Sustainability Resources

Alliance for Resilient Campuses

In 2014, UNH became a Founding Signatory to the Alliance for Resilient Campuses (ARC)UNH is committed to incorporating climate resilience into our operations and principles as an institution of higher education as part of this collaborative network.


Campus Carbon Calculator and CarbonMap

The Campus Carbon Calculator was originally developed by the former non-profit Clean Air - Cool Planet and Sustainability Institute at UNH in 2001 and released to the public in 2004. Usage grew to a few dozen early adopters to about 200 during the first year. Today, thousands of institutions in the U.S. and abroad, have used the Calculator, including more than 90% of the U.S. colleges and universities that publicly report their greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014, the Sustainability Institute at UNH assumed ownership of the Calculator and CarbonMap (in partnership with Sightlines, LLC.) 

Contact: Jennifer Andrews

Carbon Solutions New England

Carbon Solutions New England (CSNE) is a public-private partnership based out of the University of New Hampshire to promote collective action to achieve a low carbon society. CSNE achieves this through conducting independent analysis and research and communicating its findings to key decision-makers.

Contact: Cameron Wake
Phone: 603.862.2329

Celebrity Series

The UNH Celebrity Series brings world-class theater, dance, and music to the UNH Campus each year.

Phone: 603-862-2290
CORE: Engagement
Topics: Art, Culture

Center for New England Culture

The Center for New England Culture promotes understanding of the region's diverse culture and rich history, and it fosters an appreciation of the value of regional culture in contemporary American life. 

Phone: 603-862-0353

Center for the Humanities

The Center for the Humanities was established in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire in 1986 to support humanities research by faculty from across the university, representing such fields as anthropology, communication, fine arts, folklore, foreign languages, geography, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, and women’s studies.

Contact: Burt Feintuch
Phone: 603-862-4355
CORE: Research
Topics: Art, Culture

Certificate in Sustainability Politics and Policy

The Certificate in Sustainability Politics and Policy is administered by the Department of Political Science Graduate Program, though it can include coursework from a number of other graduate programs. The Certificate is designed to give current graduate students, alumni and others in the community training and analysis on issues connecting environmental and social sustainability, politics and policy making initiatives. Such training is increasingly valuable for careers in the public sector, in non-profit organizations and in the private sector for both smaller and larger companies.

Contact: Stacy VanDeveer

Climate Action Plan

WildCAP – named after the university’s wild cat mascot – is the UNH Climate Action Plan (CAP) that consolidates the work and planning that has long been underway across the campus into a coherent framework for strengthening and expanding those efforts over the next quarter-century. With those long-term goals in mind, this plan focuses on planning for the next 10 years, so as to integrate with existing long-range planning activities at the university, such as the Campus Master Plan and others.

Contact: Brett Pasinella
Phone: 603.862.5039

Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program and Certificate

The professional Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program and complimentary Certificate is a comprehensive, practical training program for mid-level and senior professionals seeking to increase functional skills in the practices of corporate sustainability and social responsibility.

Contact: Fiona Wilson
Phone: 603-862-3903

Culture & Sustainability Discussion Group

Spring 2012: Sustainability as a Pedagogical Project

The UNH Sustainability Academy and the UNH Center for the Humanities are launching a monthly working group devoted to sustainability and the humanities as part of UNH's Culture and Sustainability Initiative.

If, as UNH Chief Sustainability Officer Dr. Tom Kelly puts it, sustainability is a “shared outlook” that “attends to interactions” among ecological, social, political, and cultural realms, then what does it mean to teach the Humanities within this shared outlook? What roles can the Humanities play in sustainability efforts? How should we sustain the Humanities, and our Humanities teaching, especially given the conditions currently facing public universities?

This spring we’ll explore the three winning proposals (in Classics, English, and Women’s Studies) from the UNH Sustainability Academy’s Fall 2011 call for Liberal Arts & Sustainability courses. We hope to use these discussions to generate teaching units that could be used across the curriculum and repeated over time, allowing faculty and students to collaboratively build knowledge about sustainability’s larger questions through a series of concrete exercises. The group is also intended to help us build community across the various disciplines and groups of teaching professionals.

