Gain recognition for your business’ environmental, social and financial sustainability practices – apply for the 2013 Monadnock Green Business Award.
About the Award
In its fourth year, the Monadnock Green Business of the Year Award recognizes for-profit businesses that developed innovative practices or programs resulting in environmental stewardship and social responsibility, while contributing to the economic vitality of our region.
Eligibility is limited to for-profit businesses located in the Monadnock Region.
Applications due by 4pm on Friday, March 1, 2013.
- Monadnock Green Business Award Nomination Application Form
- Judges will use this form to assess applicants: Scoring Matrix
This year’s award is supported by the following community partners:
- Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce, http://www.keenechamber.com
- Monadnock Sustainability Network, and http://www.greenmonadnock.com
- The Hannah Grimes Center, http://www.hannahgrimes.com
- Monadnock Buy Local, http://www.monadnocklocal.org
Fall Weatherization Trainings plus a Drawing for a Professional Energy Audit! All free.
Sponsored by the Monadnock Energy Resources Initiative (MERI).
1. If you’re ready to put on your work clothes and participate in a more advanced level of hands-on weatherization training, this is for you!
Andy Duncan, BPI Certified energy auditor and trainer will lead:
3 full-day trainings – 9-5 pm
Oct 13- River Center, in Peterborough – Blower door test, carpentry, exterior drainage work and air sealing.
Nov 3 – Home in Keene – Blower-door test, air sealing, carpentry, and installation of blown in cellulose insulation
Nov 10 – Nature’s Classroom, in Hancock- Blower door test, walk-through audit, air sealing and more.
2. Ryan Clothier, Weatherization Program Director, Southern NH Services, BPI Certified Energy Auditor, will lead:
A 4 hour, on-site weatherization training
Nov 17 – Home in Greenfield – blower door test, walkthru energy audit, some weatherization work.
3. Ted Stiles, BPI Certified Energy Auditor, will lead:
Two (2) Energy Audit Field Experiences -1 hour each
Designed for trades people, building supply employees, building managers and homeowners to become more familiar with the blower door test and other disagnostic equipment and learn basic building science concepts. Place and date TBD.
4. Raffle for a Residential Energy Audit worth $625 from Ted Stiles.
Blower door test, thermal scan, combustion safety tests, a list of recommended improvements with estimates and projected savings, TREAT software computer modeling. Tickets are FREE-available at various town fairs and MERI’s Oct 2 meeting at the Marlborough School library. Or, send your name, phone # and email address to the email address below and we’ll fill one out for you. The drawing – Nov. 13.
To sign up contact Bev Edwards email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact
NHBSR Executive Director, Michelle Veasey
Phone: (603) 391-8471
ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY NEW ENGLAND HOSTS
NHBSR’S FIRST SUSTAINABILITY ROUNDTABLE
Keene, NH (September 18, 2012): New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s
inaugural Sustainability Roundtable will be held on September 18 and is hosted by the Net
Impact chapter of Antioch University New England (AUNE) in Keene. Professor Polly
Chandler, Program Director for AUNE’s Green M.B.A, will moderate the event.
Sustainability Roundtables are a new offering for the fall of 2012. The roundtables are held
regionally and allow business leaders and community members to discuss challenges and
opportunities around selected sustainability topics in an open, interactive, and dynamic
discussion. This fall, roundtables will focus on the topic of “Engaging Stakeholders: The
Business Challenges and Opportunities in Involving Employees, Suppliers, Customers,
Community and Investors in Your CSR/Sustainability Efforts.” Attendees will have the
opportunity to share experiences and ideas with other participants, and to learn about the
sustainability initiatives of local businesses.
Polly Chandler is Program Director for the Green M.B.A. at AUNE, and is the faculty advisor
for AUNE’s Net Impact Chapter. Net Impact is a nonprofit, volunteer-led network of more than
290 chapters whose members use their business skills in changing the world to help people and
the planet, as well as making a profit.
The Sustainability Roundtable will take place on September 18, 2012 at Antioch University in
Keene from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all.
To register, please email Virginia Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 391-7437 and
provide your name, company/organization, position, telephone, and email address. More details
are available online at www.nhbsr.org.
New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility is a member-based non-profit organization
that fosters socially and environmentally responsible business in New Hampshire, realizing that
people, principles and profits must be linked. More information on NHBSR can be found at
Antioch University New England offers highly respected doctoral, master’s, and certificate
programs in education, environmental studies, management and psychology. Located in Keene,
New Hampshire, this unique institution serves approximately one thousand students each year.
Our graduates have gone on to be leaders of positive change, working toward a more just and
sustainable society. Founded in 1964, Antioch University New England is the oldest of Antioch
University’s graduate campuses. Learn more at: http://www.antiochne.edu.
On Saturday July 21, 2012 from 1-4pm Cynthia Nichols and Suzanne Brouilette will teach interested folks how to can jams and jellies in Harrisville NH through the Monadnock Localvores. Please join us!
Cynthia and Suzanne will demonstrate how to can jams and jellies with sterile technique; you will have the opportunity to try some local jams with different recipes and talk about how to use this technique for other fruit and vegetables. Come learn how to preserve our local berries using techniques that you can easily do at home. We’ll be cooking in a garden kitchen built just for preserving fresh fruit and vegetables straight from the garden. We’ll also get a chance to tour the garden and visit with some bees.
