Skateboarders good for the environment, study says

Feb 11, 2013

A recent study in Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability suggests that skateboarders in Chicago perform in and transform urban spaces by exploring different terrains and developing unforeseen uses. Waxing ledges is a widespread practice among skateboarders that smoothens ledges allowing for speed and exhilaration, communicating to other skateboarders that 'here is a cool space'. 

Yet far from damaging the environment, this timely article concludes that skateboarders have a different ethic of environmental care: an 'alternative sustainability'. Focusing on the Chicago skateboarding scene in both sanctioned skate parks and illicit skate spots, it highlights the intersections of skateboarding and the sustainability agenda in the city of Chicago.

'Waxing ledges: built environments, alternative sustainability, and the Chicago skateboarding scene' features in a recent Special Issue of Local Environment on Children, young people and .  

Explore further: Germany restricts fracking but doesn't ban it

More information: Article: Waxing ledges: built environments, alternative sustainability, and the Chicago skateboarding scene. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, Volume 18, Issue 3, 2013. Special Issue: Children, young people and sustainability, DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2012.714761

Related Stories

Sustainability, college athletics don't always connect

Feb 14, 2012

Large college athletics departments talk the talk when it comes to concern for the environment and environmental sustainability, but only a small percentage of these departments actually walk the walk in making their operations ...

Why are some people greener than others?

Jun 12, 2012

Differences in attitudes and cultural values could have far-reaching implications for the development of a sustainable global society, according to an analysis to be published in the International Journal of the Sustainable Ec ...

Sustainable business innovation adds firms' market value

Dec 05, 2012

Sustainable business innovation is good business; researchers from Aalto University, Finland have proved. The researchers tested how sustainability business innovations and the market value of companies in ...

Recommended for you

Study provides detailed projections of coral bleaching

6 hours ago

While research shows that nearly all coral reef locations in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico will experience bleaching by mid-century, a new study showing in detail when and where bleaching will occur shows ...

Germany restricts fracking but doesn't ban it

12 hours ago

The German cabinet drew up rules Wednesday on the hitherto unregulated technology of "fracking" in Germany, narrowly restricting its use, but stopping short of an outright ban.

Life in the poisonous breath of sleeping volcanos

13 hours ago

Researchers of the University Jena analyze the microbial community in volcanically active soils. In a mofette close to the Czech river Plesná in north-western Bohemia, the team around Prof. Dr. Kirsten Küsel ...

Eggs and chicken instead of beef reap major climate gains

13 hours ago

Beef on our plates is one of the biggest climate villains, but that does not mean we have to adopt a vegan diet to reach climate goals. Research results from Chalmers University of Technology show that adopting ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.