The recent issue of the UNH Magazine has a piece called "Bear Baiting" in which faculty from across campus are asked to comment on the current recession felt round the globe.
It strikes me just how many of these faculty are urging us to use today's economic crisis as a wake up call to do things differently. Call it sustainability carpe diem: there's no better time than now to embrace transformational change and integrate sustainability throughout all that we do.
From supporting middle class...Read More
Local farmers and chefs are coming together in Portsmouth this weekend to kick off the 2009 “Grow-Out” of New England heirloom vegetables - an initiative of RAFT (Renewing America’s Food Traditions).
Managed by Slow Food USA, RAFT is an alliance of food, farming environmental and culinary advocates who have joined together to restore America’s agricultural biodiversity and develop public understanding of place-based foods.
Chefs Collaborative is coordinating a Grow-Out of sixteen New England...Read More
UNH is participating along with 215 schools nationwide in a 10 week recycling and waste minimization competition, RecycleMania 2009. The competition started January 18th and will go until March 28th. UNH has already advanced from 91st in the first week to 75th in the second. Every week the amount of recyclables and solid waste that the UNH faculty, staff, and students generate is tallied and entered on the RecycleMania website. So each week we have a chance to improve our standing and get ahead...Read More
In today's tough economic times, students have to do everything they can to stand out -- for future employers, graduate school programs, fellowships, you name it. As as UNH's own Dr. Ross Gittell of the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics has shown with recent research, "green industry" jobs make up 3.2% of New Hampshire's workforce -- and could grow with investments in alternative energy, transportation, and related technologies.
And when they leave higher education, they will have...Read More
It's ten below -- do you know where your bike is?
Of course not. Even my bike is taking a well-deserved vacation in the garage. But when those trusty steeds reemerge, we can take comfort that cycling in New Hampshire became a little bit safer on January 1.
That's when HB-1203, the so-called bike bill, went into effect. The bill, modeled after a similar one in Maine, states that drivers must allow at least three feet when passing cyclists.
Cyclists, you've got responsibilities, too: the law...Read More
Here at the AASHE conference, opportunities for learning from others abound. There were sessions on measuring, reducing, offsetting, or sequestering your carbon ... on meeting the President's Climate Commitment and meeting with your president ... on sustainable artwork and ecoliteracy ... on buying food or paper clips with an eye toward sustainability.
I listened to several colleagues talk about changing attitudes on their campuses, an issue that speaks to my professional background in...Read More
It's roundup time, people!
There's so much going on at UNH and beyond to advance sustainability that this post is to help us catch up on what's happening. (Of course you can find many more event listings on our online calendar.)
Gregg Hall Goes Green: Check out this great story about what the faculty, staff and students in UNH's Gregg Hall are doing to make their day-to-day lives more sustainable at work. Inspired by UNH students' annual Energy Waste Watch Challenge, the occupants of Gregg...Read More
Not to get all 1970s crying Indian on you, but what's up with all the litter? I mean, UNH is leading the way on reducing our carbon footprint, studying climate change with Arctic ice cores, serving local food in our dining halls ... and we still have to talk about beer cans and pizza crusts all over Durham?
Out for a run yesterday morning, as my pooch enjoyed her second breakfast at the Madbury Road Sunday Morning Buffet, I had four miles to contemplate why someone (many, many someones...Read More
Net-positive living. Sustainable land use in Amazonia. Urban development and climate change.
These are just a few of the topics being discussed in a new speaker series at UNH focused on sustainability science.
Co-sponsored by the NRESS Ph.D. Program, the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space (EOS), the Environmental Research Group, and the University Office of Sustainability, the speaker...Read More
I just started as the Special Projects Coordinator for UOS and one of the first projects that I was fortunate to work with was the Compact Florescent Bulb Giveaway. With a great effort from many different departments on campus, we were able to distribute 1733 bulbs to different halls on campus and we also swapped out all the wall mounted lamps in Christensen Hall and Williamson Hall before students moved in. Beth Potier projected in a press release about the event that "CFLs are estimated to...Read More