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Submission Date Aug. 16, 2021

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University of New Hampshire
EN-3: Student Life

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Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Faina Bukher
Director, Changemaker Collaborative
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

UNH has a tremendous selection of thriving student organizations that are collaborating on programs, events, and community building opportunities to promote sustainability on and off campus including many that specifically engage in promoting diversity, social justice, equity and inclusion.

Examples include but are not limited to the following:
• Alliance
• Alternative Break Challenge (Habitat for Humanity)
• American Cancer Society on Campus
• American Fisheries Society UNH
• American Sign Language Club
• Amnesty International UNH
• Animal Welfare Alliance
• Arab Cultural Club
• Autism Speaks U
• Best Buddies UNH
• Black Student Union
• Buddies Without Borders
• Business and Sustainable Environments (BASE)
• Catholic Student Organization
• CHAARG at UNH
• Chabad Jewish Student Group
• Chinese Student and Scholar Association
• Circle K International
• Club Love
• Committee on Rights and Justice
• Compost Cats
• Creating Acceptance Through Students (CATS)
• Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority
• Desi Students' Association
• Diversity Support Coalition
• Eating Concerns Mentors
• EcoReps at UNH
• Engineers Without Borders
• Environmental and Water Resources Institute
• Friends of Jaclyn
• German Language and Culture Appreciation Society
• Girl Up at UNH
• Global Citizens at UNH
• Green Living Club
• Hillel
• Indonesian Students Association
• Inner Peace Yoga Club
• Iranian Association of New Hampshire
• Japanese Cultural Club
• Korean Culture Club
• Magic WheelChair UNH
• March For Our Lives University of New Hampshire
• MEDLIFE UNH
• Men of Strength Diversity Education & Family
• Middle Eastern Cultural Association
• Model United Nations
• Mosaico
• Muslim Students Association
• National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) On Campus
• National Society of Black Engineers
• Native American Cultural Association
• Net Impact
• NH Outing Club
• Northeast Passage
• Nourish UNH
• Organic Garden Club
• oSTEM
• Oxfam UNH
• Partners for World Health Chapter of UNH
• Paul College Diversity and Inclusion Social Coalition
• Peace and Justice League
• PERIOD @ UNH
• Project Sunshine
• Protect Our Breasts
• Red Shoe Club
• Relay for Life
• Russian Club
• Save the Children Action Network
• Seacoast Reads
• Senior Smiles
• Sigma Alpha
• Slow Food UNH
• Society of Women Engineers
• Stonewall Grads
• Stop the Stigma
• Student Anti-Genocide Coalition (STAND)
• Student Arts Association
• Student Environmental Action Council (SEAC)
• Student Nutrition Association
• Students Advocating Gender Equality
• Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Club
• The Socratic Society
• Trans UNH
• UNH Chapter for Global Dental Brigades
• UNH DAIRY CLUB
• UNH Forestry Club
• UNH Genealogy Club
• UNH Italian Club
• UNH Planned Parenthood Generation Action
• UNH Red Cross Club
• UNH Students for Global Health
• UNH Students for Life
• UNH Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
• UNH Trash 2 Treasure
• United Asian Coalition
• University of New Hampshire Chapter of Leading Women of Tomorrow
• Vietnamese Student Association
• VOX
• WildACTS Social Change Theatre Troupe
• Wildlife Society
• Women in Business
• Women in Science

We direct students to these resources on the Sustainability Institute’s website, at www.unh.edu/sustainability/changemaker-collaborative/student-resources. They are of course also featured and promoted by the Memorial Union and Student Activities: www.unh.edu/mub/student-organizations


Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

UNH Organic Garden Club
The UNH Organic Garden Club (OGC) is a student-run organization established in 2003. The OGC maintains a two-acre farm on the Campus-Community Farm, a 30-acre USDA certified organic site. In the winter of 2004, OGC collaborated with UNH's Students Without Borders to secure a $10,000 grant from the UNH Parent’s Association to create the “built” components of the farm site, including drip irrigation and a shed. The first growing season was the spring/summer of 2004. Crops harvested at the site are purchased by UNH Dining Services and sold at a weekly UNH Durham campus farm stand and a small CSA during the growing season. The OGC also hosts free community dinners at the Waysmeet Center every 2nd Friday of the month with produce while in season and with produce from local farms at other times of the year. https://wildcatlink.unh.edu/organization/ogc

