New Hampshire

Events

Truth Telling to Promote Racial Justice

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Community Leaders, Educators, and Individuals with a commitment to promoting racial justice and eliminating racism.

Facilitated by David Ragland, co-founder & co-director of the Truth Telling Project

How can you become a stronger city for social justice?

How can you use Truth Telling to address racism?

How can we become an exemplory community for social change?

What’s In Our Seacoast Water & What We Can Do About It?

Monday, June 26, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

A G E N D A    (Cushion time allotted for presenters to switch technologies if any are needed)

7:35-7:40—Monica Christofili
Introduce everyone and share agenda for the night.

PERSONAL STORIES

7:45ish-7:55ish—Jillian Lane 
Cofounder of Greenland Safe Water Action and NH Safe Water Alliance sharing personal experience with PFC contamination. 

8:00ish-8:10ish—Andrea Amico 
Cofounder of Testing for Pease and NHSWA sharing personal experience with contamination at Pease.
    
THE BIGGER PICTURE

8:15ish-8:25ish—Kevin Gardner
UNH Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering looking at these Seacoast issues with wider systematic and geographic lens to see what lessons we might learn from elsewhere.

ORGANIZATION & LEGISLATION

8:30ish-8:40ish—Michelle Sanborn
NH Community Organizer for Community Environment Legal Defense Fund sharing 1) how CELDF has assisted NH communities in asserting their rights to stop harmful projects and 2) why the grassroots effort of the NH Community Rights Network seeks to amend the NH Constitution to recognize, secure, and protect Community Rights throughout the state.

8:45ish-8:55ish—Mindi Messmer
State Rep., D-Rye, providing perspective on history of NH Safe Water Alliance and how advocacy has effectively supported legislation measures. 

DISCUSSION

9:00ish-9:30ish—Q&A with Presenters & Additional Panel Members Listed Below
o    Carl McMorran: Operations Manager for Aquarion Water Company of NH
o    Jesse Gagnon: Secondwind Water Systems, Inc.  Level 3 WQA water treatment specialist
o    Greg Sereni: Secondwind Water Systems, Inc. researcher for “pilot” Pease study
o    Alayna Davis: Cofounder NHSWA & TFP
o    Michelle Baker Dalton: Cofounder NHSWA & TFP
o    Joseph O’Donnell: Representative from No Rose Farm Development
o    Ally Philip: Program Manager for New England Grassroots Environment Fund
o    Peter Wellenberger: Board of Trustees Executive Director for Great Bay Stewards

Building a Better World: Practical Skills for Mindfulness and Social Change

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join us for a transformative opportunity to dialogue, share, and celebrate our collective energy related to social justice while learning effective and sustainable ways to nurture and invigorate our advocacy practices. 

DAY 1:  WHAT IS SOCIAL JUSTICE?
DAY 2:  HOW DO WE EFFECTIVELY ADVOCATE?
DAY 3:  HOW DO WE INCORPORATE MINDFULNESS AND WELLNESS 
            PRACTICES INTO OUR ADVOCACY WORK?
 
Options for one-day or three-day attendance   Register

RootSkills Conference (Manchester, NH)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00pm

Join fellow community organizers, nonprofit leaders, Grassroots Fund grantees, and passionate students on November 30 - December 2 at Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH for the annual RootSkills Conference, as part of the Grassroots Fund's 2017 RootSkills Training Series. This year's series theme is "Building Resilient Communities". We welcome you to learn, share, & work together to develop actionable, holistic strategies that create more inclusive communities & programs. At this event, we’ll be grappling with tough questions, sharing inspiring solutions, and looking to hear from YOU!

Great Bay: An Estuary in Peril (documentary screening)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Great Bay: An Estuary in Peril documentary reveals the many challenges facing the Great Bay watershed. Great Bay is a regional and national treasure that has significant, tangible value and is critical to the local economy, recreational activity and wildlife subsistence. The goal of this film is to educate and inform communities in this 52 town wide watershed about the reasons for its decline and explores potential degradation from further development and infrastructure installations. These threats could push the fragile ecosystem to a tipping point beyond which it may not ever recover.

An informed community is one that plays an active role protecting its resources. Making informed, educated decisions and working together can lead us toward a more sustainable future. Knowledge gives us power to make the right decisions for our communities and beyond!

Following the film, join in a panel discussion with marine biologist and energy experts and concerned community members.

You’re Invited! Complete Economy Event with Stacy Mitchell: Cultivating a Local Economy that Works for All

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Monadnock Buy Local will host "The Complete Economy Project: Cultivating a Local Economy That Works for All" Event with local economy researcher and author Stacy Mitchell on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Antioch University New England in Keene, NH.  Stacy will discuss effective strategies that communities around the country are using to grow local businesses and how public policy needs to change to create an economy that works for all.

About Stacy Mitchell

Stacy Mitchell is co-director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ilsr.org), a national nonprofit organization that produces research and analysis, and partners with communities and policymakers to design and implement policies that curb economic consolidation and strengthen local economies.  Her book Big-Box Swindle appeared on several top-ten lists and was described by Bill McKibben as "the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country." She has also written for a wide range of publications, including Business Week, The Nation and Wall Street Journal, and has authored several influential reports.  More about her work is available at ilsr.org/stacy-mitchell.

 

About the Complete Economy Project

The Complete Economy Project supports the adoption of local policies that level the playing field for locally owned businesses in our region and spark innovative business models that contribute to our local living economy.  It cultivates a regional economy that works for more people and balances the needs of diverse types of business.

 

"Cultivating locally owned businesses is one of the best strategies for creating jobs, reducing inequality and building a more resilient community.  I'm excited to share our research and talk about ways that the Monadnock Region can apply this approach to economic development," said Mitchell.

 

Funding for the Complete Economy project is provided by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund: www.grassrootsfund.org

This event aligns with the Healthy Monadnock goal of increasing income and job opportunities in our region.

Perfecting Your Pitch

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

During this webinar, participants will learn step-by-step where to look for major donors, how to get a meeting, and how to make a compelling pitch to build money for your movement.

2017 NH Permaculture Day

Saturday, August 26, 2017 (All day)

We invite you to attend the next NH Permaculture Day which will be held at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner NH, against the backdrop of Mt. Kearsarge and the Mink Hills.  Explore Permaculture topics through workshops and demonstrations, enjoy the community and great food, while supporting the museum and the greater Native American community in NH.  Proceeds will benefit the museum as well as local permaculture education programs.  

More details coming soon, check back often!

Equity in the food system - how what we are building and what we are fighting are inseparable in resistance

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 12:00pm

As the Northeast coordinates to build a regional food system, a central focus is on racial equity.  In communities all across the region, groups are working on food justice.  In this webinar, we will hear from 2 organizers: Isa Mujahid (CTCORE-Organize Now!, Bridgeport CT) and Heather Foran (Portland ME). Through their grassroots efforts in their communities, Heather and Isa both are actively transforming the New England food system and raising and reflecting on struggles, challenges and questions to guide future work. This webinar creates space to share some of the questions and reflections.  

NH Energy Week

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 10:00am

Week Long Events - Free but Registration required

Concord, NH – A partnership of organizations is set to launch “NH Energy Week”, a series of events from
March 6-9, 2017 geared towards education and awareness of the economic benefits and impacts of energy
efficiency and renewable energy. Partners include: The Nature Conservancy, The NH Clean Tech Council,
Community Development Finance Authority, NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, Granite State Brewers
Association, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions and the NH Municipal Association.
“NH Energy Week” will bring together policy makers, manufacturers, municipal leaders, and energy industry
leaders to highlight the many ways New Hampshire is already making important progress toward a reliable,
affordable, sustainable energy future.
“I am excited to share Londonderry’s story of success during NH Energy Week”, Londonderry Town Manager
Kevin Smith said. “Our town’s investment in energy efficiency is already helping us protect the environment
while also saving taxpayer money. It’s a win-win.”
Kevin Smith will moderate a panel discussion among municipal leaders at the NH Energy Week Breakfast on
Wednesday, March 8th. Watch his story here.
David Worthen, President & CEO of Worthen Industries in Nashua, is also participating in NH Energy Week.
“We want to be around for another hundred and fifty years and how do we figure out ways to do that? Long
term investment in the economy is very important. We want to grow and continue. The best way to do that is
to make products efficiently, to use less energy and create less waste.”
Watch the Worthen Industries story here.

 

Handprint Party: Soak Up the Rain

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Handprint parties are hosted by the Seacoast Sustainability Alliance in partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library. Together, we will examine how to reduce our footprint and increase our handprint to make a positive impact on the environment. At each party, you will learn new information, make new connections, and walk away with specific actions to take in your own life. Visit us on the second Thursday of each month for a new topic!
Your Land, Your Water, Your Solution.
 
