I recently traveled to Arizona State University for a recruitment visit for students who have been accepted to the Sustainability program. During my last day in sunny Arizona, I was able to attend “Emerge”, a program through which innovative artists, scientists, and prolific thinkers are invited from all over to participate in workshops, after which they present their results to the public. One of the more memorable speakers at this event was Guillermo Bert, an artist from Chile. His most...Read More
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No, this is not something my friends and I thought of one late night in college. It’s the best part of the Sugar on Snow Supper, an event that is widespread through VT and other parts of New England during maple syrup season.
Go to any small town in Vermont or NH and ask someone what a Sugar on Snow Supper is. If they’ve been living there a long time, chances are they will not only tell you what it is, but where the best ones are. I have been going to...Read More
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
This week, an historic resignation by Pope Benedict XVI was announced. While he is known for conservatism and, many have said, not leading the church into a new century; I learned through the news this week that he is considered the first Green Pope.
He may be the most prominent religious leader to do this, but other priests and pastors have also begun a conversation about the connection between followers and nature, and God and nature, and a broader message of living peaceably and sustainably...Read More
Sustainability is something that we try to emanate through choices we make in our daily lives. An example of a way we can do this is through our diets. Eating organic, vegetarian, and vegan are all examples of sustainable diets, but often not without their own exceptions. In terms of operations and large-scale farming, reports have shown that adopting a vegan diet can have more impact on reducing carbon emissions than purchasing a hybrid car. I myself am not a vegan, but like many struggle...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
We are excited to announce another generous and insightful gift to our office.
This week, we announced a $1 million gift to our office to establish the Thomas W. Haas Professorship in Sustainable Food Systems. The gift from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation was generated from a donor-advised fund established by Durham philanthropist Tom Haas.
The focus of the Haas professorship will be on leading Food Solutions New England, a public-private partnership that promotes collective action to...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
There are so many awesome things about winter break. Sleeping in, hanging out with friends, and not feeling guilty that your textbooks are collecting dust. Break is a great time to read whatever you want. Perhaps you want to see what the big deal is with 50 Shades of Gray or maybe you are happy to read your favorite series (revisiting Lord of the Rings was a yearly event for me during college). Winter is certainly a great time to curl up with a book, and here are some of my favorites that are...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