Before coming to UNH I didn’t really pay much attention to the environment on a personal level. I’ve always recycled, but that was about it during my high school years. Once I got to UNH, I started learning more from friends, campus events, and activities in regard to environmental wellness and sustainability.
Environmental Wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. It encourages us to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it.
Earth Day is an annual event that falls on April 22. Events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
Signs of Environmental Wellness:
- Being aware of the limits of the earth’s natural resources
- Conserving energy
- Recycling paper, cans, and glass
- Creating home and work environments that are supportive and nurturing
- Composting (The Gables Apartments are supporting this!)
Sustainability is a core value of University of New Hampshire. There are many resources here on campus, including the Sustainability Institute. The institute acts as a “convener, cultivator, and champion of sustainability” on campus and in the state.
Read more about having a Sustainable Student Life here: Sustainable Student Life
UNH Health Services provides a Virtual Energy Efficient Dorm Room site to offer students a chance to see how they can save. Health Services also provides numerous resources on their website regarding environmental wellness and how it applies to students and student life here at UNH.
UNH’s Sustainability Institute has an interactive new website exploring New England Food Vision. According to the website, the vision is “a future in which food nourishes a social, economic, and environmental landscape that supports a high quality of life for everyone, including generations to come.” The New England Food Vision: “a collaborative report that considers the future of our region: a future in which food nourishes a social, economic, and environmental landscape that supports a high quality of life for everyone, including generations to come.”
UNH Earth Fest:
- April 20, 2016 from 3pm-6pm on T-Hall Lawn
- Carnival with food, games, art, and an obstacle course
- Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 11am at Boulder Field
- A full day of solar-powered music and performances of the arts. Audiences of all ages.
- Henna, face painting, shopping, and more.
- Made possible by the UNH Student Environmental Action Coalition
Stay environmentally conscious, UNH Wildcats!