The Sustainability Institute as a Resource
UNH is proud to be a national leader in sustainability in higher education. UNH is rated in the top 5 out of nearly 700 schools for our sustainability practices with a Platinum rating – the highest possible under the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's STARS - the most rigorous system in higher education for measuring sustainability. UNH is one of only nine schools in the nation who have achieved platinum, and within this group of leaders, UNH currently has the 5th highest score.
We believe UNH’s leadership in sustainability in higher education matters today more than ever because it enables us to respond with the resources and urgency required to contribute effectively to today’s sustainability challenges.
We offer many opportunities for UNH alumni, as well as organizations in our region and across the world.
Connect with Sustainability at UNH
Alexis Dwyer, the Sustainability Institute’s Program and Network Stewardship Coordinator is delighted to support UNH alumni and community partners in advancing their sustainability goals. She specializes in connecting the dots between the amazing resources the Institute and university have to offer with our partners’ passions and missions. Programs such as the B Impact Clinic and the Sustainability Fellowship, connect students, alumni, organizations, and individuals to move sustainability forward in the region and beyond. In these urgent times, we recognize the need for a cohesive network as we all work to build a sustainable world, as defined by the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), and we know we can achieve more effective, rapid gains by working collaboratively, together. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of sustainability leadership at UNH in fall 2022, we look forward to connecting with you and figuring out how we can work together to move forward our collective commitment to human dignity for all people and ecological integrity in all places.
Alexis.Dwyer@unh.edu to get the conversation started.Email Alexis at
NEW! Carbon Footprinting Certificate
Offered in partnership with UNH Professional Development and Training, we offer a certificate program in carbon footprinting, giving an understanding of basic greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting concepts, awareness of the tools and resources available, and will prepare you to tackle a GHG inventory for your organization.
NEW FOR UNH ALUMNI
Our online home for UNH Sustainability Alumni, this LinkedIn Group is intended to provide a space for UNH alumni engaged in sustainability to come together, share resources, and stay up to date on sustainability news at UNH. We welcome all alumni from across the decades who are contributing to a more sustainable future through their professional and/or civic lives.
Engage with UNH Students & Support Your Sustainability Efforts
Through our student-facing arm, the Changemaker Collaborative, our partnership with Paul College of Business and Carsey School of Public Policy) provides many opportunities for advancing your sustainability efforts, and engaging with UNH students.
- Students gain hands-on experience, hone their professional skills and build networks through experiences aligned with their values and interests in creating a more just and sustainable world.
- Local businesses, non-profits and municipalities receive qualified, motivated, and UNH faculty-supported students for capacity building in their organizations and their investment in and creating a future employee talent pipeline
(Paid, Summer, 12 weeks)
Host partners are paired with exceptional students (graduates and undergraduates) from UNH and across the U.S. to work on transformative sustainability initiatives that lead to integrated solutions. Sustainability Fellows, mentored by the UNH team and dedicated individuals from our partner organizations, undertake challenging site-specific summer projects and achieve high-impact results.
Learn MORE & APPLY to Host A FELLOW
(For credit, Fall and Spring Semesters)
In collaboration with New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, the Clinic gathers teams students to act as researchers, project managers and consultants for companies who want to assess and improve their social and environmental impact, and/or help develop their application for B Corp certification. Using the B Impact Assessment (BIA), an open-access, rigorous assessment tool, widely regarded as a comprehensive way to assess a company’s impact.
Apply to be a client in a future Clinic
NEW! Carbon Clinic
(For credit, starting Fall 2022)
Leveraging UNH’s deep expertise greenhouse gas inventory and management, and our SIMAP platform, a leading carbon and nitrogen-accounting platform that tracks, analyzes, and improves organizational sustainability, we will be offering a Carbon Clinic starting in Fall 2022. UNH students, trained and mentored by faculty, will be matched with local companies and other organizations to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory and develop a climate action plan.
Contact Fiona.Wilson@unh.edu for more information.
Sustainability Dual Major
(Capstone Project, Spring)
The undergraduate Sustainability Dual Major (SDM) is a program of study that enables students to understand and act on the environmental and social challenges and solutions needed to create a more sustainable world. Students from any UNH college or major can pair the SDM with the first major. We partner with local companies and non-profits to create community-engaged, real world capstone projects. Contact Fiona.Wilson@unh.edu if you are interested in partnering to provide a capstone project.
Social Venture Innovation Challenge
The NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge, an idea-stage competition designed to engage students from across the state in addressing sustainability challenges by designing novel, sustainable, and business-oriented solutions. Contact Fiona.Wilson@unh.edu if you are interested in:
- judging (preliminary or final round)
- providing corporate sponsorship (funds) prizes and operating costs of the competition
We host campus events, including our Changemaker Speaker Series and our annual Social Innovator of the Year event, all open to the public, with speakers from organizations who are contributing to a more sustainable world. Contact Fiona.Wilson@unh.edu if you are interested in:
- adding your voice, experience and expertise as a speaker
- sponsor partnerships to help defray the event costs
Engage with Our Community Networks
A commitment to the public good is our mission. We cultivate robust connections with community partners, and we support these connections through hosted networks. These networks advance systemic sustainable change in New Hampshire, New England and beyond. Many events and resources are open to alumni and the community!
New Hampshire Food Alliance
NH Food Alliance is a statewide network that engages and connects people dedicated to growing a thriving, fair, and sustainable local food system in the Granite State.
NH Farm to School
NH Farm to School serves as a facilitator engaging farmers, distributors, food service directors, teachers, health educators and administrators in adopting farm to school practices.
Food Solutions New England
Food Solutions New England is a regional, six-state network that unites the food system community around a shared set of values - democratic empowerment, racial equity and dignity for all, sustainability, and trust.
New England Municipal Sustainability Network
The NEMS Network is a consortium of New England cities and towns that collaborate to build more sustainable communities consistent with the goals of the Global Covenant of Mayors.