Throughout New Hampshire, neighbors are planting rain gardens, using rain barrels, planting trees, and finding other ways to Soak Up the Rain to protect and restore clean water in their local lakes, streams, and estuaries. Attend the next handprint party with the NH Department of Environmental Services to learn how you can Soak Up the Rain too!
 

350 NH Training Series

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Register Now

350 NH has a 6 week training series with the goal of developing skills organizing skills within our community.

The training sessions will take place at 6:30 every Monday from 2/6-3/20 at the Waysmeet Center in Durham.  Keep an eye out for our facebook events!  350 NH is suggesting a one-time $10 donation for participants but we don’t want cost to hold anyone back.  The information covered in the training series will be critical in organizing our communities to resist hateful legislation in this new political era.

Over the past few months, some of 350 NH’s strongest organizers have been designing a curriculum to develop organizing skills, movement knowledge, and leadership.  They are welcoming organizers (budding and seasoned) to attend.  Check out the schedule…

  • Organizing and Activism 101- Everything you need to know or need to review when it comes to change making (2/6/17)
  • Movement History- A discussion on movements around the world and intersectionality (2/13/17)
  • Campaigning– How to run a focused campaign that gets results (2/20/17)
  • Tactics– Build your toolbox of change making tools to breakout whenever you see injustice (2/27/17)
  • Direct Action- An intro into shifting the choices of decision-makers through escalation (3/6/17)
  • No Training/Spring Break! (3/13/17)
  • Training for Trainers- How to train other people on the skills you’ve learned  (3/20/17)

350 NH Training Series

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Register Now

350 NH has a 6 week training series with the goal of developing skills organizing skills within our community.

The training sessions will take place at 6:30 every Monday from 2/6-3/20 at the Waysmeet Center in Durham.  Keep an eye out for our facebook events!  350 NH is suggesting a one-time $10 donation for participants but we don’t want cost to hold anyone back.  The information covered in the training series will be critical in organizing our communities to resist hateful legislation in this new political era.

Over the past few months, some of 350 NH’s strongest organizers have been designing a curriculum to develop organizing skills, movement knowledge, and leadership.  They are welcoming organizers (budding and seasoned) to attend.  Check out the schedule…

  • Organizing and Activism 101- Everything you need to know or need to review when it comes to change making (2/6/17)
  • Movement History- A discussion on movements around the world and intersectionality (2/13/17)
  • Campaigning– How to run a focused campaign that gets results (2/20/17)
  • Tactics– Build your toolbox of change making tools to breakout whenever you see injustice (2/27/17)
  • Direct Action- An intro into shifting the choices of decision-makers through escalation (3/6/17)
  • No Training/Spring Break! (3/13/17)
  • Training for Trainers- How to train other people on the skills you’ve learned  (3/20/17)

350 NH Training Series

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Register Now

350 NH has a 6 week training series with the goal of developing skills organizing skills within our community.

The training sessions will take place at 6:30 every Monday from 2/6-3/20 at the Waysmeet Center in Durham.  Keep an eye out for our facebook events!  350 NH is suggesting a one-time $10 donation for participants but we don’t want cost to hold anyone back.  The information covered in the training series will be critical in organizing our communities to resist hateful legislation in this new political era.

Over the past few months, some of 350 NH’s strongest organizers have been designing a curriculum to develop organizing skills, movement knowledge, and leadership.  They are welcoming organizers (budding and seasoned) to attend.  Check out the schedule…

  • Organizing and Activism 101- Everything you need to know or need to review when it comes to change making (2/6/17)
  • Movement History- A discussion on movements around the world and intersectionality (2/13/17)
  • Campaigning– How to run a focused campaign that gets results (2/20/17)
  • Tactics– Build your toolbox of change making tools to breakout whenever you see injustice (2/27/17)
  • Direct Action- An intro into shifting the choices of decision-makers through escalation (3/6/17)
  • No Training/Spring Break! (3/13/17)
  • Training for Trainers- How to train other people on the skills you’ve learned  (3/20/17)

350 NH Training Series

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Register Now

350 NH is launching a 6 week training series with the goal of developing skills organizing skills within our community.

350 NH is suggesting a one-time $10 donation for participants but we don’t want cost to hold anyone back.  The information covered in the training series will be critical in organizing our communities to resist hateful legislation in this new political era.

