Sustainable skateboards

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A 13-year-old boy, beanie hat covering his shaggy hair, practices grinding his skateboard down a handrail in a busy urban neighborhood until a police officer chases him away.

Vivoni theorizes that skateboarders' love of their skate spots leads to a heightened  care of these environments. Photo: Kristen Oliver.

Skateboarders’ love of skate spots, like this one in Lansing, Michigan, leads to a heightened care of these environments. Photo: Kristen Oliver.

He may not sound like a typical environmentalist.

But skateboarders are agents of an alternative type of sustainability, according to a recent article published by the academic publishing company Taylor and Francis and written by Francisco Vivoni Gallart, visiting assistant professor of sociology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The original research article was published in a special issue of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, which focused on children, young people and sustainability. Browse the table of contents of the full issue here.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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