As UNH Wildcats, it seems quite fitting that our plan to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions is named WildCAP. UNH’s Climate Action Plan (CAP or WildCAP) is a direct result of our Climate Education Initiative (CEI), in which the university has committed to a sustainable energy future via greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies, practices, research and education. The Office of Sustainability Programs (OSP) was originally created in 1998 to house the CEI, and after going through several...Read More
Last week, when summer decided that we all needed at least one more day of 95 degrees and 100% humidity, I stopped to buy a water bottle on my way to class. I didn't think about it until I sat down in my lecture and received glares and sideways glances at the plastic bottle from five or six of my classmates. Under their stares, I felt like I needed to explain myself, to tell them that I forgot my Nalgene bottle and was surely going to die of thirst. Underneath my embarrassment, however, was a...Read More
Over the last two years the city of Vancouver has been in the process of developing the Vancouver Food Strategy
a list of comprehensive actions that serve to “integrate individual food policies into a more coordinated food systems approach, and align food systems goals within broader City plans and processes.” The Executive Summary, released in January of 2013, describes the various strategies used to create the five priority actions of the strategy. The summary describes its consultation...Read More
Congratulations to Chris, Jocelyn and Catie for winning the Earth Day contest we held today with @UofNH! All three students told us they do great things for the environment, from carpooling to using reusable water bottles and coffee mugs to starting a new sustainability and business student group.
At UNH, even our Wildcat knows how to go green, drinking tap water out of a reusable bottle. Happy Earth Day from UNH!
Bill McKibben stated that all the work he has done for the last twenty-five years has been in anticipation of the moment when the climate movement would take off. It seems this moment was Sunday afternoon, when 50,000 supporters, after traveling to Washington D.C., gathered to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Approximately thirty UNH students, myself included, made the trip Saturday in order to be prepared for Sunday morning's events. Up bright and early at 6 am, we left the church we had...Read More
How often do you hear sustainability in the news? Not in a commercial, but on a nightly news segment? It’s true climate change has been getting more play on major networks after Hurricane Sandy and other major events. But only for that first few weeks, and when the next thing happens we’re consumed in that. Stories have been slightly more prevalent, it was just released that 2012 was the warmest year on record, but the urgency that those in the climate change arena are feeling is missing in the...Read More
Once January 1st rolls around, I get this twitch to clean out and organize my belongings. Perhaps it is the idea of starting fresh with the new year or maybe it is just cabin fever, but I usually have some seriously lofty organizing goals this time of year.
Perhaps you too have been hit with the organizing bug. As simple as it would be to throw all of your unwanted items in a big trash bag and let your friendly trash collector pick it up; with just a few extra steps you can make your purge...Read More
Temperatures have been in the 40’s and 50’s in December with the exception of the first of the month. Sadly, this is becoming the norm instead of the exception. I don’t think this is quite what Irving Berlin had in mind when he wrote the lyrics “just like the ones I used to know”. But 2012, “Dreaming of a White Christmas” takes on a whole new meaning.
Every generation has their “when I was your age” memories, but I never thought I would have mine at the age of 27. Easter Sunday was sometimes on...Read More
Sustainability Stewards Updates
The Holidays: Styrofoam, plastic, and waste, oh my!
The Holiday Party:
With every holiday season comes the office holiday party! Whether yours is a yankee swap or a special lunch with your colleagues, we'd like to give you some tips on how to make it more sustainable:
1. What materials are you ordering?
Does your office use compostable cups, plates, and flatware? Better yet, do people bring in their own dishes? If you're having an event,...Read More