Warrawee Planting: 20 Years Later

Happy Arbor Day! The simple act of planting trees can go a long way towards combating soil erosion, habitat loss, water quality degradation, and even climate change. On SFS programs around the world, students join with community members in both large and small-scale plantings of indigenous seeds and saplings. Enjoy these “before and after” photos [...]

Interview with SFS Board Chair Terry L. Andreas

Happy Earth Day! Around the world, more than one billion people are expected to participate in events and activities to promote a healthier planet. To mark the occasion, we sat down with Board Chair Terry L. Andreas, one of the organization’s founders, to hear her thoughts on the accomplishments and evolution of the School since [...]

Reflection on Water

Name: John Kiringe, Ph.D. Position: Associate Professor in Wildlife Ecology Program: Wildlife Management Studies, Kenya As we celebrate World Water Day on 22nd March 2013, to millions if not billions of people, this will just be another day in their lifetime. Yet, the truth of the matter is, the world is faced by a tremendous [...]

Lessons Learned from 2 Years of Organic Management on the Orchard in Costa Rica

Name: Achim Häger, Dr. forest Position: Lecturer in Principles of Natural Resources Management Program: Sustainable Development Studies, Costa Rica Personally, I do not like the term “pest” very much, as it reflects our narrow perspective on things. At the Center for Sustainable Development Studies, we have about 2.5 hectares of land dominated by 2 exotic [...]

Book Review: “Visit Sunny Chernobyl”

There is a wooded path near my home that, until recently, welcomed runners, bikers, and dog walkers with this cautionary sign: Passing the sign on my evening runs was disheartening, but it was also intriguing. How did my quaint seaside neighborhood get so polluted anyway? I did a little research. It turns out that from [...]

Outreach in El Sur

Book Review: Farm City

Novella Carpenter is an Urban Farmer. It’s a label she stumbles upon while carousing at a local speakeasy and it is a perfect fit to describe her unusual lifestyle. Novella may live in “the ghetto” of Oakland, California, but that doesn’t stop her from pursuing her agricultural dreams: from cultivating heirloom vegetables and fruit to [...]

SFS Alum Has “Coolest Job Ever”

This post was originally written and published by Jaymi Heimbuch on Treehugger.com. Follow Jaymi and the Oceanic Society on Twitter. © Wayne Sentman In the photo above, a group is being taught how to measure leatherback sea turtles, thanks to a couple human volunteers. And, the photo above illustrates a lot of what Wayne Sentman [...]

Alumni Profile: Jen Ryan

SFS alumna Jen (Loose) Ryan Costa Rica Spring ’94 learned a lot from riding the buses through Central America, even if she did not realize it at the time. “Looking at the massive erosion from certain agricultural practices gave me a sense of how important good environmental laws and regulations are. I saw for myself [...]

SFS Costa Rica Farm Renews its Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Management System and Receives Verification on Climate Change Efforts

Name: Sergio Molina, Ph.D. Position: Lecturer in Economic & Ethical Issues in Sustainable Development Program: Sustainable Development Studies, Costa Rica Our commitment to continual improvement in managerial practices set the ground for our first-annual certification of compliance with the Sustainable Agriculture Network norm. The process, carried out by third-party auditors, assessed our effectiveness in protecting [...]

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