UNH Today

Building Momentum for the Blue Economy

When it comes to the economy, the ocean is a major player — from tourism to energy, seafood to shipping, the world’s marine-related assets tally up to trillions of dollars. But our oceans and coastlines are facing unprecedented pressures. Confronted with this reality, a new concept has emerged that considers both the economic benefits and the long-term sustainability of marine resources across all sectors: The blue economy.

eCoast Angels honored by UNH

eCoast Angels, an early-stage, business angel network founded in New England in 2000, has been named the University of New Hampshire’s Paul J. Holloway Entrepreneur of the Year.

eCoast Angels was founded by five New Hampshire Seacoast entrepreneurs. From its start, the group had a vision of giving back to the community by investing in, and mentoring, entrepreneurs of early-stage start-up companies who were passionate about their company.

A Lifetime Achievement

Professor of Natural Resources and the Environment Russell Congalton has spent close to half a century researching and teaching geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and geospatial technologies. During that time, he’s witnessed significant change – which is really just the nature of his work: identifying changing habitats and environments from imagery provided by satellites, unmanned aerial systems (drones), and similar technologies.

Going Above and Beyond

Sally Nelson volunteered to be a living donor for a friend in need, and throughout her own months-long journey she credits her colleagues at the School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering (SMSOE) at UNH with keeping her afloat. Thanks to her nomination, UNH was awarded a Donate Life Employer Recognition award from Donate Life America.

Accelerating Success

A $1 million gift from Harry Patten ’58 and the Patten Family Foundation will launch the Patten Family Sales and Funding Accelerator program at the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) this fall.

Celebrating Sustainability

The second annual UNH Sustainability Awards were held Tuesday, May 10, with honorees including alumni for the first time in the ceremony’s brief history.

The awards were established to recognize UNH alumni, faculty, staff and students for their contributions to sustainability, including research and scholarship, curriculum development and teaching, campus initiatives and external activities and achievements.