UNH Hosts Northeast Campus Sustainability Summit Oct. 14-17

Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations

Oct. 6, 2004

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire Office of Sustainability Programs, in partnership with campus groups and regional organizations, will present a four-day conference titled “The Northeast Campus Sustainability Summit,” Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 14-17, 2004.

The first day and a half will bring together sustainability professionals interested in working to develop a plan of action for the Northeast Campus Sustainability Coalition (NECSC). Those who embrace the principles of sustainability believe that communities operate best when economic viability, ecological health and human well-being are in balance.

Friday afternoon through Sunday will offer activities aimed at sustainability professionals, college students, youth activists, faculty, staff and community members with an interest in campus sustainability.

This is UNH’s third year hosting the Northeast conference, which includes a live satellite telecast from the 15th annual Bioneers conference (www.bioneers.org), hosted by the Collective Heritage Group. The Bioneeers conference is considered the largest annual environmental conference in North America to focus on social and environmental challenges. Daily plenary sessions will be telecast live featuring speakers such as Amory Lovins, Paul Hawken, and Terry Tempest Williams.

Local workshops and seminars will also be held, focusing on topics such as building an organic community garden at UNH, ecovillages and social change, and personal energy and transportation choices. Enrichment sessions will be offered to provide opportunities for field study and artistic expression. Participants will expand dialogue on a variety of sustainability topics through intimate and engaging coffee house discussions.

Friday’s sustainability fair from 4:40 to 7 p.m. will bring together conference registrants with other interested students and community members for a program featuring locally cultivated speech, song,and cuisine. Small donations ($1 - $5) are encouraged from those nonregistered participants for the conference, and from students who may attend all of Friday’s events free of charge.

Organizations such as the Student Conservation Association, Clean Air Cool Planet, Living Routes, Sierra Club NH, EcoQuest and the National Wildlife Federation will provide information for individuals interested in working in environmental and social justice fields. 35th Parallel Medeterasian Jazz ensemble will perform world fusion music.

Discounts are available all weekend for students. Friday is FREE for students who register in advance and early registration is encouraged for all attendees. All conference events will take place on the UNH, Durham campus. For more information, including agenda and registration materials, please visit www.sustainableunh.unh.edu or contact adam.ward@unh.edu.