Sustainability Resources

Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire

The Museum of Art is New Hampshire Seacoast's premier art museum -- a center for the visual arts where visitors gather to enjoy changing exhibitions, music, lectures, poetry readings, and receptions. Its permanent collection includes over 1,600 historical and modern works by American, European, and other artists from diverse cultures. Located in the Paul Creative Arts Center on the Durham campus of the University of New Hampshire, the museum welcomes visitors throughout the academic year and is open to students, faculty, members, and the general public free of charge. 

Phone: 603-862-3712
CORE: Engagement
Topics: Art, Culture

Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science Ph.D. Program

The NRESS Program draws on the University's strengths in environmental and earth sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and ethical and policy studies, and has the following objectives:

To increase our understanding of environmental and natural resource problems and solutions at local, regional, and global scales;

To provide the opportunity for graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary research on the environment;

To stimulate excellence in research and teaching through increased contact between students and faculty in different departments and colleges.

Phone: (603) 862-2227

New England Carbon Challenge

The New England Carbon Challenge is a joint initiative of the University of New Hampshire and Clean Air - Cool Planet, both recognized leaders in climate mitigation and solutions. The NE Carbon Challenge works to educate, inspire and support sustained reductions in residential energy consumption. Roughly half of all climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions come from households through their energy consumption for motor vehicles, home heating, and electricity usage. Fortunately, there are many simple actions we can take in our homes to reduce our energy consumption and these actions will also save us money.

Contact: AJ Dowling
Phone: 603.828.8902
CORE: Engagement
Topics: Climate Change

New Hampshire Farm to School Program

NH Farm to School (NHFTS) is a statewide program working to connect NH farms and schools. Farm to school connections enable schools to serve healthy, locally grown foods in their cafeterias, integrate farms, food, and nutrition into their curriculum, and explore food and agriculture-based learning opportunities.

Contact: Stacey Purslow
Phone: 603-862-2542

New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice

The mission of the New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice is to maximize the ability of the health system to assure the conditions for a healthy population through the development and implementation of high-quality applied health policy and research projects.

Phone: (603) 862-5031

Organic Dairy Research Farm

The Organic Research Farm at the Burley-Demeritt and Bartlett-Dudley farm properties is operated by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH. The Farm is managed as an integrated agro-ecosystem which includes all biological, physical and human related components.  As such it offers a platform for research and education across many disciplines. Research priorities are relevant to both organic and conventional farm operations. The included organic dairy operation represents the first of its kind at a land grant university, and is intended to help us explore value-added opportunities for our regional dairy producers.

Contact: Trent Schriefer
Phone: 603-659-2121

Organic Garden Club

The UNH Organic Garden Club (OGC) is a student-run organization established in 2003, the mission of which is to cultivate a campus-community organic farm focused on promoting social, economic, and environmental sustainability.


Printing Sustainably

UNH Printing and Mailing Services is committed to being a sustainably responsible print shop, and we continually make strides to become one of the greenest departments on campus. From using 100% recycled Aspen paper in all of our copiers, to using vegetable based non-oil printing inks, we are trying hard each year to make our environmental footprint a little smaller.

Contact: Lisa Pollard
Phone: 862-3926

Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP)

The Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP) is a newly established initiative at the University of New Hampshire that will promote ethics, citizenship, principled leadership, responsible governance and the creation of sustainable institutions. It will provide opportunities for students and citizens of New Hampshire to learn how to be involved citizens and members of ethical, responsible, and productive communities, businesses and organizations by bringing the past into dialogue with the present in order to inform the future.

Contact: Stephen Trzaskoma
Phone: 862-3648



Social Justice Institute

The Social Justice Institute (SJI) is the focal point of public interest law activities at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. The goal of SJI is to train law students to practice as social justice lawyers.

Contact: Erin Corcoran
Phone: (603) 513-5166

Sustainability Stewards

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. 

Under the guidance of the UNH Sustainability Institute and UNH’s campus-wide task forces like the Energy Task Force (ETF), these volunteers helped their colleagues integrate sustainability into the day-to-day actions of their workspaces, saving their departments and the university resources, including money. The Stewards also ran a month-long transportation challenge among faculty and staff for two years in the spring.

*This group is no longer active

Contact: Sara Cleaves

Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems Lab With Chinese Academy

The CAAS-UNH Joint Laboratory for Sustainable Agro-Ecosystems Research conducts academic exchanges and cooperate in science and technology research. Its goal is to promote international research in agricultural development and the environment. The laboratory will be located on the campus of the CAAS Institute for Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning (IARRP) in Beijing, and the main UNH partner is the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

Contact: Changsheng Li

Sustainable Development Summer Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica

Immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica, a Spanish-speaking, democratic country that has fostered a culture of peace, prosperity and conservation of its unique-in-the-world tropical biodiversity. Experience first-hand the development challenges and opportunities facing Costa Rica. Compare its innovative and successful policies and practices to those of other countries in Latin America and around the world. This eight-week, 10-credit summer program offers International Affairs dual majors as well as students in a wide variety of other disciplines (Environmental Studies, Political Science, Business, and more) the chance to explore Costa Rica and fulfill the World Cultures Discovery requirement, as they take cutting edge courses in Human Development, Sustainable Tourism, Corporate Social Responsibility, or Spanish.

Contact: Gregg Orifici
Phone: 603-862-4788

Sustainable Living Undergraduate Minor

Issues of sustainable living involve every aspect of life. Humans are part of, and dependent upon, healthy functioning ecosystems. Sustainable living requires learning to live with ecosystem limits. Students increase their knowledge and awareness of environmental issues and problems, study and apply principles of sustainability, and develop thinking and communication skills in order to help solve complex problems and move humanity toward a more sustainable future.  The minor consists of 20 credits with grades of C- or better, and no pass/fail courses.

Contact: Robert Eckert
Phone: 603-862-2508

Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program

The Carsey Institute’s Sustainable Microenterprise and Development Program (SMDP) provides training and networking opportunities for practitioners in the fields of microfinance, enterprise development, social enterprise, community based and rural development. The SMDP offers an intensive and highly relevant professional training experience with a concentration on program planning and implementation of client and community inclusive economic development strategies.

Course topics cover a wide range of best practices from financial, risk, and human resource management, social performance monitoring and management, value chain and ProPoor market development, social enterprise, savings led microfinance, and sustainable responses to climate change.


Phone: (603) 862-0764

Sustainable Stories

Assistant Professor Tom Haines and his English 622 Advanced Newswriting class covered sustainability on the Seacoast during the Spring 2012 semester. Read their stories at

Contact: Tom Haines
Phone: 862-1313

Sustainable Student Life

Whether you're picking a major or minor, a few electives, or looking for a student organization to join, we've collected it all in one spot for you!


The Carsey School of Public Policy

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire is nationally recognized for its research, policy education, and engagement. The school takes on the pressing issues of the twenty-first century, striving for innovative, responsive, and equitable solutions.

Phone: 603-862-2821