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Wednesday October 19, 2022
9:30AM to 2:30PM
Tickets $25.   

On October 19th, we’ll be bringing together leaders in environmental justice for a day of learning, inspiration, and connection.

Alnoba’s Leadership Teach-Ins are events that gather some of the most powerful voices in the fight to make our planet a better, healthier place for all of us to live. New leaders are given a chance to learn directly from the best. Experienced leaders will be introduced to techniques, processes and experiences that will focus their teams and increase their impact.

All of this will happen in the unique setting of Alnoba, a Passive House Institute-certified gathering space set on 600 acres of forests, fields and a world class outdoor art collection.

Event Schedule

  • 7:45AM Continental breakfast (available till 10AM)
  • 8:30AM Art tour (pre-registration required)
  • 9:30AM Registration
  • 10AM: Morning Teach-Ins
  • 11:30AM: Lunch and networking
  • 1:00PM: Afternoon Teach-Ins
  • 2:30PM: Depart or Art tour (pre-registration required)

Choice of Morning or Afternoon Art Tour

Guests of this event will have two opportunities to explore Alnoba’s renowned outdoor art collection, either before the event begins or after the afternoon workshops. Advanced registration for these tours is required.

Additional notes
Parking space is limited at Alnoba. If possible, please carpool with other guests of the event.



From One Night’s Dream to Bringing Water to One Million People – The Story of Wine to Water

More information coming soon.

Presenter: Doc Hendley
Founder, Wine to Water

Doc first envisioned the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs in North Carolina. With the money raised, Hendley traveled to Darfur, Sudan in 2004 and began installing water systems for victims of government-supported genocide. Doc was selected as a CNN Hero in 2009 and Wine To Water has since worked in 50 countries and reached more than 1.4 million people with clean water. Doc’s work has saved thousands of lives by providing humanity’s most basic need and right, clean water, and has inspired people from all walks of life. His secondary mission is to log as many Harley miles as possible in support of the mission.

Teaching Daring Leadership – The Pinnacle Model

At Pinnacle we believe strong leaders make stronger communities. Great leaders always start with what matters most: clear goals, hot issues with your top people, and aligned teams. If you aren’t focused there, you’re in the weeds and wasting time.

In this session, we’ll introduce GRPI, one of the most powerful tools for planning and assessment. You’ll learn about effective goal setting and the importance of clarity, focus and commitment in your organization. See how the key values of emotional maturity, risk taking, and open & honest communication can transform your team.

Pinnacle is the top resource in New England for nonprofit leadership and team development. Since 1993, we’ve built up a record of proven results with leaders from 70 countries and over 100 teams.

Presenter: Danielle Giannone
Senior Vice President of Pinnacle Leadership & Team Development

An expert in leadership, team development and coaching, Danielle has spent the last 14 years transforming the performance of many organizations and helping leaders, teams and individuals reach their full potential. She has advised leaders at all levels of an organization and worked with teams on six continents. A skilled facilitator and trainer, Danielle pushes leaders to see the biggest obstacles that stand in their way, dig into the hot issues that hold them back and find the courage to lead effectively.

Presenter: Martha Prybylo
Executive Vice President Social Mission, Alnoba

Martha has worked directly with the Lewis Family for more than 25 years. She started her tenure leading the Grand Circle Foundation with a mission to give back to the people and places where the Lewis Family’s companies under Grand Circle Corporation travel. She then served as the company’s first head of corporate culture and eventually oversaw the People and Culture division for the worldwide organization.

Fighting for Our Land, Our Water, Our Rights and YOUR Future in the Amazon

As the Amazon rainforest reaches an ecological “tipping point,” Indigenous women are on the frontlines of its defense against increasing threats, including deforestation, industrial extraction, and fires. They are rising up as leaders in a pan-Amazon and global movement to protect the Amazon and our climate and are calling upon all of us to show our solidarity. Join this workshop to hear directly from Amazon women defenders and allies Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa from Sarayaku, Ecuador) and Leila Salazar-López (Chicana-Latina, Executive Director of Amazon Watch).

Presenter: Patricia Gualinga
President, Fundacion Tiam

Patricia has worked for decades as a vital, internationally-recognized voice against oil extraction and destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. Patricia is an Indigenous rights defender of the Pueblo Kichwa de Sarayaku (Kichwa People of Sarayaku), an Indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon. In 2012, Patricia was one of the representatives in a case presented to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in which the government was found guilty of rights violations and of authorizing oil exploration and militarization of Sarayaku lands without consulting the community. It was an all too rare victory for Indigenous tribes. Patricia describes recent times as “apocalyptic” for her village of 1350 people. The confluence of a massive oil spill, the pandemic and historical flooding have devastated her community. Yet despite everything, she persists and still holds hope because as she says, “there is so much to protect.”

