This semester is all about sustainability!

January 21, 2014

Written By: Sara Cleaves

Looking for something to do this semester? Do we have a list for you.

Below is a list of just some of the sustainability-related events happening on campus this semester. Join us!

Climate Change, Water and Winter in New England Event: Jan 28

Colleagues’ Luncheon: 12:30-2pm; Gregg Hall, Rm 320
Event: 5-8pm; MUB Granite State Room (light refreshments provided)

Contact: Amy Cunningham, Discovery Program,

Film screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary Chasing Ice, the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Talk with these UNH professors at the screening:
  • Jennifer Jacobs – Professor, Civil Engineering; Director of the Infrastructure and Climate Network (ICNet)
  • Mimi Larsen Becker – Assoc. Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Cameron P. Wake - Josephine A. Lamprey Fellow in Climate and Sustainability and Research Assoc. Professor, Climatology & Glaciology, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space

This is a "Let’s Talk About Water" event and part of the UNH Discovery Program University Dialogue Water, Water Everywhere?: A University Dialogue on the World’s Most Critical Resource. Sponsors: UNH Discovery Program; Dept. of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; UNH Environmental Research Group; Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI). 

Tar Sands Exposed: Exploring theHuman and Environmental Costs: Jan 28
7:00 PM, MUB Theater II
Contact: Kaity Thompson, SEAC, is hosting a regional speaking tour about tar sands and the Portland-Montreal pipeline, and they're making UNH the New Hampshire stop! The tour will feature an award-winning National Geographic photographer and two First Nations speakers, in addition to a local voice.
  • Garth Lenz, award winning National Geographic photographer
  • Eriel Deranger, member of Athabasca Chipewan First Nation
  • Crystal Lameman, member of Beaver Lake Cree First Nation, Sierra Club Prairie Chapter, and Alberta Climate and Energy Campaigner
  • Kaity Thomson & Brett Chamberlin, senior environmental science major at UNH & NYU graduate of journalism and political science, NH native and regional political organizer. They will share stories of New England communities and ecosystems at risk to a pipeline spill.
Sponsored by SEAC
Tapping into the Wisdom of Traditional Farmers: Sustainably Growing Food in the Face of Climate Uncertainty by Gary Paul Nabhan: Jan 30 
4:00 - 6:00 PM, MUB Theater I
Contact: Colleen Flaherty, UNHSI,
With climatic uncertainty now “the new normal,” many farmers, gardeners, and orchardists in North America are desperately seeking ways to adapt how they grow food in the face of climate change. The solutions may be at our back door. In Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, Nabhan, one of the world’s experts on the agricultural traditions of arid lands, draws from the knowledge of traditional farmers in the Gobi Desert, the Arabian Peninsula, the Sahara Desert, and Andalusia, as well as the Sonoran, Chihuahuan, and Painted deserts of North America. Sponsored by The Sustainability Institute, the Dual Major in EcoGastronomy, and the Center for the Humanities.

To B or Not To B: Are Benefit Corporations the Corporate Governance Architecture of the 21st century?": Feb 4
5:00 - 6:00 PM Welcome Reception, 6:00 - 7:30 PM Keynotes and Panel Discussion
Huddleston Ballroom
Contact: Sara Cleaves, UNHSI,

