Cool Monadnock: Students, through ANEI, Work with Local Towns

A new project at Antioch New England Institute is helping ANE grad students jumpstart local community efforts to reduce greenhouse gases. Cool Monadnock is a three-year joint initiative between Clean Air-Cool Planet, a New Hampshire nonprofit dedicated to promoting solutions to global warming, and ANEI. The project is a collaborative community mobilization effort. It serves Monadnock region towns, many of which passed resolutions at town meetings to act on reducing greenhouse gases.

ANE student project work includes helping coordinate technical assistance, training programs and events such as the June twenty-sixth EPA Community Forum. Students also created fact-filled web pages loaded with tips on how communities and homeowners can save energy and cut carbon emissions. To learn more visit the Resources page.

The spring Cool Monadnock graduate student staff included: Sabrina Johnson (Environmental Advocacy and Organizing), Kenold Moreau (Resource Management and Conservation), Jen Holton (Resource Management and Conservation), and Sarah Harpster (Environmental Advocacy and Organizing). Sarah will be continuing with Cool Monadnock through the summer.

Christa Koehler and Jim Gruber lead Cool Monadnock. Christa is an ANE graduate (2003, MS in Resource Management & Conservation) and the project’s community program manager from Clean Air-Cool Planet. Jim is an ANE environmental studies core faculty member and the ANEI Cool Monadnock project director. Cool Monadnock partners with the Southwest Regional Planning Commission and other agencies dedicated to addressing climate change. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation funds this project.

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