Presenter: Leila Salazar-López
Executive Director, Amazon Watch

Leila Salazar-López is a mother, proud Chicana-Latina woman, and passionate defender of Mother Earth, the Amazon, Indigenous rights and climate justice. Since 2015 she has served as the Executive Director of Amazon Watch, leading the organization in its work to protect and defend the bio-cultural and climate integrity of the Amazon rainforest by advancing Indigenous peoples’ rights, territories, and solutions. For 20+ years Leila has worked to defend the world’s rainforests, human rights, and climate through grassroots organizing and international advocacy campaigns at Amazon Watch, Rainforest Action Network and Global Exchange. She serves on the Governing Council of the Amazon Emergency Fund, is a Greenpeace Voting Member and a Global Fund for Women Advisor for Latin America. In April 2019, she was acknowledged in Make it Better Media’s “17 Bay Area Environmentalists Making a Difference.”

Youth Climate Leadership How to start local student led campaigns

At the core of climate justice is the need to protect the planet for generations to come.   No one has a greater stake in the fight than today’s young people.  Aubrey will share a model that has worked well in VT and NH to develop community youth leaders.  They will highlight student voices, challenges and successes, and provide real examples of youth-led solutions for communities.  Most important, they will guide adults on how to create space for young people to lead instead of telling them what you think they should do.

Aubrey will be joined for this presentation by members of the Seacoast Students 4 Sustainability.

Presenter: Aubrey Nelson
Energy Educator, Vermont Energy Education Program

Aubrey loves to explore and share the endless curiosities the world has to offer with those around her, so she was naturally drawn into teaching. She began with outdoor experiential education programs, spent some time as a science educator in Concord Public Schools, and comes to VEEP/NHEEP from the Beech Hill School in Hopkinton, NH, where she has been the lead science teacher and outdoors program coordinator since the school’s founding in 2011.  She has a Masters of Education from Antioch University of New England, focused on environmental studies and French for her undergraduate work, and served for six years on the board of directors for NH Environmental Educators (NHEE). Aubrey is a mom, wife, gardener, aspiring children’s book author, outdoor sports and games enthusiast, and is the designer, co-builder and co-operator of her net-zero home in Concord, NH. This ever-expanding (and perhaps somewhat overwhelming) list of Aubrey’s interests and activities stems from an earnest delight in learning and creating things, and she is excited to bring this energy to VEEP and NHEEP.

Presenter: Benjamin Doyle
Executive Director, Seacoast Students 4 Sustainability

Presenter: Loreley Godfrey
Policy Director, Seacoast Students 4 Sustainability

Presenter: Finn Graff
Director of Programming, Seacoast Students 4 Sustainability

Stewarding Land and Livelihoods for Stronger Communities

Katrina Amaral leads a panel of sustainability leaders who are cultivating environmental stewardship and community connections while working within the economic realities of their respective businesses. They will discuss how their needs for working with the land can inform local conservation efforts and environmental policy change. Together they build stronger communities through their commitment to living with the land.

Presenter: Katrina Amaral
Executive Director, Bear Paw Regional Greenways

Katrina has spent her career working with the wildlife and landscapes of New England. From coastal saltmarsh ecosystems to the local timber industry, Katrina has experience with the diversity of habitats throughout New Hampshire. Katrina holds a BS degree in Zoology and a Masters in Wildlife Biology. Katrina’s background in wildlife conservation has allowed her to develop a holistic vision of land management that encompasses Bear-Paw’s mission to protect a network of open space. She spends her free time fixing up her house and running Timberdoodle Farm with her husband.



Do We Have the Tools to Abandon Fossil Fuels?

Today there are 8 billion people burning fossil fuels in Earth’s closed atmosphere. By 2050, global population is expected to reach 10 billion with energy demand forecasted to increase by 50%. From his front row seat in the renewable energy and storage industry, Phil Coupe is seeing clean technology scale at blinding speed as innovative storage solutions emerge with the potential to enable a global transition to 100% renewable energy. Please join us to learn how fast clean technology is progressing and hear Phil deliver a surprising answer to the question of whether we actually have the tools we need to abandon fossil fuels.

Presenter: Phil Coupe
Co-Founder, ReVision Energy

Phil Coupe is a co-founder of ReVision Energy, an employee-owned company that is leading the clean energy transition in northern New England with more than 15,000 solar energy systems placed in service since 2003. In 2015 ReVision Energy became a certified B Corp, and in 2017 the company was named the number one rooftop solar installer in New England by Solar Power Industry Magazine. Prior to helping lead the startup of ReVision, Phil was co-founder & director of corporate philanthropy at a startup in Washington, DC that twice made the Inc. Magazine list of 500 fastest-growing companies in America and received numerous awards for its commitment to disadvantaged children and for its environmental initiatives. In 1999 he became involved with the Big Brother/Big Sister program and continues to work with his original match. He also serves on the boards of the Conservation Law Foundation and the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine. Phil lives in southern Maine with his family and a surfing chihuahua.

