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.