NH Sea Grant
In 1966, responding to concerns about the nation's marine and coastal resources, Congress established the National Sea Grant College Program. The term "Sea Grant" was chosen to emphasize the parallel between this new program focusing on the nation's marine resources and the land grant program that had been established a century earlier to develop agricultural resources. Just as land grant institutions continue to serve the needs of their state in agricultural and natural resources, family development and youth education, Sea Grant colleges and universities research new ideas and technologies to promote the understanding, wise use and stewardship of coastal resources. At UNH, Sea Grant supports a range of marine research efforts and then works with UNH Cooperative Extension to disseminate the results of that research to those who can benefit from it. https://seagrant.unh.edu

NH Sea Grant’s partnership with the University of New Hampshire Extension is a natural one. Both are committed to using science-based information to strengthen communities, improve people’s lives and manage natural resources. UNH Extension specialists and program leaders are embedded within NH Sea Grant where they work with citizens and scientists on the most pressing issues facing coastal communities. They work side-by-side with fishermen to improve gear and open new markets, they meet with community leaders to facilitate planning and adapt to a changing climate, they train volunteers to collect data and restore critical coastal habitats, and they inspire multiple generations through education and outreach to be good stewards of the sea and land. For over 100 years, collaborative partnerships like this have enabled UNH Extension to make a lasting impact in the Granite State. https://extension.unh.edu/

The Extension Internship Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work in communities across the Granite State. Extension Interns work on projects addressing agriculture & horticulture, community & economic development, nutrition & healthy living, natural resources, citizen science, and youth & family resiliency. Interns will work with their mentors and their peers to develop as young professionals and help the University make an impact across New Hampshire. These paid internships are approximately 30-40 hours per week, for 10-15 weeks. https://extension.unh.edu/internships

UNH Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Program
New Hampshire commercial and recreational fishermen are struggling to stay on the water while conserving marine resources as required by fisheries management. The UNH Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Program supports these efforts by partnering with fishermen, scientists, and managers in projects that improve fishermen’s ability to catch abundant species while avoiding overfished stocks, sell what they can catch at a fair price and improve fisheries science and management strategies. https://seagrant.unh.edu/fisheries

Woodman Horticultural Research Farm at UNH
A trend toward shorter, milder winters leads to longer growing seasons and potential for new crops and varieties for local markets. However, these seasonal shifts may also benefit many insect pests and be harmful for some pollinator species. Research faculty and students from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) are looking at ways that growers might adapt to and take advantage of current and expected climate conditions. https://colsa.unh.edu/facility/woodman-horticultural-research-farm

New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station
As the university's first research organization, the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station has been an elemental component of New Hampshire's land-grant university heritage and mission since 1887. We provide unbiased and objective research on sustainable agriculture and foods, horticulture, forest management and related wildlife, the environment, natural resources, and quality of life topics. Our scientists manage more than 50 research projects at any one time, partner with state and regional farmers, growers, and producers, and collaborate with leading scientists worldwide to directly benefit New Hampshire and New England. Experiments range from establishing beneficial plant habitats and wildflower meadows to running cold hardiness fruit trials and using practices to extend the growing season. https://colsa.unh.edu/nhaes/

NH Food Alliance
The Sustainability Institute coordinates the NH Food Alliance. The NH Food Alliance is a statewide network that engages and connects people dedicated to growing a thriving, fair, and sustainable local food system in the Granite State. The NH Food Alliance aims to influence and shape the future of our emerging local food economy to build a food system that works for all in New Hampshire: people, businesses, communities, and the environment. The NH Food Alliance connects and amplifies the incredible work of its partners throughout New Hampshire and New England by catalyzing collaboration and collective action. They work together to grow and sustain local farms, fisheries, and food businesses, secure healthy food access for all, build climate resilience, and ensure racial equity in our communities and workplaces. Students are encouraged to take part in the annual NH Food System Statewide Gathering, the only event in New Hampshire bringing together individuals, businesses, and organizations across sectors who are dedicated to growing an improved local food system that works for all in the Granite State: people, businesses, communities, and the environment. https://www.nhfoodalliance.org/

