The Wrack

The Wrack is the Wells Reserve blog, our collective logbook on the web.

Posts tagged sustainability

  • Running to Walk

    Wells Reserve Contributor | July 12, 2015

    Earth RisingOn December 24, 1968, the Apollo 8 mission team shared this photo of Earth as seen from orbit around the moon.  This photograph has since been credited with igniting the second wave of modern environmentalism in the United States, as people realized that the Earth was a small and unique oasis in the vastness of the universe. While modern American environmentalism has come a long way, it has slowed from a speed run to a painstakingly slow walk over the last few decades.

  • Black Gold?

    | April 25, 2015

    Abraham Lincoln O-116 by Gardner, 1865-crop' by Alexander Gardner - Library of CongressNative nameLibrary of CongressLocationWashington, D.C.Coordinates38° 53? 19? N, 77° 00? 17? WEstablished1800Websitewww.loc.gov. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Abraham_Lincoln_O-116_by_Gardner,_1865-crop.png#/media/File:Abraham_Lincoln_O-116_by_Gardner,_1865President Abraham Lincoln, February 1865. He looks tired.

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 4/26/2015.

    One hundred and fifty years ago this month, the Civil War staggered to a bloody and exhausted end. Our nation lay in ruins: our national psyche fractured, half our economy and infrastructure reduced to ashes, 750,000 battlefield casualties (1 in 10 white men in America of military age lay dead). Why did we fight those four long years, at such cost to country and kin?

  • Maine’s Warmer but Sunnier Future

    | March 29, 2015

    solar installation at Maine Audubon's Gilsland Farm

    Photo: the new sun-tracking solar panels at Maine Audubon

     

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 3/29/2015.

    Around the time I turned six years old, a funny thing happened. Starting in 1984, each successive month was warmer than its 20th century global average. That doesn’t mean December 1985 was warmer than November 1985. It means December 1985 was warmer, around the world, than the average temperature in December from 1900-1985. So was January 1986. And so was February 1986.

    And June 1992. March 1997. August 2004. February 2015.

    For the past thirty years (and counting), each month has been warmer than its average. We may remember, year to year, locally colder Januarys or cooler Julys, but around the world, our collective thermometers have not seen a dip for 360 straight months. The odds of this happening randomly are, well, Powerball-esque.

  • Stars of the Yankee Woodlot: Ken Canfield

    Wells Reserve Contributor | August 12, 2014
    As you walk the loop trails in the Yankee Woodlot, check out our new interpretive signs! On each sign, you'll learn a little more about the Yankee Woodlot timber harvest project. Be sure to also check out these informational videos featuring some of the stars of the Yankee Woodlot project, which can be accessed using the QR codes found on each of the four signs on the trail. You can also view and read…
  • Stars of the Yankee Woodlot: Tin Smith

    Wells Reserve Contributor | August 12, 2014
    As you walk the loop trails in the Yankee Woodlot, check out our new interpretive signs! On each sign, you'll learn a little more about the Yankee Woodlot timber harvest project. Be sure to also check out these informational videos featuring some of the stars of the Yankee Woodlot project, which can be accessed using the QR codes found on each of the four signs on the trail. You can also view and read…
  • Stars of the Yankee Woodlot: Susan Bickford

    Wells Reserve Contributor | August 12, 2014
    As you walk the loop trails in the Yankee Woodlot, check out our new interpretive signs! On each sign, you'll learn a little more about the Yankee Woodlot timber harvest project. Be sure to also check out these informational videos featuring some of the stars of the Yankee Woodlot project, which can be accessed using the QR codes found on each of the four signs on the trail. You can also view and read…
  • Stars of the Yankee Woodlot: Paul Dest

    Wells Reserve Contributor | August 12, 2014
    As you walk the loop trails in the Yankee Woodlot, check out our new interpretive signs! On each sign, you'll learn a little more about the Yankee Woodlot timber harvest project. Be sure to also check out these informational videos featuring some of the stars of the Yankee Woodlot project, which can be accessed using the QR codes found on each of the four signs on the trail. You can also view and read…
  • Full Power Ahead

    | July 18, 2014

    Energy supplies

    The following was published in the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune Sunday edition, 7/20/2014.

    If the Wells Reserve at Laudholm had an oil well and a refinery and a power plant on site, we could keep the lights on, fill up our heating oil tank, and top off my Volkswagen every day for cheap. But we don’t. That’s just one of the drawbacks of fossil fuels: the infrastructure needs are enormous. Add the geopolitical strife, the pollution, and the finite supply of oil, coal, and natural gas, and it’s a wonder that our society uses the stuff as greedily as we do.

    We can’t live without energy. Fossil fuels power the global economic engine, and they’re immensely profitable to their producers. If only they didn’t have those annoying consequences. If fossil fuels were as vast, inexhaustible, and reliable as the sun that rises daily over our heads, they’d be great.

  • Do you CLYNK?

    | April 14, 2014

    ComposterWe host a lot of visitors each year. We hold a lot of events. This is great because it means that people love coming to this place and enjoying all it has to offer. It also means that we inherit some amount of waste in the form of drink bottles, and we don't mind at all. Our visitors are staying hydrated (which means they will hopefully be back again), and we can take those bottles and turn them into sustainable improvements around the Reserve like solar panels, compost bins, and better signs for trash and recycling locations on campus.

  • Making Sustainability Work (the event)

    | November 8, 2013

    Yesterday I went to the North Dam Mill in Biddeford for Making Sustainability Work, an interactive event organized by Sustain Southern Maine. Those old mill hallways are long, long, long!