Culture & Sustainability Initiative (CAS) Past Projects

Culture & Sustainabilty Faculty Discussion Group

In 2012, the Sustainability Institute and the UNH Center for the Humanities launched a monthly working group devoted to sustainability and the humanities as part of UNH's Culture and Sustainability Initiative. All UNH faculty are welcome to join, and 2013 dates will be announced soon. The group discusses what it means to teach the Humanities within a shared outlook of sustainability, what rolesthe Humanities can play in sustainability efforts, and how we could sustain the Humanities and Humanities teaching, especially given the conditions currently facing public universities? The group also discusses ideas shared by awardees of UNHSI's Liberal Arts & Sustainability Course Development Awards.

Sustainability Stewards

The UNH Sustainability Stewards were a group of staff who worked together to bring
sustainability – a core part of UNH’s identity and mission – to the
grassroots level in their buildings and departments. They hosted the WildCat Commuter Challenge for two years; a month-long event to encourage bike, bus, and carpooling methods of transportation, as well as friendly competition among staff and faculty.

UNH
Sustainability Stewards are faculty and staff working together to bring
sustainability – a core part of UNH’s identity and mission – to the
grassroots level in their buildings and departments. - See more at:
http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/stewards#sthash.n0h9dTpz.dpuf
UNH
Sustainability Stewards are faculty and staff working together to bring
sustainability – a core part of UNH’s identity and mission – to the
grassroots level in their buildings and departments. - See more at:
http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/stewards#sthash.n0h9dTpz.dpuf
UNH
Sustainability Stewards are faculty and staff working together to bring
sustainability – a core part of UNH’s identity and mission – to the
grassroots level in their buildings and departments. - See more at:
http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/stewards#sthash.n0h9dTpz.dpuf

2011-2012 Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series

The Sustainability Institute organized the 2011-2012 Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series, a program of the UNH Center for the Humanities. The series was conducted as a symposium over the course of two days, March 21 and March 22, 2012. The theme -- Sustainability Unbound -- explored the unique role of the humanities in addressing the question: What is sustainability? 

Arts in Society

As part of its effort to reveal the important connection between the arts and sustainability, the Sustainability Institute supported the course "The Arts in Society" (INCO 480 and SOC 580), which was taught each semester by now retired sociology Professor Melvin Bobick. The aim of the course was to help students achieve a broad understanding of the arts and humanities by seeing to it that students attend symphony, ballet, and opera performances and visit museums, including the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Currier Gallery.

Beaming Bioneers

The Sustainability Institute hosted three consecutive live satellite telecasts of the annual Bioneers Conference plenary speakers, which is held in California. These sessions were complemented by workshops and other activities at UNH to provide practical tools and education around sustainability and to help build community.

Campus Aesthetics & Public Art

The Sustainability Institute advocates for UNH public arts, campus aesthetics, and architectural crafts that will enhance and enliven the UNH campus. The goals of this include enriching student learning about the role of art in our cultural environment, stimulating public discourse about art, and fostering a sense of community and institutional identity. Examples of this work included the following:

  • The Sustainability Institute, the UNH Arts and Society Program, and UNH Dimond Library, in partnership with Ken Browne Productions and the Currier Gallery of Art, collaborated in making the documentary film entitled "Four Hands One Heart,"which celebrates the lives and art of former UNH faculty Ed and Mary Scheier. The film was broadcast on over 100 PBS stations throughout the country. The video is available for loan at Dimond Library or can be purchased on DVD throughwww.4hands1heart.com or through New Hampshire Public Television. In addition, the University collection of the Scheier's work is on display at Dimond Library.
  • Green Art and the Growing Divide: During the spring of 2009, and in conjunction with "The Growing Divide: A University Dialogue on Poverty and Opportunity," the Sustainability Institute partnered with the Discovery Program on a "green" public art project. The project engaged students, faculty, and the broader campus community in the design and implementation of the artwork.

Celebrity Series

Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Kelly served on the planning committee for the UNH Celebrity Series, which brings world-class theater, dance, and music to the UNH campus every year.

Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers

January 28 – April 4, 2012 (closed March 9 – 18) 
Opening Reception Friday, January 27, 5 – 7 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Sustainability Institute and the Museum of Art, this large-format digital photography exhibition at the Museum of Art, UNH, illuminated the consequences of some of our cultural choices, making visible what simple statistics cannot. Both imaginative and documentary in presentation, each image portrayed a specific quantity of something: 15 million sheets of office paper (5 minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (30 seconds of can consumption) and so on. Chris Jordan has stated, “My hope is that the photographs can serve as portals to a kind of cultural self-inquiry.”

