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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.

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 


Our USGBC NH chapter is now accepting nominations for the chapter’s Board of Directors until November 6th. Joining the board is a great opportunity to connect with like-minded folks, get involved with the chapter, and help lead the USGBC.

The attached board nomination package here describes the directorships open on the incoming 2017 Board as well as the nomination process and eligibility criteria. Self-nominations are encouraged and welcome!


AIA New Hampshire and Plan NH are pleased to announce an evening of film and related discussion, including a preview of John Hession’s film Net Zero in New England (a project of the New Hampshire Environmental Guild and the NH Architecture Foundation, the educational foundation associated with AIANH.) 

NetZeroinNE_web-AMThe evening will open with three short films (30 min. total running time). The first two show how Net Zero Design has been implemented in two projects, the Tin Mountain Conservation Center and a Canterbury residence. A third film will show how architects in New England have achieved significant results by making integrated design a mainstay of their design process. It shows how the difficulties in implementing integrated design are overcome, how putting together an integrated design team in the beginning of a project is the best way to achieve 2030 goals, and why sharing strategies for sustainable design benefits everyone – architects, designers, engineers, builders, developers, planners, building owners, and society as a whole. (Photo above of Tin Mountain Conservation Center, from the film)

A panel discussion following the films, will address how meeting the 2030 challenge — all new buildings, developments, and major renovations shall be carbon-neutral by 2030 – is not only achievable but is no longer a constraint on the design process. We will also discuss policy trends at the state and national level that are making renewable energy mainstream and fully suited to any building or planning project.


Portsmouth Library Event

Please join us for an exciting event at the Portsmouth Public Library. Paul Leveille, from the Resilient Buildings Group will talk about some of the unique features that make this building LEED Silver certified, the Sustainability Manager for the City of Portsmouth will talk about the importance of this to the city of Portsmouth, and Mike Eardley, the Vice President of the USGBC NH Chapter, will talk about how to get involved in this great state. Check here for more info and registration.

Smuttynose Brewing company Complex certified LEED Gold

“With climate change increasingly threatening the agricultural regions where malt and hops are grown, I knew it was important to make as many environmentally-considerate choices in building our new home in Hampton,” said Joanne Francis, Smuttynose’s creative director and co-owner. “The decision to pursue LEED made the process more involved and more difficult in some places, but it put us in a much better position for longer term operations. One place we can’t and won’t cut corners is in our process and ingredients.”

2016 Regional Summit Recap

Pictured above is the morning's roundtable discussion on the future of solar energy with Sam Evans-Brown. Panel participants, from left to right: Rodney Bartlett of Peterborough, Eric Johnson of ISO New England, Patrick McDonnell of UIL Holding Corp., Andrew Breiter-Wu of Solar City, Elijah Garrison of Revision Energy, and J. Timmons Roberts of Brown University/The Brookings Institution.

If you attended this event, we would like to know what you thought. Please take a moment to complete this short survey.



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


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.


Thank You to our Certified Sponsors   

Ed & Nancy Gagnon


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 7:30 AM (EST) • Grappone, Bow, NH
Wednesday, November 09, 2016 8:30 AM (EST) • Kingswood High School, Wolfeboro, NH, 03984
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 6:30 PM (EST) • Call In
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:30 AM (EST) • ?
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:30 PM (EST) • Call In

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Friday, May 06, 2016 10:21 PM • Douglas Shilo
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Tuesday, June 02, 2015 2:08 PM • Douglas Shilo

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