D-ECONEWS 2022 March

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About D-EcoNews

Dwight Englewood's Upper School Environmental Publication was started last March of 2021 by our Editor in Chief, Darby ('23), in partnership with the Environmental Club. We wanted to create a source of environmental information and news for students, faculty, parents, and anyone else connected to the DE community. We have a wonderful campus and strive to do our best to take care of it as well as respect the people who keep it so incredibly beautiful every day. We hope you enjoy reading D-EcoNews and please let us know if you'd like to write a piece to be featured- we LOVE seeing our earth-loving, environmentally-advocating community grow!

Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap Hopefully we are not using disposable plasticware and harming the environment, so chances are that we all have to wash our dishes. Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap is an ecofriendly detergent. You may be wondering what is the need for an eco-friendly detergent since it’s just a type of soap. However, the ingredients in Mrs. Meyers dish soap makes it easier to cut through grease on pans, allowing you to wash your dishes for less time and thus save water. Further, the dish soap is made entirely from plantbased, biodegradable ingredients. Bees Wrap XXL Roll Plastic wrap, though convenient, actually creates a lot of plastic waste, thus severely contributing to the environmental issue. However, luckily, Bees Wrap XXL Roll is a reusable wrap that can complete the same functions as single-use plastic wrap. Each sheet can be reused and is coated with a wax that helps it stick to the food you are trying to wrap. The company creates precut sheets, however their XXL roll allows for versatility in cutting your own size sheet from the wrap. Further, when you feel ready to get rid of the wrap and replace it with a new one, the wrap can simply be composted and it is highly biodegradable. Columbia Outdry Extreme ECO Buying rain jackets can be a difficult task, especially since you want a jacket that will have good water-repellency. This is checked through seeing whether the clothing has undergone a DWR treatment, since that will provide the most repellency for the longest amount of time. However, many people do not recognize that DWR utilizes synthetic compounds called PFSs that are never able to degrade in the environment. This has become a major concert among the environmental community. Luckily, a well-known brand, Columbia, has created their Outdry Extreme ECO rain jacket which is free of PFCs and is still extremely water-resistant. Each jacket is made from a polyester that is made of approximately 21 recycled bottles. Since the majority of the fabric is made up of plastic, it is less likely to absorb dirt and grime, and thus make you have to wash the jacket less. Further, Columbia does not use any dyes in the jacket since that saves approximately 13.5 additional gallons of water per jacket. This rain jacket probably has the lowest carbon footprint that you will find and has one of the best water-repellency technologies. Plus, there is the added bonus of it being likely to be one of the best rain jackets on the market. NASA X-57 Maxwell The NASA X-57 Maxwell is not your everyday plane; it is an experimental, 14-propeller, all-electric plane. We have electric cars already on the roads, so you may be wondering, why did we not just come up with electric planes? To keep it short, it isn’t that simple and it did not work up until now. The X-57 Maxwell is changing the game with wings equipped with 7 motorized propellers each as a replacement to standard engines. This eliminates all use of gas on the plane, making it substantially more eco-friendly. It will allow for a dramatic reduction of gas and will require less energy, resulting in private planes like this one to glide at 175mph. This plane is being created as a part of NASA’s 10-year New Aviation Horizons program initiative of promoting aviation technology with lower carbon-emissions, fuel usage, and noise pollution. NASA is hoping to test the plane in 2023.

Art & photography can be such beautiful and impactful ways to get a certain message across. The pieces featured below all have aspects concerning the environment. Notice and reflect on what you feel when you observe these pieces. What is the artist trying to tell you? David Maisel, The Mining Project (Butte, Montana 9), 1989

Naziha Mestaoui, One Beat One Tree, 2014

Agnes Denes, Wheatfield, 1982

Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption

Earth Day, 1970, Robert Rauschenberg

Greta Thunberg Wall Mural, 2019, Jody Thomas

Interested in environmentally-centered art? Visit D-E's Spring Art Gallery in Swartleymore information coming soon.


