Sustainability Archive

Week of: Aug 31, 2008
Students Realize ‘Hydrogen Dream’ » Humboldt State University’s new hydrogen fueling facility is the first rural station on California’s ‘Hydrogen Highway,’ and a crucial link between renewable energy and transportation fuel that started with a handful of engineering students.
Week of: Aug 24, 2008
Students Bring New Light to Africa Marketplaces » Peter Johnstone and Kristen Radecsky set out before dusk everyday for a month to walk through Kenya’s marketplaces. The two Environmental Systems graduate students were busy collecting data on kerosene lamps and collaborating with Kenyans on a safer, more economical alternative.
Week of: Aug 17, 2008
HSU Interns Grace Organic Festival » Arcata - Jessie Misha Cretser-Hartenstein traveled back to Humboldt County from the Middle East and Vanessa Vasquez is taking time off from grad school, both of them inspired to help organize the Fourth Annual Organic Planet Festival in Eureka.
Professor Explores Ecological Futures » When examining ideas like world ecological degradation and an impending dark age it’s comforting to know there’s still a flickering light of hope at the end of the tunnel.
Week of: Aug 10, 2008
Student Power Changing Energy » By the end of fall semester solar panels, signage, and student art will adorn Music Building A (the Old Music Building) thanks to the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF), a student funded energy initiative.
Student Awarded Switzer Fellowship » Arcata - Rebecca Menten, a Humboldt State graduate student in the Energy, Environment and Society program, has been awarded a prestigious Switzer Environmental Fellowship worth $15,000.
CCAT Recognized for ‘Best Practices’ » The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT), Humboldt State’s demonstration home for sustainable living, recently sent former co-director, Jeffrey Steuben to accept its award for Best Practices in Student Sustainability Program for the California State University (CSU).
Week of: Jun 22, 2008
Hydrogen-Fueled Prius Arrives at HSU » Humboldt State University has taken delivery of a hydrogen-powered Toyota Prius that will use clean hydrogen fuel produced and dispensed at a new fueling station built by the campus's internationally recognized Schatz Energy Research Center.
Week of: May 25, 2008
HSU Geographers Make Strong Showing At State Conference » More than 20 HSU geography majors, accompanied by department chair Joe Leeper, professors Joy Adams, Stephen Cunha, Dennis Fitzsimons and Chris Hayne, attended the California Geographic Society's 62nd annual Conference. Adams chaired a panel discussion on “Strategies for Mentoring and Supporting Female Students and Faculty,” along with geography students Anna Leeper, Diana Muncy, Corinne Cogger and Angela Crane. Adams was also elected to the CGS board of directors. Leeper presented “Challenges Confronting Humboldt County Agriculture” and Cunha presented “The Changing Face of Vietnam.”
Week of: May 11, 2008
Forestry & Wildland Resources Mark 10th Annual Spring Banquet » The Department of Forestry and Wildland Resources celebrated their 10th Annual Spring Banquet in the Kate Buchanan Room on Thursday, May 1. The event was beautifully catered by Twyla Henderson and her staff from University Dining Services.
Wildlife Major Wins Hearst Award » Arcata - Humboldt State University undergraduate Rani Ram will receive a $3,000 scholarship as one of 23 winners statewide of the 2008-2009 William Randolph Hearst/California State University (CSU) Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Week of: Apr 27, 2008
Riding the Green Wave » It’s summer time and the surf is calling. Most surfers will be driving up and down the beach looking for that perfect set. This summer two surfers are ditching their car and doing it right.
Business Alum Keynotes Graduation » Humboldt State University alumnus Michael Crooke (’90), a world leader of socially responsible business and former chief of Patagonia outdoor equipment, will be the Commencement speaker at all three Humboldt State University graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 17 in Redwood Bowl.
Week of: Apr 20, 2008
Fisheries Dedication Honors Allen, Scott » Arcata – Humboldt State University will conduct dedications in early May to commemorate outstanding individual contributions to the University and the community.
Week of: Apr 13, 2008
ERE Students Prove Modeling Mettle » Arcata — Humboldt State's Environmental Resources Engineering students once again lived up to the tradition of academic excellence -- this time in the field of mathematics modeling.
Fulgham Contributes to New Peer Journal » Dr. Kenneth Fulgham, HSU Professor of Rangeland Resources, and D.E. Coultrap, a former HSU graduate student, are among the co-authors of an article about western juniper in the inaugural edition of Invasive Plant Science and Management magazine, published by the Weed Science Society of America under the auspices of the University of California, Davis.
