Dear UNH students,
Welcome to campus, either for the first time or as a returning student!
To help you start the new year off right, we wanted to share with you a few sustainability-related information and tips.
UNH is a national leader in sustainability, and you are a part of this leadership. We hope you find the information below useful to your studies and your life here at UNH.
You can find much more on our student sustainability webpage.
Linking sustainable agriculture,...Read More
My husband likes to tell anyone who listens that bike commuting can save the world, simultaneously whacking carbon emissions, demolishing our nation's obesity epidemic, and restoring civil engagement and neighborly relations. A recent run of news stories indicates that he might be right.
Our local Foster's Daily Democrat reports this morning on the increase in bike commuter traffic. The story quotes UNH's own Cameron Wake in his role as erstwhile director of Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes. Is it...Read More
I’m breathing a deep sigh of relief as we receive our second day of a nice soaking rain. Previous to this much-needed precipitation, my boys and the dog would run through the yard after a soccer ball and I could see the topsoil being kicked up and blown away. I tried to water the garden last week and the water just pooled up on the top of the soil. It looked like we were in Kansas! In the month of May, Durham had a total of 1.02 inches of rain. The normal mean is 4.05 inches*. Often we...Read More
I’m sure that by now, many of you have heard of the recent problems faced by beekeepers and farmers involving large populations of dead honeybees in America and around the world. The cause, ”CCD” or colony collapse disorder is still not well understood though many factors seem to be implicated. At our local beekeeping meeting last night, I found out about another issue tied closer to climate change and bees.Normally in the fall, decreasing photoperiod and temperatures signal to the queen to...Read More
My husband Brent has been my enthusiastic partner in our car-free May experiment, so I thought I should give him an opportunity to share his experiences here. Unfortunately, his carpal tunnel syndrome has gotten so bad he can't type at all, so he has to rely on me to translate his thoughts. Isn't that what marriage is all about?
First, Brent is overjoyed at the state senate's passing of HB-1203, "the bike bill," which is now just a Governor's signature away from being the law. He attended a...Read More
The UNH team of business and engineering students that recently won 1st place in their task at the Waste-Management, Education and Research Consortium Environmental Design Contest in New Mexico last April has been named the "Innovation Rocks!" Award winner for May by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development's Business Resource Center. "Innovation Rocks!" is sponsored by the Business Resource Center, WGIR-FM, and the Pavilion at the Hilton Garden Inn to "celebrate...Read More
I’d heard about green roofs before, seen examples in photographs and places I’d traveled, and I knew they could be used to grow potted herbs and vegetables in urban locations, and that they helped with stormwater reduction and with reducing energy costs. But I didn’t realize the full range of benefits green roofs can provide until I had the chance to hear Mary Tebo, Cooperative Exension Community Forest Educator, give a presentation on green roofs today for a Cooperative Extension event. She...Read More
Friday's Bike/Walk to Work Day breakfast at UNH was a rocking success, with about 70 alternative commuters stopping by the helmet-clad wildcat statue for a bagel and coffee (not so much coffee, actually -- apparently the trip to campus had served its wake-up function and commuters simply needed to carbo-load). The weather cooperated and provided a great day to swap stories and suggestions with others trying to break the auto-habit.
Kudos to Mike Schneider (I believe he works at Goss...Read More
It's not often that "parking lot" and "sustainable" bump into each other in the same sentence. But UNH's E Lot, by first-year residence Williamson Hall, is becoming one of the university's most recognizable sustainable research projects.
That's where the UNH Stormwater Center, dedicated to protecting water resources through stormwater management, has installed a pervious concrete parking lot. Installed last August to replace an aging asphalt lot, this is the first major pervious concrete...Read More
Now that spring has finally sprung here in Durham, I'm making regular visits to some of the university's most valuable (in my opinon) assets -- the 500-plus acres of woodlands that are College Woods and East and West Foss Farms. Offering miles of trails and a rich diversity of woodlands and wildlife, these areas serve as labs and outdoor classrooms for classes in natural resources and the Thompson School. And they represent a major carbon sink, storing carbon that would otherwise be released...Read More