If you’ve been following the news at all recently, you’re probably familiar with the devastating attacks Russia has conducted against Ukraine. Something that may not have been as obvious, though, is the energy impacts this war has on the rest of the world. At the moment, Russia alone supplies almost 40% of all-natural gas and 25% of all crude oil used by the European Union via the pipeline Nord Stream 2. For example, Germany is dependent on these supplies for heat, buying over half of its natural gas from Russia, and other countries are in the same boat. Russia has used this power to threaten the European Union as well as the rest of the world. Already gas prices have risen greatly, and countries worldwide are being affected. Global dependency on fossil fuels is what makes war possible for Russia. “Human-induced climate change and the war on Ukraine have the same roots—fossil fuels— and our dependence on them.” - Svitlana Karakovska, Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Institute · Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Doctor of Philosophy

(above) Russia’s Oil and Gas Pipelines

That all being said, these rising prices have served as a wake-up call for countries around the world to turn to renewable energy instead. Too much dependency has been placed on Russia, but the onset of the war has brought new and stronger pushes for renewable energy. Now, under these circumstances, Germany has initiated a plan for 100% renewable energy by 2035. The United States has implemented sanctions against Russia, and Hawaii, dependent on Russia’s natural gas for electricity, pledges to be carbon neutral with 100% renewable energy by 2045. As time goes on, even more powers will follow suit to hasten the global transition to clean energy.


Our team! Darby Lee-Stack ('23) Editor In Chief Article: "Saving Earth With Art" dleestack23@d-e.org

Radha Munver ('25) Article: "4 Eco-friendly Innovations & Products" rmunver25@d-e.org Lexi Trokhan ('23) Article: "Russia's Unintentional Push For Renewable Energy" atrokhan23@d-e.org Leonard Glozman ('25) glozml@d-e.org Benjamin Gmyrek ('25) gmyreb@d-e.org Ben Labib ('23) LABIBB@d-e.org Mr.McNeil Faculty Advisor MCNEID@d-e.org

Sources Eco-Friendly Innovations and Products Bee's wrap® reusable beeswax sustainable food storage wraps. Bee's Wrap. (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.beeswrap.com/ Plant-based biodegradable kitchen sponges - S-shaped - pack of 12. Airnex. (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.airnex.space/products/multipurpose-biodegradable-kitchen-sponge-pack-of-12 Reusable silicone bags: Reusable snack, Sandwich & Storage Bags. Stasher. (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.stasherbag.com/ Outdry extreme eco jackets - earth-smart raingear: Columbia. Outdoor Clothing, Outerwear & Accessories. (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.columbia.com/eco/ Beutel, A. (2016, June 17). NASA Electric Research Plane gets X number, new name. NASA. Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-electric-research-plane-gets-x-number-new-name

Saving Earth with art Brooks, K. (2017, December 7). 18 green artists who are making climate change a priority. HuffPost. Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/environmental-art_n_5585288 The Mining Project. David Maisel. (n.d.). Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://davidmaisel.com/works/the-mining-project/ Frank, P. (2017, December 7). You can plant a virtual tree that grows to the rhythm of your heartbeat. HuffPost. Retrieved March 4, 2022, from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/one-beat-one-tree_n_5512285

Russia’s Unintentional Push for Renewable Energy National Geographic Society. (2014, February 22). Oil and Gas Pipelines. National Geographic Society. Retrieved March 5, 2022, from https://www.nationalgeographic.org/photo/europe-map/ Peters, A. (2022, February 28). Could Russia inadvertently speed up the Green Energy Transition? Fast Company. Retrieved March 5, 2022, from https://www.fastcompany.com/90725988/could-russia-inadvertently-speed-up-the-green-energy-transition Spector, J. (2022, February 25). Hawaii relies on Russian oil - but clean energy could change that. Canary Media. Retrieved March 5, 2022, from https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/fossil-fuels/hawaii-relies-on-russian-oil-but-clean-energy-could-change-that Person, & Steve Holland, J. M. (2022, February 25). Biden hits Russia with new sanctions for 'premeditated' Ukraine attack. Reuters. Retrieved March 5, 2022, from https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/biden-unveil-new-sanctions-russia-after-it-invades-ukraine2022-02-24/ Pronczuk, M. (2022, February 28). E.U. sees adequate winter energy, but seeks longer-term independence. The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2022, from https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/28/business/energy-environment/russia-eu-energy.html Germany speeds up renewable energy push due to Ukraine invasion. euronews. (2022, February 28). Retrieved March 5, 2022, from https://www.euronews.com/green/2022/02/28/germany-to-speed-up-renewable-energy-push-amid-ukraine-invasion