Wednesday, April 23, 2014
How to Make a Solar Golf Cart

Several years ago a group of students modified an existing golf cart to be powered by the sun. Basically they attached a solar panel to the roof the cart and wired it to the battery system.
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Iowa’s ‘Dream Green’ Radio Series

An amazing amount of ‘Green’ initiatives are happening in Iowa. This has been highlighted in solar-powered, KRUU FM’s 20 part radio series, Dream Green. The program about green energy policy that included David Osterberg and myself can be found here. David is a veteran of Iowa energy policy making. He reviews how we became the second largest state for wind energy. I review the 100 years of US energy policy and also make some suggestions for Iowa’s future.

Altogether there are 20 hours of material available for streaming. The series is created and hosted by James Moore (left) and Stuart Tanner (right). David Osterberg is in the center, and I’m on my own!
Posted by on 4/2/2013 4:08:00 PMComments 0
Sustainable Living Senior Project: Off the Grid RV

Sustainable Living major Ree Meador always dreamed of traveling the US visiting and working at sustainable communities and eco-villages.  It didn’t make much sense to Ree to travel in the conventional, high carbon way, so she decided that for her senior project she would modify an RV (recreational vehicle) to use as few natural resources and create as little pollution as possible.
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Sustainable Living Grad Stays on as Student Activities Director
Sustainable Living Graduate Josh Wilson
Josh Wilson – Serving MUM Students
 
By Livia Cole

 
Josh Wilson started his banking career as a teller at the age of 18, and quickly earned the title of operations manager at a Citibank branch in Los Angeles, California. In 2007, he lost his job due to the financial crisis, which made him reconsider his career.

 
“I started a landscaping business to make money, and sustainability came up,” Josh said. “I thought that would be really interesting to major in, because it’s future-proof.” After researching several universities, he chose MUM because it offered a comprehensive degree in sustainability.
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Sustainable Living Department Newsletter
Missouri Botanical GardenSustainable Living Class to Visit Missouri Botanical Garden    

Dr. David Fisher's Plant Taxonomy Class plans to visit the Missouri Botanical Garden on September 18th and 19th.  Dr. Fisher has been a dedicated member of MOBOT for over ten years, and takes student groups to the garden twice a year to experience the 79 acres of indoor and outdoor horticultural displays. 
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What Can I Do With a Degree in Sustainable Living?

When people find out I work for the SL Department one of the first questions I hear is "But what can a person do with a degree in Sustainable Living?" There is no short answer to that question, because a Sustainable Living degree can inform and contribute to so many different jobs and careers. The best answer is, "What do you want to do with it?"

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Sustainable Living/MUM Distinguished Lecture Series Presents Darren Doherty

The Sustainable Living Department is proud to host Permaculture expert Darren Doherty this coming weekend for a workshop on drought proofing your farm with keyline plow techniques.  In addition to the two day workshop, the SL Department is offering a free evening presentation this Friday at 7:30 in Dalby Hall.  If you're a farmer, land manager, Permaculture enthusiast, designer, consultant, or gardener make sure to put this event on your calendar!  Slots for the workshop are almost completely filled, so if you feel inspired to join after the Friday presentation there may or may not be space available.  If you've been debating joining this workshop, now's the time!
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Sustainable Living Department Offers Seed Planting Workshop for Majors
Sustainable Living KaleSustainable Living majors are invited to attend a seed planting workshop hosted by Professor Stacy Maurer. The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th at 3:30 in the old SL greenhouse.

