Boscawen— Granite Staters who want to build strong and sustainable communities and protect our environment and natural resources are encouraged to attend UNH Cooperative Extension’s Community Training in Ecological Design series in January and February of 2018. The four-part series will especially be relevant for citizens who serve on town boards and commissions.
The Community Training in Ecological Design series presents community-planning solutions that use ecological design to integrate biodiversity, secure food production, sustainable water and energy systems, infrastructure, and economy. As a result, homes, businesses and communities use less energy, create less waste and recycle more resources.
“The training applies permaculture — a design tool that mimics patterns and relationships found in nature —to human-designed food, energy and building systems to create innovative solutions that improve the quality of life for all New Hampshire communities,” says Mary Tebo Davis, one of the presenters and UNH Cooperative Extension’s natural resources field specialist. “It’s relevant and important for all community leaders, as well as landscape architects and designers and civil engineers. All participants will come away with tools to plan, design, and develop a more resilient and sustainable future for their communities, while working in harmony with the natural world.”
The series will be led by Davis, Steve Whitman, Lauren Chase-Rowell, and Stacey Doll, who have expertise in planning, zoning, landscape and ecological design, natural resources, sustainability, urban forestry, and permaculture.
The sessions will take place at the following dates, times, and locations:
• Jan. 24, 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen (Snow date is Thursday, Jan. 25)
• Jan. 31, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension Office, 315 Daniel Webster Highway, Boscawen (Snow date is Thursday, Feb. 1)
• Feb. 7, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at PermaCityLife, 357 Central St., Franklin (Snow date is Thursday, Feb. 8)
• Feb. 14, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at PermaCityLife, 357 Central St., Franklin (Snow date is Thursday, Feb. 15)
Registration is now open. Cost for the training is $395. CEUs and professional credits are available for AICP CM, AIA, NH Certified Professional Landscapers, and NOFA Organic Landcare Practitioners. Register online at:
For more information, contact Mary Tebo Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-641-6060.
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UNH Cooperative Extension puts trusted information and practical know-how in the hands of citizens and businesses in New Hampshire. UNH Cooperative Extension is at work in every New Hampshire county, making the state’s critical industries stronger; developing vibrant communities and municipal leaders; fostering healthy families and an informed and engaged citizenry; and keeping the state’s natural resources healthy and productive.