Sustainability Blog

A Look Back: No Meat Athlete Podcast

Plant-Based is good for the planet & athletic performance (Approximately 6 min. read) A year ago, I had the opportunity to speak on a podcast about being vegan. The real reason I went on the show was to raise awareness of EcoAthletes’ involvement at COP26 (which I wrote about, here). I was interviewed by Matt…

Sus-Days and Climate Despair

(Approximately 7 min read) It’s a normal Thursday evening. We’ve just completed our early season five-kilometer run-test and have returned to the locker room. As we change for on-ice practice, I pause and reflect on the typical chit chat around me and wonder if I am losing my mind. It all seems so meaningless. You…

SPORTS@COP: Athlete Advocacy for Climate Action

(Approximately 9 minute read) In an earlier post, I wrote about The Last Game documentary and its filming in Scotland during the COP26 global climate conference last November. That was only one reason for the trip. Athletes Assembly Last summer, I joined EcoAthletes, a climate advocacy nonprofit that seeks to leverage the platform and social…

A Food Tour of Scotland: Vegan Edition

(Approximately 5 min. read) I flew to Scotland in October of 2021 to take part in an event at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26. Not one to miss an opportunity for an adventure, I extended my stay, spending some time in Edinburgh and the Highlands. I’m new to traveling as a vegan (in fact,…

The Last Game

A Documentary to Save Hockey and the Planet (Approximately 11-minute read) “When you find out what people care about, and connect climate impacts directly to the values people have, they can see that caring about climate change is already integral to who they are.”Katharine Hayhoe in Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and…

Farm to Kitchen: 5 Lessons from a Vegan Restaurant

My Experience as a Kitchen Helper at a Vegan Restaurant (Approx. 6 min. read) An Instagram Ad Last November, as my time at the Brunnenburg farm was winding down, I scrolled past an instagram story: “kitchen helper wanted.” It was the only vegan spot in Bolzano. I had just returned from a mid-hockey-season trip to…

In the Spirit of Chestnut Season

Weeks 4-6 at Brunnenburg Castle – Traditional Alpine Farming (Approximately 6 min read) One of the cutest streets in my hometown of Montclair, New Jersey is Chestnut Street. It’s a bustling side-street with great restaurants and artsy shops. For my entire 18 years of living there, I couldn’t have told you if there was a…

Stomping Grapes and Sulfite-Free Wine

Week 2 at Brunnenburg Castle – Traditional Alpine Farming (Approximately 4 minute read) You are washing the dishes. Inevitably you accidentally hit the spoon at just the wrong angle. Suddenly you’re blasted with a water cannon and left soaking wet at the sink. That was Week 1 on the farm. Except replace your spoon with…

The Case for Local Produce

Amaretto Pear Strudel (Vegan Farm-to-Table) with Pears from Brunnenburg Farm (Approximately 5 min read) I’m No Chef Ten years ago, the only thing I knew how to cook was pasta. Without exaggeration, I cooked it *every* *single* *day.* Back then, I only bought non-perishables; shelf-life was the name of the game. If I could have…

Italian Wine, American Roots – No, Literally

Day 2 at Brunnenburg Castle – Traditional Alpine Farming (Approximately 3 min read) The commute today was a little bit slower… my bus got trapped behind a tractor chugging uphill at its own pace, unperturbed by the line of cars in its wake. But once I arrived, the stop-and-go bus was quickly forgotten because I…

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