May 02

Green Drinks-May 6, Event Waste Management

 

Join us for the May 6th Green Drinks at the Marriot Hotel in downtown Keene and learn how to include recycling in your celebrations.

Event waste and recycling experts, Cindy Sterling Clark and Mary Jensen, will give you a brief primer on how to incorporate recycling into your event plans.  They will talk about the benefits of striving towards the status of Zero Waste, contracting with waste haulers who respect your dream to be green, basic equipment needs, training volunteers, and vendor/public education that makes economic sense.  There will be plenty of opportunity to answer your questions, plus Mary and Cindy will include a short foray into a discussion of composting at events – the crown of “Zero Waste” heroism.

Cindy Sterling Clark has 27 years of integrating municipal solid waste management systems in NY, NH, MA, and VT. As a grant writer, she spearheaded many innovative waste reduction projects for national, state, and local waste reduction initiatives. Today she still talks trash with anyone who will listen but has added yoga to her repertoire.

Mary Jensen is also a waste and recycling management expert with 30 years experience in managing waste programs at large facilities and at large outdoor event. She is currently the Campus Sustainability Officer at Keene State College with a passion for food waste reduction.

You do not want to miss this opportunity to talk trash with these two very knowledgeable garbage princesses!

Mar 07

Community Solar Project

The Monadnock Sustainability Network (MSN) is working with local citizens and stakeholders to establish the first Monadnock Community Solar initiative (MCSi) project here in our region. We have developed a plan based on a collaborative project with Antioch University NE. We have an active steering committee working to build the first locally owned community solar project. We hope to determine the location soon. We have a small grant from NEGEF which will support fundraising and some start up expenses.

The steering committee has decided to pursue the LLC model where local citizens form a business that owns the PV system and sells clean, local solar electricity to a host. We are confident that we can raise the investment funds locally. We are in the process of meeting with potential host building owners. We have draft legal documents and are interested in collaborating with local legal professionals interested in supporting this community effort by providing pro-bono or reduced rate assistance with the start up legal documents. These will be shared with subsequent Monadnock Community Solar initiative (MCSi) projects, as we see this as the first of hopefully many community solar projects in our region.

Previous:

The first meeting for people & parties interested in the Monadnock Community Solar initiative (MCSi) will be on  Thursday, March 13th from 6-8 pm at Antioch University New England, in the Community Room.  Refreshments will be provided.

Feb 07

Community Composting: Success stories from Brattleboro, VT

Join us for Green Drinks on Tuesday, March 4th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Marriott Courtyard, 75 Railroad Street. Our topic is Community Composting: Success Stories from Brattleboro, VT.  Moss Kahler, Curbside Compost coordinator in Brattleboro, VT will share a few of their success stories and challenges for kicking off Vermont’s first curbside composting program. The benefits are real and the community is excited about its results. Come join the conversation and together let’s explore the possibilities of a community composting program in Keene.

Feb 07

Monadnock Community Solar initiative (MCSi)

Brattleboro-solarMSN is partnering with a team of graduate students from Antioch University New England to research, organize, and develop a Community Solar project in our region.  We are currently establishing a core group of interested citizens and potential funders to manage the initiative.  The Antioch team will evaluate and present various options for CS projects to interested citizens in March.  This core group of citizens will determine the best option for our region, and the Antioch team will develop an implementation plan for the first Monadnock Community Solar project. Please contact John Kondos at jkondos@home-efficiency.com for more information.

THE COMPLETE STORY:

The Monadnock Sustainability Network (MSN), in collaboration with a team of students from Antioch University New England, is seeking to establish a core group of interested citizens and potential investors to support the development and implementation of a Community Solar project here in the Monadnock region.

Community Solar (CS) is emerging across the United States spearheaded by people seeking local alternatives to conventional energy sources; a hedge against rising fuel costs; reduced carbon emissions; and energy independence. Falling installation costs and creative new financing models have made solar projects more financially feasible. Community Solar is a PV (photovoltaic) or solar electric system that provides power and other benefits to multiple community members. A CS system here in the Monadnock region will provide power from local solar energy, reduce up-front costs for participants, provide optimal project siting, improve economies of scale, create local jobs, increase public understanding of solar energy, and strengthen our community.

The core group will be asked to pledge a portion of the initial funding costs or pro-bono contributions of their expertise, and in turn will have the ability to help guide the development of the Monadnock region’s own Community Solar project every step of the way.

The Antioch team will evaluate and present various options for CS projects to interested citizens in March.  This core group of citizens will determine the best option for our region, and the Antioch team will develop an implementation plan for the first Monadnock Community Solar project. To learn more about this exciting opportunity please contact John Kondos at jkondos@home-efficiency.com for more information.

Jan 24

Nominate a Green Business of the Year

Monadnock Sustainability Network Partners with the 
City of Keene to Offer the 
2014 Monadnock Green Business of the Year Award

 

 

Keene, NH - Monadnock Sustainability Network partners with the City of Keene and others to offer this year’s Monadnock Green Business of the Year Award.  This award recognizes businesses that developed innovative practices or programs resulting in environmental stewardship and social responsibility, while contributing to the economic vitality of our region. Nominations are being accepted now through March 3, 2014.  Last year’s award winner was W.S. Badger in Keene, NH.

This honor is awarded by the Keene Cities for Climate Protection Committee in partnership with the Hannah Grimes Center, Monadnock Sustainability Network, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce and Monadnock Buy Local.  Nomination information can be found athttp://www.ci.keene.nh.us/sustainability/keene-challenge or by contacting greenbizaward@gmail.com.

The Keene Cities for Climate Protection Committee was created to aid in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in order to protect the viability of the community and to protect public health, safety and welfare.  Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8am at the Keene Public Library.

Jan 18

Green Business of the Year

The Green Business of the Year @ Keene Green Drinks February 4th at 5:30 at The Marriott Courtyard

Find out more about this honor awarded by the Keene Cities for Climate Protection Committee in partnership with Monadnock Buy Local, the Hannah Grimes Center, Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce and the Monadnock Sustainability Network.

The Monadnock Green Business of the Year (GBOY) Award recognizes those socially and environmentally responsible businesses in the Monadnock Region that have developed innovative practices or programs while contributing to the economic vitality of the region. This year will be the fifth annual Green Business of the Year Award; nominations are being accepted through March 1, 2013.

The Green Business of the Year Award winner for 2013 WS Badger Co will be featured.

Dec 30

January Green Drinks

GreenDrinksLogoJoin us for Green Drinks on Tuesday, January 7th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Marriott Courtyard, 75 Railroad Street, Keene.

Emily Hague from the Monadnock Conservancy will talk about the status of land conservation in the Monadnock Region. Learn about the current percentage and location of conserved lands in our region, and hear about recent accomplishments and current challenges of the Monadnock Conservancy and the land trust movement as a whole.

There will be some fun interactive exercises as well and you’ll get to view a couple of poster-seized regional maps.

Dec 30

Monadnock Sustainability Network

The Monadnock Sustainability Network is a group of business and community leaders who support sustainable living practices through education, outreach, and collective action. Our vision is to make the Monadnock region a recognized model and imitated example for sustainable living.