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WHERE DOES THIS GO. After using a tissue to clean up some spilt water, sophomore Carys Hsiung wonders which bin to to throw it in before dropping it into the one that says landfill.

USC takes first steps in recently passed sustainability proposal

Lani Ngonethong, RubicOnline November 13, 2023
The sustainability proposal includes 12 sections aiming to change the schools environmantal impact and defines how SPA can be more sustainable.
THE TIME IS NOW. SPA must create a climate policy that dramatically reduces emissions to meet the urgency of this moment and be an example to students, families, and peer institutions.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] SPA must make climate action a priority

RubicOnline Staff November 13, 2023
Institutional climate action becomes more necessary every day, yet SPA makes no commitment to curb school carbon emissions on its website.

Sustainability “Under the Stars”

Annie Bai, The Rubicon May 30, 2023
Junior Reilly Ringness spent weekends thrifting for parts of his outfit.
THE REAL COST. While it may be fun to participate in the latest fashion trends, the current trend cycle, fueled by social media and fast fashion, promotes over-consumption, a practice thats both environmentally and economically harmful.

Staying on trend isn’t worth the economic and environmental damage

Alison Mitchell, Podcast Editor October 4, 2022
The current trend cycle is unsustainable and economically unfair, don't buy in.
Eighth-grader Georgia Ross created a list of a few popular brands that use sweatshops in hopes of inspiring others to consume ethically and research before they purchase clothing.

Ross educates others on ethical consumption

Eliana Mann, RubicOnline May 25, 2021
Eighth-grader Georgia Ross discusses the importance of ethical consumption and fighting the exploitation of workers in a recent project.
Kathryn Youngblood, a research engineer that worked on the app development, explains how citizen participation works within the app.

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Reviewing the Marine Debris Tracker app

Elizabeth Trevathan, Director of RubicOnline May 15, 2021
Citizen science is research conducted by the public. Now, you can aid the fight against plastic pollution by researching it yourself. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, also known as the Mayors of the Mississippi River, partnered with the United Nations Environment Program, the National Geographic Society, and the University of Georgia to create an accessible way for the general public to battle plastic pollution by gathering data along the Mississippi River.
By buying large amounts of fast fashion in “hauls,” consumers are adding to the massive amount of clothes that are abandoned as soon as their short 6 month long trend is over.

[A&E OPINION] The problem with “hauls:” the ethics of overconsumption

Lucia Granja, RubicOnline April 29, 2021
Thrifting as a concept is undoubtedly more environmentally friendly than buying trendy fast fashion products. But thrifting hauls defeat this purpose. Buying a lot of clothes outweighs the fact that you are reusing the clothes, in addition to taking affordable resources from people who need them, making thrifting hauls just as unethical as fast fashion.
At SPA, the decision to spend $3 or $4 more dollars on a sustainable t-shirt is one that is much easier to make than in other communities. One must be respectful of other people’s decisions to buy or not buy sustainably made clothes, because paying more should not be an immediate expectation we have of others.

Not everyone can shop sustainably

Alexandra Cardwell, RubicOnline December 6, 2020
Sustainable shopping isn't the only way to lessen your carbon footprint.
What is the Zero Waste Movement? What is the Low Impact Movement?

[SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS] Start small, go big: education v.s. limitation

Elizabeth Trevathan, Director of RubicOnline October 22, 2020
Every city, organization, business, and person who has implemented a Zero Waste plan or lifestyle has a slightly different definition of the term.
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 Im fairly outgoing and assertive... I like to take control and make sure everything is running smoothly” she said.

New USC representative Hartfeldt on environmentalism, sustainability, and leadership

Julia Baron, The Rubicon December 4, 2019
The mid-fall elections gave the sophomore class a new student body representative: Maura Hartfeldt.
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCING. One of the main advantages of using ocean farms is the ability to source food sustainably. The kelp and shellfish grow naturally with the ocean and do not require any harmful additives to thrive.

Sustainable seafood: ocean farms offer greener food production

Jack Benson, The Rubicon Editor December 23, 2017
Ocean farms grow food--like kelp, mussels and other types of seafood--below the sea, minimizing the environmental impacts.
USCs initiative to remove disposable cups and host a reusable mug sale came with pros and cons.

2 SIDES: Did the mug / water bottle sales improve sustainability?

Flannery Enneking Norton and Lucy Sandeen September 26, 2017
Upper School Council sold water bottles and coffee mugs to raise funds and reduce waste.
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