ND geologist launches departmental health- and sustainability-focused cycling competition
UND geologist launches departmental health- and sustainability-focused cycling competition
Month-long Earth-Cycle aims to encourage health, wellness, and sustainability
The University of North Dakota's Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering is on a big roll this month: they call it "Earth-Cycle" and it's pronounced "Earth-sickle" (it rhymes with bicycle).
"I am really proud of our first annual 'Bicycle September,'" said Earth-Cycle organizer Jaakko Putkonen, a faculty member in the school. "We are trying to get the whole department—students, staff, and faculty--to bicycle to UND for the month of September."
Besides the cool factor, it's great for the environment, in keeping with the University's sustainability philosophy, Putkonen notes.
"It also saves money on gas and parking and makes one feel good about doing something for the environment as a first thing in the morning," said Putkonen, who's done the hard physical labor of conducting field research and leading students in the Himalayas, in Antarctica, and other inhospitable terrain.
"We're starting off with our department, but we hope next spring to engage the whole University in Earth-Cycle April," Putkonen said.
Jaakko Putkonen, Assistant Professor
Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering
University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines