Past Events and Recordings

The Beauties & the Beasts 

of NH's environment, energy and climate bills

The True Cost of Food

Presenter: Gene Jonas — organic farmer, owner, and operator of Hungry Bear Farm, Wilton, NH 

Why does local food cost more than what we buy from the grocery store?

In this workshop, Hungry Bear Farm owner and operator Gene Jonas will share a holistic analysis of the costs of the industrialized food production systems that dominate the landscape today and why buying local is actually better for you and your wallet.

March 20th from 5 to 6 PM on Zoom

Sponsored by the NH Network Environment Working Group 

 Building Codes: Your health, your wallet, and energy efficiency

March 7th from 4-5 PM 

~ Presented by Paul Bemis, President Granite State ASHRAE

~ Moderator:  Paul Friedrichs, MD, Family Medicine physician; Board Chair, NH Healthcare Workers for Climate Action 

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, there has been a mass migration of humans from fresh outdoor air to inside buildings. Most of us spend more than 90% of our time indoors, and indoor air quality is directly linked to our health. 

Three building code bills before the State House this year will reduce the energy efficiency of newly built homes, and negatively affect indoor air quality and our health.   

Learn about the importance of healthy energy codes. (See recording.)


Meeting chat

Unwrap the Future II: Global and Local Solutions to Plastic Pollution

Monday — February 12, 2024 - 7:00 PM

A celebration of the second anniversary of the 

Ten  Towns • Ten Actions Toolkit

Globally, each year more than 380 million tons of plastic waste harm our health, pollute our environment, and hurt our economy. This program will highlight practical solutions for reducing plastic waste in the business and restaurant sectors, current research on plastic pollution policy, and legislation being considered in New Hampshire to address single-use plastics, extended producer responsibility, container deposit programs, and PFAS regulations.


Christina Dubin, Senior Organizer, Beyond Plastics; Campaigns Coordinator, Surfrider NH; Co-Founder, NH Network Plastics WG


“By the Numbers, Ten Towns * Ten Actions Toolkit Two Year Impact”

Overview of the success of the Ten Towns Ten • Actions Toolkit Campaign at work in 47 towns across all regions of New Hampshire.

“BYO (Bring Your Own): Community Level Strategies for Zero Waste”

Hear about “Ithaca Reduces | BYO,” which has over 100 businesses that welcome customers to Bring Your Own containers, bottles, utensils, bags, and K-12 school reusables.

Research & Policy on Plastic Pollution Solutions”

Discussion of the Plastics Policy Inventory, a global body of government responses to plastic pollution, and the Policy Effectiveness Library, research on the effectiveness of the policies.

Learn about the Seacoast area restaurants reusables pilot, Reusable Seacoast, and Surfrider Foundation NH Chapter’s Skip the Stuff Campaign.

Update on Container Deposit, Skip the Stuff, PFAS & EPR Legislation in NH 

Please note that the video above starts at about 8 minutes into the meeting, so the video lacks the first few slides of Patsy's presentation. 


Patsy Beffa-Negrini:

Unwrap the Future II - By the Numbers

Yayoi Koizumi

BYO (Bring Your Own): Community Level Strategies for Zero Waste

and Plastics policy inventory

Dr. Zoie Diana

Research & Policy on Plastic Pollution Solutions

Christina Dubin

Seacoast area restaurants reusables pilot, etc. 

Cindy Heath

Update on Container Deposit, Skip the Stuff, PFAS & EPR Legislation

See also the meeting chat.

Funding Sources for municipalities, businesses, nonprofits & individuals:

What is out there and how can we access it?

About the panelists:

Melissa Elander works on clean energy projects with towns, schools, and nonprofits in Coös County and northern Grafton County.  Melissa worked as an Energy Auditor and Weatherization Project Manager in the North Country of New Hampshire before joining Clean Energy NH. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Plymouth State University and a Master of Arts in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from American University.  

Nora E Hanke is the Program Manager at Monadnock Sustainability Hub, a nonprofit serving the 34 towns of SW NH (all of Cheshire, a little of Hillsborough and Sullivan Counties), whose mission is to cut carbon emissions from every sector of the economy. Nora has an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England, and drives a Chevy Bolt. She had building envelope improvements performed on her (previous) home, and then had solar arrays installed for electricity and hot water.

Elizabeth McKenna serves as a Special Assistant for Policy and Projects for U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire. She is a liaison between community members and legislative staff to help advance Senator Shaheen’s legislative and appropriations priorities. She covers several policy areas including environment, energy, agriculture and health.  Over the past four years, Elizabeth has served in Senator Shaheen’s office in multiple roles and previously worked for a higher education nonprofit. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Catholic University. 

A day in the life of a NH lobbyist

A view into the workings of the NH legislature

Monday, January 22, 2024

7:00 PM on Zoom

Featuring Jim O'Brien

NH Deputy State Director, 

The Nature Conservancy 

The History & Context for NH's Air Quality

(and the Energy Policies that got us here)

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Chris Skoglund, Director of Energy Transitions, Clean Energy NH

As we look ahead to the bills that will come before the New Hampshire legislature in 2024, it helps to understand the trends and policies of the past two decades. 

Air quality is inextricably affected by climate policy. Energy, transportation, residences, agriculture, and waste practices all contribute to climate change and to NH's air quality. We have had some years of record emission reductions — what have we been doing right? What can NH do better?

  Military Forward Planning for Climate Risks 

November 13, 2023

From its far-flung bases to its key supply lines and its significant energy consumption, the armed services 

must make sober and realistic assessments of climate risks. 

Learn why the U.S. Military considers climate change a serious security concern and how it is preparing for the challenges ahead.

Special Guest Panel:

Moderated by:  Reinmar Seidler, NH Network co-manager

✔ Planning for Offshore Wind and Sustainable Fisheries in New England

September 18, 2023

Guest Expert Panel and Presentations

Sorry!  Due to technical difficulties the recording of the first half  of the event is unavailable.  We've posted the available recording and presentations here.

Offshore wind is said to be New England’s greatest untapped energy resource. Realizing that potential, however, is no simple exercise. The Gulf of Maine also contains some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. 

Is offshore wind compatible with New England’s fishing industries?

The answer to that kind of question is nearly always “It depends!Find out what it depends on, and how sustainable fisheries and sustainable energy systems might coexist.

News on our event topic, October 2023:

August 12 — 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center, Laconia, NH

In conjunction with Save Forest Lake and many other NH Environmental Groups

Great Media Coverage!

We brought:  Our own mugs for coffee/tea, a bag lunch, and enthusiasm!  Handouts, information, business cards, flyers, stickers about our organizations.

Thank you for helping to make this a zero-waste event!

GOAL: Future planning: New Hampshire needs your vision to grow & stay healthy! Where do we go from here?


• 9:00 - 9:30 — Coffee and Networking (Group Information Sharing)

• 9:30 - 10:30 — Presentations by Groups. Hear from organizations about issues of concern and how we can help each other.

• 10:30 - 10:40 — Break

• 10:40 - 12:00 — Breakout Groups to discuss messaging, recruitment, legislation, etc. 

• 12:00 - 12:30 — Brown-Bag Lunch. Debrief on Breakout Groups. Schedule another Summit elsewhere in NH?

3rd Annual All-Network Gathering

Saturday, June 17, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to noon and then hiking!

Concord City-Wide Community Center  •   (603) 225-8690

14 Canterbury Road, Concord NH 03301 


8:30-9:00 AM

9:00-10:40 AM

10:40-10:55 AM Break

10:55 to Noon 

12:30 PM 

Thanks to our Facilitators

Clearing the Fog

Benefits & Challenges around 

Offshore Wind in New England

June 5, 2023 

Concord Monitor reporting of this event:

N.H. lags in luring offshore wind’s economic benefits

By DAVID BROOKS Monitor staff, Published: 6/7/2023 

Off Shore Wind Topics Explore:d  

Marine biodiversity impacts     

Transmission challenges      

Labor standards     

Business & supply chains     

Policy & politics    



Rob WernerLeague of Conservation Voters and NE4OSW


WHAT: Our five panelists discussed the specific benefits and challenges of moving to deploy clean energy from offshore wind in New England and the Gulf of Maine. They will dispel myths around OSW and map out pathways forward. 

