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AOP Planning Committee Fall Forum on Sustainability

November 14, 2007

“It’s Not Easy Being Green, or Is It? Sustainability @UNH and Beyond” will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 1– 3 p.m. in the MUB, Granite State Room. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All attendees are eligible for the grand door prize—a weekend hybrid car rental—donated by Enterprise.

Online registration is required and will be open thru Friday, Nov.16 at

Guest panelists will discuss current strides in sustainability and share how to integrate best practices. Panelists include:

Tom Kelly, University Office of Sustainability

Stephen Pesci, Campus Planning

Julia Dundorf and Denise Blaha, N.H. Carbon Challenge

Linda Leavitt, UNH Recycling Center

Susan Mills, OfficeMax

Kelly, chief sustainability officer, will speak on UNH’s vision of sustainability—where we are and where we are going—and on the significant progress that has been made in integrating sustainability across all aspects of the university.

The director of special projects for Campus Planning, Pesci will share information about the Campus Master Plan, specifically about the improvements made to the university transportation system.

Dundorf and Blaha are the founders of N.H. Carbon Challenge whose goal is to get Granite Staters to reduce their carbon foot print through such simple measures as switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs. The pair will share information on how one can reduce household carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 pounds per year.

Leavitt manages the UNH Recycling Program. She will talk about the university’s recycling process, including such topics as what can be recycled, how it is recycled, how items should be sorted, who to contact for recycling coordination and where the money from recycling at UNH goes.

The environmental products manager at OfficeMax, Mills will discuss environmentally sound products.

“The AOP Planning Committee strives to find topics that are both interesting and educational. It was our mission to educate staff on a subject that is so widely spread throughout campus and beyond,” says Lori Parent, committee chairman. “We believe that being sustainable on campus or at home can be learned by anyone, anywhere. UNH has become a leader in sustainability and we wanted to promote our internal organizations as well as our partners outside of campus. We are thrilled to have such great speakers and representation of incredible organizations at our forum. We thank them for supporting us and for their incredible work.”

After the presentation, representatives from the following organizations will be available to provide additional information on sustainable resources:


Houghton Hardware

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

UNH Energy Council

UNH Recycling Center

University Office of Sustainability

UNH Printing Services

UNH College Woods

Computing and Information Services

College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

Environmental Health and Safety

If you encounter problems registering online, call the CIS Helpdesk at 2-4242.

If you have questions about the program or require accommodations, contact Chris VanHorn via email at chris.vanhorn@unh.edu or call 2-0519.

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