How the Chicago region is affected by the Urban Heat Island

This blog is adapted from my master’s research in using GIS to measure the urban heat island effect across the Chicago region. This interest comes from the fact that as someone who has commuted on many hot nights in/around Chicago, there is an obvious different in how the urban heat island impacts the urban, impervious core, and the tree canopied […]

The Pleasant Prairie Power Plant Redevelopment

The Pleasant Prairie Power Plant was a coal-fired power station that operated from 1976 to 2018 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, owned by We Energies. Located at 8000 95th St in Pleasant Prairie, the plant was capable of producing 1,190 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 900,000 homes. However, the plant also emitted millions of tons of carbon dioxide, sulfur […]

10 Historical Moments that Shaped Climate Change Awareness

Climate change has become one of the most pressing issues of our time, with its impacts being felt across the globe. 2023 was the world’s hottest year on record. However, the awareness of the issue is not new, and in fact, has been growing since the 19th century. In this blog, we’ll be taking a look at the top 10 […]

The Issues With ESG Investment Funds Below the Surface

In recent years, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing has gained significant traction as investors increasingly seek to align their portfolios with ethical and sustainable values. In a vacuum, this is awesome news, especially as finance is a major player in our economy, and inextricably linked to the natural world. However, beneath the surface of these investments lies room for […]

The Problem With Electric Vehicles Hiding in Plain Sight

In the accelerating shift away from traditional combustion engines toward a greener automotive landscape, a surprising obstacle has emerged—reluctance among drivers to invest in used electric vehicles (EVs). This trend is not only affecting the $1.2 trillion secondhand market but is also posing challenges for the broader EV industry. While there are numerous issues with electric vehicle technology that could […]

Climate Change Careers Without a Degree

In the dynamic world of climate change and sustainability, opportunities abound for individuals eager to contribute to a healthier planet. What’s particularly encouraging is the accessibility of impactful careers in this field, often not requiring a traditional college degree. For those who lack the resources, or simply do not want to spend the time and money required for a bachelor’s […]