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UNH Co-Hosts Conference on Fiscal and Environmental Sustainability
November 4, 2010
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MANCHESTER, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire will co-host a conference Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, that will examine how the United States can create a more sustainable future through environmental, fiscal and economic policies.

“Sustainable Future: How Can our Nation Turn the Corner on the Economy & Environment and Can NH Lead the Way?”, which is co-hosted by the Concord Coalition, will focus on how these policies are interrelated and explore how New Hampshire can support effective reforms and develop innovation solutions.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the third floor auditorium at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, 400 Commercial St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The schedule for the day is as follows:

9 a.m. Welcome: Mark Huddleston, president of the University of New Hampshire

9:15 a.m. Panel: “Environmental Sustainability and Its Fiscal Consequences”

  • Ross Gittell, professor, University of New Hampshire
  • Charles Colgan, professor, University of Southern Maine
  • Ken Colburn, environmental policy director, Stonyfield Farm
  • Richard Ober, president and CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

10:30 a.m. Panel: “Fiscal and Tax Sustainability; New Ideas for Generating Revenues and Balancing Budgets”

  • William Ardinger, Rath, Young and Pignatelli
  • Joe Minarik, senior vice president, Committee for Economic Development
  • Diane Lim Rogers, chief economist, The Concord Coalition

11:45 a.m. Panel: “Fiscal Sustainability; Solutions to Our Long-Term Fiscal Imbalance”

  • Bonnie Newman (moderator)
  • U.S. Senator Judd Gregg (via video)
  • NH Governor John Lynch (via video)
  • David Walker, president and CEO, Comeback America Initiative
  • Robert Bixby, executive director, The Concord Coalition
  • Andrew Smith, UNH Survey Center

1 p.m. Adjourn.

The conference is free but seating for the public is extremely limited. Refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending please RSVP at or contact Jeff Thiebert at either or (703) 894-6222.

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The University of New Hampshire, founded in 1866, is a world-class public research university with the feel of a New England liberal arts college. A land, sea, and space-grant university, UNH is the state's flagship public institution, enrolling more than 12,200 undergraduate and 2,200 graduate students.


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