Join world class thinkers as they examine capitalism past, present, and future; explore the foundations underpinning B Corps certification and benefit corporation legislation; and share lessons learned from those at the forefront of the movement. Benefit corporations are for-profit businesses that focus on society and the environment as well as profits. By meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, benefit corporations are tasked to make decisions that are ethical and sustainable and drive profitable growth in ways that respect the constraints of earth’s limited resources and the needs of individuals. Speakers include:
  • Bart Houlahan, co-founder of B Lab.
  • Jim Post, John F. Smith Professor of Management, Boston University School of Management.
  • Peter Graham, chairman of the board, Seventh Generation, a Certified B Corporation.
  • Anders Ferguson, founding principal of Veris Wealth Partners, a Certified B Corporation.
  • Rebecca Hamilton, director of product development at W.S. Badger Company, Inc., N.H.’s first Certified B Corporation.
  • N.H. Sen. Molly Kelly (D-Keene), cosponsor of legislation to create the new legal corporate status, benefit corporation, in New Hampshire
Sponsored by the UNH Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project, the Sustainability Institute, and the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics
Martin Luther King Celebration Events: February 5 - 12
This year, the theme is Complex Roots: Intertwining Identities.  Our goal is to engage members of the campus and local community in conversations that recognize the diversity of experiences of people with intersecting identities. This year, we are particularly proud to announce that Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate of the United States, will be delivering the Commemorative Address and taking part in a community conversation aimed at broadening our understanding about difference.
COMMEMORATIVE PRESENTATION: Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Johnson Theatre, Paul Creative Arts Center
CONVERSATION with Natasha Trethewey, Poet Laureate and David Kaye, Professor, Theatre & Dance, and Delia Konzett, Assoc. Professor, English
Changing the World: One Poem at a Time
How does art help us explore difficult issues?
Thursday, February 6, 12:40- 2:00 PM
MUB Strafford Room
MLK Activism Roundtable Discussion 2014: Walking the Walk: Intersections of Food Insecurity and Food Justice
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Strafford Room, MUB
Hear from UNH social justice activists and join roundtable discussions on fair food distribution.  Discover the power of UNH student orgs taking steps for food justice over barriers of race, poverty and power imbalance.
MUB Speaker Series: Lee Daniels
Director of The Butler, Precious, and Monster’s Ball will talk about his road to box office triumph and breaking ground as an African American director in Hollywood.
Wednesday, February 12, 7 – 8:00 p.m.
MUB Granite State Room
The Beat on the Street: Second Lines, Mardi Gras Indians, and the Photography of Gary Samson: Opening Feb 12
Film showing: 3:00 - 5:00 PM, MUB Theater I
Opening reception: 5:30 - 7:00 PM, University Museum, Dimond Library, Room 101
Contact: Jessica Fish, Center for the Humanities,
The exhibition of photographs and folk art will focus on the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. This working class, African American tradition is distinctively part of New Orleans’s parade culture, and more broadly related to black Carnival celebrations throughout the world. The exhibit will run from Monday, February 10th through March 28, 2014 with its formal opening on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. The opening includes the showing of the film, Bury the Hatchet, which traces the Mardi Gras Indian tradition through the eyes of three “big chiefs” or leaders of these Mardi Gras Indian gangs. The event will feature special guest Big Chief Alfred Doucette of the Flaming Arrows, who also appears in the documentary. 
Sila By Chantal Bilodeau, Directed by Deborah Kinghorn: Feb 19-23
Johnson Theater, UNH Durham
Contact: Deb Kinghorn, UNH Theatre and Dance,

Sila examines the competing interests shaping the future of the Canadian Arctic and local Inuit population. Set on Baffin Island in the territory of Nunavut, it follows a climate scientist, an Inuit activist and her daughter, two Canadian Coast Guard officers, an Inuit elder and two polar bears as they see their values challenged and their lives become intricately intertwined. Equal parts Inuit myth and contemporary Arctic policy, Sila uses puppetry, projections, spoken word poetry and three different languages; English, French & Inuktitut. Sustainability-related groups will table outside play showings, and panelists of speakers will answer questions post-show. Made possible by Cultural Stages: The Woodward International Drama and Dance Initiative with support from the UNH Sustainability Institute.

Student Sustainability Creative Contest: Feb 19 - March 31
For all current UNH students
Prizes to be announced
Contact: Jackie Cullen, UNHSI,
The Sustainability Institute is partnering with the Theater and Dance Department for the third annual Student Sustainability Creative Contest, this year adding an option to respond with written work in addition to video and images. Students should attend the play Sila and consider this quotation in their response:“See? That’s sila. And with each breath, sila reminds us that we are never alone. Each and every one of us is connected to every other living creature.” 

After watching the play, students are asked to respond with an  image, video, or creative written piece to the statement above. Winners will be judged by the Culture and Sustainability Task Force.

Eating Concerns Awareness Week: Feb 24-28
Contact: Dawn Zitney, Health Services,
This week provides the community an opportunity to learn about the prevalence of eating concerns among college students and learn ways to promote body acceptance.  Sponsored by the Eating Concerns Mentors, a Health Services Peer Education Group.

National Nutrition Month Expo: March 27 

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Strafford Room, MUB

Contact: Dawn Zitney, Health Services,
  • Win Prizes
  • Learn About Nutrition
  • Watch Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Get Involved with Campus Organizations
  • And Much More!
The expo will create interactive and fun opportunities for you to learn more about nutrition, improve your overall health and explore the food and nutrition resources available at UNH and in the local community. There will also be live cooking demonstrations provided by the UNH Dining Services and guest students chefs. Sponsored by SPIN (Students Promoting Information About Nutrition), a Health Services Peer Education Group. : 
Winter in the Blood Film Showing and Conversation with Director Alex Smith: April 2
Time TBD (Evening)
MUB Theater II
Contact: Jessica Fish, Center for the Humanities,
Winter in the Blood (1974) was the first novel written by canonical Native American writer James Welch (Blackfeet/Gros Ventre), a founding author of the Native American Renaissance of the late 1960s and 1970s. Filmmakers Alex and Andrew Smith have directed the film version of this novel, set in the Hi-Line country where they and Welch grew up. The movie, starring Chaske Spencer (most recently of Twilight fame), has been traveling the film festival circuit, where it has been well-received: it won six nominations and two awards (Best Director and Best Actor) in the American Indian Film Institute’s Motion Picture Awards and Grand Prize at the Montreal First Peoples Festival. The Smith brothers have brought to the screen a story that works against stereotypes of the “drunken Indian” by illuminating some of the oft-obscured reasons for the high rate of alcoholism among Natives as well as, in Alex Smith’s words, “why they might stop drinking.” Co-sponsored by the UNH Sustainability Institute.
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