HSU Oceanography Prof Hits the Airwaves » Got cable? Professor Greg Crawford gives a televised presentation on the Research Channel on April 27, 2008. The program will air four times that day: 1:00 a.m., 7:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Pacific time).
Earth Day Every Day » Earth Day is coming, but at HSU, one day is not enough. We’ve rounded up a variety of events the students at HSU have organized of this celebration. Earth Day goes back to the late ‘60s as a United Nations, and eventually a global environmental teach-in.
Y.E.S. Brings People to Life » Arcata - Humboldt State University wildlife major Lindsey Payne believes all people should take up volunteer service at some point in their lives.
 “You get to learn a lot about yourself, and you have fun doing it,” she says.
Week of: Apr 06, 2008
Gala Dinner Honors Top Faculty Member » Arcata – Humboldt State University will recognize Dr. Carolyn Ward, Outstanding Professor for 2007-2008, at a formal dinner on Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, University Center.
Humboldt Welcomes New GreenLab » Dr. James Russell of the Department of Applied Technology holds in his hand a brick that looks like leftover supplies mashed together after art period, but it's more than that. It could be a great way to repurpose used styrofoam for building insulation.
Week of: Mar 23, 2008
Higgins Imparts a Sustaining Legacy » Humboldt State’s College of Professional Studies has flourished under the leadership of Dean Susan Higgins, who has readied her institution for the 21st century with a train of progressive initiatives.
Wild Goose Chase » Kyle Spragens rotates a large antenna mounted atop his state pickup truck as he drives past farm fields in the Arcata Bottoms, where he is searching for Aleutian geese. A receiver in the truck beeps as the antenna picks up a signal from a radio-collared goose.
Week of: Mar 16, 2008
New Book Aids Natural Resource Scientists » Arcata - Dr. Howard B. Stauffer, Professor of Statistics and Chair of Humboldt State University’s Department of Mathematics, has written a new book that introduces natural resource scientists to more current methods of statistical analysis, helping them to enhance their estimates of the probability of specific occurrences in nature.
Coming to a meal near you: Sustainability » Sustainability has long been on the mind of students, faculty and staff at Humboldt State. With every passing year it seems the campus adds another innovative program to its growing résumé of environmental initiatives.
KHSU Touts Salmon Care » KHSU and the Humboldt Fish Action Council are sponsoring a unique Adopt-A-Salmon program in connection with the public radio station’s fund raising drive April 5 -12.
HSU is Solar, Student-Style! » Arcata – Humboldt State University’s student-initiated Humboldt Energy Independence Fund (HEIF) Committee has granted $100,000 for two pilot projects: a photovoltaic system for the roof of the Old Music Building and new equipment to complete a Solar Radiation Monitoring Station (SoRMS).
Week of: Feb 24, 2008
HSU Construction Team Takes On The Competition » For the first time ever, the Humboldt State Construction Management Team went head-to-head with other institutions, including Arizona State University and Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, in the 21st annual Associated Schools of Construction competition in Sparks, NV. The competition, which ran Feb. 14 and 15, pitted HSU against 137 teams representing a total of 34 universities from 15 states.
Swimming Against the Current » The streams and creeks of coastal Humboldt County come alive every winter with migrating salmon, which struggle upstream to reach spawning grounds. Having survived predators and several years in the Pacific, many of these salmon will die without completing their journey. The culprit: antiquated road culverts that block their passage.
Week of: Feb 17, 2008
Students Propel Renewable Energy » Arcata - Thanks to a Humboldt State University engineering class, a non-profit partner and two local contractors, a Del Norte County ranch is now being powered year-round by an off-grid renewable energy system.
HSU Hosts Sustainability Expert » Arcata – Gil Friend, the global communications pioneer, will deliver the 15th Annual Chung-Watson Lecture in Business Ethics at Humboldt State University on Wednesday, February 27th at 3:00 p.m. in the Kate Buchanan Room, University Center. It is free and open to the public.
Week of: Feb 10, 2008
Richmond Endorses Sci-Tech Debate » Arcata - Humboldt State University’s chief is backing a combined elite/grass roots movement enlisting 2008 presidential candidates to debate a clutch of science, technology and medical issues that the movement believes are crucial to the nation’s well-being.
No parking required » "Oh man, this is gonna be a full bus." "There's already two bikes on the front. It's always like this on the bus to HSU." Don't be surprised. These aren't complaints about a broken system. It's the Jack Pass and it's a system that seems to be working well.