Food Solutions New England
Food Solutions New England is a multi-racial network made up of many different people, organizations, businesses, and groups whose approaches and strategies vary, even as we work toward a common goal of building a just, sustainable and resilient food system that works for everyone. They collectively believe that the food system we are trying to create must include substantial progress in all these areas, alongside increasing the consumption of regionally produced foods and strengthening our regional food economy and culture. Students participate in the annual 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge, including attending events such as a virtual dialogue series, designed for students, and hosted by students in the Civil Discourse Lab, a Spring Harvest Dinner in all UNH Dining Halls, and a display at UNH’s Dimond Library of a collection of selected readings, videos and films focusing on racial equity and food justice during the Challenge, as well as other activities and events. www.unh.edu/sustainability/21-day

UNH Dining
UNH Dining strives to incorporate sustainable initiatives in every aspect of our daily operation and use local products from local producers whenever possible. To continually improve the sustainability of its operations, UNH Dining sets specific objectives to work toward on an annual basis.
• Develop and implement an improved tracking system for sustainable food purchases
• In order to support sustainable food purchases, amend RFPs for distributors to include preferences regarding supplier traceability and sourcing flexibility
• Partner with the UNH Sustainability Institute to increase local and regional produce procurement by enhancing or developing new relationships with farms, food hubs, and/or distributors
• Continue pursuing innovative strategies to reduce red meat and increase fruit, vegetable, and whole grain purchases
• Work collaboratively with academic departments, including the Eco-Gastronomy Dual Major and Nutrition, to support student internships
• 'Take Less, Waste Less' campaign in which students can select a colorful Wildcat Plate to use for plating their food selection, providing food group guidance for healthy meal choices and acts as a reminder to be mindful of nutrition and health
• Trayless dining facilities (all except Holloway Commons)
www.unh.edu/dining/sustainability/sustainable-efforts

UNH CREAM
CREAM (Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management) is a student-run cooperative in which 25-30 UNH students, with the help of advisors, operate and manage a small business. The student group running the business changes completely in the fall semester of each year. The herd is passed on to the next group with the help of a transition team of student advisors, as well as dairy center personnel and faculty advisors. Cooperatively running this dairy business with other students encourages each member to develop, personally, their leadership, communication and group skills and may well be the most important benefit derived from being a CREAMer. https://mypages.unh.edu/unhcream/home

Team Experience in Agroecosystem Management - TEAM Organic
TEAM-Organic is a brand-new full year experiential course that takes place at the Organic Dairy Research Farm in Lee, NH. Students work together in the operation of the COLSA/ NHAES Organic Dairy Research Farm building on agro-ecology and sustainable agriculture principles. Students explore organic dairy farming methods, marketing and development of value-added strategies, business and human resource management, woodland management, water quality, land use, composting, nutrient management, pasture productivity, complimentary animal production systems, and soils and post-harvest management. https://colsa.unh.edu/agriculture-nutrition-food-systems/opportunities/sustainable-agriculture-food-systems-field-experience


Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

Trash 2 Treasure
Trash 2 Treasure (T2T) is a student-run social enterprise with the mission of assisting students, UNH and the local community in reducing waste. T2T’s main initiative is to run the spring move-out collection and fall yard sale program, reducing unnecessary discarded items from entering landfills. Consequently, T2T significantly reduces trash removal costs for UNH and provides families back-to-school savings at move-in weekend. The success of T2T is achieved through strong student leadership and passionate, active volunteers who want to promote sustainability. www.unh.edu/sustainability/student-education-engagement/trash-2-treasure

UNH CREAM
UNH CREAM (Cooperative Real Education in Agricultural Management) is a student-run cooperative in which 25-30 UNH students, with the help of advisors, operate and manage a small business. The student group running the business changes completely in the fall semester of each year. The herd is passed on to the next group with the help of a transition team of student advisors, as well as dairy center personnel and faculty advisors. Cooperatively running this dairy business with other students encourages each member to develop, personally, their leadership, communication and group skills and may well be the most important benefit derived from being a CREAMer. https://colsa.unh.edu/thompson-school-applied-science/cream


Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Atkins Investment Group
The Atkins Investment Group is a completely student-managed investment fund at UNH's Peter T Paul College of Business & Economics, overseeing approximately $40,000 in long-equity and fixed income positions. The group, which is open to all majors and concentrations, is comprised of forty-five students ranging from sophomores to seniors that are responsible for making all investment decisions. Student members are provided with a unique opportunity to learn about active investing and portfolio management. In 2013, the Group has began managing a Socially Responsible Fund. https://paulcollege.unh.edu/experience/student-clubs-organizations

