Kwolz's Adventures in Saving the World

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About Me

I’m Kevin Wolz, and I’m an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In pursuit of my strong passion to create a sustainable, resilient world, I am attacking the issues from many angles and two majors: Environmental Engineering and Integrative Biology. Some of my particular passions include:

  • Community Resiliency
  • Engineering & Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Permaculture
  • Ecology & Habitat Restoration
  • Climate Change & Biosphere Responses
  • Science & Engineering Education

I’m also a runner (50+ mpw), musician (mainly saxophone), science enthusiast, and complete nature geek.

Over the last few years, I have pursued my passions at home, on campus, and around the world. This blog documents where these adventures take me as I attempt to Save the World, one step at a time.

Read what I did in summer 2010 here.

Read what I did in summer 2011 here.

8 Responses to “About Me”

  1. moreprivate said

    Kevin, you’re awesome. (This is Egle, by the way)
    Love your blog. =]

  2. Jeremy Van said

    man, you’re kind of hot…

  3. grace said

    I am enjoying your blog. A yr ago today,chicago was consummed by the swine flu. What are your thoughts about stopping the way our meat source’s are bred! This aspect affect’s every aspect of our health. We should all go meatless/organic vegetarian until something changes ?? Why is the government NOT stopping this type of farming/engineering??

    • kwolz said

      Hi Grace! I’m glad you like it!
      I completely agree that the way we raise livestock in this country plays a large role in the spread of infectious diseases. I first learned of CAFOs (Confined Animal Feed Operations) while reading An Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan (which I highly recommend if you haven’t already read it). It is truly a sickening operation. Not to mention, meat raised this way is inherently less healthy for us, regardless of the associated disease.

      However, I am not a vegetarian, and while there is nothing wrong taking this big step, I don’t think that this option is essential to a sustainable food system. Here are the rules that I DO follow in order to minimize the impact of the meat I eat. This is also MY version of the swine flu vaccine. Rather than the bad side effects we’ve all heard about with the shot, MY vaccine actually increases your health and the economy’s health at the same time! Amazing!

      -Eat LESS meat. I have a hard time cutting it all out because of all the running I do, as well as my currently limited options in a college dorm, but I opt for legumes and fish when I can.
      – Eat BETTER meat. I avoid pork altogether and eat more white meat (chicken & turkey) than red meat (beef). All else equal, white meat is more sustainable simply for energy energy balance factors.
      -Eat LOCAL meat. Starting mid-May, after I get out of my dorm meal plan, all the meat I eat will be sourced from local, sustainable farmers. This meat, as with almost all locally sourced meat, is grass-fed, antibiotic-free, free-range, and organic. I know my farmer, and I know her practices. Therefore, I am confident that my meat is having the least environmental impact possible.

      If you follow these rules, then I wouldn’t be worried about becoming vegetarian. Instead, you should be concerned with convincing other people to follow these rules as well.

      As far as why government is not doing anything about this, that all has to do with money and politics. The meat (beef in particular) industry is one of the largest lobbying groups attacking D.C. They have lots of money and a ton of pull with representatives. Sustainability groups simply can’t match the money and manpower coming out of this industry, so we’re essentially powerless.

      I hope this answers your question!

      Also, out of curiosity…I only know a few Graces…would you be one of those? Either way, how did you find out about my blog?

  4. Tony Endress said

    So when are you going to visit San Diego – or Puerto Rico?

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