Events : January, 2014

Jan 08 - January Green Eggs

Discover Portsmouth Center 10 Middle Street Portsmouth, NH 03801

7:30 am

Come join the NH Chapter of the US Green Building Council and ReVision Energy as we kick off our 2014 Green Eggs Series with an in-depth look at Passivehaus. You'll learn about the history of Passivehaus, its American roots, the technical components of the standard and how it compares to LEED, Net-Zero and conventional low-energy construction. Passivehaus is a concept gaining popularity most rapidly in Germany and Austria with over 20,000 completed structures. It has attracted a great deal of attention in the US in the past few years for being the possible path towards the deep energy reductions needed to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our built environment.

Green Eggs is the Chapter's monthly breakfast forum featuring a speaker and topic relevant to green building. January's meeting will feature networking and full breakfast from 7:30 - 8:00am followed by a presentation. Attendance is limited and pre-registration with payment is recommended. Attendance is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Please follow this link to register:


Jan 11 - Winter Farmers Market

Exeter High School

10 a.m-2 p.m

The 7th annual Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers Market season is nearing, and that means, fresh food, such as bread, pasta, fish, apples, and pies, will be available to you all winter long! The farmers markets will be running from November through April. The first of the markets will take place on Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Exeter High School, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Famers Markets are sponsored by Wentworth Greenhouses, Exeter Hospital, and Moxy.

To learn more about Seacoast Eat Local and the farmers markets, visit




Jan 16 - Concord Green Drinks at True Brew Barista

3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, NH

6:00pm - 8:00pm

This month Concord Green Drinks will be sponsored by the Wild Meadows Wind Farm and Ibedola Renewables. Come on down to the True Brew Barista in Concord and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals sharing ideas on how to advance the local green economy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the proposed wind farm bordering Alexandria and Danbury and what they can do to support a project with the potential to power 90,000 NH homes. Don't miss this chance to network with other environmental professionals and enthusiasts who share your views. 

For more information contact Concord Green Drinks at


Jan 17 - NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission Meeting

Urban Forestry Center

10 a.m.- 12p.m.

The NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission was created to help coastal communities and the state prepare for projected sea levels and other coastal threats and hazards.The commission has the responsibility of "recommending legislation, rules, and other actions to prepare for projected sea level rise and other coastal and coastal watershed hazards such as storms, increased river flooding, and storm water runoff, and the risks such hazards pose to municipalities and state assets in New Hampshire." Attend this meeting to learn about the issues concerning our Seacoast, and how they affect you. 

To learn more about the NH Coastal Risk and Hazards Commission, visit

Jan 18 - Newmarket Farmers Market

Newmarket High School cafeteria

9a.m.- 1p.m.

Support your local economy by doing some shopping at a farmers market! This Saturday will be a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite local goods and try new favorites. The farmers market at Newmarket High School will be offering fresh veggies, meats, dairy, pastries, and handmade local items. Bring the family and enjoy local musicians perform while you browse the market. 

Jan 19 - Button Up NH Workshop

Plainfield Elementary School, Plainfield, NH

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Plainfield Energy Committee is sponsoring this free workshop and refreshments will be served. The workshop, led by expert Bob Walker, will provide homeowners with information and techniques to help them reduce energy use and save money. Participants will learn basic building science concepts about air sealing, insulating, and conservation measures that reduce fuel and electricity use. To find out more, click here


Jan 20 - Best Selling Author visits Portsmouth

The Portsmouth Pearl

4 p.m.

Hedrick Smith, best-selling author and New York Times reporter will be in Portsmouth this month to promote his new book, "Who Stole the American Dream?" On Monday he will be giving a speech titled "Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Dream Today.” There will be a book signing following his remarks. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be sold. 

To read more about the event on Seacoast Online click here

Jan 21 - Private Reception with Hedrick Smith

Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café

6:30 p.m.

This is a fundraising event featuring best-selling author Hedrick Smith. Hedrick will speak at the reception and sign copies of his new book. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. This event costs $50. The proceeds will go toward defraying Hedrick's travel expenses, and buying copies of his book to donate to students.

There is a limited space avaliable, if you plan to attend please RSVP to Larry Drake at or 603-373-8517. 

Jan 23 - Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in Coastal NH: Past, Present, and Future

Rye Public Library

7:00 p.m.

Rye Public Library presents the first event in a series of climate and weather related programs to take place in 2014. Cameron Wake, a research associate professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at the University of New Hampshire will discuss the past, present and future of climate change and sea level rise on the seacoast of New Hampshire.

Wake leads a research program that analyzes regional climate change through ice core records and historical and instrumental data. His collaborative research on several regional climate assessments in the northeast United States has been shared with municipal, state, and federal agencies and representatives, has been covered widely in the media, and has been cited by several as motivation for policy action.

