Posted on September 24, 2013 by Jesse
This update on barn goings-on is from Barn Manager Meg Anderson. Thanks to all of you for your interest in the campus livestock program. Stay tuned for more opportunities to get involved.
*Note: For those of you with a special interest, you can read more about orf and our approach to addressing animal health issues in the barn online here.
The farm has been buzzing since the beginning of the semester! Our work-study students and animal training intern have been very busy ensuring that the barn stays clean, safe, and that all of our animals’ needs are being met. The following groups of students have already been involved with the barn and animals, whether just visiting or using the space as a learning tool, and we only expect the number of folks to grow in the future:
- Interpretive Methods: Creating signage and multi-media presentations for the animals and fields
- Unity Experience: fact-finding scavenger hunt at the barn
- Animal Health: Parasite survey and animal husbandry on barn critters
- Animal Training: Desensitization and stanchion training with the goats
- Intro to CWCE: Introduction to the space and enrichment
- Pasture Management: Field/Soil survey and animal handling techniques
We are off to a great start and can’t wait to expand our reach. We have hit some bumps in the road as the stress of integrating the animals into the college community has caused a flare-up in parasite levels as well as an outbreak of sore mouth or ‘Orf.’* After a visit from the vet we are on track to build our animals up to their fullest potential.
One more happy announcement is that on the 18th of September, our Silver Fox rabbit ‘Sylvie’ gave birth to a litter of 8 healthy, happy kits. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about goings-on in the barn, please feel free to contact me.
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Posted on August 17, 2013 by Jesse
Nearly three years after they committed to do so, the Obama administration is installing solar panels on the White House this week. The administration knows that this is an important symbol to an America desperate for climate leadership. In fact, we told them that in person when a crew of Unity College students teamed up with Bill McKibben and 350.org to launch an epic solar road trip from Unity College to Washington in 2010. Along the way, we rallied the troops in Boston, New York, and DC, before delivering a petition of over 40,000 signatures to the White House Council on Environmental Quality with a simple message for Obama: put solar back on the White House and show real leadership on meaningful climate policy.
Since 1991, Unity College has been the proud steward of the solar hot water panels that were installed on the White House roof by the Jimmy Carter administration in 1979. Those panels were removed during the Reagan administration in 1986 and languished in government storage until Unity’s Peter Marbach secured them and brought them to Unity College. Sixteen of those panels heated water on our own cafeteria roof for over twelve years and many others have been restored by energy lab students and Professor Mick Womersley for museum loan and public display.
Two of those restored panels were featured in the 2010 documentary A Road Not Taken, which followed Unity College (now) alums Sara Trunzo and Jason Reynolds on a solar road trip of their own. The film — by Swiss artists Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller — uses the delivery of those panels to the National History Museum in DC and the Carter Center in Atlanta to explore the unrealized hope for a renewable American energy future.
This current White House solar installation brings us closer to that future. Symbols are important, and solar on the White House is a stirring symbol of climate commitment from the top. May this public statement and the President’s full Climate Action Plan portend even bolder climate leadership to come; our students demand and deserve no less. Thank you, Mr. President, for heeding their call.
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Posted on May 17, 2013 by Jesse
Congratulations to our graduating students! Tomorrow’s commencement activities are a tremendous public celebration of our focus on sustainability science, and the real achievement of our students in the field. We know you’ll continue to do great things in your communities.
Graduates wearing the green ribbon at tomorrow’s ceremony have signed the Graduation Pledge, which states:
“I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.”
By choosing Unity College, all of our students have committed themselves to a sustainable future. By signing the Graduation Pledge, they’ve made that commitment public on this important day.
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Posted on January 27, 2013 by Jesse
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Posted on October 30, 2012 by Jesse
Unity College students are exploring resource use through the gamification of education. First-year seminar students in the Unity Experience course will imagine the impacts of peak oil and develop meaningful community responses while earning points and winning prizes through the game spOILed.
Unity Experience instructors have borrowed (with permission) from the existing game, World Without Oil, and tailored it to work for Unity College students exploring real environmental challenges. “We could focus on pollution, on biodiversity, on access to fresh water, on the climate crisis. The point of the game is to make you think about resource use, ” said Sarah Cunningham, the Unity Experience instructor leading the development of the game.
According to the SpOILed site
, “learning objectives for the SpOILed game include:
- Understand the causes and contexts of a key environmental issue (sustainable living)
- Develop personal perspectives on a key environmental issue (sustainable living)
- Participate in campus and community initiatives related to that issue
- Characterize the complexity of environmental issues by employing systems thinking and approaches that go beyond traditional disciplines
- Plan, strategize, and solve problems
- Appreciate the value of diverse people and ideas
- Value multiple perspectives by seeking out other views and by active listening
- Make meaningful connections with campus and community
- Information literacy:
- Define and articulate the need for information
- Identify a variety of types and formats of potential sources of information
- Retrieve information online or in person using a variety of methods”
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