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.
Kelly Walsh, Sustainability & Social Justice Coordinator
Kelly is an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts candidate at Antioch with a focus on Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice. She has a decade of experience in program development and implementation, group management, and workshop facilitation. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and has a deep passion for working alongside people to create empowering opportunities. Email Kelly
James Holcomb, Assistant Sustainability & Social Justice Coordinator
Originally from CT, James graduated from Franklin Pierce University with a degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. James is working towards a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies at Antioch University with a concentration in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability. He also received his Sustainability certificate from Franklin Pierce and is looking forward to putting it to work at Antioch. Email James
Kira Yeomans, Assistant Sustainability & Social Justice Coordinator
Originally from Guam, Kira finished her undergrad studies at Humboldt State University in the redwoods of Northern California. While in undergrad, she began to understand more about how power and privilege play a huge role in the environment, which led her to Antioch to pursue a Master’s degree in sustainable development and advocacy. By next summer she will hopefully be off to her Peace Corps training in Malawi! Email Kira
Cain Landry, Compost Coordinator
Cain Landry – Compost Coordinator: Born and raised in Maine with an extensive background in the musical arts, Cain is a second year master’s student in Environmental Studies with a focus in Self-designed studies. Their work focuses around ecology and environmental issues in farming as well as personal, institutional, and societal sustainability. As such, Cain is enthusiastic to be SSJ’s compost coordinator and help to redirect usable nutrients from the waste stream!