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MUM’s Sustainable Living Center Recognized for Energy Efficiency

Maharishi University of Management’s Schwartz-Guich Sustainable Living Center has caught the attention of Getting to Net Zero, an organization that keeps track of ultra-efficient buildings and their energy usage.

According to their calculations, the Sustainable Living Center’s net Energy Use Intensity (EUI) was -0.5 in 2015, indicating that the building produced 5 percent more energy than it used.

Getting to Net Zero said that the Center is among the highest-performing buildings they had encountered, especially given Iowa’s harsh climate.

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Heads of Biodynamic Ag Associations Speak to Students

Robert Karp, co-director of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association, and Jim Fullmer, co-director of the Demeter Association, both recently spoke to students in a course on biodynamic agriculture.

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Teaching Living Soils Course is a Dream Come True for Alumna Molly Haviland

Molly Haviland, an MUM Sustainable Living alumna, will be teaching the upcoming Living Soils course this June. Joining her in the class will be David Fisher, PhD and SL Department Head, Loida Vasquez, an MUM alumna and graduate of the Dr. Elaine Ingham method course and Ben Ice, Owner of Ice’s Soil Regeneration in Otsego, MN.

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Faculty Present at Harvard on Sustainable Agriculture

MUM faculty recently had the opportunity to present a more profound view of agriculture at a conference on “The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture” hosted by Harvard Divinity School.

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Dr. Thimmaiah Offers Agriculture Workshop in Italy

Professor A. Thimmaiah presented a two-day workshop on Biodynamic Agriculture last month in Cissone, Italy, as well as speaking at a school and a university and networking with various individuals and organizations, including discussing internship opportunities for MUM students.

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Makerspace Relaunches: New Staff, Added Tools, More Hours

The community makerspace in the science wing of the Library has recently been reorganized and remodeled, including additional tools and the hiring of two highly qualified staff.

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100% of Dining Hall Food Waste Now Being Composted

Since late December, all of the food waste from Annapurna Dining Hall —leftovers from veggie prep, leftover food in serving trays at the end of a meal, and diners’ uneaten food deposited in the colored bins — is being composted, amounting to about 720 lbs per day.

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Andrea Zapata: Sustainability and Entrepreneurship

Although she was attending college in Southern California, Andrea Zapata was looking for a school with a commitment to sustainability and a focus on personal growth.

One night, her mother had a dream which led them to discover MUM. Two weeks later, Andrea was attending a Visitors Weekend.

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Expert on Risks of Genetically Engineered Food to Speak

Steven M. Druker, executive director of the Alliance for Bio-Integrity and author of Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, will explain why genetically engineered (GE) foods entail unacceptable risks on Friday, February 26, at 7:45 p.m. in Dalby Hall in the Argiro Student Center.

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Systems Thinking: Sally Wilson’s Leveraging Tool for Social Change

On December 7th, 2015, Sally Wilson addressed a full classroom in the Sustainable Living building at Maharishi University of Management, where she will be teaching an Applied Systems Thinking class in February as an Adjunct Faculty member.

A farmer and rancher most of her life, Sally holds a PhD in Biology and currently heads the Entrepreneurial Agriculture program at Marshall Town Community College. Her training in Systems Thinking formally began at the Donella Meadows Institute. Sally has been teaching applied systems thinking for almost 15 years and has visited Fairfield,...

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