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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.

Join us at this year's campus events to learn more about the issues facing our planet. And get engaged in local, regional and global initiatives and take action in your everyday lives!  

Earth Day Events at UNH


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51 ways to restore our earth

APRIL 21, 2021

6:00 p.m.


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 will present. See the schedule.

APRIL 22, 2021

12:30 - 2 p.m.

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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 will include 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 will present. See the schedule.

APRIL 22, 2021

5 - 6 p.m.

Earth Fest

The Student Environmental Action Coalition will be hosting a virtual Kahoot game focused on sustainability. There will be prizes for the winners! Zoom in!

APRIL 22, 2021

3:30 - 4 p.m.

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College of Liberal Arts: Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with the College of Liberal Arts in a half-hour program that will include a musical performance, a social science talk and a literary reading. 

  • Jacques Lee Wood, UNH resident artist and cellist, will perform “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, will summarize 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, will read from a literary text on the theme of Earth Day.

The celebration will be held socially-distanced on the Great Lawn of Thompson Hall, rain or shine (or snow!). Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

APRIL 22, 2021

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4 - 5:30 p.m.
(25 slots, register in advance, walking distance to campus)

Pettee Brook Cleanup

We'll be visiting 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 could contribute to even more big change! Hosted by Nature Groupie, a project of UNH’s Cooperative Extension.

APRIL 22, 2021

4 - 5:30 p.m.

The Power of Storytelling in Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series
This event will highlight 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 UNU Center for Humanities.

APRIL 22, 2021

4:30 p.m.

Spring Harvest Dinner

All three UNH Dining Halls will feature 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 will be featuring 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

5:30 - 7 p.m.


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!

  • 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 will be speaking about: RELATIONSHIPS, HIP-HOP AND FORESTRY: THINKING ABOUT DIVERSITY IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Together, they’ll help us look back over the 51 years of environmental history since the first Earth Day and then look 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

Join people from around New England and the world in celebrating Earth Day by cleaning conservation lands, trails and more near you and record it the easy to use app, Litterati to see our collective impact! Hosted by Nature Groupie, a project of UNH’s Cooperative Extension.

Learn more and get all the details and instructions here.

APRIL 23, 2021

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2 - 4 p.m


College Woods Buckthorn Blitz

College Woods and the UNH Office of Woodlands & Natural Areas need you! This special forest on the UNH campus is being overrun with glossy buckthorn, a non-native invasive shrub that crowds out native plants. We’ll be hand-pulling 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.

Please note: Open to members of the UNH community who are enrolled in regular COVID testing only. 

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? Join us for this virtual discussion on conscious consumerism and human trafficking. During the discussion, registrants are welcome to enjoy a cup of personally prepared tea within the comfort of their room. This event is hosted by the Sustainability Advocates and is open to residents of participating residence halls (Congreve, Handler, Hubbard, Hunter, Minis, Williamson, and Upper Quad). The first 10 registrants of participating halls will be treated to a free cup of fair trade tea delivered to their respective residence hall lounge.

APRIL 25, 2021

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2 - 3:30 p.m.
(10 slots, register in advance, transportation available, 2 miles away) 


Earth Day Cleanup: Durham Point

Visit 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 your efforts could contribute to even more big change! Hosted by Nature Groupie, a project of UNH’s Cooperative Extension.