I spent part of this glorious Earth Day with some horticulture technology students at UNH's Thompson School for Applied Science. For the final project of their grounds management course, they designed and today are installing a sustainable landscape in front of Putnam Hall.
The students are putting into practice what they've been learning for the past year about plant selection, location, and care. They removed some of the neglected existing vegetation, tested and prepared the soil, and...Read More
Now that the longest winter in the history of New Hampshire winters (by my uneducated estimation) seems finally to have loosened its grip on us here, I look longingly at my scrubby lawn and beleaguered garden beds and dream of working the soil once more. The New York Times has my number, apparently, as yesterday's paper had an interesting story on what you might call Extreme Localvorism: Eating out of your yard.
What I found especially compelling about this article, by Times reporter Anne...Read More
How cool is this? UNH now has an online, interactive, and super fun map of our sustainable learning community!
The idea is to show visually the breadth of UNH's commitment to sustainability: how we organize everything we do around the concept. That includes curriculum, operations, research, and engagement, or what we call the "CORE" of UNH's mission and identity.
Check out the map and let us know what you think!
Oh, the talented creative genius behind the look and design of the map? One...Read More
Have you ever heard the song by Bruce Cockburn “If tree falls in the forest, does anybody hear”? Well I have a new question to ponder. "If you don’t smell cleaning products in the bathroom, does that mean it’s not clean"? This is a question that has come up recently in working with UNH Facilities Housekeeping and their Green Cleaning Initiative. A recent article in the Campus Journal has shed light on the great work that Facilities Housekeeping is doing, led by Judy Koski, Gene Gargano, and...Read More
The subject of changing climate and public health is creating many discussions within the context of global warming. This year’s topic for National Public Health Week (April 7-13) is “Climate Change: Our Health in the Balance” (http://www.nphw.org/nphw08/default.htm). The University Office of Sustainability (http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/), the Department of Health Management & Policy (http://www.chhs.unh.edu/hmp/facultyhmp.html), and the NH Institute of Health Policy & Practice...Read More
Here at UNH, upwards of 70 percent of the research dollars we receive go to research on environmental issues. This week brings news of two environmentally important projects by faculty.
First, professor of natural resources Bill McDowell and research scientist Jody Potter were among several co-authors of an article published in the journal Nature that looks at how small streams retain human-generated nitrogen, helping to prevent downstream "dead zones," such as one in the Gulf of Mexico.
The term biodiversity usually conjures up images of rainforests, which are known to be among the most ecologically diverse yet endangered ecosystems in the world. But did you know that agricultural biodiversity is also increasingly threatened? According to the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, 93% of American food product diversity has been lost since 1990. This means that while the shelves of your local supermarket may appear plentiful, they are in fact filled with many of the same...Read More