Everyone, from farmers and clean energy advocates to school gardeners and local food distributors, 

plays a part in building a food system that is resilient in the face of our changing climate. But how?

Monday, May 8th, 2023

Slides and Other Resources

Composting For Community



Additional Resources

Which Climate Solutions Work for You, Your Community, and the World?

Monday, April 24th, 2023 ~ 7:00-8:30 PM 

We Test Attendees' Favorite Climate Solutions at a Climate Solutions Workshop using MIT's En-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator

Workshop led by Peter Dugas (En-ROADS Ambassador and CCL ME State Coordinator)

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Network and Citizens’ Climate Lobby

 flyer ~ article ~ media ~ slides   

Crossover Season in the NH Legislature


the Beauties & the Beasts 

of NH environment, energy and climate bills

Three prominent lawmakers and two scientists gave their insights into bills that need our support or opposition:  

Meeting Description 

April 10, 2023 ~ 5:30-6:45 pm on Zoom

Refresh your focus on the bills that still might pass in the 

2023 Legislative Session!

Union of Concerned Scientists 2022 Final Report: 

New England State Climate Action Assessment

Monday, Feb 13, 5:30-7:00 PM

A Discussion of the USC's New England State Climate Action Assessment report with a special focus on New Hampshire. 

Presented by:


Clean Energy and Lower Bills with Community Power: 

A Transformative Energy Solution for New Hampshire

Tuesday,  January 24, 2023 — 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Q&A at 8 PM)

What your town, city, or county needs to know to participate.

Panelists:  Clifton Below, Assistant Mayor of Lebanon  ●  Henry Herndon, Energy Consultant  ●  Don Kreis, NH Consumer Advocate  ● Joshua Bourdon, Founder Derry NetZero Task Force Jeff Moulton, Chair of Derry NetZero Task Force ● Bart Fromuth, Freedom Energy Logistics   Stuart Ormsbee, Colonial Power Group   ● Terry Clark, Cheshire County Commissioner  ●  Lisa Sweet, Rye Energy Committee  ●  Joe Kwasnik, moderator, NH Network Legislative Work Group

Community Power is coming to New Hampshire this spring. Energy costs are skyrocketing, and New Hampshire utility customers are paying the price. Everyone wants access to clean power with lower bills. Community Power can do it for you and more utility customers!

Over the last decade the threat of high rates from the utilities, expensive alternatives, air pollution, and the dearth of options for clean energy has given rise to a local option, one that will put your community in control instead of the utility. Community Power is an effective way to choose cheaper, clean energy for your home, business, town offices and other buildings. An option that will help you to pay less, act on climate, and lower air pollution whenever energy is used. This year, the NH Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ironed out the regulations under which Community Power could operate. Currently several NH communities are preparing to flip the “go” button starting this spring.

Community power is now a real option for you and your community. Do you live in an apartment, a condo, a small house, a place in the shade or something similar? This is for you! You are invited to discuss and learn how to bring Community Power to your neighborhood from local experts, community leaders, and supporters.

Produced by the Town of Derry’s very own Public Television, Derry Cam, and the Derry NetZero Task Force.

Supporting Organizations: NH Network, Clean Energy NH, LCV, NH Sierra Club, NH Carbon Cashback, RAD NH, 350 NH, Freedom Energy Logistics, Colonial Power Group, and Community Power Coalition of NH.

We’d like to remind you that FOUR service providers are available to communities considering adopting a Community Power plan, each with slightly different offerings.  Here is contact information for those providers:

Emily Manns, Standard Power ,

Stuart Ormsbee, Colonial Power,

Bart Fromuth of Freedom Energy Logistics,

Henry Herndon, Community Power Coalition of NH,

NH Network Presents:  Transactive Energy

The Electric Grid of the Future - January 13th, 2023

Our aging electric grid was not built for solar panels, batteries, and cars that act like a battery and give energy back to your house.

We need “smart grids” that can use “transactive energy” to:

Transactive Energy will cut costs, saving NH consumers millions of dollars each year.

