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 behaviour, 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. Since our inception in 1997, our mission has been to collaborate with faculty, staff, students and external partners to integrate sustainability across UNH's curriculum, operations, research and engagement. We strive to bring people and ideas together to make UNH a model sustainable learning community that engages with our state, region, and national and international partners to advance sustainability.
We organize our work through four key systems of sustainability -- biodiversity, climate, food and culture -- across the university's "CORE" mission -- curriculum, operations, research and engagement.
The Institute employs a full time Director, Associate Director, and 3 additional full time staff positions. A number of funded faculty fellows from across the university play various roles within the Institute and the affiliated Sustainability Research Collabatory. Funding is primarily through an endowment.