Articles by Jeff Sharpe

Amaranthus 2020

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Our latest issue of our annual alumni publication is online here.

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Answers to Your Questions About Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
Answers to Your Questions About Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

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LAST UPDATED: May 8th, 2020 Sustainable Summer has cancelled all in-person 2020 programs due to the coronavirus. We are offering online versions of some of our programs and are currently accepting applications from prospective students. Please email info@sustinablesummer.org with any additional questions. What disruption do you anticipate due to the coronavirus outbreak? We had summer… Read More

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New Year. New Website. New Ways of Thinking About Sustainability.

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Caption: The author lounging outside our residence hall at Dartmouth during one of the few quiet moments of the summer. One of my earliest permaculture instructors, Javier Carrera, thought relaxing in a hammock was the epitome of luxury. I have spent a great deal of time over the past four months rebuilding the Sustainable Summer… Read More

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Dartmouth Session Comes to a Close

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Well, it’s that time. Students are exchanging tear-filled farewells after two incredible weeks living and learning together. An intense “3-day Start Up” culminated with pitches on Thursday evening. Our eight teams worked hard to shape an initial idea into a minimum viable product with a “go to market” strategy. In no particular order, we had… Read More

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Our Last Few Days in Brooklyn

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Two action-packed weeks have come to a close. The last 72 hours included a visit to the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment facility, Kingsland Wildflowers, a walking tour of the financial district, the Billion Oyster Project, and lots of time dedicated towards our design challenge. The program concluded with some classic NYC experiences – Broadway (Phantom… Read More

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Gowanus, Red Hook, Broadway, and More

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We’ve been staying busy in Brooklyn (and Manhattan) with our time split between site visits, project ideation, and workshops. Friday began with a session on design thinking methodology followed by a visit to Higgins Hall, the site of our design challenge. Students took some initial measurements to understand the volume of stormwater runoff from the… Read More

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Brooklyn Update: Kayaking, Rockaway, and More

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Greetings from NYC where we have had a busy four days! We kicked off our session on urban sustainability with a visit to the SIMS recycling facility in Sunset Park followed by lunch at the Industry City food hall just down the street. Then it was time for our sustainability scavenger hunt, with teams solving… Read More

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Welcome to Dartmouth 2019

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Greetings Earthlings! We are so excited to meet you on July 14! It is going to be an incredible two weeks and we hope you are all getting ready to have a super fun, adventurous, and inspirational time at Dartmouth. We’ll be canoeing on the Connecticut River, engaging in meaningful discussion and workshops, and learning… Read More

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Welcome to Brooklyn 2019

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Counting down the hours until we welcome our 2019 Brooklyn cohort. It is going to be an awesome two weeks and we hope you all are getting ready to have a super fun, interesting, and engaging time in the greatest city on earth (I”m biased)! We’ll be kayaking in the Hudson harbor, exploring NYC’s renowned… Read More

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What To Look For In A Pre-College Summer Program

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The pre-college field is about three decades old. It has matured, more or less, alongside other services that developed largely as a consequence of the growing competitiveness of college admissions. There was a time, not too long ago, when applying to college was a pretty straightforward process. Taking the SAT was something you simply showed… Read More

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