Grounds & Landscape Management

Grounds & Landscape Management
college woods trail and sign




Campus snow removal managed with Green SnoPro to reduce toxics


Acres of land managed organically across the state




Tons of carbon sequestered by UNH forestlands annually

Grounds & Landscape Management

The beauty and character of our campus make UNH an amazing place to work, live, learn and play – and that is no accident. UNH’s sustainable approach to landscape management helps keep it healthy and resilient. 

A Roadmap for Healthy and Resilient Lands

A complement to the Campus Master Plan and developed by the Ecosystem Task Force, UNH's Landscape Master Plan (LMP) lays out our commitment to sustainability principles and practices. The new 2021 LMP is our roadmap for ensuring our campus grounds are healthy, adaptive and resilient.


collage of outdoor spaces on campus

STARS Platinum seal




bar graph showing UNH's grounds score compared to the average reporting campus

UNH earned 84% of total points available (3.34/4) compared to an AASHE member average of 47.98%.

STARS "seeks to recognize institutions that are measuring and reducing their greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions. In addition, institutions that inventory and take steps to reduce their air pollutant emissions can positively impact the health of the campus community, as well as the health of their local communities and regions."

Organic & Integrated Pest Management

In addition to managing the Durham, NH campus, UNH owns and manages fields, forests and other ecosystems across Durham, the Seacoast and the state of NH. We use an organic management approach across 600 of those acres, and integrated pest management for the rest, to minimize the use of synthetic and toxic chemicals, resource use and habitat disruption.

UNH Durham campus at sunset


For our Durham, NH campus, Campus Planning and Grounds and Events are constantly monitoring flora and fauna and planning to ensure our landscape management practices support healthy ecosystems. In addition, faculty and students conduct research on our campus waterways, forests and lands. 

For our holdings beyond campus, the Office of Woodlands and Wildlands works to ensure our land management practices balance ecosystem stewardship, recreational use and productivity.