Rines Student Angel Investment Fund
Students actively manage the Rines Student Angel Investment Fund, a donor-created fund which focuses on investments in private equity and angel investments in entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups. During weekly meetings students present due diligence completed on potential investment opportunities. Final due diligence reports are presented to the investment committee of the Fund. Students attend regional angel group meetings for company presentations for investment opportunities. https://paulcollege.unh.edu/experience/student-clubs-organizations

Committee on Investor Responsibility
As part of UNH's ongoing institution-wide commitment to sustainability, the UNH Committee on Investor Responsibility (CIR) was formed in 2017 to help support the Foundation in sustainable, socially responsible investment practices and policies. UNH has a longstanding history of sustainable initiatives and will continue to support them through our Foundation's investments. The CIR invites two-three students per year to participate in the CIR's efforts to learn about, and educate the campus community about, the University's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment sleeve, and to explore opportunities to increase UNH's sustainable investments. The CIR presents to and works with both the Atkins and the Rines Student Angel Investment Fund. www.unh.edu/give/sustainable-investment-unh


Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

UNH houses many sustainability events. Examples include:

The Changemaker Speaker Series
The Changemaker Speaker Series covers a diverse range of topics related to the world’s most pressing challenges, including the climate crisis and racial injustice. We embarked on this partnership because we understand that the scale and complexity of these challenges must be addressed by collaboration across public, private and nonprofit sectors, and we know the tools of public policy and ethically governed commerce are critically important to mitigating and adapting to these challenges in a just and equitable way. The Changemaker Speaker series aims to shine a light on innovative solutions by bringing inspiring leaders to campus twice each semester.
www.unh.edu/sustainability/student-education-engagement/changemaker-speaker-series

Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)
The Student Environmental Action Coalition holds a number of events every year around various topics. SEAC educates the community through documentary nights, speakers, interactive educational events for the student body, hosting opportunities to volunteer in the local community, petitioning workshops, non-violent direct action, and conferences. In addition, SEAC hosts three large yearly events, SolarFest (a 100% solar run music festival), EarthFest, & a Zero Waste Fair. https://wildcatlink.unh.edu/organization/seac

Fair Trade: Tea Time
The Sustainability Advocates and Net Impact worked together in the spring of 2021 to organize events focused on Fair Trade, including a “Tea Time” virtual discussion focused on conscious consumerism and human trafficking. www.unh.edu/sustainability/calendar-event/64431

Local Harvest Feast
Local Harvest Feast: Held each September, the Local Harvest Feast is a day of fine dining on mouth-watering creations served at all three dining halls and produced from local foods. Open to the public and students alike, this hugely popular event is a chance for attendees to learn why supporting local agriculture and food producers is so important. Attendees have the opportunity to meet various local producers and browse their presentation tables before or after dinner: www.unh.edu/dining/sustainability/local-food-awareness

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series
The Environmental Sciences Seminar Series is sponsored by the NRESS Ph.D. Program, the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, the Environmental Research Group, the Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space (EOS), and often the Sustainability Institute. https://gradschool.unh.edu/natural-resources-earth-systems-science-phd/about/environmental-sciences-seminar-series

Organic Agriculture Seminar Series
The College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) each spring hosts lectures focused on sustainable agriculture. Seminars range from “Wheat for Local and Sustainable Systems” to “Sustainable Agriculture in a Post-Industrial World.” https://media.unh.edu/channel/Agriculture%2BNutrition%2Band%2BFood%2BSystems/111160261

Black New England Conference
The Black New England Conference, now in its 14th year, is an annual 2-day gathering where academics, artists, activists, and community members share insights and research on Black experiences, past and present, in New England and beyond. The Conference is both an academic conference and a celebration of Black life and history. Open to all students. https://cola.unh.edu/center-humanities/black-new-england

The Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series
The purpose of the Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series is to offer the UNH community and the state of New Hampshire programs that raise critical and sometimes controversial issues facing our society. The University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities sponsors the programs. Open to all students. Themes for the past few years include: Exploring Mass Incarceration in New Hampshire and the United States, Opioid Crisis in NH, Who Owns the Past, "Who's Human Now?", and this year will be focused on "Honoring the Mother of All People: Contemporary Indigenous Leadership in Revitalizing Environmental and Cultural Sustainability" which will consider how Indigenous knowledge and cultural heritage can deepen our thinking about sustainable futures. Open to all students. https://cola.unh.edu/center-humanities/events-programs/sidore-lecture-series/2020-21-honoring-mother-all-people

