By: Lauren Vincent, Class of 2023
Milkweed is a native Illinois perennial plant that serves a unique role in our backyard ecosystems and across the country. This plant is the only host for Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) making it critical for their survival. With progressive urbanization and habitat loss, milkweed distribution has plummeted, bringing the monarch populations down with it.
Written by Lauren Vincent, Class of 2023
Let’s start 2021 off right by swapping out some common household items for more sustainable options! Approximately 14 billion tons of trash are dumped into the ocean each year and by 2050 scientists predict that there will be more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish. Becoming more conscious of our impact on the environment is the perfect addition to our list of New Year’s resolutions. Here are our top five picks to avoid single-use plastic bottles and reduce your carbon footprint (plus they make excellent gifts!).*