Posts Tagged ‘Sustainability’

Jackie Jorgensen, the Eagles Abroad marketing intern, writes:


I never knew 23 days could change my life; in just 23 days my perspective on this world was greatly enriched. After seeing New Zealand and Australia, I’m not sure how the world could ever get any more incredible. These countries offer vast jaw-dropping landscapes, and a beautiful culture centered on sustainability.


My name is Jackie Jorgensen, and I am a junior at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.  This winter I went on the Eagles Abroad Sustainable Business program to New Zealand and Sydney and this year I am the new marketing intern back at UWL.


New Zealand opened my eyes to treating our planet with the care and respect it deserves.  Never in my life have I seen such clear blue waters, luscious greenery, and clean streets.  Growing up in Milwaukee, I have been exposed to the city pollution, and carelessness for the streets.  It was extremely refreshing to be exposed to a culture that takes such care of their environment.


While abroad our group completed several incredible hikes such as Aoraki/Mt.Cook and the Routeburn Track, we went sea kayaking, freely explored foreign cities, and dedicated a few days to a home-stay where I was placed with an incredible woman from the United Kingdom. A major highlight was traveling to the beautiful coastal town of Kaikoura, where we were able to swim with about 400 wild dusky dolphins!


Jan 16 167Alongside our adventuring and traveling, we also heard about concepts of sustainability from some truly inspiring Kiwi and Australian businessmen. They spoke about methods to leave less of an environmental footprint while still reeling in a solid profit.  It was truly refreshing to hear a non-Americanized business perspective.


New Zealanders truly value their land and society, which I found to be incredibly admirable.  Sustainable business is something every country needs to focus on and with this experience behind me; in the future I hope to be able to make a difference in how the citizens of the world do business.


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Courtney Roth, the Hokies Abroad marketing intern, writes:

During our study abroad in North Queensland, we learned about the pernicious human impact on the environment. Upon my return to the U.S., I made a conscious effort to live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly life.

With 2015 right around the corner, many of you may be having a difficult time deciding what your New Year’s resolution should be. If this is the case, fear no more, here are three easy-to-keep lifestyle changes that can help you to live a greener life and decrease your carbon footprint.

  1. Instate Meatless Mondays: Research has shown that meat consumption can be damaging to the environment, requiring mass amounts of water and gas for production and transportation. Going without meat one day a week may help prevent overconsumption. Furthermore, there is data to support that decreasing meat intake may decrease your chances of getting cardiovascular disease or cancer.
  1. Plant a tree: Everyone knows that trees are good for the environment; they offset carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and provide shelter for wildlife. An easy way to decrease your own carbon footprint is to plant a tree sapling in your yard. Better yet, make a fun day of it and encourage your friends to get together and plant trees together. I guarantee you’ll be glad you did. Planting trees does not require a huge lifestyle change but does create a long-lasting positive environmental impact.

Virginia Tech students look out over a reforestation project in the Daintree Rainforest


  1. Utilize energy efficient light bulbs: Replacing traditional incandescent light bulbs with halogen incandescent can decrease energy consumption by 25 to 80 percent. Furthermore, eco-friendly light bulbs can last up to 25 times longer than traditional light bulbs, actually saving you money! If you like saving money, helping the environment, and hate replacing light bulbs all the time, then buying halogen light bulbs may be the best decision you make in the New Year! For more information about eco-friendly light bulbs, visit: energy.gov.

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Carly Kubly, the Eagles Abroad marketing intern, writes:


Usually the first thing that comes to mind when you imagine a vineyard is row upon row of grapes. Having grown up in a farm town in Minnesota, I have seen my fair share of crops and so was not particularly thrilled to be taking a tour of a vineyard while in New Zealand. Little did I know I was about to fall in love with the winery.


Yealands Winery, although it obviously has many rows of grapes, also has a much more complex environment. The landscape at Yealands, located in Seddon, New Zealand, contains many different wetland areas, trees and flowers. Native birds and sheep also call the vineyard home. This biodiversity has set Yealands apart from other vineyards.


One of Yealands’ utmost priorities is sustainability, which is backed by the fact that their winery was the first in the world to be certified as carboNZeroCert™. It is their goal to become the most sustainable winery in the world, and they are well on their way, particularly having engineered the world’s first vine pruning burners as a major energy source. One of their more innovative tactics is to play classical music to the grapes. Yealands powers stereos with solar energy in order to help the grapes grow faster – certainly not something I would ever have thought of.


While I learned a lot about sustainability at Yealands, I also learned the importance of keeping an open mind when visiting a new place. For me an activity I was not as excited about ended up being one of the most interesting parts of my program. It is easy to make assumptions, but I challenge anyone studying abroad or even just visiting some place new to have an open mind – you never know what you will find!

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Isamar Pineda, 2014-15 Antarctica Sustainability student blogger, writes:

Hello, my name is Isamar Pineda, and I am currently in my third year at the University at Buffalo majoring in international studies. When I graduate, I hope to obtain a job in the international sector and join the Peace Corps while traveling as much as possible.

Anta_063Today I  am leaving for my study abroad program in Antarctica and Argentina. I’ve been curious about Antarctica since I was a child reading through my second grade geography textbook. I never expected to be able to make my dream of visiting Antarctica a reality at just 24 years of age. Every loan I take out and job I have to work is worth it to me to be able to afford to go and see the frozen continent firsthand.

I cannot wait to meet other students from different colleges and states, as well as other passengers aboard our expedition ship. Born and raised in New York City, I didn’t encounter penguins growing up, only pigeons, a plethora of squirrels and a few raccoons. Being feet away from penguins and whales is unimaginable. We’ll also be in Argentina for a few days and even though I’m fluent in Spanish, I think Argentina will be a culture shock since it will be my first time visiting a South American country. I have been thinking nonstop about this impending journey, and I can’t wait to begin sharing my adventures with you!

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