Seven City Leaders Announce Partnership with NH Sierra Club for Inaugural Green Cities Summit

MANCHESTER (May 23, 2007) – The mayors of Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Rochester, Dover, Portsmouth and a representative from the Hanover Town Council announced today that they will participate in the first-ever "Green Cities Summit." The event, which is being co-hosted by the New Hampshire Sierra Club, will be held at from 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 8, at the University of New Hampshire – Manchester campus.

"This is the first time that all the New Hampshire signatories of Cool Cities Across America, which commits communities into looking into ways to making themselves greener and cleaner, will get together to discuss their progress," said Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta. "Cool Cities is definitely a quality-of-life issue, not just for Manchester, but for New Hampshire and the country. This conference will help us turn commitments into action by looking at smart energy solutions and strategies for implementation."

Kurt Ehrenberg, Project Coordinator for New Hampshire Sierra Club, said "while every city’s energy solution plan will be unique, there are three key common Cool City strategies: green vehicle fleets, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. These issues will be discussed at the summit, and I believe that a commitment from our municipal leaders sends a strong message to Concord and Washington that New Hampshire communities are committed to this most important cause."

This summit will be the first in a series to be held in various Cool Cities communities. Members of the press will be allowed to sit in on the meeting and a press conference will follow the meeting at approximately 11:15. In addition to the city leaders, representatives from UNH-Manchester, Southern New Hampshire University, the State of New Hampshire and Public Service of New Hampshire are invited. More information about the Cool Cities Across America initiative can be found at