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Chapter Vision
USGBC New Hampshire envisions a built environment where we live, prosper and play within the sustainable cycles of nature.

Chapter Mission
The USGBC NH Chapter promotes, educates, and advocates for green building in New Hampshire based on standards embodied in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program with the intent of transforming the built environment to one that supports a healthy community built on social responsibility, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity.
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What is LEED? 

         
 LEED is a third-party certification program that considers site design, water conservation, energy use, building materials, and indoor air quality. LEED also looks at things like light pollution, transportation choices, and linking the project to the local community. It’s more than just a system of checklists and credits though.  If you have a LEED building, you’ve taken a much broader approach to planning and design by addressing issues that go beyond the building.  You’ve also take into account the end-users of the building, and everyone who will maintain that building, by including them in the design process.

LEED has really proven its value.  It’s the most recognized and widely-used certification program in the world.  It’s supported by a network of over 185,000 LEED credential holders.

Click here for an interesting article on why LEED certification matters 

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Knowledge, experience, community : BuildingEnergy 15



The BuildingEnergy 15 Conference & Tradeshow from March 3rd - 5th, in Boston, MA is the Northeast's premier gathering for sustainable design, high performance building, and renewable energy professionals. Produced by volunteer members of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), 3,500+ gather to discuss sustainability in the built environment. Attendees span all sectors of the building & energy industries so you can ask tough questions, get honest answers, and strengthen your practice. Upto 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available.
Click here for more information: nesea.org/BE15.

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The Right Thing to Do: 

How Energy Efficiency, Sustainability and Brewing Beer Come Together

Presenters:       Keith McBrien, Project Manager, GDS Associates, Inc.

Clark James, Facilities Engineer, Smuttynose Brewery

Smuttynose Brewery partnered with Unitil to include energy efficient technology in its new brewhouse. By taking advantage of Unitil's energy efficiency programs, Smuttynose is saving more than 11 million kWh over the lifetime of its equipment - that's enough to power 1,500 homes for a year.

This first Green Eggs event of the year will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 7:30AM to 9:00AM at GDS Associates1155 Elm Street, Suite 702Manchester, NH. Please enter the parking garage located behind the building (Kosciuszko Street) and inform the attendant that you are visiting GDS.  You can enter the building on the second or third floor of the garage and take the elevator to the 7th floor. Please sign up here.    

2015 UNeRC Summit in Portland

 

Please join us on May 1st for the annual regional committee summit in Portland, ME.

The USGBC Maine chapter will be hosting the event this year, and registration will be available here.

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 Community-Scale Heating with Wood in New Hampshire

Click here to take a look at the presentation that the NH Wood Energy Council recently shared at the October Green Eggs event.

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Wide Impact of Climate Change Already Seen in U.S., Study Says

“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present,” the scientists declared in a major new report assessing the situation in the United States.

Read more at NYTimes.com

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Partner with local community colleges through Community Green

The Center for Green Schools recently launched Community Green, a program to support community colleges in bringing green building training and education opportunities to their campuses. Through this program USGBC is offering all public two-year institutions a first free year of USGBC membership, which now includes a revised benefits package created specifically with the college in mind. Please spread the word about this exciting opportunity to the community colleges in your area and to contact Vanessa Santos to get involved. We are seeking chapter leaders who are able to offer their expertise as guest speakers and/or advisors for college members as they work to develop green building courses and training opportunities, so please contact Vanessa if you're interested.

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Thank You Gold Sponsor Partner

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Upcoming Events

11 Mar 2015 7:30 AM • 1155 Elm Street, Suite 702 in Manchester, NH
24 Mar 2015 6:30 PM • Milestone Engineering and Call In
21 Apr 2015 6:30 PM • Milestone Engineering and Call In
01 May 2015 • Portland, Maine
19 May 2015 6:30 PM • Milestone Engineering and Call In

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