CESA Member New Hampshire

“Together we can ensure that New Hampshire continues to be a state where a healthy environment and a robust economy go hand-in-hand.” Thomas S. Burack, DES Commissioner

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The mission of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is to help sustain a high quality of life for all citizens by protecting and restoring the environment and public health in New Hampshire.

The protection and wise management of the state of New Hampshire’s environment are the important goals of the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES). The department’s responsibilities range from ensuring high levels of water quality for water supplies, ecological balance, and recreational benefits, to regulating the emissions of air pollutants, to fostering the proper management of municipal and industrial waste, to managing water resources for future generations.

The Energy/Climate Change Program, which is housed under DES's Air Resources Division (ARD), supports efforts to: reduce energy use and mitigate the causes of climate change through energy efficiency and lower carbon energy alternatives including renewable energy sources; and increase the resiliency of the state’s natural and built environment to impacts of climate change. The staff oversee market-based efforts, such as emission trading programs, to reduce a range of emissions, including greenhouse gases. Staff provide technical support to legislators and assist municipal decision makers gain access to data and technical assistance to be prepared for the impacts of a changing climate. ARD staff work with other organizations across the state to deliver educational workshops on energy efficiency and climate change preparedness.