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Greenerpalooza Award Nominees Sought

Going grgreenerpalooza_image1een doesn’t just help save the planet, it also makes perfect business sense. That’s the message delivered by New Hampshire Division of Economic Development Interim Director Roy Duddy in announcing plans for the 2010 Greenerpalooza Award.

The Greenerpalooza Award is given each year to a New Hampshire-based person, organization or initiative dedicated to energy efficiency. It recognizes the accomplishments of those who support and promote green efforts throughout the Granite State and who work tirelessly to ensure that New Hampshire maintains its position as a state which celebrates sustainability.

“As one of the ten greenest states in the nation, New Hampshire is home to a number of great individuals and organizations dedicated to finding solutions for the sustainability of our planet,” Duddy said. “We look forward to receiving a lot of nominations and being able to recognize the good work that’s taking place in the Granite State.”

Last year’s Greenerpalooza Award winner was Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy board member Richard Ober. Ober was recognized for his 25 years of non-profit leadership, public policy expertise and dedication to sustainable energy. As the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Vice President of Civic Leadership and Communications, he continues to work to unite public and private partners to address the state’s most significant challenges including energy policy, affordable housing, transportation, state park management, substance abuse,and deliberative democracy.

This year’s award will be presented at the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford prior to the Greenerpalooza III concert featuring Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat on August 12. Co-sponsored by Public Service of New Hampshire and Citizens Bank in coordination with the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development and media sponsor New Hampshire Business Review, Greenerpalooza III is a celebration of New Hampshire’s energy efficiency efforts. Over 5,000 concert goers will not only get to enjoy a concert from a multi-platinum artist, they will also be able to visit a special eco village on the Meadowbrook midway where vendors will be extolling the virtues of wind and solar power as well as other alternative energy sources.

To submit a nominee for the Greenerpalooza Award, please send a 500 word essay on the merits of the candidate to Steve Boucher at sboucher@dred.state.nh.us by July 16. Tickets to the Sheryl Crow and Colbie Caillat concert, which include entry into the eco-village, are available online at www.meadowbrook.net. To learn more about the latest happenings with Greenerpalooza, visit the newly created Greenerpalooza III Facebook page at www.facebook.com/greennh.

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