When we insist on shared values and universal human experiences, we erase these productive differences and cripple the potential for equitable collaboration.
conservation, Duke Marine Lab, environmental economics, environmental policy, forests, internships, marine studies, Monitoring for Community Engagement in Filipino Mangrove Restoration, students, sustainability, travel
Gleaning from the Gleaners
How do you learn from those with whom you can’t communicate? This question has posed a methodological and ethical quandary as I work on community-based mangrove restoration with Marine Conservation Philippines. My research explores localContinue reading
environmental health, internships, students, travel, Untold Stories of the Manhattan Project
Collateral Damage & Coloradan Escapades
Seventy-three years ago today, a fateful explosion altered the lives of the thousands of people living in communities around Alamogordo in a devastating and irrevocable way. White ash fell like warm snowflakes over the desertContinue reading
conservation, environmental economics, environmental policy, forests, internships, Monitoring for Community Engagement in Filipino Mangrove Restoration, students, sustainability, travel
Questioning Our Roots
“Hi Joe!” I hear this cheery call often while doing community-based conservation in the Philippines. Filipinos frequently call foreigners “Joe.” It’s a rich, if casual, reference to the military nature of U.S.-Filipino relations: “Joe” derivesContinue reading
internships, Rediscovering Development: Addressing the Needs of the Rural Poor in India
When traveling, when do you first interact with the culture of the place you are visiting? For me, it’s always on the plane ride. This is where you sit near a person returning back home,Continue reading
What’s in a Workshop?
“Ben, you’re bombing.” I stood in front of 50 Filipino Local Government officials, a mic in my hand as I described the participatory mapping activity set before us. It was the first morning of aContinue reading
Exploring Energy Efficiency in Colorado, internships, students
Recently I finished my internship at the Rocky Mountain Institute and I’m back in Durham for another year of school.
Adventures On and Assessments of Rivers in the American West, conservation, internships, students, water
Multi-Use Management of Water
Working on the BLM’s Western Rivers and Streams Assessment Project all summer has taught me a lot about the multi-use and inter-agency management of the public lands and waters of the United States. Growing upContinue reading
conservation, Exploring Energy Efficiency in Colorado, internships, students, sustainability
What is Behavioral Energy Efficiency? (Part 2 of 2)
As I introduced in my last blog post, behavioral energy efficiency, sometimes called occupancy engagement in the context of building efficiency, is a growing field. However, it is not an area yet well-understood by RMIContinue reading
Adventures On and Assessments of Rivers in the American West, conservation, internships, students, travel, water
Packed and Ready for the Field!
Training is officially over and I will finally be leaving on my first hitch for the summer tomorrow! It’s hard to believe that its only been three weeks since I arrived in Utah. I feelContinue reading