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Smart Water Practices in the Southwest

By Naresh Kumar on 4/29/15 1:00 AM

Located in the Sonoran Desert, NOLS Southwest receives an average rainfall of 3-16 inches per year. Rainwater harvesting made human settlement in southern Arizona possible as far back as 3,500 years ago. But to compensate for the arid environment today, the Central Arizona Project pumps Colorado River water over 300 miles to Tucson via a pipeline. This unsustainable source currently makes up more than a third of Tucson’s water supply.

At NOLS Southwest, and the city of Tucson in general, we're making strides implementing innovative smart water practices in order to take advantage of the rainfall we do get and secure a more sustainable water supply.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship, NOLS Southwest, education, backcountry

Earth Day: Living Sustainably at NOLS India

By Karly Copeland on 4/22/15 12:00 AM

At NOLS, we work hard to make sure that each of our locations does its part to promote sustainable practices that will give our students great experiences and care for the amazing wild lands in which we operate. For Earth Day 2015, we're going to show you a day in the life at our location in Ranikhet, India, so you can see how we integrate sustainability and conservation into our everyday practices...

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Topics: leadership, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship, leave no trace, NOLS India

Take the Challenge: 2015 WY Outside Challenge

By Becca Sage on 4/10/15 1:00 AM
Enjoy fly fishing in the Wind River Range. Photo by Kevin Bergstrom
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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship

Team 2020: Leaders in Sustainability

By Becca Sage on 3/10/15 5:11 AM

One of the core components of NOLS’ curriculum is Leave No Trace (LNT). Good wilderness ethics are essential for groups in the backcountry, but what about LNT for the front country? Allow me to introduce your front country LNT leaders: Team 2020! Team 2020 was established to facilitate the goal of a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions schoolwide by the year 2020.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship

Wyss Campus Acquires More LEED Certifications

By Becca Sage on 3/4/15 4:08 AM

To have a LEED certification is an honorable feat in the world of sustainability. A product of the U.S. Green Building Council, the multi-tiered LEED certification system has been a pioneer and leader in sustainable building initiatives around the world. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes responsible building designs and practices. In pursuit of sustainability, NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI) has jumped on the LEED train and is successfully taking the school toward a greener future.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Wyoming, WMI, Environmental Stewardship

Supporting NOLS through Solar Time

By nols.blog on 3/3/15 7:05 AM

By Melissa Hemken, Foundation Relations Coordinator

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship

CNG Truck at NOLS

By Becca Sage on 2/20/15 1:55 AM
The CNG truck is ready for action!
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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

DEQ Aims to Downgrade Essential Streams in Wyoming

By Becca Sage on 2/13/15 3:30 AM

It’s a hot summer day in Wyoming and you are hiking along a cherished trail surrounded by pines, peaks and sunny skies. Care to take off your boots and soak your feet in a cool stream, or perhaps go for a swim? Water quality may not cross your mind when you’re sweating and distracted by the beauty of the landscape, but you might have to think again.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

Wyoming Legislature Angles to Annex Federal Lands

By Becca Sage on 2/6/15 3:36 AM

It’s the beginning of a new year and the 2015 Wyoming State Legislative Session is in full swing. There are many reasons to pay attention to the bills passing through the legislature, but why is it important to NOLS?

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship

The Governor's Task Force on Forests

By Becca Sage on 1/30/15 4:54 AM

Wyoming’s expansive forests are exceptional. For more reasons than one may realize, the state’s forests play an important role in our lives and future. Whether it be environmental, economic, or recreational value, these areas represent something that every Wyomingite can identify with.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship

Wyoming Youth Outdoor Bill of Rights

By Becca Sage on 1/23/15 5:59 AM

There is a growing concern for the youth of today: will this be the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents? Obesity and diabetes are scary realities for many children in the United States, and there are several theories as to why these health issues have become such an epidemic. One major contributing factor is that kids are not spending enough time outdoors and being active. When children spend more time outside, they are not only physically healthier, but they also have an overall higher quality of life.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship, outdoor education

What Wilderness Means to Us

By Casey Adams on 10/16/14 2:33 AM


To me, Wilderness means we still have a place to go. A place to go immerse in pure, fresh water, a place to go sit on top of a ridge and watch the sun dip below the horizon, a place to go and enjoy the peaceful quietness of an alpine meadow on a sunny summer day. We still have a place to be us.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

What Wilderness Means to Us

By Casey Adams on 10/15/14 1:37 AM

As a kid camping in the Wilderness on our annual father-son camping trips to Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains, the grandeur of the untrammeled alpine has always been a source of inspiration, reflectiveness, and challenge for me. Since making my career as a Wilderness advocate, I have come to appreciate the Wilderness legacy that has been bestowed upon us by so many great conservation heroes: people like Olas and Mardy Murie, Aldo Leopold, and John Muir. Because of their vision, I can take my children to those same special places that my dad took me, and discover those places anew through their eyes.

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

What Wilderness Means to Us

By Casey Adams on 10/14/14 7:48 AM
Dale Lescher photo
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Topics: Environmental Stewardship

What Wilderness Means to Us

By Casey Adams on 10/8/14 9:42 AM

I have spent my whole “adult” life guiding in the wilderness! The feeling that we have in this country is beyond words. Aren’t we so lucky that those with insight were able to put aside these lands in perpetuity, where man is “only a visitor?” It just seems incredible that we have these jewels for ourselves and future generations and they will remain essentially untouched. As has often been said, “They aren’t making that any more.”

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Topics: Environmental Stewardship, wilderness, The Wilderness Act, 50th Anniversary