Over the past few months, some of 350 NH’s strongest organizers have been designing a curriculum to develop organizing skills, movement knowledge, and leadership.  They are welcoming organizers (budding and seasoned) to attend.  Check out the schedule…

  • Organizing and Activism 101- Everything you need to know or need to review when it comes to change making (2/6/17)
  • Movement History- A discussion on movements around the world and intersectionality (2/13/17)
  • Campaigning– How to run a focused campaign that gets results (2/20/17)
  • Tactics– Build your toolbox of change making tools to breakout whenever you see injustice (2/27/17)
  • Direct Action- An intro into shifting the choices of decision-makers through escalation (3/6/17)
  • No Training/Spring Break! (3/13/17)
  • Training for Trainers- How to train other people on the skills you’ve learned  (3/20/17)

Protecting People & Places: The Community Bill of Rights

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

RESIST WEBINAR -- This presentation will be a brief journey looking at how our current system of government and law have evolved to protect wealth and privilege over community self-government; we'll look at how corporations have received more rights and protections than those of you living in your community; and we'll look at how communities have pushed back against these oppressive structures to reclaim democratic self-government in the their communities.

Grassroots Funds: 2017 Resources and Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Are you a nonprofit or volunteer group who is interested in taking a more holistic approach to your community-based work? Or someone who is interested in receiving financial support for your community event, tool, or program? The New England Grassroots Environment Fund invites you to join our Executive Director, Julia Dundorf, on January 10, 2017 to learn about our Guiding Principles for strong community organizing that increase your impact and revenue. Julia will be joined by Program Director, Nakia Navarro and Program Manager, Ally Philip, who will share available opportunities for support from the Grassroots Fund, from grants to stipends to sponsorship. 

Become a HERS Rater with the NEHERS Alliance!

Monday, January 23, 2017 (All day)

The training includes: a brand new module to prepare students to take the Practical Simulation Exam;  all four RESNET Exam Fees- including the new Practical Simulation Exam ($600 total value); the Northeast HERS Training and Reference Manual ($100 value); a one-year Associate Membership in the Alliance ($50 value); 30 hours of online study; 5 days of classroom/field study; a thorough review of basic energy concepts; field experience with blower door testing and duct blasting; two of the five supervised ratings required by RESNET; and training on the latest version of rating software. Both online and classroom components are required for rater certification. Final registration deadline is January 13, 2017. For more information contact Betsy Ames at [email protected] or call/text 978-633-3013 or register online at http://www.nehers.org/event?EventID=1376. Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Linked In

Using Social Media to Build Community Power

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

RESIST WEBINAR -- During this webinar, participants will learn how grassroots groups can use online organizing tactics to boost their campaign and build community power. We’ll learn how to think about online organizing as a simple extension of what you already do on the ground, and walk through which tools and tactics to use in different campaign scenarios. Toxics Action Center’s Communications Directorm Katelyn Parady, and 350NH Interim Coordinator, Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, will lead this webinar using recent examples from community groups organizing to create safer and more sustainable communities in New England. 

Farm to Institution Summit 2017 #F2ISummit

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 8:15am

The 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together more than 500 people who are leveraging the power of schools, colleges and hospitals to transform our food system.

Downpours & Drought: Managing for Extremes

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 4:45pm to 7:30pm

The New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workshop is hosting a public workshop that will include indoor and outdoor presentations and discussions about what communities can do to manage and sustain their water resources in the face of climate change. If you attend, you will:

  • Become more familiar with opportunities and challenges in managing water resources during drought and flood events.
  • Learn from a local example how green infrastructure can be implemented as a flood management strategy.
  • Learn how rain gardens, porous pavement systems, green roofs and rain barrels can function as water management practices and what they look like installed.

8th Annual NH LES Conference

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

Please join us Saturday, November 19th at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord for the 8th annual LES Conference. This conference provides critical resources, information, and guidance for local governments and school districts across the state seeking to implement an energy reduction project in their municipality.

ReuseConex 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 2:30pm

The Greater Boston Region (Massachusetts, USA) has been selected as the host for ReuseConex 2016, the fourth International Reuse Conference and Expo. The event, taking place October 17-19, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill, will feature professional training opportunities with experts from the reuse industry as well reuse-based exhibitors, a reuse documentary film screening, and tours of local reuse organizations. This year’s conference theme is Leveraging REUSE in a Circular Economy,  which will focus on bringing real-world reuse practices to life.

Strategic Nonprofit Communications

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

This Third Sector New England session will offer participants a Communications Strategy and Timeline, a draft of an Editorial Calendar for content creation and promotion, and multiple real-world examples from nonprofits kicking butt in their communications and marketing.

