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On the Map: All Things Sustainable

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 23, 2008

Mapping sustainability efforts at UNH isn’t just a constructive exercise, it’s a virtual reality.

Want to know more about the university’s composting measures? Interested in learning about carbon offsets or the landfill gas project? All it takes is a click of the mouse at http://www.unh.edu/map/sustainabilitymap.html, UNH’s new interactive sustainability map. There you will find more than 50 links to sustainable projects, groups, offices, and options that exist around campus.

Click on one of the—appropriately-- green icons to get a brief description of a project or group, then select “learn more” for the whole story or to be directed to a Web page. You’ll find links to everything from CAT Cycles, UNH’s bike rental and purchase program, to the Energy Task Force to hybrid car rentals to sustainable printing.

By clicking on the symbol for the UNH Organic Garden Club, for example, map readers will learn how they can find a local farmer’s market, where the UNH farm stand is located and when the Durham community dinners are held. The Transportation Policy Committee link provides an overview of the committee’s purpose, recommendations, and recent improvements.

Conceived by Sara Cleaves, associate director of the Office of Sustainability, and designed by UNH Web master Bridget Finnegan, the sustainability map was developed in response to inquires from people outside the university community regarding sustainable practices on campus.

“We would often get asked for tours of certain sustainability pieces and thought there needed to be some sort of visual way to do that,” Cleaves says. “This map really brings sustainability alive. People can see it cuts across all lines.”

At UNH, those lines include curriculum, operations, research and engagement.

While all of this information and more can be accessed with the click of a mouse, Cleaves says she would like to eventually have a downloadable map so people can do their own walking tours.

In the meantime, if there are groups or departments who feel their sustainability efforts are not represented on the map, or that their work isn’t being adequately depicted, contact Cleaves at Sara.Cleaves@unh.edu or call the Office of Sustainability at 2-0172.

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