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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: April 16, 2009
CONTACT: Kathy Brockett, 603 271-6284
Jim Martin, 603 271-3710

DES and Project Laundry List Sign Partnership Agreement
Agreement signed as part of DES Partners Program

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and Project Laundry List (PLL) today signed a partnership agreement to recognize their mutual goals of conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gases through such actions as cold water washing and air-drying clothes instead of using the dryer.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Project Laundry List to collaborate on advancing our common efforts to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, address climate change, and promote energy independence.” stated DES Commissioner Tom Burack. “This partnership agreement represents the tenth such agreement in the DES Partners Program initiated to bring greater recognition and structure to the relationships that DES currently has with more than 100 different groups from across the state.”

In the Agreement, DES and PLL agree to work together on education and outreach efforts on the benefits of air-drying laundry and cold-water washing, including promoting National Hanging Out Day on April 19 and providing information designed for multi-family and commercial laundry facilities and their operators, government agencies and health professionals. They further commit to work together on science and policy research on green laundry issues, and to provide information on efforts to address barriers that restrict or ban outside clothes drying. The specific areas of cooperation are detailed in a work plan covering the period from April 2009 to April 2011.

“Just by cold water washing and hanging out, thousands of New Hampshire households can save millions of dollars while preventing tons and tons of greenhouse gases from being emitted,” noted PLL Executive Director Alex Lee. “The trifecta of crises--energy, fiscal, and climate--will all be addressed when Granite Staters realize that we can do our laundry like most people in the rest of the world without giving up a thing. In fact, our lives will be richer for time spent outside, time spent in physical activity, and time spent talking over the fence with neighbors."

A copy of the agreement will be posted with this press release at http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/partners_program.htm or 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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