 

Cultural Excursions

Now run by the UNH Museum of Art, the Sustainability Institute ran a program of cultural excursions to the world renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra until 2011. Open to the entire UNH community, participants enjoy live open rehearsals featuring outstanding performers! The goal of our Cultural Excursions program is to contribute to the campus's and community’s opportunity for shared cultural experiences that reflect the highest levels of achievement in the performing arts. 

Eating as a Moral Act: Ethics and Power from Agrarianism to Consumerism

In April 2004, the Sustainability Institute organized the interdisciplinary Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series and Symposium "Eating as a Moral Act: Ethics and Power from Agrarianism to Consumerism." The event was sponsored by the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation and the Center for the Humanities at the University of New Hampshire. The program examined the underlying questions of justice and morality within America's food and farming system and explored the ability of citizens and communities to shape a sustainable food system through their food choices.

National Citizen Technology Forum

As one of six sites across the country, in March 2008 the Sustainability Institute and Communication Department at UNH hosted a group of local citizens to discuss recent technological advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology that might lead to significant enhancements of human mental, emotional, and physical abilities. This effort to increase public participation in and guidance of scientific and technological research and development is part of a national research effort being undertaken by a network of universities under the leadership of the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University, which has been funded in conjunction with the National Nanotechnology Initiative. The coordinating institution for this particular citizens’ conference activity was North Carolina State University. Other participant institutions included UC-Berkeley, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Georgia Tech, and the Colorado School of Mines. The goal of this project was to learn background information, formulate opinions, pose questions to a range of experts, and make recommendations in a report about the impacts and consequences of human enhancement technologies. The recommendations will be widely circulated to government, industry, and to the general public.

Scheier Project: 4 Hands, One Heart

The Sustainability Institute, the UNH Arts and Society Program, and UNH Dimond Library, in partnership with Ken Browne Productions and the Currier Gallery of Art, collaborated in making the documentary film entitled "Four Hands One Heart," which celebrates the lives and art of former UNH faculty Ed and Mary Scheier. The film was broadcast on over 100 PBS stations throughout the country. The video is available for loan at Dimond Library or can be purchased on DVD through www.4hands1heart.com or through New Hampshire Public Television. In addition, the University collection of the Scheier's work is on display at Dimond Library. Learn more about the Scheier’s story and philosophy here.

"TMI: A University Dialogue on Decision Making in the Age of Information Overload" in 2010-2011

Sponsored by the UNH Discovery Program, the University Dialogue is an ongoing effort to engage the UNH community in a series of discussions and activities that explore a common theme each year. The Sustainability Institute often partners with the Discovery Program to help sponsor events, speakers, films, plays, and other "happenings" to campus related to each year's Dialogue topic. In 2010, the Sustainability Institute co-hosted a talk by Alexis Pauline Gumbs on online activism. 

"The Sustainable Learning Community: One University's Journey to the Future"

Published in 2009, “The Sustainable Learning Community: One University’s Journey to the Future”(University Press of New England) details how UNH, home to the oldest endowed office of sustainability in the nation, has been integrating sustainability across its curriculum, operations, research, and engagement in the last 10-plus years. Edited by University Professor and Provost John Aber, chief sustainability officer Tom Kelly, and former provost and Carsey Institute director Bruce Mallory, the book shares the perspectives of more than 60 authors from UNH and beyond on subjects ranging from curriculum to climate change to compost. Learn more.

"The Growing Divide": 2008-2009 University-wide Dialogue on Poverty & Opportunity

The Sustainability Institute often partners with the Discovery Program to help sponsor events, speakers, films, plays, and other "happenings" to campus related to each year's Dialogue topic. Events on which we partnered with the Discovery Program as part of "The Growing Divide: A University-wide Dialogue on Poverty & Opportunity" in 2008-2009 included:

"We Hold These Truths": 2007 - 2008 University Dialogue on Democracy

 In 2007, the Sustainability Institute partnered with the Discovery Program on a Fair Trade Fair that was part of "We Hold These Truths: A University Dialogue on Democracy." The Sustainability Academy often partners with the Discovery Program to help sponsor events, speakers, films, plays, and other "happenings" to campus related to each year's Dialoge topic. UNH Chief Sustainability Officer Tom Kelly was a Dialogue author during the first Dialogue on globalization in 2005-2006, and during the 2006-2007 Dialogue on energy UOS helped to bring the one-woman show "The Boycott" to campus.