Decolonizing Our Landscapes with Indigenous Knowledge — Past, Present, and Future

We will work with attendees to explore how over millennia the Indigenous Peoples of N’dakinna stewarded the region’s natural resource base in sustainable ways by following seasonal rhythms and developing extensive reciprocal networks. We will examine how settler colonialism’s extractive approach to the natural environment transformed such longstanding relationships and devastated healthy ecosystems and how these legacies continue to shape today’s social and ecological systems. Finally, we will consider how attendees can develop a decolonizing approach in their environmental research and activism to help build more just and sustainable futures.

Presenter: Paul Pouliot
Chief and Speaker, Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook

Paul W. Pouliot has been the Sag8mo or Chief Speaker for the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook and Abenaki People and president of COWASS North America and the Abenaki Nation of Vermont since 1990. Paul is an Indigenous historian, lecturer, Federal Religious Advisor, and a founding member of the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective. He is also an Affiliate Faculty member of the UNH Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor and a founding member of the New Hampshire Commission of Native American Affairs.

Presenter: Denise Pouliot
Sag8moskwa (Speaker), Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook

Denise K. Pouliot is the Sag8moskwa (Female Head Speaker) of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook Abenaki People and traditional artist.  She currently serves on the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs, is a Federal Religious Advisor, and a founding member of the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective. Denise is also an Affiliate Faculty member of the UNH Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor and is the treasurer for COWASS North America and the Abenaki Nation of Vermont.

Presenter: Meghan Howey
Hayes Professor of the Humanities, University of New Hampshire

Meghan C.L. Howey is an anthropological archaeologist who examines the effect human societies have on natural systems. Making use of geographic data and ethnohistoric research and collaborating with local tribal communities, Dr. Howey has explored how European colonists transformed the ecology of North American estuaries in the 17th and 18th centuries. She serves as director of the Great Bay Archaeological Survey, a community-based program focused on excavating and studying an early colonial site in New Hampshire.

Pollution, Race and Poverty: A tale of two cities

Communities of color and low income neighborhoods are typically hit first and worst by the climate crisis, pollution, and other environmental harms, a pattern attributable to centuries of oppression often reinforced by the terms and structure of current environmental laws and policies.  This workshop will explore environmental justice challenges and strategies to address them in two New England cities: greater Boston and Manchester, New Hampshire. We’ll dig in to strategies that have helped empower historically marginalized communities stand up in the face of environmental challenges.

Presenter: Bradley M. Campbell
President, Conservation Law Foundation

Bradley M. Campbell is president of Conservation Law Foundation, which uses the law, science, and markets to achieve a healthy and thriving New England for all. Before leading CLF, his career holding polluters accountable included service as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, as a Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, as a senior advisor in the Clinton White House, and as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.

A Local Energy Action Toolkit: How to Fight Climate Change and Save your Community Money

In this workshop we will outline the highest leverage actions you can take in your life and in your community to reduce climate emissions and work towards a clean energy future. The workshop will focus on cost-effective, scalable strategies that ensure that the energy transition is affordable for all people and does not leave any communities behind.

Presenter: Sam Evans-Brown
Executive Director, Clean Energy NH

Sam leads Clean Energy New Hampshire in its effort to create a cleaner, more affordable, and more resilient energy system in the Granite State. Prior to joining Clean Energy New Hampshire, he was an award-winning podcast host and radio journalist for nearly ten years, during which he wrote stories about New England energy issues and hosted NHPR’s Outside/In. He’s an excellent bike mechanic, a Spanish speaker, and a father of two.

Building Equitable Futures

Majka Burhardt highlights her work with Legado, a global nonprofit that works alongside Indigenous peoples and local communities in places important for biodiversity to ensure they have the tools, resources, and partnerships they need to create and lead solutions that benefit both their communities and landscapes—an outcome they call Thriving Futures. The ultimate goal is to build a locally-led system for sustained collective action that fosters adaptability and resilience for meeting current and future challenges, such as those brought on by climate change.

Presenter: Majka Burhardt
Founder and Executive Director, Legado Initiative

Majka has spent two plus decades leading multi-stage international ventures focused on current issues of cultural and global significance spanning Africa, Europe, South and North America. In 2014, she founded Legado to address the growing need to create thriving future solutions that put Indigenous People and local communities at the center of preserving the most threatened and most biodiverse places of the world.


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