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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Media Center
DATE: April 28, 2009
CONTACT: Bob Minicucci, 603-271-2941
Jim Martin, 603-271-3710

DES Announces New Members of Aspiring Leaders Program
Program Promotes Environmental Leadership

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) announces the acceptance of five new members to its Aspiring Leaders program, bringing the total membership since the program’s inception in December 2007 to twenty two. The new members are: naturesource communications of Boscawen; Hoyle Tanner & Associates of Manchester; Grappone Automotive of Concord; Appledore Engineering of Portsmouth; and Weston Solutions of Bedford. Of these companies, one is a meeting organizer, two are engineering consultants, one is an automotive retailer, and one is a construction contractors.

Aspiring Leaders is a program to encourage better environmental performance beyond the minimums required by laws and regulations. Any New Hampshire organization, public or private, with a strong environmental commitment, is welcome to apply. Information on the program is available at - type “Aspiring Leaders” in the search field. Aspiring Leaders is a companion program to Green Leaders, which was announced at the April 1, 2009, meeting of the Governor and Executive Council. Green Leaders is a more stringent program, while Aspiring Leaders is open to any organization that is not out of compliance with environmental regulations.

To date, Aspiring Leaders members have agreed to do 49 unique projects. The new members listed here have agreed to projects that will: mentor others in green construction technigues; design and construct green buildings to a national standard; conduct meetings to an agreed-on green specification; reduce VOC emissions to the air by use of new technologies; reduce paper use; and reduce fossil fuel and electrical energy use. The projects are three-years in duration. The results of these projects will begin to be reported in early 2010. The first set of members’ project reports are due in May 2009.

DES Commissioner Tom Burack remarked, “by making a public commitment to work with DES to move toward better environmental performance, these companies are making New Hampshire a better place to live and work. I offer them my thanks and congratulations.”

For more information, please contact Bob Minicucci at DES, 603-271-2941 or e-mail at

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