Confronting the Racial Wealth Gap Series
Confronting the Racial Wealth Gap Series, was sponsored by College of Liberal Arts/Responsible Governance & Sustainable Citizenship Project, Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics, Carsey School of Public Policy. The series was organized by the departments of History; Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies; English; Management; Sustainability Institute and Changemaker Collaborative. Open to all students. https://cola.unh.edu/classics-humanities-italian-studies/series-initiatives/rgscp/confronting-racial-wealth-gap-series-video-archive

Earth Day at UNH
Every year on April 22, UNH joins people and organizations around the world to celebrate Earth Day, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.
In 2021, Earth Day events included (but were not limited to):
• A discussion titled “Community-Based Solar Lending: Bringing Clean Energy to Low-Income Communities”
• University-Wide Sustainability Research Symposium during the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference
• A speaker event titled “The Power of Storytelling in Indigenous Ways of Knowing”
• An event titled “Celebrating Earth Day, Diversity, Hip-Hop and Community Building”
• Earth Fest
• Local Cleanups

The NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC)
The SVIC invites students (as individuals or in teams of up to 5 members) from across the state to identify pressing social, environmental or economic issues at the state, national or global level, and develop innovative, sustainable, business-oriented ideas to solve them. This is an idea competition and an excellent applied learning project; no detailed business plans or financials needed. Contestants write a 2-page paper and create a 3-minute video explaining an innovative solution to the problem identified.
www.unh.edu/sustainability/student-education-engagement/nh-social-venture-innovation-challenge

Paul J. Holloway Prize Competition – Sustainability Track
This multi-track competition takes students out of the classroom and into the real world. It challenges students to develop products or services and present their plans to bring them to market. The Holloway Prize is open to all students in all majors at the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College, and Granite State College. The competition recognizes students who conceptualize, develop, and pitch the most compelling proposals to bring a product to market. After multiple stages of the competition, the final teams present their ideas at the Holloway Prize Competition Championship Round in May. Students select their preferred track, which includes: Sustainability - The distinguishing feature of the venture is positive social and/or environmental impact.
https://paulcollege.unh.edu/holloway-competition/holloway-competition-details

The UNH Sustainability Awards
The program seeks to celebrate and incentivize research and scholarship, curriculum development and teaching, campus initiatives and culture, and external engagement activities and achievements that best embody the principles and practices of sustainability. The total number of awards granted is not predetermined and is based on the caliber of the submissions. www.unh.edu/sustainability/campus-initiatives/unh-sustainability-awards


Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

WildActs is a social justice theater troupe at UNH. In Fall 2019, WildActs represented NH in "Climate Change Theatre Action," a series of staged play readings promoting climate change awareness and action across the nation, which UNH students were encouraged to attend. www.climatechangetheatreaction.com
A YouTube recording of the event is here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pprY42i7E8

The Dept. of Theatre and Dance, the Museum of Art, the Sustainability Institute, and the Discovery Program, often collaborate to sponsor sustainability-related cultural events.
Examples include:
• “To the Ends of the Earth: New Hampshire’s Connection to Polar Exploration and Research,” which featured climate change related themes as well.
www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2018/01/polar-exploration-exhibitions-unh-museums
• "Rise: Climate Change in Our World," a collaborative exhibition devoted to the theme of climate change. www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2016/10/climate-change-show-features-art-faculty-staff-students-and-alumni
• “Land, Sea, and Space" a student designed- and created-mural in Dimond Library. www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2017/04/picture-worth-150-years

Additional campus events include:
• The Black New England Conference is an annual 2-day gathering where academics, artists, activists, and community members share insights and research on Black experiences, past and present, in New England and beyond. The Conference is both an academic conference and a celebration of Black life and history. Open to all students. https://cola.unh.edu/center-humanities/black-new-england
• The Vagina Monologues at UNH: The award-winning play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Ensler's interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. www.unh.edu/sharpp/TVM


Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

All UNH outdoor programs are grounded in “Leave No Trace” principles. Student leaders are trained in these principles through the Recreation Management and Policy Major: Outdoor Leadership And Management Option. They then practice the principles and educate their peers in best practices.