Sustainable Living majors are invited to attend a seed planting workshop hosted by Professor Stacy Maurer.  The workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13th at 3:30 in the old SL greenhouse.  Stacy will demonstrate how to make potting mix and prepare planting flats, then students will plant seeds that take a long time to germinate and grow, like parsley and other herbs.  In addition we will plant several varieties cool season plants that can be set out early, like kale and lettuce.
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Sustainable Living Department Presents "Career Incentives"
The Sustainable Living Department is happy to announce a new lecture series, "Career Incentives".  The content will include internship opportunities as well as presentations from Sustainable Living alumni, successful entrepreneurs, professionals who work in the field of career development and job coaching, and more as the series progresses.  Are there specific people or opportunities that you'd like to hear about?  Your suggestions are welcome and appreciated, please contact Diana Krystofiak at dianakrystofiak@gmail.com For our first lecture the Sustainable Living Department is pleased to welcome MUM SL alumni (2007)  Austin Durr, who entered the Peace Corps post graduation.  Austin will explain how his time as a Sustainable Living student prepared him for the Peace Corps, what his work in the Peace Corps involved, and share pictures and music from his journey as a volunteer.  Austin will be joined by SL student Robert Abreu, who has been accepted to the Peace Corps program and will begin his volunteer period in July 2013.  Robert's portion of the talk will cover the Peace Corps application process from sending the application, to the interview, and through the legal, medical, and suitability clearances necessary for acceptance.
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Sustainable Living Student Interns at Rodale Institute
Sustainable Living Major Zach DeanSustainable Living major Zach Dean spent part of the summer as an intern at the Rodale Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach.  Here is a brief sample from Zach's blog, detailing a day in the life of a busy Rodale intern... 

"First thing Thursday morning we flipped all three compost piles, which was easily done with 8+ people taking turns helping out with all the piles. After that Scott and I headed over to a plot that was originally meant to be part of the Right Size Garden project but has since been allocated to Elaine’s desire to experiment with local under story plants. Her hope is to see which ones do the best and put together seed packets for farmers and the like to use as they desire. Lindsey brought us a huge container of water with the riding mower and we watered all the under story plants, which didn’t take long at all. Once that was done I headed over to the microscope lab to look at samples, which I did until lunch and picked it back up again after lunch until 3pm. 
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Sustainable Living Department Works to Complete Bio-Diesel Facility
Michael DearbornLast school year Sustainable Living Professor Mark Stimson lead a group of students in building a facility to house a long dreamed of project, an off the grid bio-diesel co-op.  The students made remarkable progress in the space of a month, but were unable to complete the building before their next block began.  Since that time there has been slow but steady progress by Sustainable Living team members Brian Robbins and Nick Campney; this month they are joined by Sustainable Living graduate Michael Dearborn, who hopes learn first hand about bio-diesel production and move the project along the road to completion.
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Sustainable Living Department Hosts Renowned Permaculturist Darren Doherty for "Drought Proof Your Farm" Workshop
keyline plowThe Sustainable Living Department invites you to attend "Drought-Proofing Your Farm Utilizing Keyline Design", a weekend workshop November 30-Dec 2 with Australian permaculture expert Darren Doherty.  The workshop is an intensive blend of technical & practical sessions targeted at farmers, professional land managers, consultants, designers, earth movers and anyone with a strong interest in sustainable land management and soil creation. 

Sponsorship by our partners including Practical Farmers of Iowa, Leopold Center, National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Backyard Abundance, and Solar-powered KRUU 100.1 FM allows us to offer this workshop for only $100 for the general public,  $25 for students, and free for MUM students!  Meals and Lodging are not included. 
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Sustainable Living Course Offerings for October 2012
Sustainable LivingThe Sustainable Living Department, like the rest of Maharishi University of Management, operates on a block system.  This means that students study one subject at a time for a month long, full-time stretch known as a block.  Classes run for four hours Monday through Friday, with two breaks for meditation, and for two hours on Saturday, with one meditation break before lunch. 

The benefits of this system include the ability to dive deeply into each subject without having to divide attention between four or more courses, as at a typical university, as well as a set routine that makes it easy to incorporate class time, homework, rest, exercise, and social time into each day.  Additionally, with a change of subject occurring each month there is always a new topic to look forward to! 
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Sustainable Living Community Events Update
Sustainable LivingJIM HIGHTOWER!

At the JFAN Annual Meeting, Wednesday, October3 "Jim has the rare skill of being able to get people from different perspectives to really listen and think about his ideas. His humor disarms opponents and his policy proposals inject a strong amount of common sense into debates that have become polarized by stereotypes." - Rural Sociological Society 

WHAT WILL IT TAKE? 

Taking Back Our Food and Agriculture 

Wednesday, October 3 7:30 - 9:30 pm Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Featuring JIM HIGHTOWER - New York Times Best-selling Author - Former Two-term Texas Commissioner of Agriculture - Nationally Syndicated Radio Commentator and Newspaper Columnist Jim Hightower, the country’s #1 populist, on transforming an industrial ag food production system into one that is safe, sane, and sustainable. 

