Early last Saturday morning, UNH junior Hillary Thomas could be found unloading crates of potatoes and onions in the Exeter High School parking lot, dressed for the 18 degree weather. She and a crew of community volunteers were helping farmers and fishermen carry truckloads of vegetables, meat, and shrimp into the high school cafeteria for an indoor Winter Farmers' Market, organized by Seacoast Eat Local.
Since September, Hillary has been interning with Seacoast Eat Local as part of the UNH ...Read More
Last night I seized an invitation to talk about sustainability with a group of students from the Living Green floor in Hunter Hall. I was very impressed. These first and second-year students represented an array of majors and backgrounds and they knew so much about sustainability. While enjoying apple crisp made by their Hall Director (thanks, Jamie!), we talked about everything from ZipCar to bottled water, STARS to poverty in South Africa, ECOLine to the human scale, health care to reducing...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
If there wasn't still so much left to do, perhaps we'd get tired of tooting our own horn.
But as the challenges we face on campus, in our state, and around the globe keep growing, we're happy to take a few minutes and celebrate all UNH has accomplished to advance sustainability - and then get right back to work.
Today we received the highest score on the College Sustainability Report Card 2010 of the Sustainable Endowments Institute. UNH is among 26 other universities nationwide to receive a...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
Run, don't walk, to Murkland Courtyard at UNH to buy some amazing organic strawberries from the UNH Organic Garden Club. I'm having them for lunch, see?
I stumbled across the OGC's inaugural (I think) farm stand for the season, but it's on my calendar now for every Wednesday from 11 - 2. Smart shoppers show up closer to 11 for the best variety. In addition to strawberries, today they're selling a beautiful mix of greens, garlic scapes, radishes, and some cut flowers.
My colleague Jody Record wrote a great story for this week's Campus Journal about some new equipment that's helping UNH continue to churn out U Doo, compost made from UNH Dining leftovers.U Doo is one of the finest examples of the "one man's trash" adage I can think of. Not only does it make wise, sustainable use of food scraps from UNH and Durham eateries, it's coveted by local gardeners for its flower-boosting power. In my own garden, it helps produce a bounty of veggies, the rinds and seeds...Read More
Posted on behalf of Jason Whitney, Internship Coordinator for the University of New Hampshire Advising and Career Center and co-leader of the UNH Sustainability Internship Program (SIP). This article originally ran in the late spring edition of "Bridges," the newsletter of the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers (EACE). You can read the original article here. To read the UNH Career Center blog, visit unhcareercenter.com.
To say that we are living in interesting times is an...Read More
Happy Earth Day everyone! Looking for some quick tips on what you can do this Earth Day -- and every day -- to advance sustainability? Check out WMUR Channel 9 News tonight -- and the web interview they have online now -- with yours truly! It's my 15 minutes of fame. Our own Beth connected me with WMUR, and while I was nervous (my first time in front of the camera), I have to say it was rather painless. Hopefully I've given viewers some things to think about and act on. And, as I say in the...Read More