Sustainability Task Force


The purpose of the STF is to ensure that our collective efforts are guided by a shared vision of the role of higher education in sustainability. Our efforts will reflect UNH’s unique contributions to the challenges and opportunities of sustainability, will communicate that sustainability is at the center of our community and will leverage our national leadership and reputation to support our mission and strategic priorities. 


The objectives of the STF are to ensure that UNH continuously maintains the highest possible STARS rating, which is currently Platinum status, in all future reporting beginning in March 2021; The STF will also reach beyond STARS to nurture a culture of sustainability at UNH that touches and is enriched by students, faculty, staff, and all members of the UNH community and that reflects our values and strategic priorities. 


The STF will operate as a network that connects, engages, and aligns all parts of the UNH community through supporting a common vision, shared measurements, continuous communication, and synergistic activities. The STF will make recommendations and report on progress to the Provost and Cabinet; The STF process will reflect effective sustainability network governance and planning with UNHSI acting as the backbone organization and partner.


Task force chairs

  • Chris Clement, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Tom Kelly, Chief Sustainability Officer and Executive Director, Sustainability Institute
  • Stephen Trzaskoma, Department Chair, Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies

Task force members

  • Jennifer Andrews, Sustainability Project Director
  • Kim Babbitt, Associate Dean, COLSA 
  • Doug Bencks, University Architect and Director of Campus Planning
  • Jenni Cook, Associate Dean, COLA
  • Kelly Doherty, Assistant Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs
  • Pelema Ellis, Vice President of Enrollment Management
  • Eleta Exline, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Dimond Library
  • Martie Gleason, Executive Director, Compensation, Benefits & Services, Human Resources
  • Erik Gross, Senior Executive Director, Advancement
  • Bill Janelle, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Operations
  • Ken LaValley, Vice Provost of Outreach and Engagement/Director, UNH Extension
  • Bill McNamara, Executive Director, Hospitality Services
  • Rick Macdonald, Director of Business Affairs
  • Marian McCord, Senior Vice Provost, Research, Engagement and Innovation
  • Brad Manning, Director, Environmental Health & Safety
  • Cari Moorhead, Interim Dean of Graduate School
  • David Mortensen, Chair of the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
  • Matt O’Keefe, Director of Energy and Utilities
  • Amy Ouellette, Associate Director, UNH Extension
  • Allyson Ryder, Program Director, Community, Equity, and Diversity
  • Scott Smith, Professor & Department Chair, Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies
  • Mica Stark, Chief communications officer & Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs 
  • Anne Surman, Director of Procurement Operations, USNH Purchasing
  • Fiona Wilson, Executive Director of Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise

Student members

  • Devon Guyer, Student, Student Senate
  • Marie-Josiane Ohoueu, Graduate Student Senate