Sustainability at Franklin Pierce

Sustainability Events

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2014-2015 Events:

When a Leopard Comes to Town: Reflections on Environment and Culture - Monday, November 3, 2014

when a leopard comes to town

From the Himalayas to the Arabian Sea, hear Franklin Pierce University Professor Rhine Singleton share his year-long experience living in India.

Monday, November 3 at 12:30-1:30 in Marcucella Hall, Room 102

Co-Sponsored by DiPietro Library - Franklin Pierce University's Celebrating the Liberal Arts and Sustainability at Franklin Pierce University.

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Campus Sustainability Tour - Friday, November 14, 2014

Meet at Marcucella Hall front entrance

campus sustainability tour 2014Join Sustainability Seminar students as we interpret our campus in terms of sustainability challenges/opportunities. Students will look at four questions about each landmark, based on the Campus as a Living Laboratory guide:

1. How does/can it facilitate experiential learning and make curricula relevant?
2. How does/can it reduce the carbon footprint?
3. How does/can it use institutional resources efficiently?
4. How does/can it improve college completion?

We don’t know yet what the landmarks will be – that will be up to the students – but we’ll all learn something, and it will be fun!

Please RSVP here. The Campus Sustainability Tour will be held rain, shine, or whatever November brings, so please dress for the weather!

Sustainability Seminar is an introductory course in the Sustainability Certificate Program, which is open to students in any major. For more information, see the Academic Catalog or contact Jess Gerrior x4175.

2013-2014 Events:

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Earth Day Fair - Monday, April 21, 2014

Presented by the Sustainability Center in partnership with Farm to Institution New England and the Health Sciences program 

Interactive displays and meet-the-farmer tables:

Local foods tasting - cheese, maple syrup & more
Seed planting for the campus garden
Displays by local farms/CSAs, environmental organizations and businesses
Hands-on activities and community-building

GUEST SPEAKER: Andy Pressman, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist, on Why Local Food Matters

Local and regional food systems are a key ingredient to ensuring economic, environmental, and social sustainability.  Buying food locally not only reduces the number of food miles between farm and plate, it also enhances the lives of local farmers and their communities.   Exactly how local food is defined is as varied as the consumers that buy it.  Join Agriculture Specialist and farmer Andy Pressman as he demystifies local foods and their role in supporting individual, community, and global health. 

Andy Pressman is an Agriculture Specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).  Andy works with farmers throughout the country in the fields of organic crop production, local food systems, urban agriculture, and farm energy.  He and his family also operate Foggy Hill Farm; a small diversified farm and CSA located in Jaffrey, NH. 

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Postcards from Peru: Journey to the International Association of Universities (IAU) 2014 International Conference in Iquitos, Peru - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Experience Iquitos, Peru, the largest city with no roads connecting to the outside world, through the eyes of a North American environmental educator. Learn about Jess Gerrior’s experience of the International Association of Universities' 2014 International Conference on “Blending Higher Education and Traditional Knowledge for Sustainable Development” which Jess attended on March 19-21 in Iquitos, Peru. Learn about the drafting of the IAU Statement on Higher Education for Sustainable Development and how the IAU's 2014 International Conference may shape UNESCO's Post-2015 Development Agenda. Take away images, reflections, and questions to inform your own work in higher education and how it might relate to traditional knowledge, sustainable development, or both.

Sustainability Certificate Community Share-Out - Friday, April 25, 2014

Sustainability Certificate students will showcase their sustainability projects and leadership experiences. Sustainability Seminar students, through some combination of photos, videos, and stories, will share what it was like to take on one of three "sustainable practice" challenges during the three weeks preceding Earth Week. These students will have (by their choice) gone vegan for a week, used no disposable goods for a week, or carried around all their trash waste for three days. Sustainability Project students will showcase their work, including a musical performance series, glass and ceramic art, zero-waste move-out, and other glitzy, glamorous sustainability actions!

Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to bring their colleagues, neighbors and friends to support these students and learn about actions they can take throughout the year. 

2010 and Earlier Events

Learn about our 2008-2009 events

Sex and the Single Salamander:  Amphibian NightWalk

Salamander by David CarrollSex and the Single Salamander:  Amphibian NightWalk
Thurs. April 8, 2010, 7-9 pm
Why did the amphibian cross the road? Explore vernal pools, swamp edges and side streams as our local frogs and salamanders slither, crawl and call for mating partners.


“Taking Root”Film Screening

Wangaari MaathaiScreening of the film “Taking Root” about Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangaari Maathai  Tues. April 6, 2010, Pierce Hall. 
Discussion with filmmaker Alan Dater. Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. Watch the trailer.  


