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. 

Important Dates & Reminders

2022 Key Dates
 

  • Week of April 11, 2022: Awardees Notified  
  • April 12-13, 2022: Graduate Research Conference 
  • April 20-21, 2022: Undergraduate Sustainability Research Conference
  • May 10, 2022: Awards Celebration 

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

All UNH, UNH Manchester, and UNH Law School faculty, staff, graduate, undergraduate students, and alumni are eligible.

Sustainability Awards recognize work that embodies the ethical commitment inherent in the SDGs, has or has the potential to contribute to or have significant impact on sustainability, and fulfills some or all the following general criteria. This includes faculty and staff with research or adjunct appointments. Individuals or organizations/teams may be nominated.   

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. From small and emergent to large and complex, the Sustainability Awards shines a light on the full spectrum of actions that contribute to sustainability at and beyond UNH. 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.

Sustainability Institute professional staff are ineligible.

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)

Recognizes existing and 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 may be approved or in the development stage.

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

Recognizes efforts to integrate sustainability into campus culture such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, and campus operations, such as buildings, transportation, dining.

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 culture such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, and campus operations, such as buildings, transportation, dining.

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

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 your students to register for these events in order to be considered.

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 faculty, staff and student nominees are eligible 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.

Qualified nominees may 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.



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