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Celebrating Earth Day at UNH

At UNH, we view sustainability as a collective commitment to human dignity for all people and ecological integrity in all places. We understand that solving the climate crisis is one piece of sustainability's interconnected puzzle. 

Every year on April 22, UNH joins people and organizations around the world to celebrate Earth Day, which marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Get engaged in local, regional and global initiatives and take action in your everyday lives!  


2021 Earth Day Events at UNH

LEARN MORE ABOUT EARTH DAY

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 190 countries to drive positive action for our planet.  

51 ways to restore our earth

APRIL 21, 2021

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Community-Based Solar Lending: Bringing Clean Energy to Low-Income Communities

Join Michael Swack and Eric Hangen of the Center for Impact Finance (CIF) at the Carsey School of Public Policy for a discussion on methods of bringing clean energy to low-income communities through community-based financing.

Michael Swack serves as the Director of CIF and a pioneer in the community-development financing, microfinancing, and sustainable energy financing fields. Eric Hangen serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Carsey School and principal of I Squared Community Development Consulting, which provides strategic planning, market research, program evaluation, and financial modeling consulting to nonprofits worldwide.

APRIL 22, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Conference: University-Wide Sustainability Research Symposium: Part 1

Students who have been engaged in sustainability research and projects presented. See the schedule.

APRIL 22, 2021

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Changemaker Speaker Series | Uncharted: Navigating to a Sustainable Future

A timely topic for these turbulent times! Creating a sustainable future demands navigating uncharted territory to address highly complex challenges and to work across silos and sectors to develop bold, effective, sustainable solutions. Best-selling author, entrepreneur, and CEO Margaret Heffernan will draw from her latest award-nominated book, Uncharted, which highlights people and organizations who aren’t paralyzed and daunted by uncertainty. Session includes Heffernan’s keynote and dialog with business leaders. 

A program of the Changemaker Collaborative, the Sustainability Institute's partnership with the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Carsey School of Public Policy.

APRIL 22, 2021

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Research Conference: University-Wide Sustainability Research Symposium: Part 2

Students who have been engaged in sustainability research and projects presented. See the schedule.

APRIL 22, 2021

5 - 6 p.m.

Earth Fest

The Student Environmental Action Coalition hosted a virtual Kahoot game focused on sustainability. There were prizes for the winners! 

APRIL 22, 2021

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College of Liberal Arts: Earth Day Celebration

The College of Liberal Arts' celebrated with a half-hour program that included a musical performance, a social science talk and a literary reading. 

  • Jacques Lee Wood, UNH resident artist and cellist, performed “Eleventh Hour,” a short composition by Lori Dobbins, UNH professor of music, written in response to the environmental crises that have put us just 100 seconds away from catastrophe on the DoomsdayClock. 
  • Lawrence Hamilton, UNH professor of sociology, summarized his research around perceptions and attitudes toward climate change science, work that has implications for our societal will to address the causes of climate change. 
  • Jaed Coffin, writer and UNH assistant professor of English, read from a literary text on the theme of Earth Day.

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

APRIL 22, 2021

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Pettee Brook Cleanup

Participants met at Strafford and Rosemary Avenue in Durham to pick up and track litter using the Litterati mobile app. Litterati helps log and categorize the trash you pick up from natural areas and trails near you and has led to packaging changes by corporations based on litter data, so your efforts contributed to even more big change! Hosted by Nature Groupie, a project of UNH’s Cooperative Extension.

APRIL 22, 2021

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The Power of Storytelling in Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series
This event highlighted the power of storytelling and oral traditions in sharing knowledge within Indigenous communities. Anne Jennison, an Abenaki storyteller and UNH alumna, has been telling Native American stories and teaching throughout New England for over three decades. Louise Profeit-LeBlanc, a Traditional Storyteller from the Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation of the Yukon Territory in Northern Canada, is founder of the 
Yukon International Storytelling Festival and the Society of Yukon Artists of Native Ancestry.
  Hosted by the UNH Center for Humanities.

APRIL 22, 2021

4:30 p.m.

Spring Harvest Dinner

All three UNH Dining Halls featured a “Spring Harvest Dinner” focusing on using local products and some of our local partners. This is a result of UNH Dining working with the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge at UNH, in which they featured many of their partners that support a “Just and Equitable Food System”, during the 21 day Challenge period from April 5-25, 2021.

APRIL 22, 2021

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Celebrating Earth Day, Diversity, Hip-Hop and Community Building

QUESTION: What do Earth Day and Hip-Hop have in common? ANSWER: Not nearly as much as they should!
Featuring:

  • Dr. John D. Aber, distinguished ecologist, University Professor and former UNH Provost whose career began with the very first Earth Day in 1970. John's talk is titled: BEING PART OF HISTORY ON EARTH DAY 1970: IT WASN’T THE BIGGEST EVENT IN TOWN
  • Dr. Thomas RaShad Easley, Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion at the Yale School of the Environment, Professor and accomplished Hip-Hop artist. Dr. Easley spoke about: RELATIONSHIPS, HIP-HOP AND FORESTRY: THINKING ABOUT DIVERSITY IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Together, they helped us look back over the 51 years of environmental history since the first Earth Day and then looked ahead towards a future where racial justice and Earth stewardship can be recognized as a common goal. Sponsored by UNH's Earth Systems Research Center and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space.

APRIL 17-25, 2021

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The Great New England Cleanup

People from around New England and the world in celebrated Earth Day by cleaning conservation lands, trails and recorded it with the easy to use app, Litterati to see our collective impact! Hosted by Nature Groupie, a project of UNH’s Cooperative Extension.

APRIL 23, 2021
 

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College Woods Buckthorn Blitz

This special forest on the UNH campus is being overrun with glossy buckthorn, a non-native invasive shrub that crowds out native plants. Participants hand-pulled buckthorn to help improve the health of College Woods using COVID safety protocols including masks and social distancing. Hosted by Nature Groupie, a project of UNH’s Cooperative Extension.

APRIL 25, 2021

12:30 - 2 p.m.

Tea Time with the Freedom Café

Interested in sustainability? Curious to learn more about social equity in the tea industry? This virtual discussion was on the topic of conscious consumerism and human trafficking. This event was hosted by the Sustainability Advocates.

APRIL 25, 2021
 

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Earth Day Cleanup: Durham Point

Participants visited the Town of Durham's transfer station land in Durham to pick up and track litter using the Litterati mobile app. Litterati helps log and categorize the trash you pick up from natural areas and trails near you and has led to packaging changes by corporations based on litter data, so our efforts contributed to even more big change! Hosted by Nature Groupie, a project of UNH’s Cooperative Extension.