Culture & Sustainability Initiative (CAS) Current Projects

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. Current work include a student video and image contest with the Museum of Art, UNH, and participation in the UNH Campus Aesthietics Committee. 

Dual Major in Sustainability

Sustainability Institute Faculty Fellow Paula Salvio is currently leading a team of faculty from across colleges and disciplines to develop a UNH Dual Major in Sustainability (SDM) for undergraduate students.

Ecology and Ethnicity: Sustainability Studies' Contributions to Place Summer Seminar

Please note that the summer seminar is on hiatus until summer 2015

For humanities scholars looking to expand their knowledge of sustainability science and transform their scholarship in sustainability studies, UNHSI offered a summer seminar July 8 - 13, 2013 at UNH Durham. The dynamic new field of sustainability science, focused on coupled human-natural systems, invites greater participation from scholars in the humanities. To this end, we are offering a new summer seminar designed to introduce humanities scholars to sustainability science while enabling them to explore --and define-- a more radically transdisciplinary sustainability studies. Our topic allows us to bring together place-based environmental studies with cutting-edge research into regional communities of color. Download the brochure

Indigenous New England Traditional Ecological Knowledge Conference

The Sustainability Institute sponsored the Indigenous New England Conference held at UNH in 2011 and w2012. The goal of this international and intertribal conference is to generate conversation among academic scholars, tribal professionals and Community Knowledge Keepers about the spaces of interaction between Traditional Ecological Knowledge and scientific methodologies. The conference consists of interactive roundtable discussions, experiential workshops and presentations by academic scholars, field professionals and community knowledge keepers from around the world.

Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium

The first U.S. Northeast Campus Sustainability Summit (NECSC) was hosted at UNH by the Sustainability Institute in October 2004. The Summit was designed to convene the growing network of higher education institutions, non-profits, activists, and community members working to advance campus sustainability in the northeast region and to represent a growing network of institutions of higher education from the northeast United States and Eastern Canadian Provinces. The Summit also actively anticipated the launch of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, which began on January 1, 2005. The Decade offers us an opportunity to think ahead 10 years, to envision where we wish to be, and to further implement the principles of education for sustainability. An annual Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Summit will be held through 2014 and will rotate locations throughout the region. Learn more about the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consoritum (NECSC).


Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP)

Sustainable Learning Collaboratives

Begun in fall 2012 with generous funding from the Verizon Foundation, the Sustainable Learning Collaboratives project is designed to increase the reach and impact of financial and scholarly investments in secondary and post-secondary education in rural and urban areas of New Hampshire by connecting them with sustainability content and pedagogy. The project will link the University of New Hampshire (UNH), including its urban Manchester campus, with two community colleges (1 urban and 1 rural) and 4 high schools (2 urban and 2 rural) with large under-served populations (ethnically and socioeconomically), engaging a total of 16 teachers and community college faculty in curriculum development and in pedagogy and assessment professional studies. Teachers and faculty will develop new curricula, pedagogy, and assessment strategies reflecting the principles, content, and practice of sustainability.