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
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
November 1st will mark the start of this 3 week, nationwide conservation competition to reduce electricity and water consumption in residence halls. Checkout the UNH facebook event and signup here! The competition will take place across 40 colleges, which are listed here on the CompeteToReduce website. You can also view UNH's performance, once the challenge has begun, here.
One of the easiest ways to quickly reduce your electric consumption is to unplug your "phantom loads", also known as...Read More
There are now even more ways to connect with UNH’s unique and innovative Dual Major in EcoGastronomy!
The Dual Major in EcoGastronomy, which allows UNH students to enhance their primary major to include courses in sustainable agriculture, hospitality management and nutrition, is a great option for anyone interested in growing food, cooking food and eating healthfully with the least impact on the environment. Students gain real world experiences on farms, in kitchens, in labs and in their...Read More
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
This month, UNH's Green Launching Pad hosts five "Energetic Conversations" with clean technology startup companies around the state. Learn about green innovation and entrepreneurship! Read more here.
The Green Launching Pad is a strategic partnership of the University of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning,with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (ARRA).
Be sustainable and in style for the "Colonial Clash" game where UNH plays at Gillette Stadium and pick up your official shirt today! You can check them out, watch the clip and view the article by visiting this link. EARTHTEC and UNH Athletics have teamed up to bring you two fantastic tee's to support UNH football, and a portion of those proceeds will be going to the UNH Sustainability Academy!
The navy blue shirts are available during homecoming Cowell Stadium for the homecoming football game...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.
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
This past semester I had class on campus every Tuesday and Thursday, and I worked on campus on Friday -- so I pretty much came to campus three days a week. I was curious about the mathematical advantages of taking the bus. So, as one who finds some weird enjoyment in playing with numbers, this past semester (January 26 - May 7) I recorded how I got to campus each day (just a tick on the calendar: bus/carpool, or drive alone). Now that I have that data, let's take a look...
Wildcat Transit or...Read More