Week of: Feb 03, 2008
For the Birds » When oil-covered birds began washing ashore following a massive oil spill in San Francisco Bay last November, wildlife responders became overwhelmed and put out a call for experienced helpers. Tamar Danufsky and three volunteers from Humboldt County headed to the scene.
HEIF Energy Proposals Due Mar. 3 » Arcata – Completed proposals from currently enrolled students are due Monday, March 3, for the first clean energy projects to be financed by the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund, a student program aimed at further reductions to Humboldt State University’s environmental footprint.
Week of: Jan 27, 2008
Focus The Nation At HSU » Arcata – Humboldt State University alumnus Panama Bartholomy (’01) will weigh "The Heroic Challenge Facing Today's Youth" as the local keynote speaker in “Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America National Teach-In and Town Hall Meeting.”
High Tech No Climate Panacea » Arcata – High technology and bio-fuels cannot by themselves reverse manmade climate change, and dramatic changes in such realms as land use by local government will be required, Humboldt State alumnus and keynote speaker Panama Bartholomy (’01) told Focus the Nation participants January 31.
Week of: Jan 20, 2008
Learning in a tropical classroom » For some disciplines there is simply no substitute for rigorous fieldwork. HSU’s Anthropology Department, understanding this need, is offering an intensive field program that takes students to one of the world’s premiere biological spots in Costa Rica.
Week of: Jan 06, 2008
Focus The Nation At HSU » Arcata – Humboldt State University will be among 1,100-plus educational institutions participating in the “Focus the Nation: Global Warming Solutions for America National Teach-In and Town Hall Meeting” at the end of the month.
Week of: Dec 16, 2007
Environmentalist Named Top Prof » “Students should be explorers, not followers” That is the creed of one of Humboldt State University’s top environmentalists, Carolyn Ward, named Outstanding Professor of 2007/2008.
Week of: Dec 02, 2007
Student Innovates for Fire & Light » With an energy bill that runs somewhere around $15,000 a month, reducing your energy use by as much as 30 percent would seem like a dream come true. For the Arcata-based dinnerware makers Fire & Light this is about to become a reality, thanks to an innovative design from HSU Applied Technology senior Ben Davis.
Week of: Nov 11, 2007
HSU Shows Well at Soils Conference » Humboldt State University Professor Susan Edinger Marshall and Wildland Soils major Rosemary Records presented a poster titled "Soils-Based Evidence for a Former Salt-Marsh; Jarosite and Buried A Horizons (Humboldt County, CA),” at the Soil Science Society of America Meeting in New Orleans, LA.
Week of: Oct 21, 2007
Lighting the Way » Professor Arne Jacobson works to bring efficient light and solar power to Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa, where kerosene and fuel lamps pose health and environmental problems, stifle education and economic development.
Week of: Oct 07, 2007
BSS Building Dedication » With a crowd of more than 200 guests present, the Behavioral and Social Sciences building was dedicated in a ceremony on Friday, October 12. The ceremony was held in the courtyard between the two BSS structures. The HSU Calypso Band opened and closed the festivities. President Rollin C. Richmond presided.
HSU Celebrates Graduation Pledge » Twenty years ago, Humboldt State students and community members started a revolution with just 21 words: “I pledge to thoroughly investigate and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job opportunity that I consider.”
Week of: Sep 30, 2007
Richmond Hails CCAT Reopening » Social and environmental responsibility is the essence of Humboldt State University and the Campus Center of Appropriate Technology embodies that ethic, HSU President Rollin Richmond said at CCAT’s Grand Reopening Sept. 29.
HSU’s Living Classroom » The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology is rebuilding after being moved to a new location, offering another generation of students the chance to learn skills that lead to a greener future. CCAT’s Grand Reopening was Saturday, September 29th.
Week of: Sep 16, 2007
Disney Funds HSU Genetic Research » Arcata – The Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund has awarded $23,600 to Humboldt State University’s Micaela Szykman Gunther, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management, to conduct genetic research of the critically endangered African wild dog.
HSU Student Wins $1,000 Soils Scholarship » Arcata - “What I love about soil is how it unifies terrestrial life and scientific disciplines,” wrote Humboldt State University student Rosemary Records in an essay that has won her the $1,000 Paul J. Zinke Memorial Scholarship from the California Forest Soils Council (CFSC).
Green Wheels Leads Car-Free Day » Green Wheels, a Humboldt State University Club, is leading the fifth annual Car-Free Day celebration today (Thurs., Sept. 20) with bicycle rides around the Arcata Plaza, a free community-sponsored breakfast on campus and activities on the Quad. HSU President Rollin Richmond took part in riding around the Plaza early this morning.

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