For those who have not yet heard the exciting news, a colorful new mural is being introduced to the Durham community this Saturday at 11:00 am. The mural is located off Main Street in the alleyway between Outback/Hayden Sports and Durham House of Pizza (DHOP). Students of the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) and Durham Students for a Democratic Society are painting the mural to advocate for the reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million in support of the...Read More
Regular readers of this blog (you know who you are, Mom) know that I'm a bit of a bicycling freak. So it should be no surprise that this story from the New York Times college admissions blog, called "The Choice," caught my eye. It's about how Alfred University in upstate New York conducts some of its admissions tours on a bicycle built for seven.
Now, admissions tours are hardly increasing colleges' carbon footprints -- the campus walkarounds are as environmentally sustainable as can be. What...Read More
Who wrote the book of sustainability?
OK, not me (I wrote about writing the book of sustainability), but 60 esteemed members of the UNH community contributed to "The Sustainable Learning Community: One University's Journey to the Future," which presents sustainability at UNH through lively case studies and thoughtful essays.
Many of the authors gathered at the New England Center last night to celebrate the book, which, according to publisher University Press of New England, has sold...Read More
Starting this Thursday, October 1st, students in dorms throughout campus will be making greater efforts to turn off their lights when they leave their rooms, power down their computers when not in use, replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescents, shorten their time in the shower, and hang their laundry to dry. All of these efforts are undertaken in hopes of winning the grand prize of the Energy Waste Watch Challenge 2009.
This student-run initiative to raise awareness of how...Read More
UNH students lined up in record numbers for the 5th Annual Local Harvest Feast last Wednesday! According to UNH Dining, a total of 7,737 people were served this year. Crowds of students were joined by many UNH faculty, staff, and Durham community members who view this annual event as something not to be missed. Every year, the team at UNH Dining Services creates a spectacular menu, and goes to great lengths to source locally grown and produced ingredients for this local food celebration.
I spent some time in my garden this weekend, which I will summarize here:
Thank goodness for professional farmers.
Because if my family’s nutritional needs depended upon the bounty of my six-foot square plot, we’d have the Great Famine, Seacoast style.
I’m sure my plight is familiar to many who tilled the soil this summer. The early season brought rain, more rain, and bumper crops of snap peas, salad greens, more rain, and slugs. Just as the sun came out and my tomatoes played photosynthesizing...Read More
There's a nice article in last Friday's The New Hampshire about the monthly community dinners at the Waysmeet Center. The UNH Organic Garden Club grows the vegetables, and works with other volunteers to prepare a locally grown, organic and vegetarian meal held on the second Friday of every month, 5:30 - 7:30. The dinners are co-sponsored by the UNH Organic Gardening Club, Waysmeet Center and the Cornucopia Food Pantry.
... I'm thrilled to report that UNH has snagged another award for its sustainability, this one from our peer group, the Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education, or AASHE. Read all about it.
Most readers of this blog are familiar with community supported agriculture, or CSAs, which form a direct link between farmer and consumer, cash and produce.
Now, some fishing operations here on the Seacoast are starting CFAs -- community supported fisheries -- with the help of UNH Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant's Ken La Valley. Read more about it here, or listen to this great story by New Hampshire Public Radio science reporter Amy Quinton.
And if you want some community supported seafood,...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