10/21 Non-violence training to bring together activists in the Upper Valley and beyond: Collaboration and Empowerment within Climate and Social Justice Movements

Hosted by:  Upper Valley Affinity Group:

Trainer: Mary Link Assistant Trainers: Karen Bixler and Laura Simon
Contact: Laura Simon and Karen Bixler kbixvtHYPERLINK “”
Participating in this training does not mean you plan to be involved in a non-violent action as someone risking arrest.  It is important for all of us in the environmental and social justice movements to be versed in non-violence and consider all the roles to make our efforts successful including being a support person, being a legal laision, etc.
Workshop Goals include: -Understand and become inspired by the spirit and history of non-violent actions  -Deepen connections and build stronger community among activist groups in the Upper Valley and beyond
This workshop will encourage us to create a vibrant, changemaking community. All are welcome.  Please consider reaching out – this workshop will be richer and more productive if we bring a diversity of experience into the room.
Thanks, Karen Bixler, Laura Simon and members of the Upper Valley Affinity Group


Lebanon City Council Meeting 9/6/17 – 7:00pm

The 9/6 City Council packet includes:

9.B – DISCUSSION OF POTENTIAL RESPONSE TO NHPUC RE: POSSIBLE INSTALLATION OF NATURAL GAS PIPELINE BY LIBERTY UTILITIES BACKGROUND At the August 16, 2017 City Council meeting, Ms. Darla Bruno addressed the Council during the “Open to the Public” portion of the meeting and requested that the City Council send a letter to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) expressing opposition to a natural gas pipeline being proposed by Liberty Utilities in connection to their application for a franchise. The PUC will be holding a hearing on September 7, 2017, regarding Liberty Utilities Petition for Expansion of Franchise application. Ms. Bruno has requested that the Council send a letter to the PUC in time for the hearing. ACTION Should the Council decide to draft a letter to the NHPUC, a motion will need to be presented at the close of discussion.

VIGILS & RALLY- From 10:00-12:00 August 12, there were five vigils at various points along the pipeline route (below), culminating in a rally on the Lebanon Green 12:00-2:30.

(1)  Just north of the site of the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) depot and re-gasification unit, on Rte 12A:

This vigil will start at the recycling center, contrasting earth friendly efforts to dispose of waste and the negative effects of the pipeline.
Participants will then walk to Home Depot (a fifteen minute, one mile walk) where we will emphasize the use of renewables (pellet stoves, mini-splits) and conserving energy (insulation, window replacement).  

(2) Seminary Hill:  just up the hill from the intersection with Rte 12A

(3) On Route 120, the entrance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, another proposed anchor customer

(4) Bank of America, 63 N. Main St., Hanover, due to their significant investment in fossil fuel infrastructure

(5) The Dartmouth Green – to THANK Dartmouth College for making the wise choice in rejecting its former interest in natural gas and instead committing to heating with renewables by 2025

RSVP to indicate which vigil you may participate in:   Gregory Wilson


* April 27, 2017 – Opportunities for Community Solar in NH 

Many NH residents want to support renewable energy but are unable to do so on their own residence or business. This forum will discuss community solar installations and how to access government funding for installing renewables or implementing efficiency measures, even in the current political climate.

Clay Mitchell, co-author NHSEA Group Net Metering guide, speaking on net metering and community solar models.
Nancy Malmquist Esq. Necessary legal requirements for various community solar models.
John Kondos, founding member Monadnock Sustainability Network which created community supported solar in Keene NH.
Kathy Grossman, co-owner of community solar array in Hollis NH.
Clifton Below, chair of Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee, discussing a pilot project for real time pricing and net metering
Bev Mason, USDA director abd Beverly Ducharme, USDA business director: regional funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.


*Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – Mobilizing Local Communities: A Resilient Community Is a Strong Community

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*It’s Time for Action!

Friday, April 21,  6:30-8:30 
Kilton Library,  W. Lebanon 

Did you know a Fracked Gas Depot and Pipeline is proposed for Lebanon/Hanover? Get informed and meet collaborators like you who care a lot about our future. After some short presentations, attendees of this interactive gathering will learn new ways to tell the whole story about this proposed infrastructure, and then break into action groups focused on the strategic frontiers of the campaign. Come early . . . the previous forum was standing room only. We can win this one. And when we do, you’ll be proud you jumped in.


*Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 – Hanover’s Commitment to 100% Renewable Energy

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Hanover Town Hall (Upstairs Board Room) 41 South Main St, Hanover, NH (Please use side door of the town hall – the main entrance will be locked.)

Cities and towns across the U.S. are transitioning to 100% renewable energy.  Join us to learn more about this movement in the Upper Valley.


Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, the largest
grassroots environmental organization in the country, is visiting Hanover
to discuss Hanover’s upcoming town vote to commit to 100% renewable energy.
He will also be speaking about the nationwide transition to clean energy
and how cities are taking the lead on clean energy and climate action.

Julia Griffin, Town Manager of Hanover, NH, will be speaking about what
Hanover has already done to work toward a goal of 100% renewable energy and
what they will be doing in the future to support renewable energy and
energy efficiency throughout the town. Julia will also be speaking about
Hanover’s upcoming May 9th, 2017 vote to commit to 100% renewable energy.

Presentations followed by Q & A and lively discussion.