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February 8th Webinar
Spring Conference
New Members
Educate, Network and Promote
Member News
UNH Interns for PP



"New Hampshire Energy Programs, Increase Your Energy Efficiency AND Your Bottom Line"

Wednesday,February 8th,


Tom Rooney, TRC Solutions

Joe Lajewski, RMANH

.  Part of our FREE for All Series - invite your friends! 


Save the Date!

Monday, May 14th, 2012 

You won't want to miss the
2012 Spring Conference, "Walking the Talk:
the Profitability of Values"
at the
Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth


Welcome Our Newest Member!


Certificate flyer
2012 Sustainability Institute Scheduled!
Mark your calendar to join others interested in becoming leaders in Sustainability on November 7-9 at UNH, Durham
Find the Latest Details

about upcoming programs, events, and other important NHBSR and member news!

Greetings annd Happy Groundhog Day!          


Breakfast With The Best was filled with both simple and incredible initiatives the Top Companies to Work For have implemented to build loyal and productive workforces.  Of course, there were cool benefits like free iPads and paid sabbaticals, but there was also an abundance of simple initiatives like ice cream parties, themed dress-up days, sledding and Olympic competitions. 


Approaches to developing a strong workplace culture are unique.  NHBSR member, EPTAM Plastics, brings in wellness and financial coaches to help employees.  Schleuniger involves a minimum of five employees from different parts of the company in the hiring process to make sure new hires fit the Schleuni culture.  Stonyfield Farm pays, in addition to tuition reimbursement, a $2,500 reward to employees achieveing their GED.  Hypertherm, the first two-time Hall of Fame member focuses on the health and wellness of their employees with an on-site fitness room and wellness staff.  Wire Belt, another Hall of Famer, hosts an annual Diversity Appreciation Day - employees prepare food from their native country to share with everyone over lunch.  Of course, these benefits are just a sampling of what these companies offer to employees.


The Best Companies are not all about benefits.  The common theme among them was employee empowerment and building a culture of engaged people working toward company goals.  These companies involve their employees in the decision-making process at all levels.


So what are the benefits to the company?  Low turnover, team-oriented, self-motivated workers and company loyalty.  Happy, healthy workers make a great workforce!


Michelle Veasey, Executive Director


(603) 391-8471 



Educate, Network and Promote 

Lebanon College is offering a free workshop, Creating Competitive Advantage Through Social Responisbility on Friday at noon.  Click here for more information.


Several NHBSR members will be participating on a panel at the EBC NH Chapter's: Developing and Communicating Corporate Sustainability.  The event is Tuesday, Feb. 6th, 7:30am at PSNH Energy Park in Manchester.  Click here for more information or to register. 
Go Green Night with the Manchester Monarchs is Sunday, March 25th.  Send employees to an event that shares your commitment to sustainability or get your sustainability message out by participating as a sponsor.  With enough member participation, NHBSR will be featured that evening.  (Let Aaron know you are a NHBSR member!)



Members Doing Well by Doing Good


A great video on the impact of Public Health outreach in New Hampshire ... Click here to view  Thanks to NH Public Health Association for their great work in the state!


After almost three decades, Gary Hirshberg is leaving the helm of Stonyfield Farm and handing the tiller to Walt Freese, former CEO of Ben & Jerry's.  We wish both Gary and Walt all the best as they take on new their new adventures!  Read more ...


Timberland announced that Diane Woods will take over as Vice President and General Manager of North America.  Read more ...


New member, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, just opened its new facility in Nashua.  The facility has incorporated a wide range of sustainable building components into the construction.  Click here for more info.


Don't forget to share your news!  Email Michelle with information you would like to share with fellow NHBSR members.

UNH Students Prove Pollution Prevention is Good for Business 

Would your company like to save energy? Increase profits? Reduce regulatory burden? Prevent waste and pollution? Then consider hiring a summer intern from the University of New Hampshire and Department of Environmental Services' Pollution Prevention Internship Program!

The NH Pollution Prevention Program and the University of New Hampshire partnered to create an internship program that offers companies and organizations the opportunity to hire an intern for 10 weeks to work with them on pollution prevention projects. These projects can range from reducing energy use or water consumption, to eliminating or reducing the use of hazardous chemicals.

Since 1993, over 120 UNH students have worked with 70 New Hampshire companies. Most companies have realized significant savings as a result of utilizing the internship program. To date, companies have reported combined cost savings of over $5 million. The benefits for both parties are great: the student acquires real world experience to promote pollution prevention, and the company has the opportunity to save money while promoting a safe and environmentally sustainable work space.

The cost of sponsoring a trained, engineering intern for a ten-week period beginning in late May is $7,500, and intern sharing is also available. The cost covers an intern-training program at UNH, a stipend for the ten-week placement, intern support activities, and UNH/DES support during the project period. For more information about the program and to see results from past projects, go to www.des.nh.gov and search for pollution prevention internships under the A to Z List.