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What’s new in the environment? Four things you may not know are happening…

The Yarnery in St. Paul sells the Weather or Knot kits to create a timeline of weather events in a wearable accessory to spread awareness about environmental data protection.

Elizabeth Trevathan, RubicOnline

March 3, 2020

The local climate conversation has turned to microplastics, pollution deaths, temperature scarves, and how climate change is prioritized.

New USC representative Hartfeldt on environmentalism, sustainability, and leadership

Not enough people had ran for USC the year before, so Hartfeldt decided to run this year. “I thought that I would be a good person to represent the student body because I'm fairly outgoing and assertive... I like to take control and make sure everything is running smoothly” she said.

Julia Baron, The Rubicon

December 4, 2019

The mid-fall elections gave the sophomore class a new student body representative: Maura Hartfeldt.

McBuggets are Yost-Dubrow’s newest diet recommendation

Ms. Yost-Dubrow teaches environmental science. Aside from her teachings on crickets, Yost-Dubrow focuses on methods to combat climate change as well as historical examples of environmental disasters.

Martha Sanchez, RubicOnline

October 30, 2019

Upper School science teacher Rachel Yost-Dubrow is a strong advocate for environmental responsibility. Perhaps her most notable idea - eating crickets. 

Recycling? Maybe. Reduce, reuse, rot instead.

Recycling may be the default habit, but it's time to compost instead

Elizabeth Trevathan, Staff Writer

March 22, 2019

With China's 2018 import ban in effect, reusing and composting -- not recycling -- offer the environmental solution.

If rooftop garden isn’t feasible, other green options are

A green roof option was considered as part of the Schilling construction. Sadly, “[even though] a green roof was taken into account in the design process for Schilling…it just was not financially feasible,” said Mark Dickinson, Director of Operations and Security.

However, that doesn’t mean that we cannot create some environmental benefits with a community garden or pollinator garden.

Sharee Roman, The Rubicon Staff

September 28, 2018

The Schilling Center has a beautiful roof space that is currently unused. A garden on top would be an improvement.

Weighing the environmental costs of public transit

The Twin Cities may seem underdeveloped when compared to the expansive systems of New York City and other large metropolitan areas, but at both the city and state level, the government is pushing to implement more public transportation.

Jack Benson, The Rubicon Editor

May 10, 2018

The Twin Cities may seem underdeveloped when compared to the expansive systems of New York City and other large metropolitan areas, but at both the city and state level, the government is pushing to implement more public transportation.

Alum Amini bikes across country for environmental awareness

Alum Ariana Amini ('13) poses for a photo next to her bike as she fixes a flat tire. Amini is part of an all-female team biking across the country to raise awareness for protection of U.S. public lands. “Now that I’ve immersed myself more in the issue I’ve realized how convoluted it is, and how many perspectives there are, and aspects that affect every element of environmentalism,

Quinn Christensen, The Rubicon Editor

May 3, 2018

Alum Ariana Amini ('13) is biking across the U.S. with the organization Women on Wheels for Wild Lands to advocate for public lands.

Switching on good habits key to solving climate change

We have run to discuss climate change, now we to need to act on climate change.

Lynn Reynolds, Staff Writer

February 26, 2018

Climate change is real, and if we don't start doing something to reduce our carbon footprint, everyone will pay the price.

STAFF EDITORIAL: Step toward a brighter future with green choices

STAFF EDITORIAL: Step toward a brighter future with green choices

The Rubicon Staff, Editorial

September 28, 2017

SPA students need to recognize their role in climate change and take part in helping the environment.

5 ways to go greener this week

5 ways to go greener this week

Quinn Christensen, The Rubicon Editor

September 18, 2017

Consider setting the goal to be more eco-friendly, and follow these tips to make little changes each day.

3 Questions for Erik Olson

Keynote speaker Erik Olson talks to the Upper School about the environment and forming his identity.

Ellie Findell, RubicOnline Editor

April 26, 2017

Erik Olson talks Russian, Industrial Broilers and opportunity