A NH Citizens Hearing on Climate Change

stackThe NH LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS is sponsoring a public hearing this Monday July 28th from 6-8pm at the Concord Public Library to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan.

This is an innovative and flexible approach to meeting the challenges of climate change by encouraging the development of alternative forms of energy while protecting our public health and the environment.

The Clean Power Plan cuts carbon pollution – power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30% below 2005 levels.

Our future is at stake – New Hampshire is experiencing the impacts of climate change. Add your voice by commenting at the hearing! Learn what you can do to make a difference! Comments to the EPA must be received by October 16th, 2014.

For more information download the  EPA Carbon Rule Factsheet

Cole Marsh a Great Place to Explore

Join us this Saturday as we explore Cole Marsh.

Cole Marsh can be accessed from 2 points. The Fran Cormier trail starts on Damren Rd. Near Walnut Hill Rd. and the entrance to Hidden Valley Camp Ground. The other trail is on the Valley Access Rd. off of Rte 121 in Hampstead.

Cole Marsh

Our walk this Saturday (June 21) will start off of Damren Rd. at 9:00am. It is a pleasant wooded trail that leads you to the Francis Cormier Loop Trail which goes around the marsh. You may see evidence of beaver, turtles, frogs, dragon flies and many birds. This is our first official walk of the season and it is always a big hit.

See you there!

Jr. Solar Sprint Competion

JrSolar-logoJr. Solar Sprint
will be in Derry this Saturday

Come cheer for your favorite middle school teams from Derry while they compete in a Junior Solar Sprint competition on Saturday, June 7th at the Pinkerton Academy Track. Registration begins at 9 am and the races start at 10 am. Free refreshments will be served.

Students from Gilbert H. Hood and West Running Brook middle schools will compete against each other in a Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) competition in Derry, NH on Saturday, June 7th at the Pinkerton Academy Track. JSS is a national program that was developed to provide a hands-on opportunity for students to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concepts, creativity, and problem-solving skills as they design, construct, and race solar-powered cars.

solarcarEach Junior Solar Sprint team is required to design and build a model car no larger than 30 cm x 60 cm x 30 cm. The cars must be powered by sunlight using a solar photovoltaic cell that converts the sun’s energy into electricity. Students must consider such critical factors as aerodynamic drag, rolling resistance, weight, and drive train when designing their cars for speed and reliability. The race is a double elimination competition with awards going to the fastest car. Awards also will be given in design categories including most creative and best craftsmanship.

“Students have an exciting opportunity to apply the scientific concepts they are learning in class to a real-world challenge with Junior Solar Sprint,” says Tom Minnon, a member of the Derry Energy & Environmental Advisory Committee, sponsors of the event. “Kids develop teamwork and problem-solving abilities, investigate environmental issues, gain hands-on engineering skills, and use principals of science and math to get the fastest, most interesting, and best crafted vehicle possible,” he said.

Registration starts at 9:00, on June 7th, at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH. Races will begin at 10:00 and the awards ceremony will take place following the races. The Junior Solar Sprint program is sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program and is run by the Technology Student Association.

Learn more about the event at www.jrsolarsprint.org.