NOFA Summer Conference – August 12-14, Amherst, MA

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 12:15pm

Join people from across the Northeast and beyond for a three-day celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Here learning is a community action – with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun. Immerse yourself with like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

For more information, visit www.nofasummerconference.org

2016 Cooperative Design Lab

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:30pm to Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:30pm

Cooperative Design Lab (CDL) is 9-month cooperative development program serving cooperative projects in any stage of formation. Originally a collaborative between the Resilience Hub, Cooperative Fermentation, and Cooperative Development Institute, Design Lab is now in its second year running and is the only program of its kind offered in the Northeast.

In CDL, participants will gain the knowledge, skills and capacity to start, operate, lead, and enliven a cooperative project. Through the course, participants will:

  • Go through a step-by-step process to make a cooperative project happen
  • Discern appropriate organizational structures for their project
  • Learn tools for cooperative leadership and management
  • Connect to mentors, coaching and technical assistance
  • Explore the role of cooperatives in building a resilient economy

NH Energy-Focused Legislative Update

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 12:00pm

​From net metering, pipelines, building codes, and renewable energy program funding, the NH Legislature is well underway discussing and deciding upon important energy policies that will affect our lives and our work. Likewise, activity at our state agencies like the Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Environmental Services will impact the future of RGGI, rebate programs, and energy siting. Join Kate Epsen of NHSEA and Jim O'Brien of The Nature Conservancy for an in-depth look into the world of Concord policy-making for the 2016 legislative session, as well as how you can stay informed and engaged.

2016 Spring Networking & Training Retreat

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 7:00pm to Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 4:30pm

Join fellow community volunteers, farmers, fisherpeople, teachers, and interested individuals for a day of trainings, designed especially for communtiy groups! Join us on May 7th for our Keynote Speaker, Leah Penniman, three food-focused workshops, and an afternoon of volunteering and connecting at Galego Community Farm.

Northeast Jam 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (All day) to Monday, April 25, 2016 (All day)

It is with great excitement that we invite you to apply for the second annual Northeast Jam - a five day gathering of 30 dynamic and diverse changemakers for deep listening, learing, storytelling, systemic inquiry, and community building. 

Local Environmental Action Conference

Sunday, March 13, 2016 (All day)

Local Environmental Action 2016 is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Whether you have been to every conference or are attending for the first time, be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to connect and grow our grassroots movement.

Creating an Inclusive Food Movement

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

“What could an inclusive community garden, food forest, or permaculture project look like?" 
“How can we attract and retain members from different class, race, and gender backgrounds?”
“Why should we focus on creating a more just, equitable food system?”

This webinar is targeted towards community groups across New England that have asked themselves one or more of these questions. Facilitated by Shane Lloyd of Class Action, this webinar will help groups address the above questions, identify barriers that diminish their work and offer tools to build alliances for social change. We will also hear from groups working on the ground and learn from their first-hand experiences in this movement. 

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with our friends at the Vermont Community Garden Network.

Oil & Water: Legends of Grassroots Action

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

On November 17, in Newmarket, NH, join neighbors and friends to celebrate the small but mighty group of activists who fought a proposal that would have forever altered NH’s seacoast and region.

In the 1970s, Aristotle Onassis of Olympic Oil tried to build a refinery in Durham with a pipeline through Rye to the Isles of Shoals. A small group led by Phyllis Bennett, Nancy Sandberg, Sharon Meeker, Dudley Dudley and many others took up the cause to thwart this development. Join us as Nancy, Sharon and Dudley share their efforts, strategies and tactics. Moderated by Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio's "Word of Mouth", this energizing, interactive event will explore with our guests how those strategies are being implemented today in other struggles and community efforts. Come listen, share your own challenges and stories and help us honor these visionary women who made a difference for us all.

Cooperative Economics and Movement Building

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 2:00pm

In this webinar we’ll explore strategies to connect and integrate cooperative economics with grassroots political power-building for a more just and sustainable economy. The panelists explore connections between community organizing and building models for the future that meet our own needs.

Co-ops 101

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

In Co-ops 101 we’ll hear stories from two inspiring worker-owned co-ops, CERO and Toxic Soil Busters, and a resident-owned housing co-op, RAISE-Op about their work, background and reasons for forming a co-op. Facilitator Jonathan Rosenthal, Executive Director of the New Economy Coalition and Co-founder of Equal Exchange will lead a discussion about the basic principles of cooperative ownership—what it entails and how it works, as well as an overview of different cooperative models, such as worker, consumer, and housing co-ops.

