Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 86.09
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of New Hampshire
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 5.00 / 5.00 Jennifer Andrews
Project Director
Sustainability Institute
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Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

Percentage of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

UNH offers a wide variety of sustainability-related continuing education (workshops, courses, conferences, and other in-person or virtual learning).

The attached inventory includes offerings from UNH's Office of Professional Development and Training, as well as UNH Extension offerings, for calendar year 2019.

UNH's PD&T programs aims to help professionals enhance their skills with one-day workshops, conferences and special institutes, and short-term Certificate Programs.

Cooperative Extension (http://extension.unh.edu/) works in four broad areas--natural resources, food and agriculture, youth and family development, and community and economic development. Their expert staff and volunteers provide provide research-based information to all residents on topics including gardening, backyard livestock, landscapes, pests, trees, food safety, wildlife and soil, citizen science, STEM education, and many other areas.

Below are some examples of continuing education opportunities offered through UNH Extension

Volunteer Training - Training held annually – consisting of several weeks of focused workshops, preparing volunteers to work in their community and to teach others about stewardship, best practices in land and water conservation and marine science. More than 2,500 volunteers are actively working in these areas on behalf on UNH Cooperative Extension in almost all communities across the state.
• Coastal Research Volunteers
• Coverts (wildlife)
• Natural Resource Stewards
• Master Gardeners
• Marine Docents
• Lakes Lay Monitoring Program

Invasive Species – Workshops designed to help landowners understand how to detect and limit the spread of invasive insects and plan species in NH. Invasive species can: reduce biodiversity; imperil rare species; reduce wildlife habitat by eliminating native foods, altering cover and destroying nesting sites; degrade water quality; reduce forest and agricultural crop production; and cause health problems.

Saving Special Places – communities and conservation groups learn about a variety of land conservation, wildlife, forestry, farmland, conservation funding and stewardship issues. Project Partners: Society for the Protection of NH Forests, The Nature Conservancy, LCHIP and NRCS.

Climate Summits - current climate research and local adaptation strategies. Project partners: Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup

Communities Taking Action for Wildlife Program. Direct work with communities providing technical assistance for incorporating wildlife considerations into town documents Project partners: NH Fish and Game Department.

Barry Conservation Camp - operated by the UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Program in cooperation with the NH Department of Fish and Game. 4-H Barry Conservation Camp is a great program for kids who love the outdoors, enjoy hands-on learning in environmental and conservation programs and can benefit from participating in a small camp. Six sessions are held each summer.

Local events held at counties – too numerous to list all in a year, but more than 100 workshops and field days – highlighting good forest stewardship practices, protecting the environment against invasive species, sustaining wildlife habitat and land conservation, promoting local foods/farmers markets, engaging youth with the outdoors, climate adaptation, wetland classification, sustainable timber harvesting, etc.

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability-focused certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

A brief description of the certificate program(s):

We have multiple such certificates, as described below:
Carbon Footprinting Certificate
Educational institutions, communities and businesses have a critical role to play in addressing global sustainability challenges like climate change, and the first step in the journey toward sustainability is to assess the existing organizational “footprint.” Sustainability assessment skills such as carbon footprinting are increasingly in demand professionally, as more corporations and institutions make public commitments to sustainability and carbon reduction goals.

Tracking and managing your carbon footprint (also called a “greenhouse gas [GHG] inventory”) is a technical process, but is not one that you need to be a scientist or math whiz to learn. With an understanding of some basic GHG accounting concepts and an awareness of the tools and resources available, anyone can help their organization or community take this important first step towards improved sustainability.

After completing the Carbon Footprinting Certificate Program, you will be prepared to tackle a GHG inventory for your school, organization, business, or community. The three required courses provide an introduction to carbon footprinting, an overview of core concepts for footprinting, and strategies for interpreting and communicating your carbon footprint results. The carbon footprint tool that will be used for teaching is SIMAP, a tool hosted by UNH, but the concepts taught in this program can be applied to any carbon footprinting tool.

Stormwater Management
This certificate is designed for landscape architects, engineers, surveyors, project managers and others involved in designing, building and maintaining stormwater management systems, which impact sustainability of their communities. Students will learn about site-scale hydrology, site design, system design, post construction performance estimates, modeling, and more. They will gain an enhanced understanding of the watershed impacts of infrastructure design and maintenance choices, and be equipped with best practices for sustainable stormwater control measures that are highly functional, cost-effective and that protect water resources.

Food, Nutrition and Health
Food and nutrition have a profound impact on our health and well-being, yet many of us are not aware of what foods to eat, which diets are healthy, and where our food originates. The goal of this certificate program is to provide a holistic overview of current food and nutrition issues and their impact on physical, social, emotional, and spiritual health.  

Soil Science Certificate
The Certificate Program in Soil Science will provide you with practical skills on how to examine soil profiles, identify how soils develop over time, record test pits, and much more.UNH Cooperative Extension

Wetland Certificate
The Certificate Program in Wetland Delineation will provide you with practical skills on how to use different methods of wetland evaluation, better understand the rules and processes behind evaluation, how to properly classify wetlands throughout New England, and much more.

Through our partnership with Ed2Go, we also offer this
Certified Green Supply Chain Professional
The Certified Green Supply Chain Professional Online Training course will give you the specialized knowledge to enable a company to achieve its environmental sustainability goals through global sourcing, materials management, procurement and buying, transportation and logistics, and new product development. This course will help you learn the essentials of green product standards and labeling as well as how to work with sustainable suppliers, implement sustainable business practices, apply lean and green manufacturing strategies, and integrate these practices across the extended supply chain. By the end of this course, you will be prepared to take the Senior Certified Sustainability Professional Certification (SCSP) or Green Supply Chain Professional Certification (GSCP) offered by Green Supply Chain.org. While these are not state or national certifications, once you pass, you will have earned the course credentials and are entitled to use the SCSP or GSCP designation after your name.

This sustainability certification is essential for professionals working in or preparing for leadership roles tasked to support the sustainable business practices and goals of their organization. Professionals who need to create collaborative partnerships in order to improve sustainable business practices throughout the supply chain will also benefit from this course, as will sustainability consultants who must analyze green challenges for their clients and develop supply-chain strategies. Managers, directors, or vice presidents whose departments are within the operations or supply-chain groups and have responsibility for implementing green supply-chain practices will find this training useful. Lastly, for those professionals who need to develop collaborative supplier partnerships with OEM organizations they support as a Tier I or II supplier.

Website URL where information about the institution’s continuing education courses and programs in sustainability is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Course list obtained by downloading all 2019 registrations for continuing education offerings from UNH Extension's destiny One database.

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