GO GREEN with the Wildcats: Join UNH Football to learn ways to protect the environment

DURHAM, N.H. – Recognizing the rising interest
among students to support environmentally responsible choices and the university’s commitment to sustainability, University of New Hampshire (UNH) Athletics is partnering with UNH’s sustainability office to focus on eco-friendly products and choices at the first football game of the season on September 5, 2009.

“The 'Go GREEN with the Wildcats'” event will set recycling and sustainability more broadly as the standards that will carry on throughout the year at all athletic events,” says Marty Scarano, director of UNH Athletics. “We are excited to give UNH fans ways to lessen their environmental footprints.”

Wildcat Corporate Partners will have tables around the stadium displaying their "green"
products and services. Volunteers will be on hand to remind fans to recycle. Some of the featured vendors will include: the Green Alliance, Ultra Geothermal, SEA Solar Store, the Jenaly Technology Group, ReVision Energy, The Fiddlehead Loop, Simply Green, The Green Tee, UNH Energy Club, and the Southeast Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. To learn more, click here.

"We commend UNH Athletics for making its program more sustainable and for partnering with us to educate the university community to do the same" says Sara Cleaves, associate director of UNH's sustainability office. "Athletic departments have a unique role to play in not only reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste, but also in educating players and fans about sustainability through the community building nature of sports."

UNH is a leader in integrating sustainability throughout its curricula, operations, research, and engagement efforts. Committed to being a model sustainable learning community, UNH has earned several awards for its sustainability initiatives, which range from having the largest transit system in the state and being the first in the nation to receive an EPA Energy Star building rating for residence halls to innovative research and engagement through efforts like Carbon Solutions New England and the NH Farm to School program. Discover the sustainable learning community at UNH at http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/ and www.discoversustainability.org.

The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public institution, enrolling 11,800 undergraduate and 2,400 graduate students.

GO GREEN FACTS:  Did you know…….?

1. UNH has committed to reducing its carbon emissions to 50% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 under its Climate Action Plan, WildCAP.

2. UNH's ECOline project will meet up to 85 percent of campus energy use with landfill gas. Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) will be sold to help finance the project and to invest in additional energy efficiency projects on campus.

3. UNH Dining services purchases produce from an on-campus organic garden as well as food from 88 local farms and producers.

4. UNH Dining offers beverage discounts for bringing reusable mugs.

5. UNH Dining composts 90% of pre- and post- consumer food waste in the dining halls. The composting program collects over 92 tons of compostable material annually.

6. UNH mandates that new construction and renovations meet LEED Silver or equivalent standards and use low-flow toilets, urinals, faucets, and showers.

7. UNH is installing a rainwater reclamation system at James Hall as part of its renovation; James is registered to pursue LEED certification.

8. The UNH campus features eleven Energy Star-labeled buildings. Congreve was the first Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR rating for residence halls in the nation.

9. The UNH Ecological Advocates is a student group that raise awareness about living sustainably at UNH. Students can also participate in a variety of organizations, including the Energy Club, the Organic Garden Club, and the Student Environmental Action Council.

10. A Living Green community will house 25 students during the 2009-2010 academic year.

11. The Sustainability Internship Program engages students in internships on and off campus.

12. UNH strives to run all of its diesel fleet on B20 low sulfur diesel and is expanding its compressed natural gas, hybrid, all-electric, and other clean technology vehicles as part of its Clean Fleet program.

13. The Cat Cycles bike program allows any member of the university to sign out a bike and accessories for up to one week at a time.

14. The university has an extensive public transportation system with numerous routes both on campus and off and with links to regional bus and train services.

15. UNH uses GoLoco ridesharing and will offer ZipCar in the 2009-2010 academic year.

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