By Rebecca Mcmillin Barbara Kingsolver is a prolific writer whose favorite topics are class divides and social inequalities. It seems inevitable therefore, that she write a book on climate change. Flight Behavior, published in 2012 by HarperCollins, is a masterful realistic fiction example of the Bildungsroman genre- which Merriam Webster defines as a depiction of…

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By: Karina Greenlee In preschool, on what we called forest days, our tiny school took the city bus to evergreen college and spent all school day in the woods. We made houses inside of rotting logs, ventured through the underbrush, and dug for clay by the creek bank. At lunchtime, we sometimes hiked down to…

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By Elsie Sabel Out of the many films I watched as a child, Wall-E is one of the few that I distinctly recall. I remember watching it on long car trips and boring Sunday afternoons. So, I decided to watch it again to see if it still had the same magic with an older audience.…

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By Kaylee Shen I guess you could call me the Olympia High School dumpster diver. Well, I don’t dive in the dumpster for food to eat, but I do “dive” through our school’s compost, trash and recycling in order to sort items into their correct bins. Every Tuesday and Thursday at lunch (when we still…

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By Bahar Bouzarjomehri In this Netflix original series, Zac Efron and health and wellness expert Darin Olien traveled the world searching for communities that have been leading the sustainability movement. Each place Efron and Olien visited demonstrates how locals are working with their natural resources in order to make the world a healthier place to…

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As the question of how to stop climate change is becoming a more common topic of debate, why is making cities more walkable and bikeable important? By Louisa Sevier Climate change. It’s a scary thing, right? And while it’s true that one person cannot solve this problem, we can each do something. The first way…

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By Thad Curtz | | July, 2020 If you’re getting a new vehicle, buying a more efficient one is one of the few things you can do that reduces your carbon footprint substantially and will also save you money in the long run. Almost everywhere in the world, as you go from a conventional…

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By Jeff Johnston | July, 2020 Introduction We drove our 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric from Olympia to the San Francisco Bay Area and back last December and along the way we learned a lot about how to succeed at long distance travel in an EV.   It does take a bit of planning and some…

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The Tenino Grid Modernization initiative for the City of Tenino, is a partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce, and Puget Sound Energy. The initiative is focused on “designing, installing, and testing the first utility-scale microgrid in PSE’s service area… to enhance services for the Tenino community and pave the way for a cleaner, better energy future for…

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We are living in unprecedented times. 2020 began with raging forest fires in Australia, blood red skies, thousands of homes and businesses destroyed, and over a billion dead animals. For many of us, this horror was quickly overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which was then eclipsed by worldwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality. There is no…

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