detail of grapes on the vine at UNH Woodman Farm


STARS Platinum - the highest
rating for sustainability


We self-generate 100% of our energy use



State's only 3-star green certified
restaurant (we have 3)

STARS Platinum seal

UNH Rated Top 5 Out of Nearly 700 Schools
for Sustainability Practices

In fall 2021, UNH achieved a renewed STARS Platinum rating from
the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE),
one of only a handful of schools in the nation to achieve this highest level of sustainability
performance among colleges and universities. UNH's Platinum rating was made possible through
a long-term, concerted, and university-wide effort that engaged faculty, staff, and students.

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Sustainability Dual Major

UNH is one of the only universities in the country to offer a Sustainability Dual Major – a unique and powerful experience to better understand any discipline through the lens of sustainability. It’s an innovative pathway to combine your disciplinary education with the interdisciplinary skills and knowledge needed to create a more sustainable futureLearn More

Sustainability News & Headlines


Sustainability Institute Celebrates 25 Years

Sustainability Institute Celebrates 25 Years

Sustainability Institute Celebrates 25 Years

First initiative of its kind in the U.S. helped UNH become national leader

Students presenting on stage

Tackling the Challenge

Tackling the Challenge

Student sustainability solutions celebrated at Social Venture Innovation Challenge

Thompson Hall

On a Mission

On a Mission

Alumnus Alex Freid named UNH Social Innovator of the Year

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Sustainability Events

  • March

    Climate Impacts Maple Breakfast

    8:00am - 10:00am, March 24, 8-10 a.m.Doors open at 7:30 a.m.Squamscott/Cocheco Room, Holloway CommonsREGISTERCould you imagine a world without access to REAL New England maple syrup?? Join Climate Action NH, LCV, the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists for the annual Climate Impacts Maple Breakfast!This year will feature special guest Andrew Chisholm. Andrew comes to us from Chisholm Maple Farm in Hampstead and serves as President of the NH Maple Producers Association. Additiona...
  • March

    Sustainability Open House

    11:00am - 1:00pm, March 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Nesmith 111 - Changemaker HubBring your friends and drop in to join Sustainability Institute students and staff for an informal lunch in the Hub to talk about our programs and other ways to get engaged in sustainability on campus. Meet and interact with the broader Sustainability Institute community over pizza and snacks. ALL ARE WELCOME!
  • March

    Food and the Black Radical Imagination: Thinking, Writing and Living Beyond Lack

    Food and the Black Radical Imagination: Thinking, Writing and Living Beyond Lack 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Dr. Ashante Reese: Food and the Black Radical Imagination: Thinking, Writing and Living Beyond Lack Part of the UNH 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge Wednesday, March 29, 3-4:30 p.m. | UNH Cole Hall, Room 219 | Students, faculty and staff welcomed! Dr. Ashante Reese, assistant professor of African and African diaspora studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss how "access" often frames contemporary conversations around food inequities. Reese, the...
  • April

    Careers for Impact

    Careers for Impact 12:40pm - 2:00pm, Careers for ImpactTuesday, April 4, 2023REGISTERRecent UNH alumni return to campus to discuss where their careers have led them since graduating, covering a diverse range of topics related to the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges, including the climate crisis and racial injustice. 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...
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    Sustainability Virtual Tour

    UNH is a leader in sustainability. Learn how we infuse sustainability in the daily operations of our campus and how we inspire, train and support the next generation of changemakers.

    Watch the Video


  • Hands together diversity

    UNH Land Acknowledgement

    As a public land-, sea- and space-grant institution, UNH has been dedicated to the public good for over 150 years. Sustainability, the collective commitment to human dignity for all people and ecological integrity in all places, is fundamental to the public good and is a core UNH value.

    Developed by a committee and approved by Tribal Elders, the committee built this acknowledgement with six guiding principles/critical elements.
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