Button Up Workshop

Button Up New Hampshire, the popular home energy savings workshop series, is coming to Keene, NH. The City of Keene’s Cities for Climate Protection Committee, the Monadnock Progressive Alliance’s Climate Action Team, the Monadnock Sustainability Network and Southwest Community Services are hosting this free workshop for residents.  The workshop will take place on Saturday October 7th at the Stone Arch Village Senior Housing Community Room at 835 Court Street in Keene, NH. Doors open at 9:30am with the presentation from 10:00am-11:30am. The workshops are being sponsored by NHSaves and coordinated by the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI). To check out the workshop flyer, click here.

Keene-ButtonUp-2017 flyer

RootSkills Conference: Coming to NH in November

The RootSkills Conference is an annual conference hosted by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. The RootSkills Conference brings together 300+ students, community organizers, nonprofits, and sustainable businesses who are working to address social justice challenges and improve community health, community resilience, and the environment in New England. Now more than ever, it is critical that organizers work together to build a shared vision for a more just and sustainable region!

Learn more about this year’s RootSkills Conference

November 30 , 2017 – December 2, 2017


From Hurricane to Climate Change Film Showing: SWRPC Winter Commission Meeting

The Southwest Region Planning Commission Winter Commission Meeting is scheduled for February 28, 2017. The meeting will feature the film From Hurricane to Climate Change and a panel discussion. For more information, please view SWRPC’s event flyer.

From Hurricane to Climate Change

Staff from Franklin Pierce University’s Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place  and Culture will  present a showing of their recently released film entitled From Hurricane to Climate Change.

The film is a collaborative effort between the University Institute, area residents, officials, business owners and nonprofit organizations, as well as regional and national subject experts and documents how the greater Monadnock region is addressing the challenges of an increasingly unstable climate.

The film opens with rare  footage of the Hurricane of 1938 impacting New England and communities such as Peterborough, and traces the increase in extreme precipitation events like the Alstead flood of 2005.  A focus of the film is the City of Keene, which has  experienced  repeated flooding events and has been judged  a “shining example of climate preparedness and adaptation.”

There will be a panel discussion following the film as well as a question and answer period.

Weathering Change Webinar: Incorporating Climate Solutions into Day to Day Adaptation

Upcoming Webinar – Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM EST
Incorporating Climate Solutions into Day to Day Adaptation

Participants in this webinar will learn how to approach development, financing and implementation of climate adaptation strategies across all municipal planning activities.

This webinar will cover:

  • How to incorporate adaptation thinking into day-to-day municipal processes
  • How to incorporate climate preparedness strategies into a comprehensive Master Plan
  • How to develop measurable benchmarks for assessing progress towards stated climate adaptation and mitigation objectives



Future of Farming in a Changing World Conference

Yarden of Eatin'

Save the Date:
March 25, 2017 at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough

The Cornucopia Project will host the Future of Farming in a Changing World Conference to discuss how to build a sustainable and community-based food system, look at land availability, and how climate change will impact farming practices, with a focus on young farmers.

The keynote speaker is Philip Ackerman-Leist, professor, farmer and author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems.  For more information, contact Joyce at admin@cornucopiaproject.org.


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Local Sustainable Economies Conference

lsec-logo_-300x288The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts is excited to present the Local Sustainable Economies Conference at Northeastern University in Boston, MA from June 7 until June 9, 2017.

The conference is intended for small and local business leaders as well as advocates who are committed to building a local, green and fair economy. The conference will focus on action as it guides participants through engaging material that results in real, attainable ideas and solutions to issues facing our environment and our local economy.

Through networking, participants will build strong connections with other leaders who are as committed as they are to building sustainable businesses and organizations that ensure the long term success of both small business and our planet. Together we can amplify our impacts in building a vibrant local economy.

The conference will examine the seven pillars of a sustainable economy:

  • Local – Catalyze the Local First movement
  • Green – Discover & deliver solutions that stop climate change
  • Fair – Create an equitable economic system that benefits all communities
  • Food – Transform our local food systems
  • Community Capital – Move capital to local entrepreneurs & unleash the power of small & mid-size business
  • Entrepreneurship – Ignite your ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ & invigorate the new economy
  • Public Policy – Organize business & community leaders to strengthen our democracy & advocate for positive local & sustainable policies

Learn more