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March 17 & 18, 8am to 4pm Concord; May 19 & 20, 8am to 4pm Highland Center, Crawford Notch. This two day workshop will help you develop skills and strategies to more effectively and efficiently facilitate work groups, community groups, coalitions, and collaborations. Through this training, participants will learn to:

  • Create collaborative relationships
  • Design and customize processes to meet the needs of specific groups.
  • Develop intentional facilitation practices and use facilitation mapping to design meetings.
  • Identify behaviors that hinder and help a group process.
  • Strengthen participatory and interpersonal skills, and increase ability to manage group conflict.

Cost is $120. Registration fee covers meals and materials. The fee may be reduced or waived for students and those with financial need. For additional information on either training, please contact sue.cagle@unh.edu or Sharon.cowen@unh.edu

January - February 2016

In January and February 2016, UNH Cooperative Extension will host a four-part series, Community Training in Ecological Design, which will present community planning solutions that use ecological design to integration biodiversity, secure food production, sustainable water and energy systems, infrastructure, and economy. The results is homes, businesses, and communities that use less energy, create less waste, and recycle more resources. Register Here! 

3S Artspace in Portsmouth will host Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century (PS21) on Thursday January 28 in what begins a two day information and workshop session on affordable housing. The presentation on Thursday will be led by author Jennifer Hurley ('A Smart Growth Guide to Creating Affordable Housing.') This event will be followed by an interactive workshop on Friday at the Portsmouth Public Library beginning at noon. Visit http://ps21.org for more information.

January 20, 2016 from noon - 1p.m. You can't manage what you don't measure! The first step to a community energy efficiency plan is benchmarking  current energy use. Sign up for this webinar for an update on ENERGY STAR's free benchmarking software, Portfolio Manager, now easier to use and more fun than ever! Charlie Forcey of the Durham Energy Committee will demonstrate how to  down load data from you energy utility company and load it into Portfolio Manager. Linda Darveau of the US EPA will demonstrate how to make charts and graphs from your Portfolio Manager data to show the progress of your energy efficiency projects and compare your town buildings to other New Hampshire communities. Register Here!

November 19, 2016 -- Organizers have decided to move the 2016 conference to the fall to try out a new time of year that will allow for better municipal and business planning. Don't worry, you'll still be able to get your local energy fix this spring! Organizers have heard requests loud and clear for more opportunities for connecting, learning, and local energy inspiration on an on-going basis, and will be expanding the LES Training Series to include support for energy events across the state in partnership with the NH Regional Energy Hub Network. Funding from the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, which will match donations dollar-for-dollar, will enable energy hub coordinators to help organize regional tours, roundtables, workshops and events to further energy education, action, and connectivity throughout the year. Stay tuned for more information or contact your Regional Energy Hub Coordinator to get involved today.

Other local energy training and networking opportunities to look out for:



March 18, 2016 at Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. This year's theme is "Managing New Hampshire's Water for a More Resilient Environment." The conference will explore resiliency by looking at how it relates to water supply and demand, floods and flood hazards, energy, watershed management and planning, legal issues, the value of water, how New Hampshire communities are adapting, and the relationship between water and tourism in New Hampshire.

Visit the conference website for more information. Abstracts are due January 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm.

Grant Deadline: January 8, 2016. USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Programs serve non-profits and public bodies located in rural areas of up to 20,000 in population. Use loans and grants to renovate, repair, purchase or construct buildings which house community services. A non-profit or public body may use the loan or grant to purchase equipment, furniture and fixtures for community facilities. Eligible Community Facilities Projects Include:

• Building an assisted living facility, a hospital, health care center, community center or firehouse.
• Renovating a library, a town hall, opera house, museum, working community kitchen, a homeless shelter, or a food pantry. Including renewable energy or energy efficiency upgrades.
• Purchasing education related buildings for schools and colleges.
• Purchasing public safety vehicles and equipment: fire pumper trucks, ambulances, police cruisers, rescue, communications and safety equipment and upgrading equipment.
• Purchasing equipment & office furnishings for child care centers, theatres, museums, health care, and social services.
• Other capital projects carried out by a public body or non-profit which works to support a community service.

Click here to learn more.

Do you want to help your community to be strong and sustainable, and protect the environment and natural resources? Don't miss this upcoming training.  “The training applies permaculture — a design tool that mimics patterns and relationships found in nature —to human-designed food, energy, and building systems to create innovative solutions that improve the quality of life for all New Hampshire communities,” says Mary Tebo Davis, one of the presenters and UNH Cooperative Extension’s natural resources field specialist. “It’s relevant and important for all community leaders, as well as landscape architects and designers and civil engineers. All participants will come away with tools to plan, design, and develop a more resilient and sustainable future for their communities while working in harmony with the natural world.”

The sessions will take place at the following dates, times, and locations:

  • Jan. 27, 8:30 am–5:30 pm at Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension Office in Boscawen
  • Feb. 3, 8:30 am–5:30 pm at Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension Office in Boscawen
  • Feb. 10, 1 pm–5 pm Franklin
  • Feb. 17, 8:30 am–5:30 pm at Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension Office in Boscawen

Cost for the training is $395. CEUs and professional credits are available for AICP CM, AIA, NH Certified Professional Landscapers, and NOFA Organic Landcare Practioners. Register online at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=18025. For more information, contact Mary Tebo Davis at mary.tebo@unh.edu or (603) 641-6060.