Dec ’15
4:00 pm

Patterns of Macroinvertebrate Abundance and Diversity in a Headwaters Stream in Coos County
Presented by Brigid O’Donnell, PSU Department of Biological Sciences

This study is an ongoing investigation of the spatial and temporal variation in macroinvertebrates across Johnson Brook in Nash Stream Forest (Coos County, NH). The aim of this work is to document shifts in macroinvertebrate communities over heterogeneous habitats along the length of this headwaters stream and following habitat manipulation to create Brook trout habitat.

  • Today, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

Nov ’15
4:00 pm

Integrating Bottom Up Knowledge into a Top Down Organization: A Story of Sustainability Efforts at the US Army Corps of Engineers

Through a case study of flood management projects, Professor Shannon Rogers will discuss the utility of integrating operator level knowledge into U.S. Army Corps Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiatives. Using site visit and semi-structured interview approach, 12 flood management projects in New England were explored.

  • Shannon Rogers, Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy
  • Wednesday, November 18, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

Oct ’15
4:00 pm

Resilience of New Hampshire’s Hydrology to Disturbance

New Hampshire’s forests have a rich history of harvesting for timber, fuel, agriculture, and suburbanization. This talk will look back at the hydrologic evidence from the 19th and 20th centuries to understand how large-scale forest harvesting likely impacted the hydrology of New Hampshire’s watersheds. A major focus of the talk will be on the resilience of the forests to maintain hydrologic function. Such information is vital to making sound decisions about our water resources in the future.

  • Wednesday, October 21, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd 001
  • Presented by Mark Green, CFE/ESP and USFS

Oct ’15
10:00 am

Get together to beautify our community, meet new people, and help the environment.

Meet at 10 a.m. this Sunday, October 11, at the EcoHouse to participate!


Sep ’15
4:00 pm

Dr. Bill DeLuca of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will present on "Designing Sustainable Landscapes by Expanding the Boundaries of Conservation: Lessons from a Migratory Songbird."

Current extinction rates of wildlife are unprecedented and continue to increase. A solid understanding of the relationship between wildlife and the environment is needed to design landscapes to ensure habitat connectivity and persistence. DeLuca developed Landscape Capability models for a suite of representative species applied to the 13 northeastern states. These models incorporate breeding habitat capability and climate suitability and are used to inform land acquisition for conservation in light of climate change throughout the region.

  • Wednesday, September 30, 4 p.m.
  • Boyd Science Center, Room 001

Apr ’15
10:00 am

Wednesday, Apr. 22 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Alumni Green

Common Ground, PSU's environmental and social justice student organization, is again organizing an Environmental Fair on April 22, 2015 (Earth Day!). The Fair is set for Wed. April 22, from 10am to 2pm outside the HUB on the PSU campus. About 17 environmental and related organizations from on and off-campus have been invited to participate. In case of inclement weather, the fair will be held in the Fireplace Lounge and Pawsway within the HUB.


Apr ’14
1:00 pm

Saturday, Apr. 26, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Alumni Green

Plymouth Pick-Uppalooza will be hosting the annual Big Pile Up on April 26, 1-4:30PM on Alumni Green in conjunction with Earth Jams. Help contribute to a cleaner Plymouth and raise litter awareness by collecting a bag of litter on and around campus. For every bag of litter you throw on the Pile, you will receive one raffle ticket! Prizes include tickets to a Fisher Cats game, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and more!

Nov ’13
7:00 pm

Thursday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Boyd Science Center, Room 144

Common Ground, Plymouth State University’s environmental and social justice student organization, is hosting a program on tar sands in New Hampshire. The program is set for Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Boyd Science Center, Room 144, on the PSU campus.
Many people think tar sands are a western issue, but New Hampshire residents should pay attention!

Come learn about this potential energy source, the implications of its extraction, processing, and use, and the possibility for piping it across northern New Hampshire.

Speaker Carol Foss is Director of Conservation at New Hampshire Audubon and will speak about the Portland-Montreal pipeline. The proposed transport of Alberta tar sands oil through this aging pipeline may have significant impacts for New Hampshire. The pipeline runs from Portland to Montreal through the Sebago Lake watershed, has multiple crossings of the Androscoggin River in Maine and New Hampshire, touches the White Mountain National Forest, and crosses the Connecticut River into Vermont.

This program at PSU is free and open to the public.

Sam Durfee
Gary McCool

Nov ’13
12:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
HUB Room 109

The Professional Development Committee is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch with a local organization...come find out more about PAREI. The Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) was organized to encourage energy conservation, energy efficiency practices and promote the use of renewable energy in homes, businesses and other buildings in the Plymouth region through education, community outreach, accessibility and service coordination. Their office is located at 79 Highland Street in Plymouth, NH. Visit Membership Forms are available on line.

PAREI also administers Local Foods Plymouth, encouraging members to reduce their energy through local food sourcing. For more information, visit

Sep ’13Dec

Tuesday, Sept. 17 - Monday, Dec. 23
Plymouth State University

Welcome back to campus! The Office of Environmental Sustainability is excited to invite your department and/or office to participate in our ongoing Green Offices Program. The PSU Green Office Program is designed to encourage sustainable practices in offices and departments across campus to reduce our University’s environmental impacts. The program is essentially a voluntary review of department or office practices that are administered, facilitated, and evaluated by OES staff to produce recommendations that the department or office may act upon at their discretion. Please contact us at to sign up to participate in the Green Offices Program.

In addition be sure to checkout the Second Editions of the Campus Sustainability Guide, a practical handbook for FAQ on PSU's campus: