Author Archives: courtneynstein

The End to a New Beginning

I would define sustainability as the process of understanding the surrounding environment and being aware of the usage of products and things that pertain to the environment. Sustainable design can be defined as designing products with the environment in mind … Continue reading

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LEED me to the Pollution of Transportation

Was it worth it to make the first “green” building in South Boston LEED certified? I am not an interior design student and I didn’t know much about LEED before this video. I had heard good things about LEED but … Continue reading

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Small Town Charm

Shop Local. Some people may not understand how important this is for most communities. I grew up in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Although not the smallest town in Oklahoma, Ponca City always stressed to shop locally. On Main St. downtown, there … Continue reading

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Worm Poop and Landfill Backyards

Waste = Food. That concept didn’t sound appealing to me right off the bat. My mind went straight to the thought of worms that eat dirt and poop dirt, then eat it again. Gross. As I dove into the reading … Continue reading

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New lightbulbs and a Trashcan with a Yellow Lid

As I sat down to do the carbon footprint calculator I got a knot in my stomach. We have learned a lot in this class about sustainability and sustainable practices, but when it comes to me personally, I don’t see … Continue reading

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Tree Hugger in the Making

Nature. People. Innovation. Creation. Biomimicry. What is Biomimicry? I had no clue until I googled it and read the article before class. Interesting, to say the least. Who would’ve thought that nature did it first? Not me. I guess my … Continue reading

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Gold Rush

I’m rich! I’m rich! I’m rich! Well, at least as rich as you can be as a college student. As an independent student, I rely on loans and working part time to help support myself. So far this semester I … Continue reading

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