City hosts a University of New Hampshire fellow to update greenhouse gas inventory

April 10, 2019

The City of Portsmouth’s Sustainability Department recently welcomed a University of New Hampshire (UNH) student to join staff as part of a fellowship program in partnership with the University’s Sustainability Institute.

The fellow, who will be working on the City’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory, is Griffin Brown. Griffin is a senior at Pennsylvania State University who is majoring in Bio-Renewable Systems. Griffin’s key project over several months will be to conduct an inventory on the City’s greenhouse gas emissions. The City initiates an updated assessment on greenhouse gas emissions roughly every six years, with the last valuations been conducted in 2006 and 2012. To view these past studies, please visit https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/sustainability/eco-municipality.

To staff UNH fellows, the City must apply and be accepted into the Sustainability Institute’s program. This is the fourth fellow that the City will host, with past students having conducted the 2012 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, a waste composition analysis of curbside recycling in Portsmouth, and contributed to the City’s recent Historic Resources Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan.

“We are thrilled to continue this partnership with UNH and welcome Griffin to gather this new data,” said Environmental Planner/Sustainability Coordinator Peter Britz. “After some significant projects that have included three LEED buildings, solar arrays at Madbury Water Plant and Portsmouth High School, and the installation of LED lights in all our City street lights, I look forward to reviewing how far we’ve come in improving our emissions. The meaningful contributions of this fellowship program continue to help guide important sustainable decisions for the future.”

Image: Portsmouth High School's solar arrays

Portsmouth High School solar arrays