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Green UNH couples vie for free wedding

Contributing Writer

Published: Thursday, February 4, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02

Gouin and Beaudoin are not alone in canvassing the UNH community. Graduate student Kevin Hanley and his fiancée Lisa Sabella are also among the final five couples, and they too have had a widespread presence on campus.

While living in Colorado a few years ago Hanley bought a small school bus and converted it to run on vegetable oil, eventually driving the bus all the way from Colorado to New Jersey.

Today, that same bus has become the focal point of Hanley and Sabella's Green Wedding campaign. Hanley says he's made a habit of getting up at 4:30 a.m. everyday so he can park the bus, adorned in flyers for the contest, just below the stairs leading to A-Lot, where it will be seen by all.

In spite of this traveling billboard, Hanley agrees that it's often the little changes that make the largest impact. The couple, for example, printed all of the flyers seen around campus on 100 percent recycled paper. Hanley says that while most of us grew up learning to recycle, some changes took time. He explains that he and Sabella have recently begun saving scraps of carrots, onions, and other vegetables while cooking and once a week or so they boil them to make vegetable stock.

"It's little things," says Hanley. "It's not any one big, quirky thing. It's just all the little things that add up."

Like Lewis-McShera, Hanley says that the contest is very much about connectedness and the sharing of green habits.

"I like that it gives not only us, but the other people involved the chance to bring awareness to the things that are important to them," he said. "What that sort of means is something like organic vegetable gardening: that's something that's important to us… and we get to share that with others."

Lewis-McShera says that just as important as the wedding itself are the connections needed to get there, pointing out that the couple who makes the most connections will almost certainly come out the winner.

"This contest is really about helping people," she says. "It's about outreach."

Voting for the second annual Green Wedding Giveaway continues until Tuesday, Feb. 9 and the winners will announced the following day. Votes can be placed at www.greenweddinggiveaway.com.

 

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