The New Hampshire Carbon Challenge


Program Description:

Pick up a newspaper, scan the internet, or turn on a TV and you're bound to find something on climate change. But have your heard that there are things you can do about it? The fact is, we can't slow global warming without you. Roughly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from households through their energy consumption for motor vehicles, home heating, and electricity. THE NH CARBON CHALLENGE: reduce your household's carbon dioxide emissions by 10,000 pounds per year. And it won't require huge lifestyle changes. First, use a carbon calculator and take a serious look at your household's emissions. Find the areas where you could make some reductions. We also offer ideas for changes that you can make and estimates on the cost savings you might realize in the process. The NH Carbon Challenge is a UNH based program. In order for an organization to engage a speaker from this group, the NHCC requires a commitment from the organization to take concrete, measurable action(s) that will logically result in households or businesses using less energy. That action could take many forms and they are happy to work with your group to develop ideas and actions that work for your organization. For some ideas, visit the NHCC website at:


Denise Blaha

Denise Blaha is a research associate at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space at the University of New Hampshire and is involved in a number of educational initiatives. She was previously a researcher with the Global Atmospheric Chemistry group at UNH, studying anthropogenic sources of atmospheric methane. Denise has co-authored two chapters for the Earth Exploration Toolbook that are used by teachers throughout the U.S. to teach students about climate change. A local political activist, Denise has helped elect education proponents to her town's school board. And in a different race, she once held the national record for the slowest time ever taken to finish the Texas Half Marathon. Amazingly, that record no longer stands.

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