Digital Portfolio

May 6, 2014


personal introduction


W2 01/21/2014: Sullivan The Meadowlands
W3 01/29/2014: Abbey Desert Solitaire
W4 02/02/2014: Coates Nature (part I)
W5 02/10/2014: Coates Nature (part II) My post kept deleting, something went wrong with the blog…
W6 02/19/2014: Robbins et al Environment and Society (part I)
W7 02/26/2014: Robbins et al Environment and Society (part II) [presented by myself)
W8 03/05/2014: Robinson Eating on the Wild Side (had dinner @ your house and food for class)
W11 03/25/2014: Foer Eating Animals
W12 04/02/2014: Humes Garbology

Current events
W2 01/21/2014: Current event; Sustainable Agriculture
W3 01/29/2014: eco friendly Homemade home
W4 02/02/2014:Destroying Ivory
W5 02/10/2014: Electric cars; are they really saving the environment?
W6 02/19/2014: Organic Food is Bad for the environment?
W7 02/26/2014: Train derailed in Delaware!
W8 03/05/2014: China Emmissions
W11 03/25/2014: Chemical spills not reported
W12 04/02/2014:Whales


Project postings

First project proposal– failure…

Second project proposal– Floating wetlands

Presentation– Floating wetlands



May 6, 2014

This was a good book. I just thought it was interesting that the largest “mountian” in ohio is an old land fill, not many people know that. The whole idea of hiding our trash is one that cracks me up. Although everything can break down and go back into the cycle of things our new inventions (maybe not so new) like plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose. There is a park in morrow county that has different trash items in metal cages with the date they were put there and approximately how long it takes for it to decompose. My cross country team used to run there once a year and it was always interesting to see no change in  the tires or plastic bottles… Trash is going to continue to be a problem until we find ways to recycle items in a more productive and less expensive way. When ever I think of Trash, I think of Toy story 3 at the end when the toys are about to be incinerated. i know that a lot of trash just gets piles up or left on the side of the road but there are people who are trying to make it better. The book was very good at really explaining what happens to trash and education is the first step to a better world.





Digital Portfolio – Jonathan Valentine

May 6, 2014


1. The Trouble With Wilderness/ Meadowlands

2. Desert Solitude

3. Nature Part I (presentation with Chris Mondon)

4. Nature Part II

5. Enviroment and Society Part I (no notes)

6. Environment and Society Part II

7. Eating on the Wild Side (had food)

8. Eating Animals (no notes)

9. Garbology 

Current Enviro Events 

1. Week 1 

2. Week 2 

3. Week 3 

4. Week 4

5. Week 5 

6. Week 7 

7. Week 10

8. Personal Introduction

Project Postings

1. Project Ideas

2. Original Project Proposal

3. Final Project Proposal (with Chris Mondon)

4. Final Project Presentation (with Chris Mondon)


May 6, 2014

This was one of my favorite books to read all semester. This is due to the fact that I have a large interest in where our trash goes. I believe that our current ways of disposing trash is not good. We are burying them in landfills and dumping it all over the world. I thought it was interesting to read how the landfills work and where exactly the trash goes. I also thought it was interesting to see how much trash we as humans actually produce each year. I also agree with the book that we need to find better and more sustainable ways to manage our trash. 




Final Blog Posting

May 6, 2014

Week 1: W January 15

Personal Introduction

Current Event

“The Trouble with Wilderness”

Week 2: W January 22

The Meadowlands by Robert Sullivan

Week 3: W January 29

Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Current Event

Week 4: W February 5

Current Event

Project Update

Nature by Peter Coates

Week 5: W February 12

Current Event

Nature Part 2

Week 6: W February 19

Current Event

Project Proposal

Environment and Society Part 1

Week 7: W February 26

Current Event

Environment and Society Part 2

Week 8: W March 5

Current Event

My Presentation: Eating on the Wild Side: Fruits

Week 11: March 26

Current Event

Eating Animals

Current Event Update

Week 12: April 2

Current Event


Week 15: April 23

Presentation: The Olentangy River: Change over Time


May 6, 2014

I found this book to be a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. I grew up driving past a pretty awful landfill on a frequent basis. Every time I go home I’m amazed at how much it has changed, but at the same time, how little it has too. I think that the author is right, we have a garbage problem. As someone that grew up practicing recycling and burning our garbage I didn’t ever really think about my impact on the environment, but now I see things a little differently after four years here at OWU. In nearly all of my geography classes, there has been a project done about trash, or recycling, or composting. College students here are much more aware of their effects on the environment around them, even if they do nothing to lessen that impact.

