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DATE: February 19, 2009
CONTACT: Sharon Yergeau, 603 271-2918

DES and Home Builders and Remodelers Association of NH Sign Partnership Agreement
Agreement signed as part of DES Partners Program

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Home Builders and Remodelers Association of NH (HBRANH) recently signed a partnership agreement to further their common goals of environmental education; protection of the state’s natural resources; strong and economically diverse communities; encouraging local land use decision- making consistent with the state’s smart growth principles; and state level policy initiatives resulting in more affordable housing opportunities and more land conservation.

This partnership agreement was signed as part of the Partners Program that DES initiated with a wide range of organizations across New Hampshire. "Our Partners Program strengthens the informal partnerships DES currently has with more than 100 different groups by bringing greater recognition and structure to these relationships and enabling us to better align our joint efforts in support of the Department’s goals and the goals of our partner organizations," stated DES Commissioner Tom Burack.

In the past, DES and HBRANH have worked cooperatively and in partnership on efforts dealing with environmental and building regulations and how construction debris is most effectively handled. We have openly discussed and compromised in areas of new legislation as well.

It is anticipated that this Partnership Agreement will result in enhanced communication between DES and HBRANH and improved overall environmental protection. The specific areas of cooperation are detailed in a work plan that covers the time period from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010.

DES initiated the DES Partners Program to advance the agency’s mission of sustaining a high quality of life for all citizens by protecting and restoring the environment and public health in New Hampshire. It is anticipated that the Partners Program will help to raise environmental awareness through a strengthening of the Department’s current relationships with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), trade associations, industry, business and other organizations in New Hampshire, as well as the development of new collaborative relationships.

A copy of the agreement is posted at http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/partners_program.htm and is available upon request. For more information about the agreement or the DES Partners Program, please call Sharon Yergeau at (603) 271-2918.

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