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Alnoba Leadership Award Day Program

October 16, 2019


9:00 – 9:30 am Registration

9:30 – 10:00 am Welcoming Centering with Manny Muros, Founder, Alnoba Peace Foundation

10:00 – 11:30 am: Morning Teach Ins

The Story of Sharks – A Case of Media Pushing Change

Presenters:  David Conover, Founder Compass Light Productions/Conservation Media Group and Steve De Neef, Cameraman

Brief:   With world-class underwater cameraman Steve De Neef and some spectacular shark footage, David walks us through a story of international sanctuary for marine life. Along the way, we see how stories can push activism and needed social change.

Effective Advocacy for Public Land and How to Work in Politically Explosive Situations – Lessons from Bears Ears

Presenters:  Josh Ewing, Executive Director, Friends of Cedar Mesa

Brief:  Josh Ewing who leads efforts to protect Bears Ears national monument in Utah will speak on his work with the 5 tribal nations to stave off recent federal government attempts to reduce the protected area, how to be an effective public land advocate and how to engage tourists to visit the sacred land with respect.

How to use science and public policy for successful environmental activism

Presenters:  Dr. Jennifer Seavey, Executive Director, Shoals Marine Laboratory with Michael Ettlinger, Director, UNH, Carsey School of Public Policy

Brief:  How can we use scientific information and public policy strategy to protect our environment? How can public policy keep up with ongoing advances in scientific knowledge that improve our understanding of the best ways to address environmental challenges? How do we measure the effectiveness of environmental protection? In this workshop, a scientist and a public policy expert will share what they know to help answer these questions and provide a framework for how to best use science and policy to improve the health of our planet.

Thinking local – how to effect powerful change through state governments

Presenters:  Jacquelyn Benson, Lead Editor, Citizens Count and Anna Brown, Director of Research & Analysis, Citizens County

Brief:  Eyes are too frequently turned to Washington D.C., overlooking a more accessible venue for substantial action on key issues: state government. Anna and Jackie have spent years studying and analyzing the New Hampshire policy scene. Using The Granite State as a case study, they’ll introduce how to stay on top of what’s up for debate at the state level. Participants will learn strategies and best practices for how to make a real impact on decision-makers.

11:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch – Self Guided Art Walk

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Teach Ins

The Civil Disobedience Comeback

Presenters:  May Boeve, Executive Director,

Brief:  Civil disobedience is a tried-and-true strategy for social movements for generations. Indigenous peoples and climate justice advocates have successfully employed civil disobedience in historic battles against the Keystone XL pipeline, and youth leaders around the world are taking action and demanding change…NOW!

A Future that Doesn’t Suck – Fixers of the Future 

Presenter: Chip Giller, Grist Founder

Brief:  In this workshop, you’ll join Grist Founder Chip Giller and a group of Fixers, leaders whose work is shifting the climate conversation toward solutions. Bring your own ideas and insights to the table as we work together to create a new story of what’s possible.

We have all the tools we need to abandon fossil fuels 

Presenter:  Phil Coupe, C0-founder, ReVision Enegy

Brief:  Modern clean technology has finally reached the critical tipping point of being cost-competitive with fossil fuels. ReVision Energy, the #1 rooftop solar installer in New England, is leading the regional transition to 100% renewable energy through ‘beneficial electrification.’ The 2018 recipient of Alnoba’s prestigious CEO Environmental Leadership Award, ReVision Energy co-founder Phil Coupe will discuss how the company is combining solar power with complementary technologies like battery storage, electric vehicles, heat pumps and LED lighting to help communities make the long-term renewable energy transition. “In a nutshell, we provide all the cost-effective tools people need to abandon fossil fuels!”

How Yankee Ingenuity Outsmarted Goliath

Presenters:  Susanne Kibler Hacker, Vice President of Development and Will Abbot, Vice President Policy/Reservation Stewardship, The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

Brief:  Leaders from Forest Society tell the story of how they worked with partners and citizens and used common sense tactics and smart innovation to critically wound Eversource’s Northern Pass Giant.

3:00 pm: Depart