This week, an historic resignation by Pope Benedict XVI was announced. While he is known for conservatism and, many have said, not leading the church into a new century; I learned through the news this week that he is considered the first Green Pope.
He may be the most prominent religious leader to do this, but other priests and pastors have also begun a conversation about the connection between followers and nature, and God and nature, and a broader message of living peaceably and sustainably...Read More
There are so many awesome things about winter break. Sleeping in, hanging out with friends, and not feeling guilty that your textbooks are collecting dust. Break is a great time to read whatever you want. Perhaps you want to see what the big deal is with 50 Shades of Gray or maybe you are happy to read your favorite series (revisiting Lord of the Rings was a yearly event for me during college). Winter is certainly a great time to curl up with a book, and here are some of my favorites that are...Read More
This semester I was able to take a unique course in the American Studies department called Sustainability in New England and Beyond. Interdisciplinary in nature, it is one of the few courses that focuses on both culture and sustainability. The course examines the sustainability of particular cultural groups as well as the culture we must create in order to make our habits sustainable. Since sustainability requires that scholars are publicly engaged, students in this course are required to...Read More
As Thanksgiving approaches, while everyone looks forward to the few extra days of freedom from school and work, most are equally excited for the feasting that will ensue. Whether its pumpkin pie, butternut squash, or stuffing, we all have that favorite dish we wait for all year long (or is it just me?) As the title suggests, this holiday asks of its participants to feel gratitude for what we have while enjoying the company of friends and family; but be it good or bad, the very essence of...Read More
It's a new year and we have 4 new students in the office between the Sustainability Institute and Climate Counts. We've asked them to introduce themselves!
Megan Barry - UNH Sustainability Academy Intern
Hello, my name is Megan Barry, and I will be interning at the UNH Sustainability Institute this semester! I am a senior studying Cultural Studies and Sustainability, with a particular interest in the cultural impediments for sustainable development. I also am involved with the NH Energy and...Read More
College move-in weekend is fast approaching. In a couple of weeks, parents and students will descend upon campuses everywhere, arriving in cars full of dorm essentials. And every year, many of them bring at least one 24-pack of bottled water. Of all the things one needs for a dorm room, this extra weight to carry up the stairs is not one of them. Understandably, drinking water is essential; however, bottled water is not. UNH is striving to be as sustainable as it possible, but a large part of...Read More
Are you a UNH faculty member (lecturer, tenure or non-tenure track, research, clinical - all are welcome!) interested in developing and implementing programming that brings a liberal arts perspective to sustainability?
Then apply for one of our Liberal Arts and Sustainability Faculty Grants! We offer support in two areas: course development and co-curricular programming.
Learn more at www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/casrfp.
Course Development Awards (due October 1)
We are offering three course...Read More
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Sustainable Stories: A Reporting Project by Students in the UNH Journalism ProgramSustainability 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 sustainu.org. Their stories of real people and issues in the Seacoast area cover everything from...Read More
UNH is poised as a leader in sustainability; its program in Ecogastronomy received national recognition in the New York Times last month. There is growing demand among students nationally for programs incorporating sustainability, and UNH has experienced rapid growth over the past few years in programs like Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Engineering. As mentioned in posts prior to this one, a potential Sustainability Dual Major is currently in development for future implementation...Read More