NH Network Presents:  Local Action, Global Impact

Using the Power of Communities to Move Us Forward!
December 5th, 2022

An event to help us — individuals, small groups, towns & cities — take the LOCAL actions that when enough of us do them, will have GLOBAL impacts.

How we did it - Templates you can use - Why citizen actions matter

Slides: Plastics and Carbon Cash-Back

Slides: Solar Project Warrant Articles

Resources, templates, and links document:

Presentations from members of NH Network’s Plastics Working Group:

What 37 NH communities have done, and how you can help yours do it too.  Congress is listening!

What NH North Country communities have done to get Solar Projects deployed, and how you can help yours do it too. 

A Conversation with Tom Sherman and Colleagues

Candidate for NH Governor Senator Tom Sherman, NH Representative Kat McGhee, and NH Senator David Watters joined the New Hampshire Network for a conversation about environment, energy, and climate policy - past and present.   A personal look at how these influential veteran legislators prioritize policy options and work to get things done in the NH State Legislature, and their recommendations to control energy costs while addressing related concerns.

This election cycle is as significant as any in our lifetimes. How will we in New Hampshire approach our urgent environmental challenges over the next few years? OUR CHOICES WILL MATTER! Come pull up a chair and chat with three prominent leaders as they ponder NH’s environmental future with us. What are your priorities for protecting our landscapes, precious natural resources, and quality of life? What policies will best take us forward into an uncertain but opportunity-rich future?


(...and what can we do about it?)

Soaring energy bills are top-of-mind in New Hampshire these days. Can we blame them all on the war in Ukraine, or are they a result of policy action and inaction over a number of years? Two experts on the NH energy scene discuss how we got here and explore ways to remedy the situation.



We’ll hear the backstory of NH and federal energy policies along with international developments which have resulted in today’s high energy prices.  We examine the paths taken or not taken, and consider possibilities for the future.

Bringing CLIMATE HEALTH to our Communities, Businesses, 

Hearts & State

NH Network Annual Summit!

Networking for a Sustainable New Hampshire: 

What We Can Do Together

Health For Our Bodies

Robert Dewey, MD, Vice Chair of NH Healthcare Workers for Climate Action, past president of NH’s affiliate of the American Heart Association, “A climate emergency is a health emergency.” 

Slides: How Does Climate Change Affect our Health?

Bob Dewey NH Network slides.pdf

Health For Our Communities 

Jonathan Jarvis, Director of State Operations &  Correspondence for the office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, “How your Congressional Office can be a resource in obtaining Federal funds”

Slides: How Your Congressional Office Can Be A Resource In Obtaining Federal Funds

Jon Jarvis - How Your Congressional Office Can Be A Resource.pdf

Healthy, Sustainable NH Businesses

Dan Weeks, Vice President for Business Development of ReVision Energy, NHBSR Board of Directors

Mobilizing New Hampshire’s business community to combat the climate crisis

Susan Kaplan, Founder of Sustainable Futures Consulting, UNH Instructor of Sustainability in Action; Member and Volunteer with NHBSR. How members of NH Businesses for Social Responsibility improve their sustainable practices”

Susan Kaplan & Dan Weeks NHN Summit 2022 - Healthy, Sustainable Businesses.pdf

Healthful Lands & Waters 

Cynthia Walter, PhD, retired professor of Biology, “Growing Grassroots Solutions to Plastic Problems”  with the Ten Towns • Ten Actions Toolkit

Slides: Growing Grassroots Solutions to Plastics Problems

Jon Swan, founder of Save Forest Lake (Dalton, NH): How to strategically defeat a new landfill development in 1155 days or less.” 

Cynthia Walter PWG-NH Network Summit 2022-Walter talk.pdf

Health for the Planet & Our Spirit

Susan Fuller, Director of NH Interfaith Power & Light, Earth Care Missioner of All Saints Episcopal Church, “How can we become better stewards of this planet?” 

For a Healthy Climate

John Gage, State Coordinator of NH Citizens Climate Lobby, Co-founder of the NH Carbon Cash-Back Coalition, “Working together on climate solutions"

John Gage NH Network 2022 June Summit Climate Summary.pdf

And Healthful Legislation to Get Us There!

