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. Sustainability Awards celebrate and spotlight individuals and teams doing important sustainability research, curriculum development and teaching, campus initiatives and culture development, 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 community and how we work. 

The Sustainability Awards embrace 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. 

Important Dates & Reminders

2023 Key Dates
 

  • Nominations dates and deadlines coming soon!
  • May 9, 4-6 p.m.: Recognition Celebration & Reception, Strafford Room, MUB

PLEASE NOTE: Student research should not be nominated here. All student research awards will be presented within the structure of the Undergraduate Research Conference (select event: Undergraduate Research Sustainability Symposium) and the Graduate Research Conference. Please encourage students to register for these events in order to be considered.

Congratulations 2022 Sustainability Awardees & Nominees

Learn more about this year's awardees and nominees in each category below.

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Alumni Awards
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Faculty Awards
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Staff Awards
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Student Awards

2022 Sustainability Awards Selection Committees

  • Leslie Couse, Committee Chair; Executive Director of Engagement and Faculty Development
  • George Anderson, UNH Undergraduate
  • Semra Aytur, Associate Professor, Health Management & Policy
  • Shuili Du, Associate Professor, Marketing
  • David Kaye, Professor, Theater and Dance
  • Kyle Kwiatkowski, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering
  • David Mortenson, Chair, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems
  • Melinda Negron-Gonzales, Chair, Department of Security Studies, UNH Manchester
  • Rebecca Purdom, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law
  • Stephen Trzaskoma, Center Director, Center for the Humanities; Faculty Director Responsible Governance & Sustainable Citizenship Project (RGSCP); Professor Classics, Humanities and Italian Studies
  • Cameron Wake, Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space; Josephine A. Lamprey Professor of Climate & Sustainability, Sustainability Institute
  • Elisabeth Farrell, Project Director, Sustainability Institute (ex-officio)

  • Allyson Ryder, Committee Chair; Assistant Director, Community, Equity, and Diversity
  • Pelema Ellis, Vice Provost, Enrollment
  • Charlie French, Department Head, Community & Economic Development, Cooperative Extension
  • Karen Spiller, Thomas W. Haas Professor of Sustainable Food Systems, Sustainability Institute
  • Kenneth Weston, Executive Director, Campus Stewardship
  • Dawn Zitney, Educator/Counselor, Health and Wellness
  • Jennifer Andrews, Project Director, Sustainability Institute (ex-officio)

  • Catherine Peebles, Committee Chair; Director, UNH Honors Program
  • Ruth Abelman, Director, Residential Life
  • Melissa Beecher, Director, MUB and Student Activities
  • Megan Brabec, Coordinator of Civic & Community Engagement
  • Lu Butterfield-Ferrell, Associate Director, Beauregard Center
  • Molly Kent, UNH Undergraduate
  • Sam Pearson, UNH Undergraduate
  • Christa Ricker, Director, New Student Programs
  • Faina Bukher, Project Director, Sustainability Institute (ex-officio)
  • Kelly Calhoun, Committee Chair; Executive Director, Alumni Relations
  • Andre Beaupre, Founder, Soulful Advantage LLC
  • Emily Broderick, Director of Principal Stewardship, Donor Relations
  • Ned Dane, Chief Strategy Officer, Aidentified LLC
  • Mickey DiLima, Assistant Director of Development, UNH Development
  • Jill Durkin, UNH Undergraduate
  • Kaitlin Griffin, UNH Undergraduate
  • Jason Plant, UNH Undergraduate
  • Liz Torrance, AVP, Community Relations and Social Responsibility Manager, Kennebunk Savings
  • Fiona Wilson, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer (ex-officio)

UNH Sustainability Awards Details

UNH, UNH Manchester, and UNH Law School faculty, staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, and alumni are eligible for a Sustainability Award.* This includes faculty and staff with research, clinical, or adjunct appointments. Individuals or organizations/teams may be nominated. Previous sustainability award winners are eligible for nomination for activities that are new since the time of the previous award. 

*Sustainability Institute staff, members of the Sustainability Awards selection committees, Sustainability Institute Advisory Board or other UNH advisory boards are not eligible. 

The program seeks to celebrate, spotlight and incentivize research and scholarship, curriculum development and teaching, campus initiatives and culture development, and external engagement activities and achievements that best embody the principles and practices of sustainability.

While a small number of awards are presented each year, this program intentionally celebrates all nominees for their contributions. This reflects our commitment to a sustainable learning community, in which many members of the UNH community are integral to the achievements of the university. 

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 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has or has the potential to have significant impact on sustainability, and fulfills some or all of the following 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 Categories

Faculty

Research
Four (4) awards total: 2 for established research and 2 for emerging research 

Established research: 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. Mature stream of research that has had impact through publication, presentation, and other kinds of impacts 

Emerging research: Recognizes early-stage research projects that are in-development. Emerging stream of research, pre-publication, data analysis, grant application/recently awarded a grant 

Curriculum 
Four (4) awards total: 2 for existing curriculum and 2 for new curriculum 

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 & Community Engagement
Four (4) awards total

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

Lifetime Achievement
Up to five (5) awards annually

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

Sustainability Champions
Unlimited

Recognizes all nominees for their work.

Staff

Campus Culture & Operations
Four (4) awards total

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

Engagement
Four (4) awards total

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 

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

Sustainability Champions
Unlimited

Recognizes all nominees for their work.

Students

Research
Awards will be presented at the Sustainability Awards Recognition Celebration on May 9, 2023 

PLEASE NOTE: Student research should not be nominated here. All student research awards will be presented within the structure of the Undergraduate Research Conference (select event: Undergraduate Research Sustainability Symposium) and the Graduate Research Conference. Please encourage students to register for these events in order to be considered. 

Campus Culture, Operations & Engagement
Four (4) awards total

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. 

Sustainability Champions
Unlimited

Recognizes everyone who was nominated and those who presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference Sustainability Symposium or the Graduate Research Conference Sustainability Track.  

Alumni

Lifetime Achievement
Up to (3) annually

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

Graduates of the Last Decade
Up to three (3) undergraduate and up to three (3) graduate alumni

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

Awardees and 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 $20,000 will be awarded in 2023, 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 period.

This funding is made possible by the generous support of the Responsible Governance and Sustainable Citizenship Program and the Sustainability Institute.  

The nomination period for the 2022 UNH Sustainability Awards has closed. 

 

Individuals and teams may be nominated via an online form.  

Key 2023 dates coming soon!