This is the story of building a culture of sustainability at UNH. By no means is this history all-inclusive, but rather it encompasses highlights of how hundreds of people across UNH, and beyond, have worked to realize our vision of a sustainable learning community – where everyone learns, and everyone teaches. We are grateful for the faculty, staff, students, community partners and donors who have harnessed a collective commitment to collaborate across and beyond disciplines and departments to creatively realize the great potential of this shared commitment. and bring ideas to reality. Evidence of our sustainability history is all around us today. This work continues to evolve, deepen and flourish in our community.
As we reflect back and look ahead to the next 25 years of sustainability at UNH, including the development of a UNH 2030 Sustainability Vision over the coming months, and in the wider world, we would do well to give serious thought to the words of David Graeber and David Wengrow in their sweeping book, The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, “If, as many are suggesting, the future of our species’ future now hinges on our capacity to create something different, then what ultimately matters is whether we can rediscover the freedoms that make us human in the first place.”
"While we don’t know those who will be leading our efforts in 2047, we can nevertheless support them and give them more possibilities by doing the right things now. So let’s come together in common cause and connect all of our efforts to achieve a far greater positive impact then we could ever accomplish separately."
- Tom Kelly, Founding Executive Director, Sustainability Institute