Mission of the Sustainability Institute at UNH

“UNH is rethinking many of the ways we pursue scholarship, educate our students, and connect with the community, and the Sustainability Academy is a key part of that. It will build on our history of sustainability leadership - and take it to the next level.”

UNH Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. John Aber

Home to the nation’s oldest endowed program, sustainability has long been a core value of the University of New Hampshire. It shapes our culture, informs our behavior, and is a guiding principle of everything we do. The Sustainability Institute was developed to reflect this belief system, and act as convener, cultivator and champion of sustainability on campus, in the state and region, and around the world.

Today, the Sustainability Institute is recognized nationally as a leading authority on sustainability within higher education. Led by Dr. Tom Kelly, one of the country’s most respected leaders in the field of sustainability, and supported by a nationally acclaimed team of faculty fellows, the Sustainability Institute encourages full participation in the creation of a sustainable world. We work closely with educators, students, policymakers and researchers in our own community and beyond to bring learning in sustainability to life.

Our unique approach helps reveal the powerful, practical and positive impacts of sustainability by cultivating a deeper and more informed understanding of its true nature. We believe sustainability goes far beyond “green” and extends across and beyond disciplines that include everything from the food we eat to the culture in which we live. By integrating this authentic view of sustainability into the heart of our curriculum and operations, we encourage personal, local and national examples of genuine leadership in the field of sustainability.