Imagine being able to discuss climate change with the State Climatologist or learn about New Jersey’s geology from the people who map it. Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear how New Jersey’s environmental regulations get enforced from a person who actually does the enforcement? How about learning about the role of soils in the environment from the person who runs Rutgers’ Soil Testing lab? These are some of the opportunities that are available to enrollees in the 2014 Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program. Would you like to learn how local environmental decisions get made from the head of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions or how land preservation can be done most effectively from some of the leading players in land preservation in New Jersey? [Read more...]
Literally off the beaten path in the woods on the Douglass Residential Campus, Eliot Nagele (SEBS ’15) stumbled across a hidden trail while doing clean-up around a nearby creek. Intrigued, Nagele set about investigating this forgotten trail that wound its way behind the historic Carpender House, known to most of us now as the University Inn and Conference Center. What Nagele discovered led him on a quest to restore the trail as an educational and recreational destination for the Rutgers community. [Read more...]
Landscape Architecture undergraduates guided the visiting group on a tour of the new facilities—the fabrication lab, computer lab and various studios in Blake Hall, the home of the Department of Landscape Architecture on the George H. Cook Campus.
The visit was a combination of informal and formal interactions. The high school students chatted informally with landscape architecture students who explained their latest models and watched studio reviews in action. More formal interactions included a presentation about Rutgers by Assistant Dean for Academic Programs at SEBS Carol Andrew and an overview of the Environmental Planning and Design Program by Prof. Wolfram Hoefer. Landscape Architecture senior Alexandra Duro, 2014 president of the Rutgers student chapter of the ASLA, showed the visitors the projects that spanned her undergraduate career in the LA program.
The high school students have invited the Rutgers students to critique their school projects later this year so that the peer mentoring can continue.
Members of the SEBS and NJAES community were on hand at Giamarese Farms on October 23 to pick the corn crop that otherwise would have been damaged by frost. As part of Farmers Against Hunger, the gleaning effort harvested 3,000 pounds of corn that was donated to Franklin Foodbank. Read more about the gleaning.
The Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission (The Friends) will hold its fall Freecycling event on Sunday, Oct. 27 at the East Brunswick High School. Freecycling is a way for residents to pass items they no longer need onto others who could use them. Freecycle is a network of people in the U.S. and around the world who arrange for free exchange of items, keeping them out of the waste stream. The Friends, along with fellow sponsoring agencies, have hosted several successful Freecycling events. [Read more...]