Sustainable Stories, Profile in Sustainability Ben Trolio '13, and Get Ready for Fall: UNHSA Summer 2012 Newsletter

May 29, 2012

Written By: Sara Cleaves

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Sustainable Stories: A Reporting Project by Students in the UNH Journalism ProgramSustainable Stories: www.sustainu.orgSustainability is not an easy word to spell, let alone cover in the fast-paced world of today’s journalism.

But UNH Assistant Professor Tom Haines and his English 66: Advanced Newswriting class tackled the topic with flying colors this spring via Sustainability Stories at Their stories of real people and issues in the Seacoast area cover everything from organic farming to domestic violence to returning veterans.

“When I asked the class to reframe the question ‘What is sustainability?’ to ‘What sustains you?,’ the students started answering with more than the usual recycling or environment. Food, good wages and jobs, diversity, healthcare, education, peace, family, friends, love, art -- all of these are part of sustainability,” says UUNH Sustainability Academy Associate Director Sara Cleaves, who spoke with Haines class at the start of their semester. “How do you cover them as a reporter? This was their challenge.”

“Students quickly realized that these answers were strikingly similar to how news organizations structure beats: healthcare, environment, and business, for example, or entertainment, food, and art. So off the students went in search of stories,” adds Tom Haines. Under their newly defined beat names of Create, Cultivate, Educate, Preserve and Reintegrate, their stories discuss everything from sea level rise and nuclear recertification to tales of personal and institutional problems and solutions.

“Like our blog, discoversustainability.orgSustainability Stories makes the complex concept of sustainability come to life,” says Cleaves. “It’s stories of real people asking what sustains us and putting their ideas into practice, including the students themselves in covering these stories.”

“We hope you find these stories informative and provocative,” adds Haines. “Please do not hesitate to share your thoughts, pointing out corrections or clarifications, or asking questions and adding comments. Such conversation is key to the sustainability of any community.”

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Did You Know?

Sustainability Stories was funded in part by a UNH Sustainability Academy co-curricular grant for UNH faculty. Learn more at

Tip of the Month

Check out to read all of the sustainability stories written by English 66: Advanced Newswriting taught by UNH Associate Professor Tom Haines (@twhaines).

Farm stand returns! 
The UNH Student Organic Garden Club Farm Stand returns this summer! Check for it starting late June/early July on Fridays from 11 AM to 3 PM in the Murkland Hall Courtyard, UNH Durham.

Get ready for fall!

Hey UNH students: August is just around the corner. Do you know what to bring (like a power strip and a reusable water bottle) and what not to bring (like a car or big refrigerator) to campus this fall? Don’t worry. Our student sustainability tips make being Wildcat blue - the new green - a snap. Check them out at

Profile in SustainabilityUNH Profile in Sustainability - Ben Trolio '13Ben Trolio '13
Environmental Conservation Studies

Tell us about “Ride for the Future” this summer.

I will be biking 1000 miles from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Irving, Texas, to ask ExxonMobil to give their fossil fuel subsidies back to Gulf Coast communities. The richest company in world's history needs to be accountable for their actions. This project is an extension of what I did last summer through the New England Climate Summer when I biked over 1100 miles throughout New Hampshire in support of local communities and their sustainability efforts.

Why should students care about climate change?

Students should care about climate change because we eat food and drink water.  Climate change will damage food production and will redistribute water resources.

What motivates you personally to be involved in sustainability?

I am motivated to be sustainable because it is the most important thing I could be doing with my life.  I cannot ask other people to change their habits if I am not doing it myself.

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