Campus Journal/UNH sustainability tips

Tip#17: Choose native plants

Spring is a great time of year to spruce up your garden. If you're thinking about adding plants, make sure you select plants native to New England and not invasive plants. While some invasives are beautiful, they can negatively impact our environment by monopolizing resources. To find out more about invasives and native plants, check out Cooperative Extension's resources.

Tip#16: Participate in a bike swap

Did you get your bike ready earlier this year and find it is not quite what you need for this season? Instead of buying a brand new bike, check out the Seacoast Annual Bike Swap. Not only will you save money, but you will reduce the likelihood that your old bike ends up in a landfill. 

Tip#15: Attend a Campus Event

One of the benefits of  working at UNH is access to interesting and informative events. April is a great month for sustainability related events on campus and in the greater seacoast community. Check out our calendar for events that might interest you!

Tip#14: Spring Cleaning

Spring is a great time to clean out your office. Do you have old furniture you'd like to move out of your office? Check out the USNH Surplus page about donating/selling/scrapping your old furniture,

Is there a pile of old electronic equipment collecting dust in a back corner of your office? Complete this form to schedule a time for IT to safely dispose the electronic equipment.

Tip#13: Get your bike ready

It is hard to believe, but spring is fast approaching and soon it will be biking weather. Check out this article about getting your bike ready. Concerned that the spring temperatures are still too cold for riding? This article has some great tips about gearing up for spring temperatures.

Make sure you map out a route that will get you to work safely, there are plenty of backroads in this area that have less traffic than the main routes.

Always make sure you're carrying extra tubes, a patch kit and tools incase of a flat! 

Don't have a bike or want a new/used one? The annual Seacoast Bike Swap is April 21st 11am-4pm at Papa Wheelies in Portsmouth. 

Tip#12: Go Outside

All of the talk about the polar vortex might have you running for the warmth of your living room. Just because it is cold, doesn't mean you have to forsake the great outdoors. New Hampshire in the winter is a beautiful place!

A great way to experience a New Hampshire winter is to pick up a winter sport.  Learn how to snowshoe or cross country ski by attending one of the faculty and staff outings. Click here for more information.

Tip#11: New Year's Resolution: Drink Water Responsibly

Did you make any new year's resolutions for 2014? Looking to eat healthier and drink more water? If so, make sure you invest in a water bottle. Tap water is cheaper, uses less resources, and tends to be cleaner than bottled water.

Take advantage of the hydration stations on campus! Not sure where the nearest one is located? Check out our map!

Tip#10: Have Yourself a Very Sustainable Holiday (12/4/13)

The holiday season is upon us and it is easy to engage in practices that are not sustainable for our environment or our health. Instead of stressing about finding the perfect gift for a loved one, why not donate money to charity, make a gift, or give the gift of time. Not only does this help reduce waste, it also can make the holidays more enjoyable.

For more ideas, throughout the holiday season, please check out our Facebook page.

Tip#9: Power Down to Save Energy (11/19/13)

Before you leave for Thanksgiving Break, make sure you turn off and unplug all of your electronic devices at the office. Do you use a power strip for your devices? That's great, but make sure you unplug the power strip as well. Even though the devices are off, they can still use phantom energy if they are plugged in. Save energy and money by unplugging!

Tip#8: Give Back to Your Community (11/13/13)

The holiday season is approaching and that means, for some of us, delicious meals with family and friends. Unfortunately there are members of our community for whom this presents a hardship.  

Creating a healthy community for all individuals is a major theme of sustainability. One way you can help this holiday season is donating to the Cornucopia Food Pantry. Organizing an office food basket is a nice way to give back to the community. 


Tip#7: Change Your Paper Habits (11/5/13)

Using less paper is a great, easy way to cut back on your carbon footprint and save your office money. Recycling paper instead of throwing it in the trash is a must, but why not also create a pile of scrap paper that has one blank side? This paper can be used for printing internal items such as meeting agendas.

Another easy change is to order 100% recycled paper. The price for recycled paper is comparable to conventional paper but results in fewer environmental impacts. 


Tip#6: Monitor Your Building's Energy Usage (10/30/13)

The heat is now on in all the buildings and with the cold weather and diminishing hours of daylight, you might be wondering how much energy your office building is using. 

The UNH Energy Office has a nifty site that shows energy useage for all campus buildings. Check out your building and see how it compares to others or how the useage changes monthly. While you're at it, why not turn your thermostat down a few degrees and see if that helps change the building useage?


Tip#5: Vote in Local Elections (10/23/13)

A key aspect of sustainability is maintaining vibrant local communities. A great way to stay involved is to vote in local elections.

Finding information about local elections can be challenging. Check out the Wire's guide to local elections on the Seacoast. If your city is not featured, call your Town Office to learn about any upcoming candidate forums.


Tip #4: Eat Local Food (10/16/13)

Even though winter is on the way, you can still eat locally in New Hampshire by signing up for a winter community-supported agriculture (CSA) share. Seacoast Eat Local has a list of winter CSAs in the area. Wolf Pine Farm delivers shares right to Durham for an easy pick up. CSAs are a great way to support local farms, get a steady supply of local food, and try new types of food.

Some farmers markets are still running. The Portsmouth Market is open on Saturdays until November 2nd and the Winter Farmers Market starts November 23rd.


Tip#3: Stay Warm Without a Space Heater (10/9/13)

Fall in New England is a lovely time of year, but it can also be cold, especially in some of the older buildings on campus. UNH is getting the heating systems up and running in all the buildings, but this takes time and it can be tempting to use a space heater to stay warm. These heaters are an electrical drain and can be dangerous if they are not monitored appropriately

Instead of using a space heater, try bringing in a blanket or having an extra cup of tea. Taking a short walk is another great way to stay warm.

If your office is extremely hot or cold, please call Facilities at 862-1437 to report the issue.


Tip #2: Turn off the Lights (10/2/13)

Many UNH buildings are equipped with sensors that shut off lights after you have left the room. This is a great feature that helps the university save energy and money, but not all lights are connected to sensors, some sensors have a long delay, and some may not work.

When you leave for the day, make sure you turn your office lights off. 

If you'd like to report faulty sensors or learn more about light sensors, please contact the Energy Office at


Tip #1: Take Public Transportation to Work (9/25/13)

UNH faculty and staff have a variety of easy, cheap, and stress-free ways to get to campus.  If you live in the Dover, Newmarket, Portsmouth or Rochester areas, you can take Wildcat Transit. Wildcat Transit is free for all students, faculty, and staff. During the weekday, the buses run every hour starting around 6AM and ending around 10PM . Instead of waiting in traffic, you can read a book or take a nap on your way to work!

Make sure you sign up for the Guaranteed Ride Home program and you never have to worry about getting home in an emergency.

To learn more, check out our transportation page.