The author made the point that we accept products that are meant “to be disposed of rather than repaired or upgraded” and that is absolutely true (258). But will that change, no, I don’t think so. The rampant consumerism that has evolved along with capitalism will never allow for a change like that to be made. Perhaps that is just my own cynical view, but probably not…

Eating Animals

May 6, 2014

I enjoyed the author’s approach, though I found it hard to follow his thoughts at some points. As a kid, I grew up in the middle of nowhere. I lived in a farming community where most of the kids I went to school with raised animals and either showed them at the fair or their family slaughtered them for meat. I don’t even think I met a vegetarian until I came to college. The whole idea was kind of foreign to me. I grew up eating meat, everyone around me ate meat, and I never thought twice about it. I still don’t really. I respect people’s decisions to refrain from eating meat but know that I would not be able to do so. Yes, I’ve thought about how it seems unfair to raise animals simply for their meat, however, we grow crops for their food value, so how is that any different?

Overall, I found the book to be interesting, however I didn’t really get much out of it. While the end is certainly meant to be persuasive, it’s also pretty easy to ignore…

Peterson Portfolio

May 5, 2014


W2 01/22/2014: The Trouble with Wilderness, The Meadowlands

W3 01/29/2014: Desert Solitaire

W4 02/05/2014: Nature Part I 
W5 02/12/2014: Nature Part 2
W6 02/19/2014: Environment and Society Part I
W7 02/26/2014: Environment and Society Part II
W8 03/05/2014: Eating on the Wild Side (Made Food.. no post)
W11 03/25/2014: Eating Animals
W12 04/02/2014: Garbology (Presentation on Part II and Part III)

Current Environment Issues

W2 01/22/2014

W3 01/29/2014

W4 02/05/2014

W5 02/12/2014

W6 02/19/2014
W7 02/26/2014
W8 03/05/2014
W11 03/26/2014
W12 04/02/2014

Project Items

W4 02/05/2014 Proposal

W6 02/19/2014 Proposal

W15 04/23/2014 Presentation

Personal Introduction



Digital Portfolio – Schuster

May 5, 2014


W2 01/21/2014: Sullivan The Meadowlands
W3 01/29/2014: Abbey Desert Solitaire
W4 02/02/2014: Coates Nature (part I)
W5 02/10/2014: Coates Nature (part II) {presentation with Sam Keen}
W6 02/19/2014: Robbins et al Environment and Society (part I)
W7 02/26/2014: Robbins et al Environment and Society (part II)
W8 03/05/2014: Robinson Eating on the Wild Side
W11 03/25/2014: Foer Eating Animals
W12 04/02/2014: Humes Garbology

Current Environment Issues

Super Great Article full of information

Fun Exciting Super Interesting Article Relating To Environmental Issues



Life on the Country Side


Weekly Update

Obese People

Climate Change


New York Recycling

Polar Bears

Project (w/ Sam Keen)

Project Ideas
New Project
May Move Out

Digital Portfolio – Chris Mondon

May 5, 2014


Week 2 1/22/14: Robert Sullivan The Medowlands

The Trouble With Wilderness

Week 3  1/29/14: Edward Abbey Desert Solitaire

Week 4 2/5/14: Peter Coats Nature Pt. 1 (Presentation with Jonathan Valentine)

Week 5 2/12/14: Peter Coates Nature Pt. 2

Week 6 2/19/14: Bill Robbins Environment and Society Pt. 1 NO NOTES

Week 7 2/26/14: Bill Robbins Environment and Society Pt.2 NO NOTES

Week 8 3/5/14: Jo Robinson Eating on the Wild Side

Week 11 3/25/14: Jonathan Foer Eating Animals NO NOTES

Week 12 4/2/14: Edward Humes Garbology NO NOTES



Current Environmental Events:












Project Ideas 1/22/2014

Project Ideas 2/5/2014

Project Proposal (with Jonathan Valentine)

Final Presentation (with Jonathan Valentine)