Northeast Climate Ride

Thursday, September 17, 2015 (All day) to Monday, September 21, 2015 (All day)

Join us on the Northeast Climate Ride and help us raise funds for grassroots sustainability initiatives throughout New England! From September 17th - 21st we'll be riding 390 miles along the beautiful North Atlantic coastline from Bar Harbor, ME to Boston, MA.

Strategic Energy Action Toolkit - Increase the Effectiveness of Your Local Energy Group

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Wish your energy committee could make more of an impact in your community? Is your committee struggling to identify your next project or getting too bogged down in planning? Join us for an introduction to the Local Energy Work Group’s Strategic Energy Action Toolkit that helps energy committees combine the right balance of strategy and action for maximum impact and success. We’ll hear from Vital Communities, a key developer of the toolkit, as well as from energy committees that are already using it to guide their work. You’ll also learn about how to get a copy of the toolkit, participate in trainings, and access other resources for local energy groups.

Presenters:

Sarah Simonds, Vital Communities

Sarah Simonds manages the Energy Program at Vital Communities, a non-profit organization serving the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Through her work, Sarah engages businesses, municipalities, and volunteer energy groups to move the Upper Valley toward energy independence. Since 2013, Sarah has led the development and successful launch of Solarize Upper Valley, partnering with 15 towns to help over 300 residents go solar.

Linda Gray, Norwich Energy Committee

Linda Gray is the current chair of the Norwich Energy Committee, which began its organization in 2001 and was officially formed in 2002. Linda has been active with the committee since 2008, after completing 10 years of service with the school board. She also serves as an Alternate on the District 3 Environmental Commission (Act 250 board). Linda has lived in Norwich since 1986, moving with her family from the Washington, DC, area.

2015 NH Permaculture Day

Saturday, August 22, 2015 (All day)

Join the NH Permaculture Guild for a day of food, permaculture in practice, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, marketplace, knowledge, sharing, and collaboration!

2015 Coastal Climate Summit

Friday, June 19, 2015 (All day)

The Coastal Climate Summit is a collaborative forum among scientists, natural resource agencies, planners, engineers, municipal leaders, watershed organizations, conservation groups,citizens and others concerned about the impacts of  climate change in coastal New Hampshire.

Building a Stronger Cross-Class, Multiracial Grassroots Movement

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

"Does your group struggle with recruiting and retaining members from different class & race backgrounds?"
Co-sponsors: New England Resilience & Transition (NERT) networkVital CommunitiesVT Community Garden Network
This workshop builds on insights from the groundbreaking new book, "Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures," this highly participatory workshops, created by activists for activists, enables participants to look through a class lens at their own community work, and offers tools to build  alliances for change across race and class. 

Through this process, activists and community organizers can learn how to address class barriers that hamper their effectiveness and come together to win more gains. Participants will leave knowing how to:

  • Identify activist class culture differences;

  • Gain cultural competence to draw from the strengths of all class cultures;

  • Create an organizational culture that is fully welcoming and respectful of all race and class backgrounds;

  • Amplify the voices of people of color, working-class and poor activists to build stronger a stronger movement.

Launching a Solarize Campaign - Double the solar in your town in just 15 weeks

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

Solarize Upper Valley has helped residents in 24 towns go solar - over 300 residents to date and over 450 expected by the end of the year. What's the secret to their success? Join us to find out. We'll hear from Vital Communities, the nonprofit responsible for coordinating Solarize Upper Valley, as well as the volunteer-installer team who brought Solarize to Randolph, Brookfield, and Braintree last winter. Many communities are launching Solarize campaigns across the Northeast, yours could be next.

Presenters:

Sarah Simonds, Vital Communities

Kevin McCollister, Catamount Solar

Pete Thoenen, Randolph Energy Committee

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) - A Pilot Program

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Climate change. Superstorms. Power outages. Toxic spills. Fire. Our communities face ever-worsening disasters. Most towns have emergency response and hazard mitigation plans, but it’s impossible to anticipate everything. The best solution is to build resilience – the ability for community members to come together and solve whatever problems come their way. That involves work projects to lessen the impact of disasters, while also building self-reliance and stronger community connections.
 

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) are local teams, appointed by the town legislative body, that engage residents and town leaders in tasks aimed to lessen losses via climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation, while strengthening local collaboration and social cohesion. CROs build connections between the silos of passionate volunteers in conservation, emergency response and social services, bringing them together to build collaborative projects.  By  leveraging resources and gaining wider community participation, the impact is magnified. Through an annual Day for CROing, teams engage youth and the broader community to collaborate on critical projects that will make the town stronger and safer, while simultaneously including celebration to add fun and build community.