Contact: Siobhan Senier

Dual Major in EcoGastronomy

Integrating UNH strengths in sustainable agriculture, hospitality management, and nutrition, the undergraduate Dual Major in EcoGastronomy offers a unique academic program emphasizing the interdisciplinary, international, and experiential knowledge that connects all three fields. As a dual major, the program provides a complement to any primary major.

Contact: Dan Winans
Phone: 603-862-3327

Ecosystem Task Force

The UNH Ecosystem Task Force (EcoTF) examines sustainability issues related to land use, development, and ecosystem management. The overarching goal of the EcoTF is to serve in an advisory capacity to the UNH President and be responsible for making recommendations on the full range of issues that relate to land use, landscaping, ecosystem health, biodiversity and development.

Contact: Brett Pasinella
Phone: 603.862.5039

Energy Saving Tips

A great deal of energy consuming equipment, especially electrical equipment, has a switch or thermostat that is under your control.  Here are some tips to avoid wasting energy.

Contact: Matt O'Keefe

Energy Task Force

The Energy Task Force serves in an advisory capacity to the UNH President and makes recommendations on the full range of issues that relate to climate change and energy. These issues include everything from energy generation, demand management, efficiency and conservation, to greenhouse gas mitigation policy and action, participation in energy and carbon markets, and curriculum, research and outreach opportunities related to climate and energy.

Contact: Brett Pasinella
Phone: 603.862.5039

Food Solutions New England

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional, collaborative network organized around a single goal: to transform the New England food system into a resilient driver of racial equity and food justice, health, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.


Green Computing at UNH

Information from UNH IT on power management and other computer energy saving tips.


Isle of Shoals Marine Laboratory

The Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) is located on beautiful Appledore Island, in the Gulf of Maine just 6 miles off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This field station caters to undergraduate students interested in focusing on marine topics in their college majors. The Shoals Marine Laboratory is jointly operated by the Division of Biological Sciences at Cornell University and the Marine Program at the University of New Hampshire. SML offers over 20 summer credit courses designed especially for undergraduate students. Shoals courses give you a chance to study marine biology in the marine environment, enjoy small, intense classes of equally dedicated students, learn with students and faculty from across the country, and live on a beautiful Maine island while you're doing it. Course topics include marine: ecology, geology, research, climates and law. For course listings and more information on the Shoals Marine Laboratory, please visit the SML main web page at For information highlighting SML's sustainability efforts on Appledore Island, visit

Contact: Jessica Bolker
Phone: 603-862-0071

Living Routes - Study Abroad in EcoVillages

Bring your education to life by studying in communities across the globe that are striving to live more equitable, just and sustainable lifestyles. These communities are ideal campuses to learn about and experience personal and community-based solutions to real world issues, which include:

  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental studies & research
  • Appropriate technologies
  • Consensus decision making
  • Peace and social justice
  • Worldviews and consciousness
  • Permaculture & ecological design
  • Organic agriculture
  • Fair trade
  • Local economies
  • Green building
  • Habitat restoration
  • Women's empowerment
  • Bioregional studies

Through rich, academic, interdisciplinary coursework, service learning, cultural studies and community immersions, Living Routes programs support you in developing the understanding, skills, and experience necessary to help restore your life, community and the planet to greater health and resiliency while preparing for a career that makes a difference.

Contact: Daniel Greenberg
Phone: (413) 259-0025

Local Harvest Initiative

The Local Harvest Initative is a growing partnership of UNH Dining, University Office of Sustainability, and local producers. Through the Local Harvest Initiative,UNH Dining is committed to serving locally, regionally, and sustainably grown, produced, and manufactured items to the greatest extent possible. Many of these items are included regularly in the dining halls and campus retail outlets, and others are purchased for special events such as the annual Local Harvest Feast. The sustainability commitment of UNH Dining is part of the university’s broader Food & Society Initiative, which commits UNH to being a sustainable food community that promotes healthy food systems from farm to fork to health and nutrition outcomes.


Master of Arts in Development Policy and Practice

The Masters of Arts in Development Policy and Practice (MADPP) is a 14- month program that prepares individuals for advanced policy- and practice-oriented work in sustainable development by offering an integrated conceptual framework guiding the coursework, high-level tools, and the best thinking in the field. Students are early- and mid-career adults working in a variety of development fields, and in particular those from public agencies and international and domestic nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).

Contact: Michael Swack
Phone: 603-862-3201