Earth Week 2010 April 19-26

Making Connections, Taking Action: Wildlife, Climate, People!

bullet Sustainability Fair  Wed. April 21, 2010 11 am – 2 pm, Pierce Hall
Student projects, info. about sustainability, recycled-items, hand-made pottery, organic cotton t-shirts, free food! 
bullet Keynote speaker Sy Montgomery: Wed. April 21, 1-2 pm, Pierce Hall
Wildlife from the Amazon River Basin to the Gobi Desert: Adventures of an Author-Explorer
Writer Sy Montgomery brings her keen wit and ecological insight to FP, as she regales the audience with tales of pink dolphins in the Amazon, man-eating tigers in India, Siberian cats in Afghanistan, kakapos of New Zealand islands, and moon-faced bears in Indonesia. 
bullet ECO Club Native Plant Garden planting Thurs. April 22 Outside Pierce Hall. Get your hands dirty and plant some native perennials, to attract wildlife and add to the biodiversity of the FP campus
bullet ECO Club Lights Out! And Low-Carbon Dating, Music Festival and ECO-Action Tent, Events on Mon. 4/19, Tues, 4/20, Fri. 4/23, 12-2 pm
bullet Steve Mueller, President, International Woodfuels Mon. April 26, 1-2 pm, Pierce Hall
Wood Biomass as a Sustainable Heat Source


Climate Action Day Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 12:00-4:00

Climate Action Day 2009This Day of Action was organized by This group works to promote awareness of the need for immediate action to reduce greenhouse gases. The number 350 is significant because 350 parts per million (ppm)  is the “safe” amount of CO2  that we can have in the air in order to maintain the climate more or less as we know it today. For most of human history, there has been 275 ppm CO2. Today, we are at 387 ppm CO2.

Action students, faculty and staff took to participate:
bullet Bring one large bag of recyclables Why? Because disposing of garbage in a landfill or by an incinerator, instead of recycling it, produces greenhouse gases. The bags of recyclables will be used to form a large “350” on the ground, and a photo will be taken of it and posted on
bullet LIGHT BULB EXCHANGE: Take one energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulb,  replace an old-fashioned incandescent bulb.  Return the old bulb to the Climate Action Tent to get credit.  Why? Because some of our electricity comes from burning coal, which creates greenhouse gases.  
bullet RECYCLED T-SHIRTS PAINTING and CLOTHES LINES:  Bring an old t-shirt and update it with fabric paint and climate action ideas; hang your t-shirt on an old-fashioned clothesline, give out clotheline and clothespins to people who might want to dry clothes that way.  Why? T-shirts are educational, and drying clothes on a line instead of in a dryer uses less electricity (our electricity is produced by burning coal, which creates greenhouse gases)  
bullet PHOTO CONTEST: Bring your still camera or video camera, and document the actions and the ideas around climate change. Take pictures of Climate Action Day events, including one photo of students talking to the speaker, Will Steger. Upload 3 to 5 of your best photos to WebCT. Why? Use art to educate and communicate!  
bullet SIDEWALK CHALKING/EDUCATIONAL POSTERS: Decorate the sidewalks or create small posters with “fun facts” (or scary slogans!) about climate change. Materials provided.  
 bullet TAKE A HIKE to the old French Farm property across Rte 119, learn about the old farm, effects of logging, forestry, and climate impacts. Shuttle leaves at 12 pm and 1 pm, one hour. Limit: 10 people per hike. Why? Learn how human use of land affects climate! Wear appropriate clothes, shoes.  
 bullet ROAD-SIDE/WOODS CLEAN-UP: Pick up litter along Ingall’s Road, Mountain Rd., trails, etc. Why? Because litter shows disrespect and can harm wildlife! Recycle cans/bottles! Gloves, bags provided. 


bullet Campus LandsForum on Future of Campus Lands 12/4/09  6pm Pierce Hall
Students, faculty and staff will discuss ideas for the future of FPU’s Rindge campus, which is over 1200 acres. The results of the forum will be compiled into an outline for a Master Land Use Plan.  Without a good plan, actions of different individuals or groups can conflict, such as logging in an area used for student research or building athletic fields in sensitive wildlife habitat.  We focused on the question: How can we make decisions that will respect individual rights and desires, but will also support the goals of the community?
bullet Climate Action Plan Forum Mon. 11/23/09  12:30-1:30  Pierce Hall
Sustainability Coordinator Michelle Comeau will present the Sustainability Council’s draft Climate Action Plan, and will lead a discussion of the ideas in the plan. Bring your own ideas too!
bullet SeaEnergy PLCSteve Remp, CEO Sea Wind PLC:  Moving from Oil to Sea Wind Fr. 11/20/09  2 pm
SeaEnergy PLC (formerly Ramco Energy PLC) is an offshore wind development company, based in Aberdeen, Scotland.  In September 2009 the Board of Ramco Energy PLC made the strategic decision to exit its oil and gas investments over time and focus purely on its offshore wind business.  Mr. Remp will outline the benefits of offshore wind as a a source of renewable, clean electricity and discuss the new era of “green jobs” in the energy business.