Saving money is always a good thing. As college students, we have the principle of saving money hard-wired into our brains. It’s a virtue we’ve been taught since childhood, and staring down student loans, and piles of bills makes us appreciate the savings model even more. Luckily, our school has been doing the same thing. UNH is facing a budget crisis, but initiatives at the Sustainability Academy are helping the school save money and showing a successful, sustainable savings model for the...Read More
Happy 4th everyone! Below are a few easy tips to make your holiday more sustainable:
1. Use regular dishes, glassware, and silverware instead of disposable plastic plates, cups, and cutlery. If there are too many people and not enough plates, substitute plastic disposables with paper ones that you can recycle after.
2. Make sure to purchase recyclables/recycle them when you're done.
3. Buy food from local growers and farmers instead of the supermarket. There are lots of great area farms that...Read More
For anyone who loves the convenience (and zero-emissions output) of bicycles as much I do, you will be happy to know about UNH's bike rental program. For those of us who have:
a) conveniently forgotten their bike at home (I count myself among this group)
b) decided that walking around a sweltering campus in the summer is not fun
c) want to explore Durham and surrounding towns for the day
d) have no money for gas
...it's time to try Cat Cycles.
CatCycles is a bikesharing program that lets UNH...Read More
So here's the deal. UNH is currently rated A- on the College Sustainability Report Card, a website that ranks major state and private colleges and universities according to the strength and measured results of their sustainability programs. We are currently ranked the same in sustainability as Harvard, Dartmouth, Stanford, and Cornell, and higher in Sustainability than M.I.T., Columbia, Boston University, and Boston College.
UNH is more than keeping pace with Ivy League schools, with far...Read More
Earlier this year, the Sustainability Academy sponsored twenty-three UNH students to attend Power Shift 2011, a meeting of 10,000 young Americans from a variety of backgrounds. All were brought together by one thing - their desire to be heard on the issue of climate change. The mission of Power Shift is to transform the role of young people from advocates to leaders. For our students attending from UNH, the event was inspiring and energizing. Said junior and mechanical engineering major...Read More
Last year, as I started taking the Global Environmental Initiatives class and began to learn about the UNH Sustainability Academy, I noticed a seriously high number of students surprised to hear that their beloved state school had the oldest sustainability program in the nation. Myself and my classmates knew very little about the program and its legacy, and we were surprised to hear that UNH provided great programs to both educate and help students put sustainability into practice. I had not...Read More
I wanted to write this as my final post that will be going up on the blog. I have greatly enjoyed keeping you all in touch with the happenings going on at UNH, and it is with a heavy heart that I write this. Its been a great year, I hope many of you have been enjoying using this blog as a resource to keep you connected! But, just because the year is over doesn't mean that the there won't be many more great activities going on! Continue keeping an eye on the blog, Facebook, and...Read More
Come see Cathrine Sneeds, co-founder of the Garden Project, lecture this Wednesday (March 23), 4-5 p.m. in MUB theater I. The garden project works to "provide job training and support to former offenders through counseling and assistance in continuing education, while also impacting the communities from which they come." The link below to the official site is a great way to find out more about this revolutionary project, you can also checkout some of the pictures and projects that have been...Read More
In my CIE 796/896.03: Green Building Design course we are currently performing energy audits on our homes. By looking at our electric, water, oil, natural gas bills, etc., from the past few years we were able to put together background data. From what we compiled in these previous bills we will implement our own green measure and monitor the reduction in our energy bills, all while making our house a greener place to live.
If you are interested in determining exactly what uses the most energy...Read More
If you are attending one of the upcoming UNH Hockey games February 25, or March 4 be sure to look out. RecycleMania flyers will be posted, and announcements will be made during the games. Only two regular season home games left, so get your tickets!
I also encourage everyone to check out UNH's newly formed Trash 2 Treasure program that just got started this semester. I met one of the founders today and I was very impressed with the job they are undertaking. They want to reduce the drastic...Read More