At Antioch University New England, we are committed to ecological stewardship and social justice, cultivating local as well as global perspectives to educate students with diverse backgrounds and opinions to become leaders of change.
In April 2005, AUNE began assessment of its social justice and environmental sustainability in terms of achievements, roles and practices. The process began with the formation of the Sustainability and Social Justice Committee. The committee’s mission was to study the school’s performance in providing transformative education through scholarship, innovation, and community action for a just and sustainable society.
The Committee developed two paths for examining Antioch University New England’s performance in these areas. First, a Social Justice Audit in 2006. Read more about this path-breaking institutional assessment tool, the findings and our current action plan. Second, the Committee conducted an examination of Antioch University New England’s greenhouse gas emissions and developed a Climate Action Plan, a 10-year road map to achieving carbon neutrality by the year 2020. The plan includes the goals & action steps recommended by AUNE’s Carbon Neutrality Task Force (CNTF), a group of AUNE alumni, students, faculty, staff, administrators and external experts.
Sustainability is at the core of AUNE’s mission. We view our sustainability challenge as how we meet the needs of the present in a socially just and economically sensible manner without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to do the same.
In the fall of 2014, Antioch University New England installed the first publicly available Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station in the Monadnock Region. AUNE was one of five sites in the state selected by Public Service of New Hampshire for a rebate to cover installation costs. The handicapped-accessible EV charging station made by Control Module in Enfield, Connecticut, is located on AUNE’s campus and available to the public free of charge to the user.
Click here to learn more about AUNE’s EV Charging Station.
Aperr Naadzenga, Sustainability & Social Justice Coordinator
Aperr is an Environmental Studies Master’s candidate at Antioch with a Self-Designed concentration on Environmental Communication and Participatory Processes [ECPP]. He has well over a decade of experience in Community development and International relations with a focus on the UN System. ECPP examines the nature of human impacts on the biophysical system. His current research is focused on identifying and effectively communicating the connections between ecosystems and social systems. The perspectives are based upon the developing world with Nigeria as a case study since the economy here is tied largely to the ecosystem. Aperr is married to Grace and they are blessed with a lovely daughter, Faith. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography and has a deep passion for working alongside people to create empowering opportunities.
Chris Collins Sustainability & Social Justice Co-Coordinator
Originally from Long Island, NY, Christopher graduated from Stonybrook University with a degree in Anthropology. After graduating, Christopher has worked on and off as a research technician studying insect species in Kenya, insects, and lemurs in Madagascar, and as a Plover Steward in Caumsett State Park on Long Island. Christopher is a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Tanzania and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies at Antioch University with a concentration in Conservation Biology.
Alex Lacey, Compost Coordinator
Born and raised in Salem, MA, Alex Lacy is a first year Environmental Studies Master’s program student with a focus on Environmental Education. She has participated in a few farming operations over the years but is eager to learn more about the ins and outs of composting. As the compost coordinator, she strives to provide the Community Gardens Connections and greater Antioch student body with high quality soil, and to increase participation in the composting program to lessen the impact on our landfills and promote sustainable behaviors.