SustainAbility Newsletter

Recipes for SustainAbility - Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin RisottoThere are many risottos that can be made sustainably. Use authentic risotto rice or basmati if you prefer. Try this easy pumpkin risotto and serve it with a green salad.

Serves 4.

Fry 1 tsp chopped thyme, 1 clove garlic (peeled and chopped), 1 small onion (peeled and sliced) in a little olive oil. Add 500g pumpkin or squash (peeled and cubed into 1cm squares). Cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the rice. Ladle in stock a little at a time, every 2-3 minutes and stir often. Keep going until the rice is cooked (18-20 minutes for risotto rice). Shake parmesan over the top.

Always try and use organic or sustainably grown products!

Fast Facts

  • One gallon of motor oil can contaminate up to 2 million gallons of water. so dispose of properly!

  • Here is an example of the water we use everyday:

    3-7 gallons for toilet,
    25-30 gallons for tub,
    50-70 gallons for a 10 minute shower,
    1 washing machine load uses 25-40 gallons,
    1 dishwasher load uses 9-12 gallons

  • Here is an example of how long it takes some things take to break down:

    plastics take 500 years,
    aluminum cans take 500 years,
    organic materials, take 6 months,
    cotton, rags, paper take 6 months.



References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon International

The International Sustainability Council

Pioneer Thinking

EarthCraft Homes

The Natural Step

Animal Aid

Recipes For Sustainability


SustainAbility Newsletter Archive Article (random)

Cold Climate Housing Research Center

Cold Climate

ISC partner, the Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC), located on the campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks recently announced the completion of construction on its Sustainable Northern Shelter (SNS) demonstration house in Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska. Construction began on June 16 with substantial completion four weeks later on July 11.

With guidance from the CCHRC and Tagiugmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Auth

ority (TNHA), students from Barrow’s Ilisagvik College built the home to gain home-building knowledge and experience, which they can apply to future building projects across rural Alaska.

“We hope this prototype home will change the approach to designing and building affordable, energy efficient, culturally-based, and environmentally-appropriate buildings for Alaska,” says CCHRC President and CEO Jack Herbert.  “This is the beginning of a new day for rural Alaska.  This project incorporates ten thousand years of sustainable principles with new technology.” 



References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council 


American Society of Golf Course Architects

Sustainability Campaign

Cold Climate Housing Research Center

The State of the Birds

Green Living Tips

The Daily Green

Energy Star

Bird City, Kansas 

Urbana University

Sustainable Northern Shelter


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