Environment and Climate

Protecting our planet is the most pressing issue facing humankind in the 21st century. The actions we take now—for clean air, energy and drinking water, sustainable food and managing our natural resources—will save lives and livelihoods today and for centuries to come. Here, we tell the stories of our partner institutions and individuals who are making a difference as champions of the earth.

this photo shows crows that pick up litter at Puy du Fou theme park in France

Litter Police: Crew of Clean-Up Crows Roam Puy du Fou Theme Park

A falconer at Puy du Fou taught rooks, a member of the crow family, to pick up litter and drop it in a specially designed box that rewards them with food.
this photo shows an airline dedicated to banning single-use plastic bottles

Some Airports Make Strides to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Water Bottles

Bans on single-use plastic water bottles have been implemented or are in the works at various airports, but planes still pose a carbon-emissions threat.
this photo shows a group of Wofford College students who major in environmental studies

Wofford College's Environmental Studies Department Celebrates a "Decade of Ruggedness"

The interdisciplinary nature of the school's Environmental Studies major sets Wofford apart from other institutions of higher learning.
this photo shows edible bowls manufactured by Munch Bowls

Edible Bowls and Plates Could Take a Bite out of Plastic Waste

Munch Bowls in South Africa is the latest company to roll out a line of fully biodegradable, edible bowls and edible plates made from wheat bran.

IKEA Says Goodbye to Single-Use Plastics on Jan. 1, 2020

The Swedish retail giant pledged to get rid of all single-use plastics in its home furnishings and restaurants.
this photo shows the importance of a successful campus recycling program to maintaining the beauty of Saint Leo University.

Campus Recycling Program Makes Comeback at Saint Leo University

After closing down its program due to contaminated bins a few years ago, the Sullivan Foundation partner school has made huge strides in recycling and waste reduction in 2019.