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  • Friday, March 16, 2012 3:54 PM | Deleted user

    The USDA released their newly updated Plant Hardiness Zone Map. The map hadn’t been updated since 1990, and things have definitely changed since then.

    In their 2009 report, the US Global Change Research Program predicted that New Hampshire could have a climate similar to present-day North Carolina by 2070 or so. That’s a shift of two or three USDA plant hardiness zones over the next 60 years. That’s a zone shift every 30 years. Possibly faster. That’s an awful lot of change.

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  • Friday, March 16, 2012 2:59 PM | Deleted user

    As a non-partisan organization that deals with energy efficiency matters NEEP offers comments on House Bill 1490

    Comments of Natalie Hildt, manager of Public Policy Outreach, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) to the House Committee on Science, Technology and Energy regarding House Bill 1490 - An Act Repealing New Hampshire’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Cap and Trade Program for Controlling Carbon Dioxide Emissions.

    In light of last year’s extensive discussion about New Hampshire’s participation in the RGGI program, we do not wish to re-state our comments from that time. Rather, as a non-partisan organization that deals with energy efficiency matters, we offer three observations for your consideration as you debate the future of RGGI in New Hampshire.

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  • Friday, March 16, 2012 2:53 PM | Deleted user
    KEENE undefined The city has embraced unique goals for creating a sustainable community in all aspects of civic activity, even maintaining municipal infrastructure.

    The city is among the first in New Hampshire to install porous pavements and rain gardens in the roadway cross section of a major arterial corridor (12,000 vehicles per day) serving urban downtown areas.

    During the project design phase, the city sought to incorporate "green" infrastructure and environmentally friendly materials into the project to exemplify the community's sustainability goals.

    Underwood Engineers reviewed innovative technologies and alternative material applications for implementation in the city's 2010 infrastructure project. Specifically, recycled construction materials and low-impact development were reviewed based on performance criteria and feasibility.

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  • Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:54 AM | Deleted user
    King Tide, the highest tide of the year is rolling into the Seacoast on Thursday October 27 and the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) a member of the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW), in partnership with the University of New Hampshire and Clean- Air Cool-Planet are seeking the support of area photographers to capture this natural phenomenon through the announcement of the PREP King Tide Photo Contest.

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  • Tuesday, October 25, 2011 8:47 AM | Deleted user

    As you are aware the Comprehensive Shoreland Protection Act was amended with the changes becoming effective on July 1, 2011. I know this has created some confusion. To help clarify, Jason Aube, Shoreland Program Outreach Coordinator, will provide an overview of these changes. There are two presentation date options to choose from, with both being held at the HGCCC. No charge but RSVP is required. See attached flyer

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2011 1:49 PM | Deleted user

    The New Hampshire Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is proud to announce that C. Stuart White Jr. AIA has been awarded the 2011 Sustainable Designer of the Year Award.  Stu has held a lifelong commitment to protecting the environment through his energy conservation commitment.  In the late 60’s, even before the oil embargo, Stu started his commitment to sustainability. Stu created one of the first residential projects to be accepted into the pilot LEED for Homes program – a home in Dorchester, NH.  Stu was an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the environmental studies program at Dartmouth College and as energy consultant to the Brookhaven National Labs focusing on passive solar energy utilization.

    The New Hampshire Green Building Council is also proud to announce that the South Cove Recreation Center at Eastman in Grantham, NH has been selected as the 2011 NH Sustainable Building of the Year.   This LEED Gold Certified building was designed by Warranstreet Architects from Concord, NH and constructed by Milestone Construction from Concord, NH.  This building opened in 2009 utilizing regional New Hampshire Materials in construction and reducing energy consumption by more than 34%.  The building is designed and located to fit into the natural surroundings of Grantham and maximize conservation land.

