Articles by Joseph Mruzek

Perspectives from a student organization: Pep Band

Hello, loyal reader. The astute among you may or may not have noticed that this article is not about sustainability. That’s right, I do things other than recycle and save the Earth. I also play trombone in the John Carroll University pep band.   The pep band is one of JCU’s best kept secrets. We…

This week in sustainability: Reuse The Carroll News

  Hello there, loyal reader. If you’re like me (and I can tell you are because it’s a proven fact cool people read my column), you just want to know what more you can do for the environment.   You read my article way back in October 2014 about on-campus recycling and were inspired. Since…

This week in sustainability: Beach cleanup

  Late last semester, your JCU environmentalist woke up at 9 a.m. on a Sunday and took a trip up to Lake Erie to participate in a beach cleanup. The beach cleanup is part of an ongoing effort the JCU Environmental Issues Group is undertaking with The Alliance for the Great Lakes to help protect…

Putting the conserve in “conservative”

Hopefully by now you have fulfilled your civic duty and voted. (Voting day was last Tuesday if you’re confused.)   Because of the elections, your John Carroll environmentalist has decided to explain why everyone should be a treehugger like me.   Specifically, this article is for the conservatives on campus. If you don’t know any…

Biodiversity Week

Last week your JCU Environmentalist enjoyed all the free food he got from Diversity Week. This got me thinking about all the most important kind of diversity on campus: biodiversity. Biodiversity is the wide variety of different life forms present in an ecosystem. Without the super abundant biodiversity that has evolved here on earth we…

How to live green on campus

  It can be tough trying to live a sustainable life while a student, you might not even know where to begin. But that’s what I’m for. Hello I’m Joe, your JCU Environmental Wacko here to give you some easy tips to help you live green on campus.   For starters, turn off your computer…

The Clean Murph

This week you resident tree hugger will take you inside the Dirty Murph. Now you may know about the recent renovations that the Murphy residence hall underwent, but you may not know that the hall is now LEED Silver certified. LEED which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is awarded by the US…

‘The caf’ goes green

This week in sustainability, we will take a look at something near and dear to all of our hearts, the Schott Dining Hall. Commonly known as “the caf,” it is actually one of the most environmentally conscious entities on campus. You have all probably noticed the new dish carousel (the thing that takes your dirty…

This week in sustainability: Think before you trash it

The John Carroll University Environmental Issues Group (EIG) would like to welcome everyone back to John Carroll for another great year.   Good news: The bike co-op is back in gear with bikes now available for student use at the Recreation Desk.   There is a lot to look forward to this year–from new friends,…

Columns: This week in sustainability

The JCU Environmental Issues Group, working with associate professor of biology Christopher Sheil, is reviving the bike co-op. Through the bike co-op, any John Carroll student can go to the desk in the JCU RecPlex and sign out a bike to use.  These bikes were donated to John Carroll by the University Heights Police Department.…