Joe Kwasnik,  NH Network Co-founder, retired electric utility executive, and  former chair of the NH Electric Cooperative, “Creating legislative opportunities for the next legislative session...a proactive approach”

Joe Kwasnik - NHN Summit, June 18, 2022.pdf

NH Network Presents:  Community Power! 

Get Some for Your Town!! ✔ 

Monday,  May 9th, 2022

Hosted by Dori Drachman

Following Dori's presentation, more experts join for a Q&A:

Henry Herndon - Community Power Coalition of NH

Lisa Sweet - Community Power Coalition of NH

Sam Evans-Brown - Clean Energy NH


NH NETWORK Earth Day 2022: Call to Action for NH!  

Wednesday,  April 20, 2022

Members of the NH Network presented a snapshot of the Network's activities and demonstrated ways that folks can join & participate in protecting NH's environment.


Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Biology, UMass Boston

Manager-at-Large, NH Network

Climate Interest Group, NH Network

Manager, NH Network

Communications Working Group and Plastics Working Group, NH Network

NH Network Presents:
Crossover Season in the NH Legislature 2022

Monday,  April 11 ~ 5:30-7:00 pm

The Beauties and the Beasts 

of NH Environment, Energy and Climate Bills 

Three prominent lawmakers give their insights into bills that need our support or opposition:  

•  Senator David Watters 

Dover (Senate District 4)

•  Representative Kat McGhee  

Hollis (Hillsborough-District 27)

•  Representative Lee Oxenham 

Plainfield (Sullivan-District 1)

Meeting Description 

Three prominent New Hampshire legislators discussed the  Beauties and the Beastsenvironment, energy and climate bills that have survived and crossed over to the other chamber of the New Hampshire Legislature. 

We learned which bills should be supported, which should be opposed, and why. Our shared goal is to protect our environment, ensure a clean  and resilient energy future, and meet the challenges of climate change in  New Hampshire

Attendees refreshed their focus, to continue our active support and opposition to legislation in the House and Senate for the second half of the 2022  Legislative Session. 

NH Network Presents:  Is Net-Zero by 2050 Possible?

Monday, March 28th — 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Policy Options to Achieve US and COP26 Climate Ambitions

Accelerating the transition to abundant and affordable clean energy for a safe climate future.

A Climate Policy Workshop With MIT’s En-ROADS Climate Policy Simulator &
Economists’ Perspective on Efficient, Equitable, and Powerful Climate Policy

Post-Event Press Release


Event Description

The extent of future consequences from our climate pollution depends on what we do now.  Is it possible to reduce our carbon emissions from fossil fuels to net-zero by 2050 as required to hold global warming to 1.5˚C?  We evaluate our solution options with MIT Sloan School of Management and Climate Interactive’s En-ROADs Climate Policy Simulator, investigate the near-universally expert-recommended option of carbon pricing with a local leading expert, and provide actions that each of us can take to contribute to a successful personal, local, national, and global response!

NH Network Presents: Preparing for New Normals in NH's Climate

Monday, March 14th — 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

The science behind the 2022 NH State Climate Assessment Report

A discussion with the authors:

The new New Hampshire Climate Assessment is now published!

 February 2022 NH Network Event 

In case you missed it, click the button below for the recording.

Unwrap the Future: Practical Advice to Reduce Plastic Pollution in our Communities

A Panel Discussion to Launch the 

Ten Towns ● Ten Actions Toolkit

Monday, February 7th 6:30 - 8 pm (Virtual Event)

Moderator: Dr. Bob McLellan, NH Healthcare Workers for Climate Action

Susanne Moser, PhD, “A Practical Guide to Effecting Change & Messages of Hope” is a geographer (Ph.D. 1997, Clark University) who works in the US and internationally as an independent scholar and consultant from a base in western Massachusetts, the unceded ancestral homeland of the Nipmuc and Pocumtuc. Her work focuses on adaptation to climate change, science-policy interactions, climate change communication, and psycho-social resilience in the face of the traumatic and transformative challenges associated with climate change. She has served on scientific advisory boards for Future Earth, the International Science Council, the US National Research Council and contributed to IPCC and US national climate assessments.

