Are you a staff or faculty member interested in building your leadership and outreach skills, helping your office or department become more sustainable and contributing UNH's sustainability progress on campus?
Our Sustainable Office program is both professional development and a changemaking opportunity for faculty and staff. Participants will become leaders in sustainability with support and guidance from the Sustainability Institute and serve as peer mentors to others in their office around sustainability. Participants will also have the opportunity to enact changes around their office and make choices to support equitable, environmentally conscious, and socially responsible decisions around office culture, purchasing, training and operations.
The Sustainable Office program was designed based on our Platinum ranking in sustainability according to the STARS AASHE reporting system. Sustainability is a key part of UNH's mission and values and we all play a role as individuals and as offices like yours to support and practice that mission!
Benefits of Participating
Staff and faculty participants will:
- Develop knowledge and skills to bring awareness to sustainability issues at UNH
- Contribute to a better world and to UNH's national leadership in sustainability
- Official recognition as a Sustainable Office leader who has served as the lead on sustainability for your office/department
- Showcased on the Sustainability Institute webpage and social media as one of the offices/departments contributing to advancing sustainability initiatives and education on campus
- Certificate of your sustainability status to put in your office/department common space (Bronze, Gold, Silver, Platinum)
- Gold and Platinum awards receive a sustainable gift
Participants will be asked to:
- Complete a virtual training module around sustainability at UNH
- Meet with other Sustainable Office participants once per semester (organized by the Sustainability Institute)
- Inventory your office/department's sustainability practices (with tools by the Sustainability Institute) and submit a sustainability checklist report to track and measure your progress
- Organize one sustainability initiative in your office (e.g., a voluntary community service opportunity for you and your colleagues, a guest speaker or book discussion, recycling or commuting week- or month-long awareness challenge, etc.)
- Create recommendation/s for changes that can be implemented in your department over the next year to continue advancing sustainability and work to get it approved by your department's director or other supervisor
The program will entail a minimum 20-hour commitment over the academic year.