Last Friday my ENE 751 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering class took a tour of Peter Ejarque's sustainably designed home (The picture is now slightly old). He built the home almost entirely himself, and it ended up costing him under $50,000, about half the cost of an equivalent home. Many of his materials were recycled, and he plans to build a hydroelectric generator out of an old washing machine. An article about the home and his future plans can be read here.
Peter has not only built...Read More
The writers of this book, William McDonough and Michael Brugart, offer a different idea on the usual principles of what being sustainable actually is. It argues that recycling as it is done now is not very effective, and that production and growth is not inherently bad.
The title of this book, based on the popular term cradle to grave used in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), is a look at changing the way we create products and recycle them. The principles of an LCA is a topic often discussed in my...Read More
Check out this University Dialogue Event in which by Annie Leonard's animated films highlight environmental, social and economic concerns. This event will take place in MUB Theater I on Wednesday October 6 2010 from 3:40 to 5:30.
You can find out more about UNH's Dialogue, "information overload" here.
The UNH Energy Club is starting back strong this year with a showing of NOVA's "The Big Energy Gamble" in MUB Theater II today! The movie looks as though it should prove to be an interesting one, but you don't have to take my word for it. You can check out the video preview on NOVA's site or read the description.
The movie highlights the drastic changes California is implementing to make their state one of the greenest in the world. It attempts to break down these policies in an unbiased way...Read More
Can be it back to school already?
The fall semester is upon us, and with it comes our latest newsletter! You can read our September/October newsletter HERE.
Check it out now to learn about our name change and our latest "Profile in Sustainability": Dr. Stacy VanDeveer of the UNH Department of Political Science.
Read and enjoy...
This past semester I had class on campus every Tuesday and Thursday, and I worked on campus on Friday -- so I pretty much came to campus three days a week. I was curious about the mathematical advantages of taking the bus. So, as one who finds some weird enjoyment in playing with numbers, this past semester (January 26 - May 7) I recorded how I got to campus each day (just a tick on the calendar: bus/carpool, or drive alone). Now that I have that data, let's take a look...
Wildcat Transit or...Read More
Today the NH Energy & Climate Collaborative released its very first annual progress report on how the state - including UNH, an active partner in the Collaborative - is doing to meet its stated climate goals. Take a look for yourself HERE and HERE.
While we have a lot more work to do, progress today is impressive:
Auctions of allowances for emissions of carbon dioxide from electric power plants conducted under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative raised $24 million for energy efficiency...Read More
The title of this entry is that of an outstanding book written by Jeff Rubin, chief economist for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Suffice to say the guy is pretty credible. The book is a brilliant, objective, theoretical application of economics to how our global systems are dependent upon [the rapidly depleting supply of] oil. It's no fiction novel, so I'll spare the spoiler alert. Rubin provides brutally honest insights to how our world will change (within our lifetime) as cheap and...Read More
A new report out this month from Carbon Solutions New England titled “Trends in Extreme Precipitation Events for the Northeastern United States 1948-2007,” reminds me of two important points about climate change that often are overlooked in the discussions about carbon footprints and clean energy:
1) Climate change is happening now. We often hear pleas for climate action phrased as an appeal to our grandchildren, but its easy to forget that we’re already experiencing the early effects of a...Read More
For Earth Week 2010, students from the Ecological Advocates, Hunter Hall Living Green Community, and Biology Honors Society joined our office and Food & Water Watch to run a "Where Does Your Water Come From?" event in the MUB Food Court on Wednesday, April 21st. Students participated in tap vs. bottled water taste tests, showcased a water bottle structure and learned about the social, environmental and health impacts of bottled water. What a wonderful event!