Portsmouth High School Environmental Change Organization

“Harnessing the Power of Youth Influence for Environmental Change” 

Christina Dubin, “Rethinking Plastic: Policies & Actions”

NH Surfrider Rise Above Plastics Coordinator, Sustainability Planner, UNH Carsey School

Patsy Beffa-Negrini, PhD, RDN, Introducing the Ten Towns Ten Actions Toolkit NH Network Plastics Working Group, Nelson Community Choice Aggregation Committee

Description: Globally, more than 380 million tons of plastic waste annually harm our health, pollute our environment, and hurt our economy. This panel discussion will highlight practical solutions individuals and communities are taking to address plastic pollution in NH, and launch the Ten Towns Ten Actions Toolkit. Our website contains a menu of actions, and contact information for technical support from our Ten Towns group of leaders. Learn how students in Portsmouth helped pass a ban on single use plastic, and how we can build momentum at a local level to demonstrate New Hampshire can break free from plastic.

Commit to taking action in your town!

Visit to learn more and join the campaign.

Hungry for More on Plastics? Suggested reading: The New Coal: Plastics (; How Bad Are Plastics Really? (  

Click Image Above for the Slides

Community Power Coalition of NH: Update & Relevant Legislation

Monday January 10th 5:30 - 7pm (Virtual Event)  

Featured speakers: Lisa Sweet, Director CPCNH, and Henry Herndon, Herndon Enterprises. 

Description: Community Power, made possible by recent legislative changes, enables cities, towns and counties to democratize their energy supply and have greater local control over sourcing electricity on behalf of their residents and businesses. Benefits can include lower costs, increased renewable energy, and development of local energy resources. Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire (CPCNH) is a new nonprofit, created to support cities and towns towards launching programs. This presentation (see slides and video) helped NH Network members and friends learn more about Community Power, CPCNH, and relevant legislation at the NH State House.

Hungry for more on Community Power?  Take a look at Community Power: A New Way to Think About Your Energy Bill

CPCNH YouTube Channel:

December 2021 - NH Network Meeting

The December meeting of the NH Network looked at electricity in NH with our featured speaker Brian Callnan, Vice President of Power Resources and Access at the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. He presented some of the basics of electricity in NH, such as where NHEC’s electricity comes from, how the cooperative model works in energy, the challenges of transmission, and how regulation impacts the cooperative. A summary of how NHEC’s new Transactive Energy Business model — the utility of the future — will help members connect Distributed Energy Resources.

On Oct 31, 2021

The NH Network Plastics Working Group invited Dr. Vanessa Druskat to one of our early meetings to share her insights into the 'Emotional Intelligence of Teams'.

The Fall 2021 Summit

The second New Hampshire Network Summit was held on Saturday, September 18th.  Groups across New Hampshire that focus on Environment, Energy, and Climate issues connected to amplify our collective impact.  

AGENDA: NOTE: YouTube video of the Intro, Guest Speaker, and Panel Discussion is below, courtesy of New Hampshire Citizens for Progress

Fall 2021 Summit

Recording of the Fall 2021 Summit Introductions, Guest Speaker, and Panel Discussion.

Rep. Lydia Blume: from approximately minutes 27:00 - 1:04:00

Panel Discussion: begins at  approximately minute 1:04:00 

Guest speaker:

Maine State Rep. Lydia Blume 

A successful model – what Maine has done

Panel discussion: 

Consumer Advocate Don Kreis,  Rep. Kat McGhee, former Rep. Bob Backus

Past and current NH legislators and regulatory experts share their views on why NH has consistently lagged behind other NE states on energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and carbon emissions reduction -- and how we can help bridge these gaps. 

The June 2021 Summit 

The New Hampshire Environment, Energy and Climate Network (“The  NH Network”) held an in-person Summit on June 26th 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.  This was an organizing event to bring together New Hampshire’s environmental, energy, and climate-focused groups to review the functioning of the Network and how the Network can improve its utility for the groups within New Hampshire.


Contact to get more information or to join us.