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 educational 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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2016 Wholesome Foods Breakfast

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Saturday and Sunday June 25 and 26, 8:00AM to Noon.

Enjoy organic and locally sourced foods from farmers, bakers and businesses. We will be serving buttermilk pancakes, french toast, real maple syrup, bagels, fruit partaits, breakfast meats, coffee, and tea!

Suggested donation for full breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for kids.

Chinese Cultural Exchange

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August 5th through August 7th

The Sustainability Project invites local families to host one or two Chinese students for a cultural exchange weekend from Friday evening through Sunday morning, August 5th - 7th. The boys and girls, ages 9-17 would like to experience the richness of American family life during their mid-session break from Camp Takodah.

During the weekend, Chinese campers and their host families are invited to the Emerson Brook Forest in Gilsum to attend weekend activities such as an "Extreme Scavenger Hunt," an "Everyone has Talent Show," a luncheon and a Sunday morning pancake breakfast. Hosting families receive a generous stipend. For more information, contact Valerie at 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 Review our Program Guidelines here.
  • to continue offering (and developing) our mission driven events and activities to bolster our community's sustainable and regenerative living skills and capacity for life in balance with the natural world.

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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