Over the past two decades, colleges and universities have embraced numerous programs to minimize their environmental impact.
What were the “wins” for sustainability in higher education in 2016?
The annual State of Sustainability in Higher Education report produced by Sightlines and the University of New Hampshire aims to quantify and celebrate the sector’s progress, as well as outline specific and actionable opportunities for continuous improvement.
Key findings across the building life cycle...Read More
Senior VP of Academic Affairs, P.T. Vasudevan, recently named Research Professor Cameron Wake as the Program Chair of the sustainability dual major.
Professor Wake is with the Earth System Research Center/EOS with a joint appointment in the Department of Earth Sciences. He is also the Josephine A. Lamprey Professor in Climate and Sustainability at the Sustainability Institute.Professor Wake’s scholarship seeks to improve our understanding of regional climate change and integrated climate...Read More
Written By: Colleen Flaherty, Communications & Information Coordinator
Our initiative, Food Solutions New England (FSNE), is excited to launch a new initiative to grow, strengthen, and diversify its network leadership across the region. We’re thrilled to announce the 18 participants who were selected to participate in our first Network Leadership Institute in 2016-2017. They are active in food system efforts locally and/or regionally, committed to FSNE’s values, and eager to contribute to the FSNE network.
The Institute provides an exciting opportunity for...Read More
Written By: Megan Mills-Novoa, Resilient Montana Fellow
Convene: from the Latin word convenire, which means to ‘assemble, fit, agree,’ from con-‘together’ and venire-‘come’
Erik Somerfeld overlooking his wheat field in Power, Montana
It is harvest time in Montana. The often clichéd phrase, “amber waves of grain” is an apt description for large swaths of the landscape around Bozeman. Combines run all night, guided by high-precision GPS and the steadfast watchfulness of the farmer behind the wheel. In my role as a UNHSI Sustainability Fellow at One...Read More
Written By: Teleah Slater, Thomas W. Haas Bridgeport Food Access Fellow
Although issues of food security have always existed in the United States, the more recent obesity trend has brought more attention to the issue, particularly with urban food deserts. And rightfully so, it is difficult to think of a wealthy and food plentiful country like the U.S. having food barren neighborhoods, especially since it has long since been connected to excess weight. As a result, there have been several initiatives, from Michelle Obama’s policy pushes to non-profit interventions,...Read More
Written By: Abigail Randall, Food Solutions New England Fellow
This past Friday, July 29, I had the pleasure of visiting Rhode Island to gain a better understanding of the food landscape within the state. During a whirlwind twelve hours, I held four interviews with representatives from across the Rhode Island food system and, with the help of my tour guide Ken Payne, visited seven different sites to provide me with a historical and diverse picture of the Rhode Island foodscape.
Ken and I first discussed the possibility of visiting Rhode Island when we met...Read More
Written By: Emma Rotner, UNHSI 2016 INFAS Sustainability Fellow
As climate change progresses, environmental degradation worsens, and the human population continues to grow, many people have voiced concerns regarding the sustainability of the food system. However, environmental conditions are not the only factors that are influencing the sustainability of the food system. Sustainability of the food system must be approached from a holistic viewpoint. This means addressing the environmental, economic, and social aspects of the food system that are currently...Read More
Written By: Katherine Gloede, UNHSI 2016 Psychosocial Resilience Sustainability Fellow
The effects of anthropogenic climate change are already being felt across globe, most visibly in the form of increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events. Although gradual changes like drought, heatwaves, and sea level rise are also making their way into media coverage, it is perfectly reasonable that natural disasters, which cause the most immediate and visible physical destruction, are given the most attention. There are hundreds of thousands worldwide who devote their...Read More
Written By: Allen Landis, Boston Energy Efficiency 2016 Sustainability Fellow
Right now, in the chambers of the Massachusetts State Congress, is a debate about a comprehensive energy bill that covers an array of energy topics. This bill went back and forth between the House and Senate, varying slightly. One key difference is the Senate’s removal of a major energy efficiency financing program called Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. So you may be asking… what’s the Senate’s beef with PACE?
Well, it’s best to begin with describing what this PACE...Read More
Written By: Renata Hegyi, Josephine A. Lamprey UNH Energy Task Force Fellow
In the fight against rapid climate change one of the key areas of attack is heat and power generation. Globally, heating and electricity production accounts for 31% of greenhouse gas emissions. The rest of the emissions come mostly from agriculture, transportation, and industry. We have made huge strides in figuring out renewable electricity generation. Think solar PV panels, wind turbines, hydroelectric dams, or geothermal plants. While grid integration challenges remain and energy storage...Read More