Join us to learn about this Vermont pilot project begun in six towns this year, and how it's working across a range of very different communities.

2015 Fall Networking & Training Retreat

Saturday, October 31, 2015 (All day)

Co-sponsor: New England Resilience & Transition (NERT) network
Join fellow community innovators & activists for a day of skills-sharpening, designed especially for the grassroots! Come celebrate community action, share stories, learn and reflect on different skills that make us successful. The RootSkills Networking & Training retreat is intended to re-invigorate us all, gives us a chance to reflect on our work, and work on the skills we need to be successful. It is also a great chance to connect with other community leaders, share ideas, and relax.

NESAWG's Annual Conferece

Friday, November 13, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, November 14, 2015 (All day)

The North-East Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)'s annual It Takes a Region Conference takes on the 12-state Northeast region from Maine to West Virginia. By taking a regional approach, we can grow our thinking and our work to develop a truly sustainable and resilient food system.

Connecting for Change

Friday, October 23, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, October 24, 2015 (All day)

Connecting for Change presented by the Marion Institute is an annual solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities.

Slow Living Summit 2015 - Food, Mindfully

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (All day) to Friday, June 5, 2015 (All day)

A mindful exploration of the journey of food, from farming and food entrepreneurship to food systems to nourishment to food justice and policy.

Workshop: The Social Profit Handbook

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 11:00am

Author David Grant offers those who lead, govern, and support mission-driven organizations and businesses new ways to assess their impact in order to improve future work rather than merely judge past performance. 

Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 (All day)

The Roundtable is intended to assist existing Upper Valley energy committees in carrying out their work by sharing information and providing networking opportunities, and to help those interested in forming new energy committees.

NOFA-NH 13th Annual Winter Conference

Saturday, January 31, 2015 (All day)

The 13th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference will be jam-packed with workshops, farmer intensive programs, keynote presentation, networking and community-building opportunities, and a robust Green Market Fair.

2015 Local Energy Solutions Conference

Saturday, March 21, 2015 (All day)

Brought to you by the New Hampshire Local Energy Work Group, with coordination by NH Sustainable Energy Association, the annual LES Conference provides critical resources, information, and guidance for local governments and school districts across the state seeking to implement an energy reduction project in their municipality.

Working Together: A Workshop to Build Your Skills in Participatory Leadership

Saturday, November 1, 2014 (All day)

In this interactive workshop, join peers working in local energy, food, and other community-based initiatives in New Hampshire to learn practical, powerful techniques to: Develop shared vision and strategic clarity; Gather the input and ideas of many people; Connect and empower people working for change; and Learn together and adapt.

New England Environmental Justice Summit 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 5:00pm to Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 12:30pm

The Summit is a multi-day event where people from across New England working to achieve environmental justice will come together to share stories, build the regional environmental justice movement, and celebrate victories.

People's Climate March

Sunday, September 21, 2014 (All day)

With the whole world watching, people are taking a stand to bend the course of history. They’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

Sustainability Summit

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 9:00am

Join our friends at Coop Power at the 10th Annual Sustainability Summit, "On The Front Lines of Sustainability". The main themes will be sustainable energy solutions, green job development, green businesses development, and community finance.

Seeds & Songs of Change

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

Seeds & Songs of Change - A musical event to illustrate the intersection of music and social change; an opportunity to honor all the local groups the Fund has partnered with over the past 18 years; a good bye to Founding Director, Cheryl King Fischer; and a welcome to the Fund’s next ED.

Lift360

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 9:00pm

This event brings together passionate and inspiring leaders who work collaboratively on social, economic and environmental initiatives that strengthen organizations and communities.

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

Monday, May 19, 2014 (All day) to Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (All day)

Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regions 1 and 2 are hosting a regional conference for local planners, decision-makers and educators to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts.

Local Energy Solutions Conference

Saturday, April 12, 2014 (All day)

Join us at Winnisquam Regional High School for another productive, thought-provoking day of energy efficiency and renewable energy workshops, addresses and exhibitors and be part of generating local energy solutions in 2014 .

Feature Stories

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?

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.

Great Bay Stewards are Soaking Up the Rain

The Great Bay is a part of what makes living on “the Seacoast” unique. But pollution, especially nitrogen & other chemicals brought by increasing development, threatens the ecosystem of the estuary.

