UNH Sustainability Awards

UNH Sustainability Awards
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recognizing the innovative work of faculty, staff, students and alumni


Champions

of our collective commitment to human dignity for all people and ecological integrity in all places


 

Impact

driven and informed by the needs and challenges in the community/world


What are the UNH Sustainability Awards?

Sustainability at UNH is a university-wide endeavor. Broadly, sustainability balances environmental stewardship, social well-being, and economic vitality to meet our present needs, while ensuring the ability of future generations to meet their needs.  

The UNH Sustainability Awards program celebrates and incentivizes individuals and teams doing important sustainability research, curriculum development and teaching, campus initiatives and culture, and external engagement work across and beyond the university. The program raises the visibility of these activities and achievements to help build a deep culture of sustainability that permeates all facets of our institution and how we work. 

The Awards program embraces the framework of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals to advance human dignity for all people and ecological integrity in all places, and to emphasize the inextricable links between human dignity, ecological health, participatory democracy, and intergenerational equity. 

2022 Nominations are OPEN!

 Nominate here by January 18, 2022
 

Learn more about the 2021 Awardees

Important Dates & Reminders

2022 Key Dates

Individuals and teams may be nominated via the online form
Nomination form

  • November 15, 2021: Nominations Open 
  • January 18, 2021: Nominations Close 
  • Week of Feb. 28, 2022: Awardees Notified  
  • April 1, 2022, 3-5 p.m.: Recognition Ceremony  
  • April 12-13, 2022: Graduate Research Conference 
  • April 20-21, 2022: Undergraduate Sustainability Research Conference 

PLEASE NOTE: Students who participate in the Undergraduate Research Conference in the University-wide Undergraduate Sustainability Research Symposium event will also be considered for the UNH Sustainability Awards. 

UNH Sustainability Awards Details

All UNH, UNH Manchester, and UNH Law School faculty, staff, graduate, undergraduate students, and alumni are eligible.* This includes faculty and staff with research or adjunct appointments. Individuals or organizations/teams may be nominated.  

*Individuals and organizations/teams that have received an award within the past three years are not eligible. Members of the Sustainability Institute Advisory Board or other UNH advisory boards are not eligible. 

The program seeks to celebrate and incentivize research and scholarship, curriculum development and teaching, campus initiatives and culture, and external engagement activities and achievements that best embody the principles and practices of sustainability. See Award Categories & Criteria section for details.

All nominees will be celebrated and recognized as UNH's Sustainability Champions at an annual recognition ceremony. Awardees will receive a certificate of recognition and be featured on the Sustainability Institute website.  

In addition, all nominees will qualify to be considered for funding to extend the work of their project, research, or curriculum development. See Funding section for details.

Award Criteria Overview

These criteria are reflective of the complexity and reality of sustainability challenges and the kinds of skills and approaches that sustainability requires. Sustainability Awards recognize work that embodies the ethical commitment inherent in the SDGs, has or has the potential to have significant impact on sustainability, and fulfills some or all the following general criteria. Please see specific category information below for further criteria descriptions. 

  • Inter- and transdisciplinary: sustainability solutions inherently bring together a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives 
  • Collaborative: bringing diverse stakeholders together for collective impact, for example, team-based projects or public/private partnerships 
  • Engaged: driven and informed by actual needs and challenges in the community/world 
  • Inclusive: representative of diversity in all its forms 
  • Creative: harnessing novel or unique approaches to sustainability practices 

Award Levels

  • Platinum: demonstrates exemplary work that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability or a major sustainability challenge. 
  • Gold: demonstrates outstanding work that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability or a major sustainability challenge. 
  • Silver: demonstrates excellent work that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability or a major sustainability challenge. 
  • Bronze: demonstrates emergent or promising work that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability or a major sustainability challenge. 
  • Sustainability Champions: recognizes all nominees in all categories for their work in advancing sustainability.

Award Categories

Faculty

Research
Four (4) awards in this category (Platinum; Gold; Silver; Bronze)

Recognizes research and scholarship that explicitly addresses the concept of sustainability, furthers our understanding of the interdependence of ecological and social/economic systems, or has a primary or explicit focus on a major sustainability challenge. 

Curriculum 
Four (4) awards in this category (Platinum; Gold; Silver; Bronze)

Existing Curriculum: Recognizes existing curriculum that contains a primary and explicit focus or an innovative module or unit on sustainability or a sustainability-related challenge or issue. Curriculum must have been approved and taught at least once. 

New Curriculum: Recognizes new curriculum that contains a primary and explicit focus or an innovative module or unit on sustainability or a sustainability-related challenge or issue. Curriculum must be in the development stage. 

Campus Culture & Operations
Four (4) awards in this category (Platinum; Gold; Silver; Bronze)

Recognizes efforts to integrate sustainability into campus operations, including campus culture and initiatives, buildings, transportation, dining, and more. 

Engagement
Four (4) awards in this category (Platinum; Gold; Silver; Bronze)

Recognizes efforts to extend sustainability knowledge and practice at the community, state, regional, national, and/or international level. 

Lifetime Achievement
Up to five (5) awards annually in this category

Recognizes significant multi-year body of work in any one or more of the four categories or across categories. 

Staff

Campus Culture & Operations
Four (4) awards in this category (Platinum; Gold; Silver; Bronze)

Recognizes efforts to integrate sustainability into campus operations, including campus culture and initiatives, buildings, transportation, dining, and more. 

Engagement
Four (4) awards in this category (Platinum; Gold; Silver; Bronze)

Recognizes efforts to extend sustainability knowledge and practice at the community, state, regional, national, and/or international level. 

Lifetime Achievement
Up to five (5) awards annually in this category

Recognizes significant multi-year body of work in any one or more of the four categories or across categories. 

Students

Research
Number of awards TBD

Awards presented by category within the structure of the Sustainability URC/GRC events. 

Campus Culture, Operations & Engagement
Four (4) awards in this category (Platinum; Gold; Silver; Bronze)

Recognizes efforts to integrate sustainability into campus culture and operations and/or extend sustainability knowledge and practice at the community, state, regional, national, and/or international level. 

Student Organization of the Year
One (1) award annually in this category

Recognizes exemplary efforts by a student organization to advance sustainability principles and practices on and beyond campus. 

Alumni

Lifetime Achievement
One (1) award in this category

Recognizes significant multi-year body of work in their professional or civic lives. 

Graduate of the Last Decade
One (1) award in this category 

Recognizes significant multi-year body of work in the professional or civic lives of a graduate of the last decade. 

All awardees will qualify to be considered for funding to extend the work of their project, research, or curriculum development thanks to the generous support of the Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Project/College of Liberal Arts.

Nominees will be eligible to apply for funding between $500 and $2,500 that can be used to support approved expenses that enable the awardee to continue, expand, or enhance their project, research, or curriculum development. A total of $10,000 will be awarded in 2022, divided by the judging committee based on merit. Funds may pay for any qualified expense e.g. research assistance, travel, supplemental pay, project costs etc.) for a pre-determined time period (e.g. 18 months after the award).  Please note that funding cannot be used to support past work.



Nominations are open for the 2022 UNH Sustainability Awards!

Nomination form