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Student Spotlight

Spring Sustainability Lecture Series

Updated 4/22/09

The Spring Sustainability Lecture Series is sponsored by the NRESS Ph.D. Program, the Class of 1954 Fund, the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, the Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space (EOS), the Environmental Research Group, the University Office of Sustainability, the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, and the Department of Earth Sciences.

These seminars are open to the public and will be held Thursdays at 4pm with refreshments at 3:30 pm in DeMeritt Hall 240, unless otherwise noted.

Two ways to download these podcasts:

  1. Click on this link:
  2. Go to After iTunes launches, go to the "Learning at UNH" section and click on "Sustainability." You'll see the fall lectures first to download. Then click on the "Spring 2009 Seminar Series" tab to access the spring lectures.


February 5

The Sustainable Learning Community: UNH's Journey to the Future
Tom Kelly, Chief Sustainability Officer and Director, University Office of Sustainability, University of New Hampshire

February 26

Four Conceptual Mistakes that Block New Policies for Sustainability
Dennis Meadows, President of the Laboratory for Interactive Learning Emeritus Professor of Systems Policy and Social Science Research, UNH, Formerly Director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research

March 5

Building Sustainable Communities: The Interconnections between Urban Design, Citizenship, Health and the Environment.
Kevin M. Leyden, Director, Institute for Public Affairs; Professor, Dept. of Political Science, West Virginia University

March 19

Spring Break - No Seminar

March 24

MUB Theatre II

Green Economy and Green Entrepreneurs
Ross Gittell ( Professor of Management, WSBE, University of New Hampshire) and Panelists: Andrew Kellar (Founder and Owner of Simply Green), Tom Roberts (Founder and Owner of Beach Pea Bakery), and Jesse Devitte (Partner of Borealis Ventures).

March 26

From hotspots to social impacts, telling the stories across products life cycle.
Catherine Benoît, Durable/ Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility Research Chair, Center for the Life Cycle Assessment of Products, Processes and Services (

April 2

Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policy Making and Multilevel Governance
Henrik Selin, Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations, Boston University and Stacy VanDeveer, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of New Hampshire

April 16

Scenario-Based Risk Assessment for Planning for Climate Change Adaptation in the Coastal Zone
Paul Kirshen, Research Professor, Tufts University Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

April 30

Forests, Carbon and Bioenergy:  What are the Implications for Sustainability?
Mark Ducey, Professor, Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire

May 7

Climate Change: Health Problems and Healthy Solutions
Paul Epstein, Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School