Isenberg Graduates Engage Students in White House Challenge

February 24, 2012

Three Isenberg graduates who work at UMass Amherst's Auxiliary Services & Enterprises are spearheading the UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative, which is a finalist in the nationwide White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge. The Isenberg alumni-Ryan Harb '08, Christopher Howland '08 MBA, and Ken Toong '04 MBA-have engaged over 1000 students, some of them from Isenberg, in transforming lawns on campus into sustainable permaculture gardens, which yield vegetables for the University's dinning services. Permaculture, notes Harb, Auxiliary Services' Chief Sustainability Coordinator, is considered the most sustainable form of gardening and farming, and UMass Amherst is the only public university in the country that grows permaculture gardens on campus for use in its dining commons.


Support the UMass Amherst team in the Campus Champions of Change Challenge by casting your vote for them on the competition's web site! Voting ends on March 3 at 11:59 p.m. The top five teams will be invited to a White House event and appear on MTV Act and mtvU, where they will have the opportunity to host an episode of mtvU's signature program, The Dean's List.


UMass Amherst\'s student-created permaculture garden.

UMass Amherst's student-created permaculture garden.