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STARS Platinum - the highest
rating for sustainability


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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 future. Learn More

Sustainability News & Headlines


Bikes lined up

Ready to Ride

Ready to Ride

Long-awaited bike-share program debuts on campus

Pushing Beyond His Comfort Zone

Pushing Beyond His Comfort Zone

Pushing Beyond His Comfort Zone

UNH experience inspires Mel Nagashima ’22 to pursue nonprofit work

Car driving through flooded street

Granite State Warming

Granite State Warming

Climate report finds New Hampshire is warmer and wetter

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Sustainability Events

  • October

    Semester in the City: Open House (virtual)

    1:00pm - 2:00pm, Join us online to hear from current Semester in the City (SITC) students, who are living and interning in Boston, while earning 16 credits for the same cost (or less!) of a semester at UNH. Learn all about the Semester in the City program. You’ll also hear how you can intern and make an impact right here on campus, get the same great benefits of the Boston-based program, but live on the UNH campus, interning with a UNH department to work on strategic sustainability projects. ...
  • October

    Palaces for the People, Lecture by Eric Klinenberg

    Palaces for the People, Lecture by Eric Klinenberg 4:00pm - 5:00pm, Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization and the Decline of Civic Life. A lecture by Eric Klinenberg. The future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, in this lecture, Klinenberg will explain how “social infrastructure” is helping ...
  • November

    NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge: Entries Due

    NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge: Entries Due 12:00pm - 5:00pm, What’s your wild idea?  The NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge is an annual idea competition and open to ALL NH college students. Enter your, or your team’s, idea to solve any sustainability problem (as defined by the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals). Easy to enter! Write a 2-pg proposal summary and make a 3-min. video explaining your solution. No business plans required. AND you could win CASH PRIZES! Entries are due November 14, 2021, at NOON. Find all the compet...
  • December

    NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge Final Round, Awards & Keynote

    10:30am - 2:00pm, Join us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC), our annual idea competition. Nine student finalist teams are moving on to the Final Round of the SVIC! Join us to watch teams pitch their ideas to a panel of distinguished judges. Plus, vote for your favorite team in the Audience Choice Awards!   Join us immediately following the presentations for the SVIC Awards and the keynote by our 2022 Social Innovator of the Year. Registrati...
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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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