The Durham Conference of the Parties met this past Tuesday to negotiate the rules of procedure and agenda for the upcoming Conference. As in reality, there are clear contrasts in perspectives from the least developed, developing, and developed nations around the table. After a brainstorming session of issues to address, the parties broke off into committees to elaborate on the points of each issue. The parties then returned to the table, shared the conclusions of each topic, then deliberated on...Read More
The world's leaders are assembling in 17 days for what will hopefully be the turning point in global action to mitigate climate change. President Obama has been overseas this past week working with President Hu to help build support going into the conference in Copenhagen, including agreement upon collaboration of the EPA to help China develop a more accurate GHG monitoring system.
My International Environmental Politics (NR 720) class is using Copenhagen as a learning model. After my...Read More
I'm pleased to announce that after having participated in the pilot year, UNH has signed up to be a charter participant of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). It is but one more example of UNH being a leader in working toward sustainability. For those who are unfamiliar with STARS, imagine it as a comprehensive "sustainability report card" for colleges and universities measuring everything from whats happening in the classrooms to energy efficiency, from...Read More
student Megan Otteson does her part in the Energy Challenge by posing as a compact fluorescent lightbulb
Yesterday, November 1st, the 2009 Energy Waste Watch Challenge came to a close. Students have decreased their electricity usage in dorms and apartments around campus for a full month in hopes of winning the trophy, prizes and recognition as the most energy watchful residents on campus. Stay posted with this blog to find out who the big winners are....and please, don't stop conserving...Read More
For those who have not yet heard the exciting news, a colorful new mural is being introduced to the Durham community this Saturday at 11:00 am. The mural is located off Main Street in the alleyway between Outback/Hayden Sports and Durham House of Pizza (DHOP). Students of the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) and Durham Students for a Democratic Society are painting the mural to advocate for the reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million in support of the...Read More
By now, most people have heard of a carbon footprint, the estimate of an individual or group's greenhouse gas emissions. But what about a broader tool? One for measuring our overall impact on the global environment from our lifestyle choices such as what we eat, where we live and how we travel? Ah hah! Allow me to introduce you to the ecological footprint.
I recently went online to EarthDay.net to find out what my ecological footprint is. Before I share my results, keep in mind that I do...Read More
Its October 1st and time to start thinking about how you can reduce your energy usage in your dorm room, apartment, or off-campus housing. The 2009 Energy Waste Watch Challenge begins today! For the month of October, students will compete to see which area of dorms can reduce their per capita electricity usage the most (and commuters, there are prizes for you too).
Check out the Challenge website for more information about how you can participate and possibly win this competition: http://www....Read More
It's back to school week here in Durham, and apparently students aren't the only ones getting graded. As sustainability gains ground as a core value in higher education, universities are getting graded by a range of organizations and media outlets. Happily, and not so surprisingly, UNH is making the grade.
This fall, the Princeton Review kicked off the frenzy with its second annual Green Honor Roll. UNH made it into the top 15 of nearly 700 schools from which Princeton Review collected data....Read More
The produce at today's Organic Garden Club farm stand at Murkland Courtyard was not only organic, it was fossil fuel-free, thanks to two veggie-loaded bike trailers and six hearty club members who schlepped a table and tent from the garden on Spinney Lane to the center of campus.
Ben Tillinghast and Helen Clark of the Organic Garden Club
"It's been a dream of ours to use bike carts and not to have to use a car at all," says OGC president Tyler Sildve '11. Here, farm manager Ben Tillinghast and...Read More
UNH ENERGY STAR® Discounts for Students & Parents
Check it out -- UNH has new ENERGY STAR® discounts for UNH students and parents!
Anyone with proof of enrollment at UNH (student ID, tuition bill, class registration, etc.) can get a 10% discount on ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances and electronics at Best Buy® Newington, NH.
1. Print the UNH ENERGY STAR® Discount postcard (PDF) and take it with you to Best Buy® Newington, NH: sustainableunh.unh.edu/climate_ed/pdf/unhenergydiscount....Read More