    Twelve other New Hampshire LEED certified buildings will be receiving recognition at the New Hampshire Green Building Council’s First Annual Awards Banquet. The First Annual New Hampshire Green Building Awards Banquet will be held at the Harbor Events and Conference Center in Portsmouth, NH on November 10, for additional information please visit www.usgbcnh.org.

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 9:29 AM | Deleted user

    The 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards Program celebrates energy-efficient, high-performance building of new and existing buildings in New Hampshire.

    A committee of regional building professionals selects the winners of the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards, which honor those who have made significant contributions toward enhancing both residential and commercial buildings of the Granite State.

    Winners of the 2011 Building New Hampshire Awards are the people to watch, as they're the ones who are producing some of the most beautiful, innovative, energy-efficient buildings and remodeling projects in New Hampshire.  

    Categories include community and cultural places, residential home building, and commercial spaces. All projects must be located in New Hampshire and must have been built or retrofitted using sustainable building practices and principles. While any applicant is eligible for entry, Energy Star, National Green Building Standard, LEED, and REGREEN certification programs will be considered equally.

    Nominations for 2011 and all supporting materials are due by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, September 9, 2011. To learn more, go to www.buildingnh.com.

    Winners for 2011 will be announced at a special reception and via a press release on November 2, 2011. Winners may be selected to be featured inGranite State Builder and Building New Hampshire News.

    Contact kathy Poggi at kpoggi@seacoastink.com

  • Sunday, July 31, 2011 12:17 PM | Deleted user

    Greetings Chapter Members and Friends of USGBCNH:

    We would like to invite you to participate in an activity that will affect the LEED green building certification system in a tangible manner.

    As you may know, certain credits in the commercial LEED rating systems are prioritized for particular areas, reflecting their importance in addressing the priority environmental issues of each area.  These credits are called Regional Priority credits (RPCs) and debuted in the current commercial rating systems, collectively called LEED 2009.

    The current version of LEED for Homes does not feature RPCs, as it was previously developed on a different cycle from the commercial rating systems.  However, all LEED rating systems are now on the same development cycle and will be collectively called LEED 2012.

    With this in mind, the future versions of LEED for Homes and LEED for Homes Mid-Rise will feature RPCs.  You are therefore invited to join the New Hampshire Chapter Task Force in identifying priority environmental issues and select RPCs for Homes and Mid-Rise (in addition to the commercial rating systems).  For more information on the process, upcoming timeline, recommended expertise of the volunteers, and other details, please visit usgbc.org/regionalization and review the LEED Regionalization Executive Summary.

    If, after reviewing the information, you are interested in participating in any portion of it, please contact Vice Chair John Pietroniro at john.prg@comcast.net and/or complete the volunteer form for LEED Regionalization at usgbc.org/volunteer.

    Thank you for considering this opportunity to influence the future of LEED.

    New Hampshire Chapter

    U.S. Green Building Council
  • Friday, July 22, 2011 12:08 PM | Deleted user

    Senator Jeanne Shaheen recently introduced The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011. A section-by-section summary of the bill and an important letter of support can be viewed through the links below.  The letter of support, authored by The Alliance to Save Energy's Brad Penney, has already been signed by numerous companies and organizations. We need your help to get this letter into the appropriate hands, so that more businesses can add their names to the list of supporters. Please forward this message within your company or organization and to other business owners so they can help continue the momentum behind this important legislature.

    Summary of energy bill

    Letter of Support

    To add your company's name to the list of supporters, copy and paste the paragraph below in an email to Senator Shaheen's office, c/o Scott Merrick at Scott_Merrick@shaheen.senate.gov .

    Dear Mr. Merrick,

    We commend Senator Shaheen and her staff for their work on The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 and ask to add our company,[company name], to the list of supporters. We thank Senator Shaheen for her leadership in developing this comprehensive package, and offer our support in helping to advance this important bill toward enactment by the 112th Congress. 


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    Thank you!

    New Hampshire Chapter

    U.S. Green Building Council
  • Friday, May 13, 2011 2:39 PM | Deleted user
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