2023 Sustainability Awards Funding Recipients

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All nominees for the 2023 UNH Sustainability Awards were invited to submit a proposal for funding between $250 and $2500 to extend their sustainability work or projects. These proposals—and over 40 were submitted—ran the gamut from working toward climate-resilient food production, to sustainable printing practices, to applied waste management in our own labs, and to structural environmental racism. Thanks to our partnership with Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP) in the College of Liberal Arts, a pool of $32,000 in support of these initiatives is being awarded. In different, but mutually beneficial ways, RGSCP and the Sustainability Institute seek to ensure sustainable and ethically responsible responses to the challenges we face today.  

In the spirit of helping support emerging efforts to advance sustainability, we are proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 Sustainability Financial Incentive awards—awards that look to support the future expansion of sustainability-related research, curriculum, and engagement in the next academic year.  Congratulations to all!

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Heidi Asbjornsen​, Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment

Semra Aytur​, Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy

Thomas P. Ballestero​, UNH Coastal Habitat Research Team and UNH Stormwater Center

Bonnie Brown​, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

Cristina Faiver-Serna​, Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar

Kaitlynn Liset​, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing

Judy Sharkey​, John & H. Irene Peters Professor of Education; Core Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Sherri Simmons-Horton​, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work

Mary Stampone​, Associate Professor and NH State Climatologist, Department of Geography

Amy Taetzsch​, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems


Katharine Duderstadt​, Research Scientist, Earth Systems Research Center

Zeanny Egea​, Program Manager, Health and Well-being, UNH Cooperative Extension

Katherine Gaudet​, Associate Director, Hamel Honors and Scholars College and Affiliate Professor, Department of Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies

Darleen Smith​, Graphic Designer, UNH Printing Services


Roozbeh Ghasemi '24G​, PhD student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Kayla Landino '25​, Department of Occupational Therapy

Samantha Pearson '25​, Department of Physics & Astronomy

Clara Richards '23​, Department of Economics

Sydney Rollins '24G​, Biotechnology Master's Program