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USDOT proposes to remove design restrictions on some roads to make them safer

We are all – whether community planners, road designers, or just citizens – very aware of the frustrations of not being able to make so many of our US roads (those that run through our towns with 50 MPH speed limits or less – think Route 1, for example) safer for everyone, especially the myriad …

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Plan NH to participate in #GivingTuesday on December 1

Created in 2012, #GivingTuesday is a global day of “giving back”.   It’s the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving (and after Black Friday and Cyber Monday) – this year, December 1.  And this year, Plan NH will be part of it. “Our mission,” said Robin LeBlanc, Executive Director, “is to foster excellence in planning , design and …

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Appraising, Selling & Financing Buildings with Energy Efficient & Renewable Energy Features

Join the Vermont Green Homes Alliance (VGHA) for the 2015 Green Real Estate Symposium on October 29th at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. The Symposium titled will bring together nationally-recognized speakers for a day of sessions and panel discussions on trending topics such as residential green evaluation tools, the emerging market of high …

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NHBSR presents NH and the Clean Power Plan Sept 23

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 – 12:00pm to 2:30pm Eversource Energy Park 780 Commercial Street Manchester New Hampshire 03101 Rob Werner 603-674-9810 rob_werner@lcv.org The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) recently released the Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants 32 percent by 2030. Each state has considerable flexibility to meet this goal; …

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Green Eggs Breakfast Forum Sept 16: Commissioning for High Performance Buildings

Wednesday September 16 at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth 7:30 AM Commissioning for High Performance Buildings Building systems commissioning is a term familiar to those involved in sustainability, but many wish to learn more about the process and its benefits.  This presentation will describe the commissioning process, why it is necessary for high performance …

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Surgeon General to announce a Call to Action on September 9

(A Call to Action [from the Surgeon General] is a science-based document to stimulate action nationwide to solve a major public health problem.) On  Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the US, will call on all of us to walk more. According to a communication from the National Physical Activity Society, …

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Granger Fellowship awardee earns national recognition for his tiny house

Rob Dunn, of Henniker, who earned a Granger Fellowship award earlier this year through Plan NH’s Scholarship and Fellowship Program, has received recognition in media across the country for his tiny house, in which he lives as he continues his studies at Green Mountain College in Vermont. A story about him and his tiny house …

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Plan NH to conduct a community planning and design charrette in Laconia August 28 and 29

On Friday and Saturday, August 28 and 29, a team of Plan NH members and others will gather with Laconia Planner Shanna Saunders and her team to hold a community planning and design charrette. Building on the extensive work that the City has been doing with the Orton Family Foundation, and in conjunction with an …

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NH getting warmer and wetter

UNH released two reports today (one for Southern and one for Northern NH) that describe the warming trends we will see over the next few decades, as well as more frequent “extreme precipitation” events.  The reports were compiled to assist municipalities in planning decision-making for future investments.  For more information and to download the reports, …

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