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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.

Dec 1, 2015: This webinar by expert speaker Daniel Dalton will review the relationship between zoning, transportation planning, and climate change. It will discuss the relationship between land use densities and transportation choices, review the trend toward transit oriented development in higher density communities, and transportation efficient development in lower density areas. The session will also present several case studies where land use and transportation planning are beginning to intersect, and ends with a strategic approach for communities to consider.

In this session, you'll get answers to the following, and more:

  • What national laws considering climate change impact local zoning?
  • What state laws considering climate change impact local zoning?
  • How to prepare a land use plan that includes climate change regulations?
  • What should be considered when presented with local zoning and climate change issues?

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Use "CK20" to get $20 off.

Plan New Hampshire, in partnership with New Hampshire Housing, is pleased to announce the creation of a new initiative, the NH Municipal Technical Assistance Program. Its purpose is to provide funding for municipalities who wish to increase housing options for households with diverse needs and income levels.

Grants of $2500 to $10,000 will be available in 2016 for developing new or revised regulations to improve choices in types and locations of places to live. The grants will be awarded from a competitive application process, which will include a requirement to raise twenty-five per cent of the award in a cash match.

Applications will be available January 4, 2016, and due April 4, 2016. Applications will be reviewed and selected for funding by a committee of professionals from around the state with experience and expertise in the regulatory standards that shape the built environment. The successful communities will be announced in May.

More information about the program will be available this fall at www.plannh.org, or queries may be sent to info@plannh.org

How do you start a local preservation organization? An individual or a small group of people must realize that preservation issues are not being addressed adequately by the municipality or an existing organization. By creating a local preservation group, you are helping to ensure that the vitality and qualities of the community are properly planned for rather than left to chance. This guide explains how. Get the guide