The Sustainability Project
Emerson Brook Forest Center
For a future we can live with

The Sustainability Project Inc. incorporated on March 21, 2000 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting a love of nature, environmental stewardship, caring communities and ways of living that deepen our understanding of the interconnected web of life.  Our guiding principles embrace diversity, inclusion and compassion as fundamental to the long-term well-being of our planet and its inhabitants.


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2015 Chinese Exchange Program

chineese exchange program details
Fri. July 31st- Sun. August 2, 2015

The Sustainability Project invites families to host 1-2 Chinese students for a cultural exchange weekend, from Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd. The boys and girls, ages 9-17, are attending summer camp in the Monadnock Region and would like to experience the richness of American family life during their mid-session break. Host families are simply asked to give Chinese campers the experience of an American family home life. While not required campers and host families are invited to join in complimentary weekend activities that include: a mushroom foray in the Emerson Brook Forest; picking blueberries at Pitcher Mountain; and spending a day at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee, Vermont. (http://www.vinsweb.org) Lunch will be provided on both days.

For more information, please contact Valerie Piedmont, The Sustainability Project info@emersonbrookforest.org or call 603-209-7272.


The Sustainability Project's primary organizational goals are:

  • to develop wheelchair accessible gardens, trails and camping sites at our 33-acre center in the Emerson Brook Forest. In addition to giving the public access to a beautiful place in nature, we intend to develop the center as a learning laboratory for edible forest gardening,permaculture design and sustainable community practices.
  • to encourage and support new program ideas, initiatives and collaborations in line with our mission. Individuals or groups with compatible program ideas that could benefit from The Sustainability Project's organizational structure are invited to contact us at info@emersonbrookforest.org. Review our Program Guidelines here.
  • to continue offering (and developing) our mission driven events and activities to bolster our community's sustainable living skills and capacity for life in balance with the natural world.

Trail Tepee

Ways to Get Involved

  • Volunteer your time and energy. There are limitless ways to help promote The Sustainability project's mission -- in the Emerson Brook Forest and in the wider community.
  • Attend a board meeting. We meet monthly on the second Monday of the month at 6:30pm at the wheelchair accessible Cleveland Building on Roxbury Plaza in Keene.
  • Join a committee (Governance, Program Development or Fundraising)
  • Lead or take a workshop.
  • Like us on Facebook
  • Sign up to receive our 1-2 monthly email updates and event listings
  • Make a donation.
  • Visit us in the Emerson Brook Forest or at our office at Green Energy Options, 79 Emerald St. Keene.

Ways To Live Sustainably

  • Lighten up your load. Clean out your closets, give away anything extra to someone who can use it.
  • Shift your priorities. Spend more time with family, friends, communities and the simple pleasures of the natural world. Make time to be the human being that you know you can be; unspoiled by fear, hatred and the drive to compete.
  • Look for guidance from the children. Children represent the highest stage of human evolution and they are great teachers. Re-learn how to cry.
  • Volunteer to mentor a young person. Get close to an elder or someone who may have an isolating disability.Help a neighbor; lend a hand to a farmer. If you are not a slave to housework, help make a meal, and/or do the dishes for someone who is.
  • Embrace the end of life as a farewell gift, a celebration and an opportunity for family and community to come together in a most meaningful way. Do everything with love.
  • Remember as Philo would say, "be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." Look for the good in everyone.

The Sustainability Project
P.O. Box 311, 26 Emerson Brook Drive, Gilsum, NH 03448, (603) 209-7272