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10th Anniversary Celebration Recap

Monday, March 09, 2020 10:35 PM | Douglas Shilo (Administrator)

This year, we celebrated our chapter's 10th anniversary at the new Bank of NH Stage in Concord!

It is a beautiful venue, and we were happy to announce our event with a proper downtown marquee! We were even more excited to see such an exemplary urban revitalization project by Milestone Engineering. 

Chapter members and curious passers-by trickled in to network with some food from the Coop and local brews on tap.




After everyone settled down, we took a couple trips down memory lane. First, I took us back to a couple of our favorite tours from the past year.


John Pietroniro, our chapter's esteemed chair alumnus and current historian, took us through a history of our chapter. What a trip it has been.

Then, it was award time!

This year, we are thrilled to give our "Building of the Year" Award to the William Boyce Thompson Field House. This extraordinary facility not only showcases Philips Exeter Academy's athletic program in quality daylighting (though it does do that quite well). It also halves its impervious surfaces by stacking the track and fields on top of parking. The remaining impervious surface, the roof, is completely covered in solar panels. Peter Reiss, Architect at ARC, spoke to these sustainable features and more, showing our state what we hadn't seen before in a field house. Keep an eye out for a tour this summer!



To cap off the night, Sam Evans-Brown, host of NHPR's Outside-In, regaled us with Possible Energy Futures. In a whirlwind presentation inspired by experiments around the globe, we had wake-up calls, reality checks, and a call for all hands on deck as we head towards our carbon-neutral goal.


As I recall this year's 10th anniversary, I also recall the Paris climate accords, which say we have 10 years left to get to carbon neutrality. Never has our mission been more urgent, and never have I been more inspired. It will take everyone: visionaries like Sam, designers like Peter, builders like Milestone, and organizations like Philips Exeter Academy.


I can't wait to see what you come up with this year,

Doug Shilo, USGBC NH Chapter Chair

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