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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 85.51
Liaison Jennifer Andrews
Submission Date July 27, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of New Hampshire
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Jennifer Andrews
Project Director
Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Sustainability Dual Major

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The new undergraduate Sustainability Dual Major, launched in spring 2016, provides an innovative pathway for emerging leaders to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be agents of change in a complex, ever-changing global environment. Students from any UNH college or major can pair the Sustainability Dual Major with the first major. This makes the UNH Sustainability Dual Major inherently (and intentionally) cross-disciplinary field in terms of study and practice. The goal is to help students make connections across issues of science and ethics, policy and technology, and culture and history to better understand and take action on pressing issues of our time. Also, to do the following:

- Study grand challenges in an engaged format
- Apply their principles and passions to your academic work
- Add value to their primary major
- Work collaboratively across disciplines with students and faculty
- Develop skills needed to create sustainability solutions in any profession
- Prepare for a career in the expanding sustainability field
- Hone their leadership abilities to help create a better world
SUST consists of 32 credits, including core and elective courses, and a capstone experience.

Students are required to take three (3) SUST courses (in order)

SUST 401: Surveying Sustainability
SUST 501: Sustainability Perspectives & Methods
SUST 750: Sustainability Capstone
Students choose elective courses to complete the remaining 20 credits for the dual major. Approved electives are determined prior to each term. All SUST majors will take at least one elective from the natural & biological sciences list, and at least one from the social science and humanities list.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program:
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Environmental Conservation and Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

Students graduating with a degree in Environmental Conservation and Sustainability

- have a scientific understanding of ecological systems and how they function
- understand the interdependency between people and the environment
- are familiar with basic resource management policies and strategies
- have hands-on experience to sustainably manage human activities within the Earth’s ecological systems

Students select a specialization to develop expertise in:

- Land and Water Resource Policy and Management
- International Environmental and Natural Resource Policy and Sustainable Development
- Environmental Education, Communication, Public Participation and Leadership


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
EcoGastronomy Dual Major

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):

EcoGastronomy integrates UNH strengths in sustainable agriculture, hospitality management, and nutrition. EcoGastronomy offers a unique academic program emphasizing the interdisciplinary, international, and experiential knowledge that connects all three fields. As a dual major, EcoGastronomy provides a complement to any primary major.


The website URL for the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program(s):

http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/curricula

Undergraduate Programs

Community & Environmental Planning Major
Dairy Management, including UNH's organic dairy research farm
Earth Sciences Major
Earth Sciences Geology Major
Earth Sciences Oceanography Major
Earth Sciences Teaching Major
EcoGastronomy, Dual Major
Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Major
Environmental Conservation Studies Major
Environmental Engineering: Municipal Processes
Environmental Horticulture Major
Environmental & Resource Economics Major
Environmental Sciences Major
European Cultural Studies Major
Forestry Major
Geography Major
Green Real Estate Minor
Health Management & Policy Major
History Major
Humanities Major
International Affairs Dual Major
Marine, Estuarine and Freshwater Biology Major
Microbiology Major
Outdoor Education Major
Philosophy Major
Plant Biology Major
Political Science Major
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Major
Tourism Planning & Development Major
Wildlife and Conservation Biology Major
Womens Studies Major
Zoology Major


Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Environmental Conservation and Sustainability Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

Issues of sustainable living involve every aspect of life. Humans are part of, and dependent upon, healthy functioning ecosystems. Sustainable living requires learning to live with ecosystem limits. Students increase their knowledge and awareness of environmental issues and problems, study and apply principles of sustainability, and develop thinking and communication skills in order to help solve complex problems and move humanity toward a more sustainable future. The minor consists of 20 credits (totaling 5 courses) with grades of C- or better, and no pass/fail courses. No more than eight credits used to satisfy major requirements may be used for the minor.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Agribusiness Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

The agribusiness minor is designed to provide students in disciplines other than environmental and resource economics training in the economics and management of agricultural and other natural resource business firms. This program prepares students to work for private companies, governmental agencies, or nonprofit, nongovernmental organizations. Students who are interested in operating their own businesses will also find this minor very useful. The courses in the agribusiness minor emphasize the applications of economic and business management principles.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Wetland Ecology Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

The Department of Natural Resources & the Environment offers an interdisciplinary minor in wetland ecology. It is available to all students in biology, botany, environmental conservation, forestry, plant biology, environmental sciences, wildlife ecology and related majors. There is a strong demand among consulting firms, state and federal agencies, and not-for-profit organization for people with knowledge and experience relevant to wetland resource management.


The website URL for the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
The name and website URLs of all other sustainability-focused undergraduate minors, concentrations and certificates:

Africana and African American Studies Minor
American Studies Minor
Civil Technology Construction Management (2-Year)
Classics Minor
Community & Environmental Planning (2-Year and Minor)
Community Leadership Major (2-Year)
Dairy Management (2-Year)
Earth Sciences Geology Minor
Earth Sciences Oceanography Minor
Environmental Conservation Studies Minor
Environmental Horticulture (2-Year)
Environmental & Resource Economics Minor
Forest Technology Major (2-Year)
Forestry Minor
Green Real Estate Minor
History Minor
History and Philosophy of Science Minor
Humaniaties Minor
Microbiology Minor
Music Minor
Ocean Engineering Minor
Political Science Minor
Queer Studies Minor
Race, Culture and Power Minor
Political Science Minor
Social Work Minor
Sociology Major Minor
Theatre and Dance Minor
Water Resources Management Minor
Wetland Ecology Minor
Wildlife and Conservation Biology Minor
Womens Studies Minor
Zoology Minor


Additional documentation to support the submission:
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http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/education
http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/curricula

Dan Winans is an instructor for the EcoGastronomy Dual Major.
Email: Dan.Winans@unh.edu
Phone: (603) 862-3303

UNH's bachelor of science in forestry degree program received a 10-year renewal of its accreditation from the Society of American Foresters (SAF) in February 2010. UNH’s forestry program embraces interdisciplinary issues like climate change, biodiversity and sustainability and is strongly connected to other natural resources degree programs at UNH.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.