How can we really make this shift? Get the lowdown from Jim! 
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Sustainable Living Community Events Update

Green Bike Tour

MUM students: are you looking for a great time that combines sightseeing, community building, and learning about the sustainability efforts of local communities? 

The Get Energized, Iowa!  Green Bike Tour will ride through the four participating towns to see how these small towns are promoting energy conservation and a commitment to bring renewable energy source implementation to their town. The route will take two days with stops in each of the four towns on October 6th and 7th. Tim Dwight (former Hawkeye football and track star, NFL player, and now a leading solar energy advocate in the state) will also be leading the ride. Riders are welcome to join for any or all of the ride. 
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Sustainable Living Community Events Update: Rocket Stove Workshop!
Sustainable Living Community Events Update: Rocket Stove Workshop! Come to this weekend workshop and learn how to build a masonry stove from readily available and inexpensive materials.

The Sustainable Living Department at MUM is at the heart of a vibrant and ever growing community wide sustainability movement.  Every week there are new events to explore and learn from, and this week I'd like to share a fun, practical, and knowledge filled weekend workshop coming up October 26 - 28.
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Sustainable Living Course Offerings Block 12
The Sustainable Living Department, like the rest of Maharishi University of Management, operates on a block system.  This means that students study one subject at a time for a month long, full-time stretch known as a block.  Classes run for four hours Monday through Friday, with two breaks for meditation, and for two hours on Saturday, with one meditation break before lunch.

The benefits of this system include the ability to dive deeply into each subject without having to divide attention between four or more courses, as at a typical university, as well as a set routine that makes it easy to incorporate class time, homework, rest, exercise, and social time into each day.  Additionally, with a change of subject occurring each month there is always a new topic to look forward to! 
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Sustainable Living Department Celebrates Success of "Drought Proof Your Farm" Workshop
The Sustainable Living Department at MUM hosted a well received and successful workshop with Permaculture teacher Darren Doherty over the weekend of November 30th.

More than 65 people attended the “Drought-Proofing your Farm Workshop” with world-renowned permaculture expert Darren Doherty, of Australia, on Nov 30-Dec 2 in Fairfield, Iowa.  People from Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and as far away as Texas, Montana, and California were in attendance. The weekend started with a free public lecture on Friday evening where Darren introduced Regen10-a holistic design approach that starts with improving soil conditions and has the aim of going way beyond mere sustainability. It is very practical in the sense that it is local: engaging producers, consumers and ecosystems in symbiotic relationships that are profitable, healthy and always improving. Over 5000 people have taken courses with Darren across more than 40 countries and he has helped design water management systems and integrated plans for over 1500 farms.
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Sustainable Living Amping Trip

How do you love to live? Are you on your way in the unending process of defining, redefining and refining your own personal answer to this question, or have you not yet begun this process? Wherever you lie on the continuum, one event that helped me in my own answering process was the life envisioning workshop, lead by Seth Braun, held at the Abundance Seed Center, on October 1st during Block break. Seth Braun’s workshop was the morning segment of the Sustainable Living Amping trip, organized by Sustainable Council members, James Schleppenbach and Soangela Hardt. 

Without knowing the specifics of what lay before us, a group of Sustainable Living students, as well as students from other departments, met in the morning of October 1, 2011 at the Sustainable Living gardens and piled into the SL white bus to take a ride to the Abundance Seed Center at the Eco-Village just two miles north of MUM, off Highway 185.
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Sustainable Living Block 11 Course Offerings
The Sustainable Living Department, like the rest of Maharishi University of Management, operates on a block system.  This means that students study one subject at a time for a month long, full-time stretch known as a block.  Classes run for four hours Monday through Friday, with two breaks for meditation, and for two hours on Saturday, with one meditation break before lunch. 

The benefits of this system include the ability to dive deeply into each subject without having to divide attention between four or more courses, as at a typical university, as well as a set routine that makes it easy to incorporate class time, homework, rest, exercise, and social time into each day.  Additionally, with a change of subject occurring each month there is always a new topic to look forward to! 
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