Paperbark was developed by a visionary group of faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a collaboration between the School of Earth and Sustainability, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, and the UMass Libraries.
"But man does not create... he discovers." – Antoni Gaudi
The sustainability movement is a story of humanity’s grand plan for survival. Standing in the way of humans’ sustained and peaceful existence are many risks varying in scale, complexity, and threat: ecosystem instability, resource scarcity, socio-political conflict, and uncertainty in the face of rapidly evolving technology.
All That Glitters is Not Green
By the time I rebuffed my partner’s holiday card idea in mid-December, I had been squashing seemingly innocent holiday fun for nearly 8 weeks. I told him that his very sweet suggestion, to send out what would be our first holiday card together this year, was a nice idea but that I worried about using valuable resources to send something that would likely be thrown away by February. “How about a very nice email?” I offered. My tone was gentle but I could tell by his sigh that my attempt to be sustainably-minded at the holidays had finally crossed the line from well-intentioned to downright dampening.