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NH Carbon Challenge and UNH Announce Partnership

Published Wednesday May 13, 2009

The New Hampshire Carbon Challenge, a program enabling homeowners to identify and reduce their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions that has received national recognition, has become a joint initiative of The University of New Hampshire and Clean Air-Cool Planet of Portsmouth.

Announcing the new partnership, Adam Markham, CEO of Clean Air-Cool Planet, said the program, "Brings individuals into the climate action arena, which is vital if we are to succeed in reducing the threat of global warming."

Nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions come from residential heating, cooling, electricity, and transportation, Markham noted. "This new collaboration allows both Clean Air-Cool Planet and UNH to better serve our respective and common constituencies."

"One of the most important roles of a public university is to provide our students and the public at large with new information, allowing them to make better-informed decisions as they conduct their day-to-day activities," said Dr. David Bartlett, associate director of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at UNH. "UNH is looking forward to partnering with Clean Air - Cool Planet to engage our faculty, staff and students in developing new information and tools that households can use to better plan and manage their use of energy."

"The enhance partnership between UNH and CA-CP allows us to work along a continuum of engagement ranging from the household to the community to the state," said Cameron Wake, director of Carbon Solutions New England. "This range of work is critical for reaching our goal of significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions called for in the recently released NH Climate Action Plan".

Under the name Residential Carbon Challenge, CA-CP and UNH will make the program available to the rest of the Northeast region and, eventually, the nation, offering communities a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the education, support, and motivation of homeowners.

"Community work has been one of our principal programs over the last 10 years," said Markham, adding that Clean Air - Cool Planet was founded to promote climate action in civil society, and also works with corporations and campuses, as well as science centers. "This new collaboration allows us to deepen our work and our commitment with communities and individuals."
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