In my CIE 796/896.03: Green Building Design course we are currently performing energy audits on our homes. By looking at our electric, water, oil, natural gas bills, etc., from the past few years we were able to put together background data. From what we compiled in these previous bills we will implement our own green measure and monitor the reduction in our energy bills, all while making our house a greener place to live.
If you are interested in determining exactly what uses the most energy...Read More
If you are attending one of the upcoming UNH Hockey games February 25, or March 4 be sure to look out. RecycleMania flyers will be posted, and announcements will be made during the games. Only two regular season home games left, so get your tickets!
I also encourage everyone to check out UNH's newly formed Trash 2 Treasure program that just got started this semester. I met one of the founders today and I was very impressed with the job they are undertaking. They want to reduce the drastic...Read More
We have three intriguing discussions all coming to UNH next week that I would love to point out to everyone.
Next Wednesday (February 23) from 12-1, in the MUB room 330/332, the Carsey Institute Spring 2011 Brown Bag Lunch Seminars will discuss Do You Believe the Climate is Changing? Partisanship, Understanding, and Public Opinion. Bring your lunch and join in for some interesting talk. The presentation will go over "key findings, especially on the complex interrelationships among climate-...Read More
There is a great deal of good research going on around UNH, and I'd like to point out a few recent highlights at this time:
Did you know UNH has a new major, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, which ranges over a wide variety of topics, checkout the article or the website
Even if you missed the presentation you can still read what Morris Dees had to say about diversity in his speech given at UNH
See what a study by a Carsey Researcher has found about the difficulties associated with...Read More
The three R's are a great way to remember exactly what is important when trying to Recycle, and what time could be better to talk about those R's than right now, in light of our kickoff of RecycleMania this past weekend. I'm sure many of you have heard of the three R's before; to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.What you may not realize is that the most important part of R's is the order in which they are listed.
First things first, Reduce which means removing the problem from the source. If you can...Read More
I hope that you all had a wonderful end of last semester, and could enjoy the amazing amount of snow that we had over break! I know many of you enjoyed being home but, were ready and happy to settle back into our homes here at UNH, I know I was. I'm sure many of you made new years resolutions, and from the telltale signs of a packed UNH gym, I bet many of them had to do with diet, excerise and losing weight.
How about if you could save money and be green at the same time? I...Read More
After a long absence from posting, I'm back to share some UNH research that I find wildly compelling. An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Kevin Gardner of the Environmental Research Group has found links between walkable neighborhoods and social capital.
The team surveyed 700 residents of 20 neighborhoods in Portsmouth and Manchester and found that those who were able to walk to daily amenities like grocery stores or public offices reported higher levels of social capital: They...Read More
With all the hectic holiday activities happening in the next few weeks, why not take a break one evening and treat yourself to a gourmet dinner? On December 3rd and 4th, the UNH Hospitality Management Advanced Food and Beverage Class will host 'A Common Table', a six-course gourmet dinner at Stillings Dining Hall on campus.
The dinners are completely student run and have been held for over 50 years, representing a wonderful holiday tradition at the university.
Students, along with guest chef...Read More
I think we all tend to forget about where exactly our power comes from, and in light of the ongoing campus conservation contest, what better time then now to discuss UNH's power source.
A recent tour of the Ecoline gas processing plant at the Rochester Landfill sparked my interest and I thought I should share some of this great information with you all. I'm sure we have all looked at that white stack tucked away in the middle of our campus and wondered exactly what is going on.
The plant that...Read More
Last Friday my ENE 751 Introduction to Sustainable Engineering class took a tour of Peter Ejarque's sustainably designed home (The picture is now slightly old). He built the home almost entirely himself, and it ended up costing him under $50,000, about half the cost of an equivalent home. Many of his materials were recycled, and he plans to build a hydroelectric generator out of an old washing machine. An article about the home and his future plans can be read here.
Peter has not only built...Read More