Ecology, Climate, and Health Working Group
The UNH Ecology, Climate, and Health Working Group includes faculty from a wide variety of departments, including Microbiology, Zoology, Natural Resources, and Public Health, along with the UNH Office of Sustainability, the UNH Climate Change Research Center, the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, and the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, to integrate our research on ecological health, public health, disease, and climate change.
Examples of research of ECH Working Group members include:
- UNH microbiologists Cheryl Whistler and Vaughn Cooper, both assistant professors, are studying the microbial interactions that influence the emergence of pathogenic Vibrio bacteria species in oysters. The research is funded by NH Sea Grant.
- In 2007, UNH was selected as a recipient of an Experimental Program to Stimulate Experimental Research (EPSCoR) award for a new effort titled “Enhancing Research and Education Capacity for Integration of Earth Observations, Infectious Diseases Ecology and Public Health in New Hampshire.” UNH researchers from the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, the Department of Health Management and Policy, and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics are involved in the research.
Ecological Task Force (EcoTF)
The UNH Ecological Task Force (EcoTF) examines sustainability issues related to land use, development, and ecosystem management. The overarching goal of the EcoTF is to serve in an advisory capacity to the UNH President and be responsible for making recommendations on the full range of issues that relate to land use, landscaping, ecosystem health, biodiversity and development.
Ecological Task Force
Green Cleaning at UNH - "THE Green Sweep"
UNH Facilities Housekeeping is responsible for the internal cleaning of 75 out of the approximately 112 buildings on and off the UNH Durham campus, including academic and administrative buildings, residence halls, Health Services, the Field House and the Whittemore Center. They have continued to move toward less toxic cleaning solutions, where applicable, in order to ensure a healthy learning and working environment for students, faculty, staff, and building service workers. New greener products and practices are constantly being tested to see whether they meet expected standards, and new product and green cleaning training happens at various times of the year.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
As part of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system, UNH Facilities does not use pesticides to maintain the campus with the exception of target spraying with a species-specific insecticide to quell an outbreak of a new turf pest in 1999. Instead, UNH utilizes an IPM system to control pests in an environmentally responsible, sustainable manner.
Integrated Pest Management
Stormwater Management & Research
The Sustainability Office works with UNH Facilities and the UNH Stormwater Research Center for stormwater management and research.
The UNH Office of Sustainability strives to collaborate and work with academic classes, faculty, UNH Facilities Design & Construction, UNH Facilities Services, and the UNH Office of Campus Planning to promote and maintain sustainable landscaping throughout campus for the education and enjoyment of the community, the enhancement of natural systems, and the protection of biodiversity. All groups worked closely with sustainable landscaping experts to develop a UNH Sustainable Landscaping Master Plan that has become part of the umbrella UNH Campus Master Plan.
As a sustainable learning community, UNH is committed to minimizing waste and to reducing, reusing, and recycling. Waste management at UNH is overseen by a number of different UNH offices all working together to create an integrated approach.
UNH takes several proactive approaches to conserve water, including following EPA WaterSense guidelines. UNH has made several adjustments to its water systems to maximize conservation.