More Than a Milestone for Science Center and PSNH

Each year since 1992, the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne State Park in Rye has welcomed nearly 70,000 families and students who can enjoy a hands-on learning experience about New Hampshire’s coastal environmental history. This month, the Center celebrated its 20th anniversary with a gala dinner, and PSNH President Gary Long was proud to represent the company as the Center’s first corporate sponsor.

Over the years, PSNH has been strongly committed to the idea of linking business with nonprofits, and to promoting educational opportunities that explore clean energy solutions for all of our citizens. The Center’s mission and value statements are closely knit with those of PSNH—to preserve the very best of our New Hampshire way of life.

Working together, PSNH and the Center have been able to advance clean energy initiatives by providing practical solutions for thousands of Seacoast area residents. Specifically, PSNH has teamed with Seacoast Science Center in providing seminars on electrical safety and home energy efficiency for both home and business owners. In addition, through our energy efficiency programs, PSNH has worked with the Center and with many other businesses and municipalities throughout the Seacoast and state to improve energy-consumption patterns and lower energy costs.

A great partnership involves mutual respect and support, and Seacoast Science Center has been such a partner with PSNH over the years. Most notably, the Center was an early and influential supporter of the Northern Wood project at Schiller Station in Portsmouth. Thanks in great part to the Center’s strong backing during the proposal phase, PSNH was able to earn approval to replace a coal-burning boiler at Schiller Station with a more environmentally-friendly solution—a boiler to generate electricity that’s fired by forestry wood chips, and even by cocoa bean shells from Lindt Chocolate’s manufacturing facility in Stratham.

Because of Seacoast Science Center’s loyal support of this important environmental initiative, Northern Wood recently celebrated its fifth anniversary of operation and has produced more than 1.5 billion kilowatt hours of renewable energy to Seacoast area customers while eliminating the need for 700,000 tons of coal!

Business and nonprofits working together on behalf of the good for all of our citizens is what helps make New Hampshire such a special place to live, run a business, and raise a family. PSNH and the Seacoast Science Center have formed a wonderful partnership over the last 20 years, and I’m very pleased to be part of the Center’s board of directors and to help move our partnership forward at least another 20 years.

So, congratulations, Seacoast Science Center on your milestone—and on behalf of all of our citizens, thank you for your passion for daily fulfilling your mission of providing “exceptional learning experiences in the natural sciences through dynamic and innovative programs and exhibits.”

Each month, one of PSNH’s three Community Relations Managers highlights the company’s involvement in local cooperative energy efficiency programs, energy education, and nonprofit and civic projects, as well as profiling employees who are leading the way at PSNH.