The New Hampshire Outing Club (NHOC) is the oldest and largest club at UNH and is run by UNH students. NHOC Operating Manual (https://unh.box.com/s/gsi2lh3i4u5iibodawnbg5ur063t24l8) states "The object of the NHOC shall be to provide recreational and educational activities and facilities for the University of New Hampshire -Durham Campus (hereafter referred to as UNH) students, alumni, faculty, and staff.It shall further be the object of the club to actively promote environmentally sound and safe minimum impact practices in the outdoors that follow the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace." NHOC typically offers 2-5 trips each weekend throughout the year including hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, trail maintenance, cross country/downhill skiing, canoeing, biking, ice climbing, kayaking, road trips, and extreme sledding. https://wildcatlink.unh.edu/organization/nhoc


Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

University Dialogue
The UNH Discovery Program facilitates a theme throughout the year to focus community events and conversations on an area of broad interest; a big question or an enduring problem requiring the efforts and knowledge of multiple disciplines and perspectives. Topics for the University Dialogue have included globalization, energy, health, democracy, poverty, water and more. All events are held on campus and open to the public. www.unh.edu/discovery/interdisciplinary-understanding-integration

Environmental Sustainability Learning Community
In this Residential Learning Community, first-year students live together on a floor in Haaland Hall and form a creative environment for group studying and social interaction. This is an exciting opportunity for students to live and learn alongside like-minded students with an interest in exploring environmental issues and sustainability across disciplines and gain a global perspective! www.unh.edu/housing/housing-options/learning-communities-themes


Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

Sustainability Advocates
Sustainability Advocates is a residence hall peer-to-peer education and engagement program that aims to encourage sustainable thought and action across campus. The program is managed by the Engagement and Outreach Intern at the Sustainability Institute and implemented by the Sustainability Advocates within the residence halls. www.unh.edu/sustainability/student-education-engagement/sustainability-advocates

Environmental Sustainability Learning Community
In this Residential Learning Community, first-year students live together on a floor in Haaland Hall and form a creative environment for group studying and social interaction. This is an exciting opportunity for students to live and learn alongside like-minded students with an interest in exploring environmental issues and sustainability across disciplines and gain a global perspective! www.unh.edu/housing/housing-options/learning-communities-themes

Green Living Club
Green Living Club is an organization dedicated to educating the student body and the larger community on living sustainably. Their goal is to create and maintain a healthy relationship between our community and the environment. They are also dedicated to making global impacts by empowering communities in developing regions and by impressing the importance of supporting local and sustainable business and products. Through workshops, fundraiser events, and community outreach they hope to inform and inspire individuals to become more responsible citizens of this planet. https://wildcatlink.unh.edu/organization/greenlivingclub

Model Room for Orientation
During Orientation, Housing and Residential Life provide a mock-up of a model room, using items purchased at the Trash 2 Treasure (T2T) sale. T2T’s main initiative is to run the spring move-out collection and fall yard sale program, reducing unnecessary discarded items from entering landfills.

Students are also encouraged to take classes like Exploring Sustainability, Sustainability in Action, Sustainability and Spirituality, Principles in Sustainability, Sustainability Living and Systems Thinking.


Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

Students can work on sustainability across UNH - from research opportunities with faculty to internships, fellowships and employment opportunities in the Changemaker Collaborative at the Sustainability Institute.

UNHSI often hires 4-6 student interns per year to helps with data collection and reporting, communications, etc., including three outreach interns that work as a cohort.

Additionally, the national Sustainability Fellowship program pairs exceptional undergraduate and graduate students from UNH and universities across the country with municipal, educational, corporate, and non-profit partners in New England to work on transformative sustainability initiatives each summer. www.unh.edu/sustainability/student-education-engagement/sustainability-fellowships

The Changemaker Collaborative also hires a team of Changemaker Coaches, UNH students with experience in changemaking on campus and in the community. They coach their peers to help them make the most of their UNH experience, while driving social, environmental and economic action. A team of Changemaker Recruiters is also hired to facilitate outreach efforts across the University, including programming in the Residence Halls, tabling at resource fairs and at campus events and speaking with students in student club and organization meetings and in classes. www.unh.edu/sustainability/changemaker-collaborative/changemaker-collaborative-team

The Extension Internship Program gives undergraduate students the opportunity to work in communities across the Granite State. Extension Interns work on projects addressing agriculture & horticulture, community & economic development, nutrition & healthy living, natural resources, citizen science, and youth & family resiliency. Interns will work with their mentors and their peers to develop as young professionals and help the University make an impact across New Hampshire. These paid internships are approximately 30-40 hours per week, for 10-15 weeks. https://extension.unh.edu/internships


Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
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