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

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From Hurricane to Climate Change

“According to environmentalist and author Bill McKibben, ‘Climate change is actually the biggest thing that’s going on every single day.’ In response, the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture at Franklin Pierce University, with support from New Hampshire Humanities, has produced a documentary film focused on climate change adaptation and resiliency in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region.” – New Hampshire Humanities

May is Bike to Work Month

With spring in the air, the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation (MAST) and the League of American Bicyclists, a national organization of bicyclists, announce that May 20, 2016 is Bike to Work Day.

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 Monadnock Bike-Walk to Work Day Poster (pdf)

Why Bike to Work?

Forty percent of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent. More bicycle commuting data is available at www.bikeleague.org/commutingdata/.

2016 Bike to Work Day Schedule of Events*

MAST invites bicyclists to stop by Railroad Square in Keene between 6:00 am and Noon on Bike to Work Day to take advantage of free coffee, snacks, giveaways.

6:00 am – Noon: Free commuter breakfast, including coffee, juice, bagels, and fruit (while supplies last).

6:00 am – Noon: Free bicycle adjustments and maintenance Q&A provided by Advanced Cyclist

9:00 – 9:45 am:  Complete Streets information session at the Hannah Grimes Center, located at 25 Roxbury Street in Keene.  Find out why 30 states, including all New England states except New Hampshire, as well as more than 600 counties and municipalities have adopted Complete Streets policies to help improve the quality of life for their citizens, from healthier kids to more independent seniors.

10:00 am: Mayor’s proclamation about Bike to Work Day

10:15 – 11:15 am: Bicycle and Walking tours of Keene showcasing bicycle-, pedestrian-, and transit-friendly street design. Led by the Bike Walk Alliance of New Hampshire and MAST.

Noon: Raffle drawing. Prizes include a Bicycle Basket from Peterboro Basket Company, a Bicycle Basket from Advanced Cyclist, a free 1-month membership at the Keene YMCA, a Monadnock Food Co-op gift card, a 1-month pass for the City Express Bus, and more! Winners will be notified via email or phone.

* Schedule subject to change

Log Your Trips and Win Prizes

CommuteSmart New Hampshire is challenging commuters to “commute smart” – carpool, walk, telecommute, bike, or use public transportation. By logging your smart commute in the new online trip logger, you can compete with other teams and individuals statewide to win prizes and get free giveaways. Register today to get started! www.CommuteSmartNH.org

The CommuteSmart NH Statewide Challenge begins May 16th. There will be a one-week competition during National Bike to Work Week (May 16-20, 2016) and a season long competition (May 16 – October 31, 2016) focusing on setting new records for reducing single occupancy travel and as a commitment to environmentally-friendly commuting.

Bike to Work Day Event Sponsors

MAST would like to thank the following event sponsors for their generous support:

  • Advanced Cyclist
  • Brewbakers Cafe
  • City Express Bus
  • Elm City Bagels
  • Hannah Grimes Center
  • Keene Family YMCA
  • Monadnock Buy Local
  • Monadnock Food Co-op
  • Prime Roast Coffee

Raising New Hampshire: The Early Years

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Impact Monadnock Presents – Raising New Hampshire: The Early Years

Watch the Film & Join the Conversation

WHERE: Keene Middle School Auditorium, 167 Maple Ave., Keene

WHEN: Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

What steps can we take to ensure
 Monadnock Region children reach their full potential?

The evening will include opening remarks from Senator Molly Kelly as well as a group of panelists discussing their thoughts and listening to what you have to say.

Panelists include:

José Montero, MD, MHCDS, VP of Population Health and Health System Integration at Cheshire Medical Center; Jackie Cowell, Executive Director of Early Learning NH; Detective Bob Collinsworth, Keene Police Department; David Beauchamp, Assistant Superintendent from SAU 47; Karen Dunnigan, a parent with 2 children in the Fall Mountain School District; and Brittany LaFleur, an Elementary Education major from Keene State College.

This event is FREE and open to the public!

