As a freshman at UNH in the fall of 2010, I worked at Holloway Commons. When I heard about the infamous Local Harvest Dinner hosted by UNH Dining, and as a blossoming Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems major, I begged my boss to let me do anything I could to be involved. Subsequently, to my initial excitement and almost as instant dismay, that meant working the event. If you’ve ever been to the dining halls on this fateful night, you won’t blame me for vowing to never work it again.
You've heard of carnivores, omnivores and herbivores; but have you ever heard of locavores? This sustainable-pop-culture term describes consumers of local foods, a group which has been steadily growing over the last decade. A recent USDA report announced that the local food markets generate $4.8 Billion dollars in the US every year and are expected to reach $7 Billion this year.
The local food movement fosters sustainable relationships between producers and consumers in an area, providing...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
If you keep up with your UNH news, you’ve probably heard by now that Muhammad Yunus is going to be on campus this month. While the Nobel laureate and founder of the Grameen Bank may not rap nearly as well as SCOPE’s Fall artist Kendrick Lamar, you could say he’s kind of a big deal.
Dr. Yunus is a pioneer, perhaps the pioneer, of microcredit and one of the first advocates of micro-loans as a force for sustainable economic development.
Photo credit: The Grameen Foundation
While many in the...Read More
About halfway through class today, the freshman sitting next to me tapped me on the shoulder and whispered, “This isn’t Chem. 403, is it?” With a beet-red face, he struggled down the aisle and out the door. This, I thought, is the life of a college student. Between figuring out where our classes are, how clickers work and what in the world the “Dump” is, few of us realize what incredible opportunities living at or near UNH offers. By the time we do, we are nostalgic seniors, filling up our...Read More
When I transferred to UNH as a junior as an anthropology major, I did not know exactly what it was I wanted to pursue. I had previously struggled with selecting an area of focus, torn between political science, environmental science, cultural anthropology, agriculture, and even philosophy. Through focusing on social institutions and stratification, policy, and cultural adaption, the courses that I took upon reaching UNH enabled me to see the connections between culture and sustainability. ...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
Another catastrophic event occurred last week, which was overshadowed for many by what transpired in Boston. Wednesday night, in the town of West, Texas, an explosion and fire in a fertilizer plant on the outskirts of town killed fourteen and injured around 200. The cause of the explosion is still unknown; there is no evidence of criminal activity. It has been speculated that a fire started first and led to the explosion, which indicates that there was a reaction with chemicals involved in...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!