Boston College EcoPledge

EcoPledge is the largest student-led environmental advocacy group at Boston College. Members of EcoPledge work together to make Boston College, our Newton-Brighton community, and our global society a more sustainable place. EcoPledge educates and engages our peers in current sustainability topics, including fossil fuel use, energy efficiency, recycling, food waste, environmental racism and many other issues.

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'Use by' dates contribute to unnecessary food waste
Consumers are confused by what the dates stamped on food means, and it’s adding to the food waste problem.

Great article about expiration dates from Mother Nature network.

Welcome back EcoPledgers! Here are some tips for making your dorm room as sustainable as you can be this year! 

Happy Greening! 

Your EcoPledge E-Board

BC Sustainability Fair

James Balog is coming to BC to host the showing of his movie Chasing Ice on Thursday, April 25th at 8pm. Balog graduated from BC in 1974 and he went on to launch The Extreme Ice Survey, which uses time-lapse cameras to document changes in the glacial landscape of the Arctic. This is what the documentary Chasing Ice depicts and it has won Sundance’s Excellence in Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary Filmmaking. Check the trailer out for yourself (see link below) and if it intrigues you then come to Devlin 008 on April 25th to see the whole thing and talk to James Balog himself.

In my Geoscience class, we have spoken about how water scarcity has become a very serious issue even here in the US. This article talks about a possible solution to this problem: purifying toilet water so that it is drinkable.

Each year on April 22nd Earth Day is celebrated by people all around the world in an effort to bring support and awareness for environmental protection.  If you’re one of the many people making the effort to be more green this Earth Day, here are a few great apps that can help.


Improving your recycling habits is one of the best ways to be more green and the iRecycle app is a great way to find convenient recycling opportunities.  This app uses your location to find collection sites near you and gives you vital information such as phone number, directions, hours of operation, and the types of materials that are collected.   iRecycle even provides you with over 1,500,000 ways to recycle over 350 materials.  With helpful tips like this it’ll be hard not to recycle!

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Zero Carbon

Considering the fact that CO2 emissions are one of the major contributing factors to global warming, reducing your own carbon footprint is another good way to show your support for the environment this Earth Day.  Before you’re able to reduce your carbon footprint however, you need to know what it is.  The Zero Carbon app allows you to calculate what your carbon footprint is based on your energy consumption and the modes of transportation you choose.  It will then give you helpful suggestions on how you can reduce your footprint. 

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Make Change, Not Waste

If you already shop at Whole Foods this app is a must, and if you don’t shop there yet this app is great incentive to start.  The Make Change, Not Waste app rewards Whole Foods shoppers for living a green lifestyle.  If you do things like use a reusable bag, recycle, or bike to work, Whole Foods will reward you with coupons and badges.  And if you want to make an even bigger impact you can choose to donate a percentage of the coupon value to the Whole Planet Foundation, which aims to alleviate global poverty.  With this app, Whole Foods is definitely making it easy for us to stay green and help the planet!

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Earth Day Guide

And here’s one final app to help you make the most of this Earth Day.  With features such as History, News, Resolutions, and Podcasts, the Earth Day Guide will ensure that you know everything there is to know about Earth Day.  You can make pledges as to how you will work to be more environmentally friendly this Earth Day and then view tips and suggestions on how to make it happen.  Put to use all the features in this app and you’ll be on your way to making an impact this Earth Day!

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With the results of this year’s election now settled, it is important to look at the ways some of the bills and motions affect our environment.  This article describes the outcomes of several of the major green propositions of the 2012 election.

The Connection Between Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy