A Sustainable Commencement


Buses used to provide guest shuttle services run on biodiesel and compressed fuel.

The University of New Hampshire is nationally recognized for its sustainability initiatives. Evidence of the university's commitment to being resourceful and reducing waste is evident at the annual Commencement ceremony.

  • Power for the Commencement ceremony is generated by EcoLine, UNH's first-in-the-nation power generation project that converts landfill gas to enriched and purified gas at a Rochester, NH landfill. The gas is piped 12.7 miles to the university's cogeneration plant which then fuels all academic and research facilities, as well as residence halls.

  • Student invitations to the UNH Commencement ceremony are sent electronically, thereby saving resources historically spent on printing and mailing thousands of invitations.

  • Commencement and Honors Convocation ceremony programs and invitations are printed on recycled paper.

  • UNH buses providing ceremony guest shuttle services run on biodiesel and compressed fuel.

  • UNH Department of Transportation Services uses a transportation plan specifically designed to reduce idling.

  • UNH Dining Services composts leftover food for use on the University’s farms and for sale to the public as UDoo.

  • Recycling stations are available throughout the Commencement venue.

  • Portable restrooms contain environmentally friendly products that are 100% biodegradable and non-toxic supplied by Earth Friendly Chemicals.TM