To register and for more information on this workshop go to www.cheshireconservation.org or call the Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.116. There is a suggested donation of $5-15 for each Localvore workshop. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All donations go to support the Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship.
Happy memories of simmering delicious red raspberries in her Grandma’s farm kitchen bring Cynthia to this past-time of making jam. The bright tart flavors brought back the warmth of summer days to the middle of winter are a delight. She hopes to help you see how easy it is to make your own jam and what a great way it is to preserve the local harvest! Suzanne is an avid gardener and has been canning for 35 years. She recently put together a summer kitchen specifically to be able to bring the harvest straight in from the garden and put it up right away.
Food travels an average of 1500 miles before it ends up on your dinner plate. The Localvore movement is working to change this statistic, for the benefit of our health, palate, local farms, the environment and the community. Now in its fifth year, The Monadnock Localvores are focused on encouraging the eating, growing, and buying of more local food. Sponsors for the 2012 Monadnock Localvores include Hannah Grimes and the Cheshire County Conservation District.
Attention Grazing Enthusiasts!
Mark your Calendars if you haven’t already & join us for the Rotational Grazing: Invasive Species Workshop
Host Site: Walpole Valley Farm, 663 Wentworth Rd., Walpole, NH
May 23, 2012 10:00 am -12:00 pm
The Cheshire County Conservation District in collaboration with Natural Resource Conservation Service is offering a Rotational Grazing: Invasive Species workshop for pasture enthusiasts of all kinds. Whether you have cattle, horses, sheep, chickens or pigs join us to learn how to identify & eliminate invasive pasture species. Join Heidi Konesko, NRCS Soil Conservationist and NH Grazing Specialist, for an informative pasture walk on seeding choices, the importance of soil fertility and the challenges of controlling the unwanted. This is a perfect opportunity to bring questions to the hillside for both our local expert and your peers and also to learn about NRCS programs available to help you meet your goals. Join us at our host location: Walpole Valley Farms, home to beef, poultry and pigs on pasture, at 663 Wentworth Rd., Walpole, NH. , from 10:00 am to 12:00pm on May 23, 2012.
The Cheshire County Conservation District promotes the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources for the people of Cheshire County by bringing individuals and groups with common environmental interests together to share ideas, resources, and information. Established in 1945, the Conservation District operates out of Walpole NH where we work alongside the Natural Resource Conservation Service and other conservation partners. For more information, contact Amanda Costello, District Manager at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or email at email@example.com.
The Monadnock Energy Resources Initiative (MERI) is looking for a home in the Keene/Marlborough region that would value having a blower-door test & energy walk-through assessment followed by some solid weatherization done for it from 9AM-4 PM on Saturday, May 19.
This will be a day long “Housewarming”, a hands-on weatherization process and training for 10 volunteers, lead by Andy Duncan, energy auditor and trainer for most of the BU NH Workshop trainers.
Here’s what we’re looking for in a house:
1) The homeowner would need to welcome, and hopefully participate with, the volunteers.
2) The home should have a walkable attic (head room and a floor) and a basement, both in need of weatherization–air sealing, and possibly moisture mitigation for the basement, weather stripping for doors, etc.
Please contact me if you have a home to recommend, and thanks for your help.
Canning fruit, growing vegetables, and making wine, cheese, and bread; once everyday skills shared with family, friends and neighbors. Bring these satisfying and useful skills into your life the old fashioned way — by learning from your friends and neighbors! Enjoy ordinary people sharing their ways of doing things: uncomplicated, practical, friendly and fun. The Monadnock Localvores, with the help of your friends and neighbors, offers the following 2012 workshops:
April 29 – Localvore 101 with Holly Gowdy, Jan Sevene, & Jen Risley, 2-4pm
May 5 – Endangered Wild Medicinal Workshop with Katy Locke, 2-4pm
May 9 – Herb Spiral Design and Build Workshop with Craig Oshkello, 3:30-5pm
May 17 – Container Gardening with Amanda Maurmann, 5:30-7pm
May 20 – Delicious Bread Made Easy with Ken Sevene, 2-4pm
June 3 – Modern Horsekeeping with Noel Aderer, 2-4pm
June 13 – Cheese Making with Carol Lake , 9:30am-12:30pm
July 15 – CSA Cooking Class with Jeanny Aldrich, 4 – 6pm
July 21 – Berry Jamming and Canning Workshop with Cynthia Nichols and Suzanne Brouillette, 1-4pm
August 5 – Homemade Herbal Tinctures with Katy Locke, 2-4pm
August 16 – Wild Mushroom Foray with David Wichland, 10am-12pm (potluck lunch to follow)
September 6 – Brewing a Local Beer with Carl Majewski, 6pm-8pm
October 14 – Apple Wine Making with Mary Ann Kristiansen, 2-4pm
October 21 – Introduction to Bee Keeping and Honey with Jodi Turner, 1-3pm
To register and for more information on these workshops and events click the link above or call the Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.116. There is a suggested donation of $5-15 for each workshop. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All donations go to support the Jeffrey P. Smith Farm Scholarship.