PEP Talks

CROs Take Flight

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) are local teams that engage residents and town leaders in climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation, while strengthening local collaboration and social cohesion.

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

Great Bay Time Bank

Stephanie Beck is part of the all-volunteer community group behind the Great Bay Time Bank. Stephanie has worked with several non-profits professionally and as a board member/volunteer.

Seacoast Eat Local

Sara Zoë Patterson is the founder and board chair of Seacoast Eat Local. Just like Bat Girl, she has a day job as a librarian, at New Franklin School in Portsmouth, NH.

Resources

Community Supported Solar

MSN has completed the Community Supported Solar video featuring the Monadnock Food Co-op project and the NH Community Supported Solar Guide with the support of the Grassroots fund. 

Community Resilience Self-Assessment Tool

This self-assessment was designed to help community members, local leaders and volunteers to think and talk deeply about their community’s resilience strengths, challenges and priorities. It is also designed to help communities learn about different aspects of resilience and track their progress over time. 

Food Solutions New England

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional, collaborative network organized around a single goal: to transform the New England food system into a resilient driver of racial equity and food justice, health, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.

NH Fresh & Local Seafood

New Hampshire Fresh and Local Seafood provides a direct channel to purchase local fish making it a distinct and unique product. It's an example of an effort to increase awareness (and purchase) of local, sustainable seafood. 

Localcatch.org

A community-of-practice that is made up of fisherman, organizers, researchers, and consumers from across North America that are committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact, and economy sustainable seafood via community supported fisheries (CSFs) and other direct marketing arrangements.

50 by 60 - A New England Food Vision

A bold vision, put forth by members of Food Solutions New England, that calls for the New England region to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of clean, fair, just and accessible food for all New Englanders by 2060. Grassroots groups have used the food vision to provide context for their local work and to replicate some of the research pieces at the micro-level as the inform their own planning efforts. 

Ron Finley - guerilla gardener TED Talk

Grassroots groups have used this video as a starting point for meetings and as inspiration to show how local food activity can spark deep impact a the local level. Ron Finley’s vision for a healthy, accessible “food forest” started with the curbside veggie garden he planted in the strip of dirt in front of his own house. When the city tried to shut it down, Finley’s fight gave voice to a larger movement that provides nourishment, empowerment, education - and healthy, hopeful futures - one urban garden at a time.

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). The website offers tools and tips as well as a world map of communities who have started their own repair cafes

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.

Community Resilience 101

On Thursday, October 16, 2014 the Grassroots Fund co-produced a webinar with New England New Economy Transition about “community resilience.” We discussed how we can all live well now and into the future, given the challenges of a hurting economy, climate change, resource shortages, and political paralysis.

Slow Money Maine

Slow Money Maine is building a network of individuals, philanthropists, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government entities who are focused on investing in farms and fisheries, and the ecosystems that sustain them as a means of growing local food systems, economies and community.  SMM is a chapter of Slow Money National.  Resources are available for groups interested in peer-to-peer lending, investment clubs and creative financing.

Safe Routes to School

The National Center for Safe Routes to School programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. Program tools offer direct steps to help improve the walkabilty of a community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Toxics Action Center

Toxics Action Center works side-by-side with communities, providing organizers with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level. The organization train neighbors to not only defend their health and safety, but to think strategically and come together for change.

Contact:
Sylvia Broude (Executive Director)
[email protected]
(617) 747-4407

For additional contact information, click here.

Neighboring Food Co-op Association

The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) includes over 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives in New England that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and a vibrant community of co-operative enterprise.

Salvation Farms

Salvation Farms utilizes local resources, skills and knowledge to create strong partnerships across industries and sectors and effectively move surplus food from farms to those who need it. The organization is available to assist community gleaning efforts in Vermont and across New England.

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.

Guide to Going Local

The Center for a New American Dream and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) have joined forces to publish this Guide to Going Local. It's full of ideas and advice on how to strengthen the local economy in your town: through buying local, highlighting new entrepreneurs, instilling local pride, investing locally, and more.

Stages and Challenges of Group Development

This PDF describes one model of the way that many groups develop and the problems and challenges that are likely to arise at various stages. It encourages leaders to assess where their own organizations stand, among the stages and helps them judge which of the challenges they’re currently facing are “developmentally determined,” as it were, and what challenges they may expect in the future.

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

NAMA is a fishermen-led organization working at the intersection of marine conservation and social, economic, and environmental justice.
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