The writers of this book, William McDonough and Michael Brugart, offer a different idea on the usual principles of what being sustainable actually is. It argues that recycling as it is done now is not very effective, and that production and growth is not inherently bad.
The title of this book, based on the popular term cradle to grave used in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), is a look at changing the way we create products and recycle them. The principles of an LCA is a topic often discussed in my...Read More
Check out this University Dialogue Event in which by Annie Leonard's animated films highlight environmental, social and economic concerns. This event will take place in MUB Theater I on Wednesday October 6 2010 from 3:40 to 5:30.
You can find out more about UNH's Dialogue, "information overload" here.
The UNH Energy Club is starting back strong this year with a showing of NOVA's "The Big Energy Gamble" in MUB Theater II today! The movie looks as though it should prove to be an interesting one, but you don't have to take my word for it. You can check out the video preview on NOVA's site or read the description.
The movie highlights the drastic changes California is implementing to make their state one of the greenest in the world. It attempts to break down these policies in an unbiased way...Read More
I hope you all enjoyed the annual Harvest Feast as much as I did this past week. In continuing with this train of thought of eating I’d like to introduce you to another way to enjoy other local sustainable foods.
I’m sure most of you already enjoy eating the locally grown apples right out of the UNH Dining halls right now, so why not pick your own! Apples are a great healthy alternative to snack food, and the picking season is in full swing right now. I had a great Sunday afternoon picking...Read More
The title of this entry is that of an outstanding book written by Jeff Rubin, chief economist for Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Suffice to say the guy is pretty credible. The book is a brilliant, objective, theoretical application of economics to how our global systems are dependent upon [the rapidly depleting supply of] oil. It's no fiction novel, so I'll spare the spoiler alert. Rubin provides brutally honest insights to how our world will change (within our lifetime) as cheap and...Read More
This semester I have been exposed to some outstanding literature in NR 701, Ecological Ethics and Values. This has by far been of my favorite courses of the Env. Conservation Studies curriculum because unlike policy, science, and economics courses, NR 701 has been the first (and only) course that was based primarily on exploring my own ecological ethics and values.
I encourage EVERYONE to pick up one (or all) of these books for their relation to sustainability. Rest assured you will think...Read More
Come on out and enjoy the sun at Travapalooza!
Peter Masucci's marketing students have put together a fantastic event highlighting all of the transportation options on campus. Learn about all your options for getting around UNH and the region WITHOUT a car. From campus shuttles, to car-sharing, to region rail, wherever you want to go there's an option for you…
The event is sponsored by the class and their outside clients: Amtrak, C&J Bus Lines, Zipcar, Wildcat Transit, the UNH Office of...Read More
As I was slaking my morning hunger this morning at the Dairy Bar (Sunrise Breakfast Sandwich... Mmm!), I noticed a plaque on the wall recognizing the careful renovation of the 114 year-old building (once relocated from Lynn, MA). Anyways, this got me thinking. How seemingly rare it is that we find ourselves in buildings so rich with historical and cultural significance. Are we not more apt to care for and appreciate such buildings? Are there lessons to be learned from them? Certainly, The...Read More
This past Wednesday evening I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Gables to have a discussion with fellow students about sustainability. Like my conversation with the students of the Green Living floor at Hunter Hall, we explored a wide array of sustainability topics (what sustainability is and why its important, projects like ZipCar and EcoLine, and much more). One of the highlights was talking about the Seacoast food system, particularly student accessibility to farmers markets. They...Read More
Last night was a special night for UNH as Provost John Aber and Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Kelly did a special book reading of "The Sustainable Learning Community: One University's Journey to the Future" at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth.
Thank you Michele at RiverRun for organizing this with UNH! And thank you to everyone who attended. It was terrific to be part of the conversation after the reading and see how engaged people are in sustainability, from current UNH students to college...Read More