Home to the nation's oldest endowed program, sustainability has long been a core value of the University of New Hampshire. It shapes our culture, informs our behavior, and is a guiding principle of everything we do. The Sustainability Institute was developed to reflect this belief system, and act as convener, cultivator and champion of sustainability on campus, in the state and region, and around the world.
Since our inception in 1997, our mission has been to collaborate with faculty, staff, students and external partners to integrate sustainablity across UNH's curriculum, operations, research and engagement. We strive to bring people and ideas together to make UNH a model sustainable learning community that engages with our state, region, and national and international partners to advance sustainability.
Projects and Campaigns
- Biodiversity Education Initiative (BEI) includes such topics as biodiversity, ecosystems, land use and conservation, water, waste minimization, recycling, and more.
- Climate Education Initiative (CEI): Commitment to pursuing carbon neutrality through sustainable energy and emissions reduction policies, practices, research, and education. CEI topics include energy conservation and efficiency (from buildings to transportation), greenhouse gas emissions tracking and reduction planning, and more.
- Food & Society Initiative (FAS): Commitment to promoting healthy food systems from farm to fork to health and nutrition outcomes.
- Culture & Sustainability Initiative (CAS): Commitment to bringing the knowledge and creative inquiry of the liberal and humanities on sustainability. CAS topics include cultural and natural heritage, social justice, inclusive excellence, behavioral changes toward sustainability, and multigenerational (past, present and future) conversations of sustainability.
UNH Sustainability Academy, University of New Hampshire
107 Nesmith Hall, 131 Main Street
Durham, NH 03824