This screening of Raising New Hampshire is made possible by Impact Monadnock in partnership with Monadnock United Way, Endowment for Health, and Healthy Monadnock.

For more information on the Raising New Hampshire film, go to the Endowment for Health website.

The Raising of America

Watch the trailer for the documentary The Raising of America. The Raising of America is a five-part documentary series that explores the questions: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation’s future? How can we do better?

To learn more about the series, visit http://www.raisingofamerica.org.

Feast On This Film Festival

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Event-Slider-2015-FOTFFThe Feast on This Film Festival features movies that educate our community about the diverse issues affecting our national, regional and local food and agricultural systems.  We choose films that will spark conversation and action around building stronger local, regional and sustainable food systems. All films are open to the public.

November 9 – 15, 2015

Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition and Monadnock Food Co-op, and sponsored by Healthy Monadnock 2020


5:30pm Monday, November 9, 2015 – Hosted by Prime Roast Coffee, Keene
3 Acres in Detroit
A willful urban farmer sets out to transform an abandoned house into a greenhouse

7pm, Tuesday, November 10, 2015Hosted by The Cornucopia Project, Peterborough
Lunch Love Community
Passion, creative energy and persistence come together when Berkeley advocates and educators tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and in the neigh­borhoods.

7pm, Wednesday…

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A Roadmap to a Sustainable Community: The Keene Comprehensive Master Plan

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Originally posted in the Monadnock Shopper News

A sustainable community is one that is economically, environmentally and socially healthy and resilient.  It meets challenges through integrated solutions rather than through fragmented approaches that meet one of those goals at the expense of others.  And it takes a long-term perspective — one that’s focused on both the present and future, well beyond the next budget or election cycle. – The Institute for Sustainable Communities

The City of Keene’s Comprehensive Master Plan reflects this call for a long-term perspective — and sets its sight on a vision for Keene in the year 2028.  This plan, based on a shared community vision, is now in its fifth year.  It’s time to collectively assess our progress around implementing this roadmap to a more sustainable community.

One opportunity to come together and reflect on our progress is at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship’s

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Becoming a Climate Resilient Community in Keene, NH

According to the City of Keene’s 2006 – 2008 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, our community is not on target to meet its greenhouse gas emission goal of reducing emissions to 10% below 1995 levels by 2015.  This goal measures if we were moving Keene further towards or away from becoming a Climate Resilient Community.

Since the inventory report indicates we are stepping away from resiliency, it’s imperative for us to take a closer look at this report.

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The two sectors contributing the most emissions in our community are Transportation and Commercial/Industrial.  Given the reality of living where we do, how can we work together to reduce energy use and the carbon emissions released by these two sectors?

Final Version - 2 Greenhouse Gas_Page_09 copyThe Cities for Climate Protection Committee is focusing on these two top contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, and the related targets identified in the City of Keene’s Climate Adaptation Plan.

Currently, the committee is working with the Monadnock Alliance for Sustainable Transportation on the feasibility of Car Sharing in our region and with Monadnock Buy Local to identify policies that support our local businesses and their efforts to become more environmentally sustainable.

Consider your place of work and how you get there… how can you support alternative transportation and local living economy efforts at your place of employment?

Webinar: Launching a Solarize Campaign

Launching a Solarize Campaign
Double the Solar in Your Town in Just 15 weeks
June 17, 2015, 12 – 1 p.m.

Solarize Upper Valley has helped residents in 24 towns go solar – over 300 residents to date and over 450 expected by the end of the year. What’s the secret to their success? Join New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions to find out. Hear from Vital Communities, the nonprofit responsible for coordinating Solarize Upper Valley, as well as the volunteer-installer team who brought Solarize to Randolph, Brookfield, and Braintree last winter. Many communities are launching Solarize campaigns across the Northeast, yours could be next.


  • Sarah Simonds, Vital Communities
  • Kevin McCollister, Catamount Solar
  • Pete Thoenen, Randolph Energy Committee

Register Here!