Jan 23 - Searei Energy Share & Potluck: Neighborhood Solar Gardens

Portsmouth Women's City Club, 375 Middle St., Portsmouth

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Green Alliance Business Partner Clay Mitchell of Revolution Energy is speaking at the Neighborhood Solar Gardens event tomorrow night! Mitchell is a project developer and energy policy expert at Revolution Energy in Portsmouth. He will be speaking about the benefits of larger solar power PV systems over smaller, spread-out solar properties and locations. The eco-friendly event will take place at the Women's City Club in Portsmouth. You will learn all about solar energy sharing and what it can do to make solar power more accessible. Please bring your own place setting and dish to share for the potluck dinner. To learn more about Searei and to RSVP, click here.

Jan 24 - Kirtan with Shubal & Ashley

16 Market Sqaure, Portsmouth

7 p.m.

Zev Yoga will be hosting a Kirtan spiritual practice on January 24th. Kirtan is a type of call-and-response singing that can center around various types of devotional traditions. The participants will be very involved in the performance, usually sitting on the floor together, clapping and singing along with the Kirtan performers. It is a unique experience, not to be missed! To learn more about this event click here

Suggested donation of $15. 

Jan 25 - Winter Farmers Market

Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford

10 a.m-2 p.m

The 7th annual Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Farmers Market season is nearing, and that means, fresh food, such as bread, pasta, fish, apples, and pies, will be available to you all winter long! The farmers markets will be running from November through April. The first of the markets will take place on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Seacoast Eat Local’s Winter Famers Markets are sponsored by Wentworth Greenhouses, Exeter Hospital, and Moxy.

To learn more about Seacoast Eat Local and the farmers markets, visit


Jan 25 - Third Annual Polar Grill Fest

Redhook Ale Brewery, Portsmouth, NH

12:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m

The third annual Polar Grill Fest is gearing up. This winter grilling festival will feature local restaurants, live music, fire pits, ice bars, beer, and a barbecue competition between the area’s top restaurants. The Meat House and Redhook Ale Brewery are in collaboration, aiming to make this event a fun filled, food filled day. In addition, all proceeds will go toward 3S Artspace and its bid to create New Hampshire’s first nonprofit, multidisciplinary contemporary art space. The Polar Grill Fest will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25th at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH. Last year’s event, also a product of the wonderful collaboration between Redhook Brewery and The Meat House, was a sell-out, with crowds of more than 3,000 people swarming the festival. Make this year’s event a success as well, by joining Redhook Brewery and the Meat House as they celebrate winter grilling. Your participation will benefit 3S Artspace; an organization that is dedicated to stimulating the artistic community.

The event is open to all ages, and the entrance fee is $5.

Tickets for the Polar Grill Fest tickets are available online, at Meat House locations in New Hampshire and Maine, and at the Redhook Ale Brewery in Portsmouth.

For more information, visit


Jan 26 - Kittery Community Market

Kittery Community Center 120 Rogers RD Kittery, ME

12:00pm - 3:00pm

The Kittery Community Market consists of thirty vendors offering a wide variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and flowers, as well as handmade items from local artisans. Many of the local farmers participating in the market grow their produce organically or without pesticides. For more information, check out their website here!



Jan 27 - Science Pubs at Salt Hill

2 W. Park Street, Lebanon, NH

5:30pm - 7:30pm

Come to the Salt Hill Pub on January 27th for a learning experience you'll never forget. Science Pub is offerring an open and thought-provoking discussion to anyone who's willing to participate. The Science Pub brings together scientists and the general public in hopes of stimulating conversations relevant to your life. Get any questions you have answered by experts or simply come by just to listen, relax and learn something new. The discussion will start at 5:30pm at Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon. This event is made possible by the Dartmouth College Office of Science and Technology Outreach, Salt Hill Pub, and NASA. 

Click here for more details about the program.

Jan 28 - Tar Sands Exposed: UNH Student Environmental Action Coalition to host tour stop

UNH Memorial Union Building

6:30 p.m.

The UNH Student Environmental Action Coalition will be speaking about the current Tar Sands issue that is affecting us locally, and people internationally. In New England, the issue of tar sands is on the rise due to the looming possibility for the reversal of the Portland-Montreal pipeline with intentions to pump tar sands from Canada to Maine. Coalition members will speak about their personal experiences from travelling along the Portland-Montreal pipeline. Award-winning photographer Garth Lenz will be sharing photographs that he has captured over the past several years of the destruction this issue has caused. 

To learn more about this event, click here

Jan 28 - Watch the State of the Union with Friends

True Brew Barista - Concord


Brave the cold to meet your friends and neighbors at True Brew Barista in Concord for the President's State of the Union Address. Listen in to hear about the carbon standards that will be imposed on new power plants and how you can be active in supporting it. The speech begins at 9pm so get there early and converse with friends from the Sierra Club, Environment NH, and the National Wildlife Federation. There will be free refreshments and climate and energy games. 

For more information or to RSVP, contact