Written By: Michelle Graff, Greenovate Boston Fellow
Environmental regulation has tried the carrot, and it’s tried the stick, both with mixed success over the years. Now it’s taking a new approach – requiring public disclosure of information. Forgetting rewards or punishment, environmental regulators are instead putting a window into companies’ environmental performance and allowing the public to indirectly decide if the company should work to mitigate its environmental harm. This new wave of disclosure-focused regulation operates under two basic...Read More
Written By: Natalie Lucas, One Montana Climate Fellow, 2015
"Driving into Montana is like driving into a movie scene. Wind whips through your hair, the roads are endless, rivers rush all around you, cows munch on their grass contently, and clouds dance around snowcapped mountains. In addition to the spectacular landscapes, the people here are genuinely friendly and are concerned about your well being. Bozeman, Montana is the epitome of the wonder and small town feel that the rural western United States is known for, and it will be my home for about two...Read More
In 2011, The Atlantic Cities (now CityLab) covered newly elected Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s declared “War on Sprawl;” in explaining his push for smarter growth within the Old Line State, O’Malley spoke to the magazine regarding the state’s pivot from encouraging low-density development towards a smarter growth model:
“We’ve seen our population increase by 30 percent over the last 40 years, but the amount of land we’ve consumed has increased by 100 percent. When you look at the map and...Read More
Bridgeport, Connecticut truly lives up to its name as the “park city.” As one of the smallest cities in the United States with one of the largest ratios of parks-to-developments, it is hard to believe that Bridgeport can get any greener. However, the city has been doing just that, but a different kind of green.
This infographic aims to introduce local residents to the benefits of using solar energy.
BGreen Bridgeport is the city’s initiative to become more resilient in the face of climate...Read More
Written By: Tegan O’Neill, 2014 Ted Smith Climate Fellow
A few years ago my parents bought a weight machine- one of those home-gym contraptions- and proudly assembled it. Since then, they have moved it around to various corners of the house, where it sits unused like a piece of vaguely ironic contemporary art. Our weight machine is like the many other ‘statement pieces’ you find around peoples’ homes; the sewing machines, exercise bikes, and pop-up trailers that were such a great idea (“and on sale!”) but never got used.
Unfortunately for those in...Read More
Written By: Sarah Large, 2014 Lamprey Climate Fellow
“How temperatures around the globe departed from average in May 2014, with warmer-than-normal areas in red and colder-than-normal in blue.”Credit: NOAA
“Earth’s climate climate changes. It always has and always will.” This is the opening line of Climate Solution New England’s report “Climate Change in Southern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future.” This summer I am exploring the changing climate of each state in New England by analyzing several weather indicators, such as temperature and...Read More
Written By: Ruby Woodside, 2014 Thomas Haas Climate Fellow
Last week, Climate Fellow Sarah Large and I watched the US and Ghana soccer teams face off at a local restaurant. We struck up conversation with a man sitting next to us; he was dropping his daughter off for orientation at UNH. Being a New Englander, as we both are, we found we had much in common and chatted about several topics before mentioning that we work as Climate Fellows at the Sustainability Institute. There was an almost imperceptible change in the mood. “So you believe in all that… ‘...Read More
Written By: Raija Bushnell, UNHSI Ted Smith Climate Fellow
How do you communicate about climate change in Montana? From what I have learned in my three weeks of living here, it is by not saying “climate change.”
To begin broadly, I would like to first acknowledge that the issue of communicating climate change is not unique to Montana. This past spring the Smithsonian Magazine published an article titled “Why Doesn't Anyone Know How to Talk About Global Warming?” The article discussed how, despite all the information and facts being presented by...Read More
I am just as guilty as the next person for driving my car, with no other passengers, to school. Granted, I do not do this everyday, but I do it on days when I just don’t feel like walking the 5 minutes to the bus stop. Guess what everyone…it is just as far to walk to the bus stop as it is to walk from the farthest reaches of A lot! Sometimes I do the single-passenger commute because I have a meeting far off campus that the buses do not service or it would take me forever to get there using...Read More
Written By: Jill Barlotta, Carbon Accounting Intern, M.S. Candidate TIDES Program
How many of you can tell me what one of those acronyms means? Maybe you can tell me what they all have in common? If not, you're not alone. Acronyms are plaguing our society making it very hard for people to understand what is going on. This is how I felt when I began interning at the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute and I had my first meeting with my supervisor. It seemed every other word was an acronym. I was thinking, “Oh no! What am I doing working in a position that...Read More