Despite its proclivity toward darkness, in the bog, everything to me seems more animate and alive. In the muck of unsettledness, I find a marriage of opportunity and awe. Lady slippers in their velvety elegance await the tiny feet of faeries. Insects constellate like little stars around invisible planets. They swarm and buzz me but don’t land. A lapis-back dragonfly with his enormous iridescent green eyes hovers nearby.
Natural weathering, industrial activities, automobile exhausts, paints, wood preservatives and herbicides can potentially introduce metals into urban environments. We have therefore been conducting investigations on metals in the urban environment including boulevard and backyard gardens, parks, playgrounds and roadsides.
An important part of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program is an 8-month major project. One of this year’s projects, sponsored by the university's Office of Sustainability, is a feasibility study of sustainable beekeeping on campus.
We are experiencing the lowest low tides of the year during the daylight this week, and once again RRU researchers, undergraduate and graduate students are in the Southern Gulf Islands assisting Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR) scientists with their five-year clam garden restoration project.
Only three days into the Sustainable Community Development residency and it is already clear that the experience is both amazing and daunting. Our CityStudio project is on housing affordability. Some of us know a little something about the topic but others are delving into it for the first time. Definitions plague us. Does this mean homelessness? Are we in a position to contribute to this seemingly massive issue?