Companies are doing more to address climate change, according to the annual rating of consumer brands performed by Climate Counts, an affiliated program of the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire. The latest scoring results show that 66 percent of companies rated have publicly available climate and energy strategies, compared to just 25 percent in 2007, the year the organization began rating companies.
“When the financial crisis hit, it was as if the climate discussion...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
This semester I was able to take a unique course in the American Studies department called Sustainability in New England and Beyond. Interdisciplinary in nature, it is one of the few courses that focuses on both culture and sustainability. The course examines the sustainability of particular cultural groups as well as the culture we must create in order to make our habits sustainable. Since sustainability requires that scholars are publicly engaged, students in this course are required to...Read More
As Thanksgiving approaches, while everyone looks forward to the few extra days of freedom from school and work, most are equally excited for the feasting that will ensue. Whether its pumpkin pie, butternut squash, or stuffing, we all have that favorite dish we wait for all year long (or is it just me?) As the title suggests, this holiday asks of its participants to feel gratitude for what we have while enjoying the company of friends and family; but be it good or bad, the very essence of...Read More
For the second year in a row, our campus was impacted by a severe storm in October. While the aftermath of these storms may be devastating, it may be the most compelling catalyst for change. Both of these storms have happened during UNH’s annual energy challenge in the residence halls. How are these two occurrences related? If it is accepted that the increase in natural disasters can be attributed, at least in part, to climate change, then we are all both implicated in the destruction and...Read More
The article below was written by Erin Jackson about her experience in Costa Rica. She is a senior in the Whittemore School of Business and Economics. She is also the captain of the UNH women’s soccer team and an intern at the campus-based nonprofit Climate Counts.
This post was written while watching the movie “The Age of Stupid”. A film that looks at climate change from the year 2055. It creatively portrays actor Pete Postelthwaite as a man in the future going through a digital archive of videos related to climate change that happened in the “past”, or what is now our present day.
At the same time, some family members and college friends in New York are living in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. After the storm itself, the situation got progressively...Read More
Tomorrow, at long last, Food Day will be here. In recognition of the occasion, Rob Everts, Co-President of Equal Exchange, will be coming to UNH to share the Equal Exchange model in his talk: “Equal Exchange: A Radical Model for Global Food, Farming and Business.” The talk will take place in the Mub Theater from 4:00-5:15. To provide some background on Equal Exchange, it is a food co-op born here in New England that pioneered the fair trade concept. They began with coffee in 1986 and...Read More