Film Review: Growing Cities

By Andrew Pasquale, staff writer  Cities around the world are growing—and so are their citizens’ waistlines. Eighty one percent of America’s population is concentrated in cities, and from 2000 to 2010, urban population growth of 12 percent outstripped the national average of 9.7 percent. Feeding such a large and rapidly growing population can become a…

DIY Bird House

By Asha Brogan, staff writer & photographer Collect your supplies: As a college student, I tried to be as creative as possible. Instead of buying milk, simply pick milk cartons out of the local recycling, or for a slightly more classy approach, ask your favorite barista. Actual bird seed is best, but if you find…

Looking for a Green Job?

By Alexandria Polanosky, Multimedia Editor   Environmental Studies hosted a Green Jobs event on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Five speakers from various employment sectors discussed their careers in the environmental field and the steps they took to get to where they are today. Dr. Geoff Dabelko, Director of Environmental Studies at Ohio University, led the discussion…

Miss Earth Ohio: Joshelyn Smith

Story by Taylor Stano   Ohio University junior and Athens native, Joshelyn Smith, represented the state of Ohio in the 2014 Miss Earth United States beauty pageant, held on July 12 in Los Angeles, California. Smith and the other state delegates made public appearances, participated in community service acts, and attended sustainability fairs to promote environmental…

Mad Leaf’s mission

By Cassie Kelly During one of his many hikes at Valley of Fire State Park just outside of Las Vegas, NV, Brent Martin happened upon an idea that would fuel his desire to own a business as well as save the planet. Martin established Mad Leaf Apparel, based out of Dallas, TX, in July 2014 with…

The New Human Diet

By Bethany N. Bella In an age of swift globalization and thumb-happy digitalization, it’s no delusion that the traditional American meal has digressed into small, packaged containers of ready-made indulgences. In fact, the health of Americans over the last several decades has taken a sharp decline as cardiovascular disease, obesity rates, and blood pressure levels…

The 2014 Ohio Pawpaw Festival

  Story by Cassie Kelly, CGM Editor-in-Chief Photos by Alexandria Polanosky, Multimedia Editor With a diverse selection of entertainment, record attendance and a zero waste initiative, this year’s Pawpaw Festival was a huge success for the community and the environment. Chris Chmiel, Athens County commissioner and founder of the Pawpaw Festival, said he started the…

DIY: Brew Your Own Kombucha

Kombucha is a “fermented tea beverage believed to have originated in China. Kombucha has been popular in different lands at different times, but became very popular here in the United States in the 1990s. Kombucha is similar to kvass, a Russian ferment made from bread, and is sometimes called tea or kombucha kvass (Katz, 2003).”…