UNE is uniquely positioned as an educational institution to contribute research, foster innovation, and provide a model for environmental sustainability to the University campuses and greater community. Teaching environmental stewardship, both by example and through living and learning experiences, ensures UNE’s contribution to a cleaner, healthier environment.
President Danielle Ripich, Ph.D. affirmed the University’s dedication to environmental sustainability on November 3, 2008 when she signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. The institutional structures, student involvement, faculty and staff guidance, campus initiatives and organizational vision signal the expansion of UNE’s reputation to include leadership in environmental health and sustainability.
From campus Zipcars to the growing recycling program and “green” conference offerings, UNE is embarking on new initiatives all the time to protect the environment and make the University community more aware of sustainable options.
UNE has preserved 190 acres of University land, including 38 vernal pools, with conservation easements in perpetuity. This conserved area continues to serve as a natural laboratory for UNE researchers and science and environmental studies classes, while also benefitting the community as a whole.
UNE has been included among the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 375 Green Colleges.” The guide features four-year colleges that have demonstrated a high level of commitment to the environment and sustainability.
The Eco-Rep Program seeks to advance awareness of campus environmental concerns and initiatives through Peer Education and Leadership.