UNH Sustainability for Today & Tomorrow

As a public university and a national leader in sustainability, we believe we have a unique role, and we would say obligation, to play in advancing sustainability – by being a role model for other universities and organizations through our own practices, through the generation of cutting-edge knowledge, by acting as a catalyst and convener, to support the advancement of sustainability in our local and regional communities, and helping cultivate the next generation of bold, courageous and capable sustainability leaders through our educational programs.

It is widely recognized that this decade (2020-2030) is pivotally important in terms of action on the climate crisis, and more broadly, the urgency to achieve each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals which consider all aspects of a sustainable future, including dignity for all people and ecological integrity in all places.

We could not do this work without our generous supporters and champions of sustainability who have been critical in helping to advance our work. 


Students share the impact sustainability education and experiences have made on their lives and future careers.


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Josephine A. Lamprey: UNH Sustainability Champion

"I'm just the biggest champion there is of the university; I think it's a best-kept secret in the United States."

The Josephine A. Lamprey Professorship in Climate and Sustainability advances work on climate and energy issues that interconnect with biodiversity and ecosystems, food systems and culture under sustainability on and off campus. It provides resources to a faculty member to focus on long-term research and engagement in climate and energy issues in New Hampshire and New England. Lamprey Professor, Dr. Cameron Wake collaborates with a wide range of partners at UNH and across New England to help build climate resilient communities, educate the next generation of sustainability leaders, and strengthen networks that connect sustainability professionals. “Jo’s vision and generosity have allowed me to take the climate science I’ve been working on and share that with communities and states across the region. Her philanthropy has really made a huge difference in allowing me to spread my wings … and make a difference in the way people frame and act on the climate crisis.”  - Cameron Wake
Read the UNH Today story on Jo Lamprey's Support

The Sorensen Family: Supporting the Next Generation & Our Communities

Briella talking with man at farmer's market

The Sorensen Family Endowment has been providing extraordinary real-world experiences for UNH students since 2019. Each year, their gift supports a Sustainability Fellowship – helping students graduate with critical sustainability skills and in turn, helping host organizations to meaningfully enhance their sustainability practices. During the summer of 2021, business administration student, Briella Hirsch '22 worked alongside Seacoast Eat Local to expand local food access using a SNAP subscription program. She coordinated logistics, created promotional resources, conducted SNAP outreach surveys, researched SNAP populations and trends, and updated online content to help with the success of the program. This work helped reconnect the NH community to the source of their food and communicate the story of farmers and local food producers to consumers.  

Watch Briella’s final presentation and reflections 

Thomas W. Haas: Advancing Equity & Sustainability

The Thomas W. Haas Professorship of Sustainable Food Systems is a fully funded professorship which aims to advance sustainable agriculture, food choices, nutrition, and economic and social well-being on and off campus. It provides resources to a faculty member to focus on long-term network design and planning for the New Hampshire and New England food systems. Building upon her previous 1.5-year term as Haas Professor, Karen A. Spiller works to deepen UNH’s participation in the Food Solutions New England 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge; develop new and strengthen existing relationships and collaborations on campus and across the state; and share her expertise with UNH faculty, staff, students, and beyond.
Read the UNH Today story on the Haas Professorship