in the Reid Campus Center, the new project will change all flush systems in Anderson to a dual-flush system that saves water by flushing different...

Dishwashing problem pushes Prentiss Dining Hall to paper products for week

Emily Lin-Jones

October 11, 2012

A water heating malfunction forced Prentiss Dining Hall to replace their standard reusable tableware with disposable plates, bowls, cups and utensils for 10 days. Though the issue appears to have been at least temporarily resolved as of Oct. 11, and plastic plates have been restored to their place in...

Hydro power highlights green quandary

Sam Chapman

October 11, 2012

When you're as fanatical a populist rabble-rouser as I pretend to be, it's easy to see everything in terms of good and evil. It is true that some aspects of the fight to preserve the planet have fewer shades of gray than others: The only good coal is coal we leave in the ground. But there are conservation...

Local businesses focus on commitment to community

Local businesses focus on commitment to community

Kelsey Kennedy

April 26, 2012

While quaint boutiques and local coffee-shops are common fixtures of downtown Walla Walla, a larger corporate presence looms beyond E. Main Street. The vast majority of Whitman students polled in a recent Pioneer survey characterized the existence of these types of companies in the community a...

Beyond grapes: L’Ecole No 41 extends influence to community

Alyssa Fairbanks

April 12, 2012

Founded in 1983, L'Ecole No 41 is one of the oldest wineries in the Walla Walla Valley. The family-owned winery is located in the historic Frenchtown School in Lowden. Next year will be the 30th anniversary of L'Ecole. Marty and Megan Clubb, the current owners of L'Ecole, have built on what Megan's...

Walla Walla to discontinue glass recycling

Emily Lin-Jones

March 11, 2012

Should Walla Walla do away with glass recycling? This was the question presented to attendees of a Sustainability Committee meeting on Tues., March 6 at the Walla Walla City Hall. The committee accepted public comment regarding the current glass recycling program and resolving to bring concerns and ideas...

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