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PLAN for Success

The Pipe Line Awareness Network of the Northeast was instrumental in ending Kinder Morgan’s application to build a natural gas pipeline through MA and NH. What made them so successful?

Helping Keep the Gas in the Can

In Boston, MA natural gas made up about a quarter of all GHG emissions in 2013. So BCAN, came up with a new approach to reducing methane in the city and saving consumer dollars in the process.

What’s behind the solar flare-up?

What's behind the boost in solar installations in New England? Well, a study finds one solar installation increases the potential for more installations within 1/2 mile radius by 44%.

A New Dawn for a New Independence?

MDI Climate Solutions on Mount Desert Island (ME) is working to making the island "A Climate to Thrive" and achieving energy independence by 2030.

ARET: At work on energy in the North Country

The Ammonoosuc Regional Energy Team (ARET) is helping local homeowners take advantage of a 30-percent federal tax break on solar installations, that expires at the end of 2016.

PEP Talks

The Strategic Energy Action Toolkit

The Strategic Energy Action Toolkit is an open-source resource developed by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and Vital Communities, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions Work Group and the New England Local Energy Network, with funding support from Jane&r

Recycle a Bike

Recycle a Bike's Jenna Yu works to connect people with refurbished bikes, provide practical bike knowledge, and advocate bicycle use by safer, more confident cyclists.

Resources

Steve's Weave

Steve's Weave is the first-ever green listings website.

There's never been a recognized place for the entire green community to get together – and Steve's Weave intends to become that place.  A place where we can gather the incomparable energies of green advocates – energies greater than anything coming out of the ground, any day – and use them to do great things.  

At Steve's Weave you can:

Putting the Community Back in Community Shared Solar

Putting the Community Back in Community Shared Solar is a guide document outlining the different options for community shared solar and their associated costs and benefits. This guide was created by the NELEN Community Shared Solar Task Force in order to address the lack of public information and understanding about the different models available for community shared solar projects.

New England Solar Challenge

The foundation of SmartPower's New England Solar Challenge is the Solarize model utilizing key elements that include: 1) town-supported outreach and education, 2) pre-selected solar installer, 3) discount pricing, and 4) a clear end date.

Anti-Idling Campaign

The goal of the CT DEEP is to achieve idling reduction through voluntary compliance. 
 

School Bus Anti-Idling Initiative

A voluntary initiative to protect school children and bus drivers from excessive exposure to exhaust emissions from school buses. As part of the initiative, fleet managers and school bus drivers (in this specific case throughout New Hampshire) are encouraged to adopt policies and practices to reduce school bus engine idling time whenever possible.

National Clean School Bus Campaign

Clean School Bus's National Idle Reduction Campaign helps communities take action toward a cleaner, healthier environment. It recognizes the important role of the school bus driver as a professional who is responsible for the safety and security of children.

Energy BenchmarkNH

The goal of the Energy BenchmarkNH initiative is to encourage and support ALL of New Hampshire's municipalities and schools in collecting, tracking and reducing their energy consumption and costs.

EPA Portfolio Manager

ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® is an online tool to measure and track energy and water consumption, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Use it to benchmark the performance of one building or a whole portfolio of buildings.

The Honest Book

Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) has worked in hundreds of buildings from tiny homes to historic churches, teaching over 3,000 volunteers hands-on skills in energy efficiency. Their 'The Honest Book' publication shares the most effective energy-saving tasks for New England’s weather, energy use and building.

Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI)

PAREI encourages energy conservation and energy efficiency practices and promotes the use of renewable energy in the Plymouth, NH region. This is done through education, community building, increasing accessibility to professional energy-related services and by developing and sharing the model with other communities.

Home Efficiency Calculator

Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG)'s Home Heating Efficiency Calculator allows users to measure issues affecting how much energy a home uses to heat, including how leaky the building is, the amount of insulation it has, the efficiency of the heating system, and the actions taken to conserve energy (turning down thermostats, closing storm windows, etc.

Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG)

SERG helps Vermont and New Hampshire homeowners and towns use less energy save money and protect the environment through education, outreach and community organizing. SERG provides technical assistance to energy committees, organizes home energy assessments, provides access to home efficiency calculators and convenes people through events and workshops.

Contact:
Bob Walker (Executive Director)
[email protected]
(802) 785-4126

EVConnecticut

EVConnecticut provides information on state and federal incentive programs to install publicly available charging stations as well as information Workplace Charging and Owning an Electronic Vehicle.

'Drive Electric Vermont' Campaign

Drive Electric Vermont, a campaign by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, highlights the benefits and opportunities to switch to electric vehicles. Fact sheets are available that summarize the benefits.

Co-op Power

Co-op Power has created an innovative structure that enables communities to create community-owned clean energy products and services, businesses and jobs. All Community Scale business developments are created, decided upon, and supported by members in a Local Organizing Council.

South Coast Energy Challenge

The SouthCoast Energy Challenge is an easy path to energy efficiency and saving money. It starts with registration and signing up for a free home energy assessment.   After a Home Energy Assessment, a simple and easy roadmap is created to help towards saving money, energy, and together reducing regional CO2 emissions.

US EPA Climate Adaptation Programs

EPA's Climate Adaptations Programs give an overview of various (federal) programs aimed at climate adaptation - taking action to help adapt to current and potential risks.

The Crow's Nest - a blog for the Coastal Adaptation Work Group of New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup (NHCAW) is a collaboration of organizations working to help communities in New Hampshire’s Seacoast area prepare for the effects of extreme weather events and other effects of long term climate change. NHCAW provides communities with education, facilitation and guidance. The Crow's Nest is a blog to spread the word on the exciting activities in climate preparedness in New Hampshire.

My Energy Plan

Are you interested in reducing the energy you use to heat your home and power your appliances and other electrical gadgets? Do you want to shave a little (or a lot) off your energy bills and need some help getting started? Or maybe you're interested in getting a home energy audit and need to find a skilled professional auditor?

Whether you're just getting started or have made a lot of energy improvements already and are ready for renewable energy, MyEnergyPlan can help your household reduce energy consumption and environmental impact. And save money in the process!

Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL)

Through a network of partner organizations SEEAL mobilizes community resources and increases capacity for environmental education programs and activities. SEEAL has designed and executed environmental education and stewardship activities for the youth of New Bedford, and for all residents in the watersheds throughout Southeastern Massachusetts, including Buzzards Bay, Taunton River, Jones River, and Westport River.

Contact:
Jennifer Marshall (Director)
[email protected]
(508) 493-4343
 

League of American Bicyclists

The League is blazing the trail for bicycle transportation law and education nationally. Folks who are going to be leading kids, large group rides, or are just trying to be confident riders individually can get training from The League. They also offer liability insurance and board/officer insurance for bicycle education organizations.

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