State Innovation  Grant Program:  New Hampshire
                        Superior Environmental Results Through Innovative Land Development
                        Technical Assistance and Permitting  (2008 Competition)
The  State Innovation  Grant  Progi
  In 2002 EPA introduced the State Innovation Grant Program to supp
  efforts led by state environmental agencies to test innovative approaches
  for achieving better environmental results and improved efficiency in
  permitting programs. Between 2002 and 2007, the State Innovation Grant
  program competition awarded over six million dollars to support 35 state
  projects that test permitting innovation for a variety of regulated entities
  including several small business sectors. Asummary of the awards by year
  appears in the table below.
      State Innovation Grant Program Statistics, 2002-2007
  Competition   Proposals  Proposals     Total Program
      Year      Submitted  Selected       Funding ($)
                                          $1.425 Million
                                          $1.479 Million
                                          $1.243 Million
                                          $1.611 Million
                                          $0.825 Million
                                          $7.201 Million
  "Innovation in Permitting" has been the theme of the State Innovation Grant
  competition since its inception. In the last three competition cycles states
  received awards for projects in the following three categories:
    The Environmental Results Program (ERP) is an innovative
    approach to improving environmental performance based on a system
    of the interlocking tools of compliance assistance, self-certification
    (sometimes, where permissible, in lieu of permitting), and
    statistically-based measurement to gauge the performance of an entire
    business sector. The program utilizes a multimedia approach to
    encourage small sources to achieve environmental compliance and
    pollution prevention. (See:
    Environmental Management System (EMS) is a system involving a
    continual cycle of planning, implementing, reviewing and improving the
    processes and actions that an organization undertakes to meet its
    business and environmental goals. EMSs provide organizations of all
    types with a structured system and approach for managing
    environmental and regulatory responsibilities to improve overall
    environmental performance and stewardship.
    Performance Track is a partnership that recognizes top
    environmental performance among participating US facilities of all types,
    sizes, and complexity, both public and private.
  NCEI has provided awards also for projects testing watershed-based
  permitting, and for permit process streamlining in past competitions. For
  more information on the history of the programs, including information on
  solicitations, state proposals, and project awards, please see the EPA State
Project  Background:
 Population  growth and land development pose a
 significant threat to the long-term health of New
 Hampshire's natural resources including water and air
 quality, and exacerbate regional and global
 environmental  issues.  In response to this issue, the New
 Hampshire Department of  Environmental Services
 (NHDES) is testing a new approach to  permitting
 involving early technical assistance and integrated/
 coordinated permitting for land development projects to
 encourage  increased adoption of better land use and
 development practices.  The goal is to  reduce the
 environmental  impact of continuing growth  and
 development within New Hampshire by reducing air and
 water pollution generated by development and limiting
 impacts on natural resource functions,  such as flood
 storage, wildlife habitat, and water supply, through better
 site location, site and building design,  and  construction

Project  Description
 NHDES received a State Innovation Grant to support this
 pilot project in  the 2008 competition.  With the grant,
 NHDES will develop clear standards and information on
 best practices and pilot new procedures, including
 expanded up-front review of proposed  development
 projects,  technical assistance for applicants, and
 integrated/coordinated permitting for those who  agree to
 implement  practices, to overcome barriers that limit the
 adoption of innovative/best practices (e.g., Smart Growth,
 Low Impact Development (LID) site design  and storm
 water management, Leadership in Energy  and
 Environmental Design Green Building Rating System
 (LEED), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
 Neighborhood  Development Rating System (LEED-ND),
 Land and Natural Development (LAND) Code).

 Collaboration will play a key role in developing and
 testing these innovative approaches.  In addition to
 improved coordination between  NHDES permit
 programs, NHDES hopes that better coordination of
 project review with local  municipalities, sister state
 agencies, and Federal regulatory entities will streamline
 the permitting  process for developers.
                          NATIONAL CENTER FOR
                          ENVIRONMENTAL  INNOVATION

 NHDES will involve the public and regulated entities in
 developing the new permit review processes to determine
 what incentives can  be provided to encourage  participation
 in the program.  NHDES  hopes that the information gained
 through increased technical  assistance together with the
 time and resources saved by an improved permitting
 process will provide a sufficient incentive to  land developers
 to participate  and help shift the paradigm from meeting
 regulatory minimums to striving to achieve the best possible
 environmental results.

 NHDES will provide full documentation of the project's
 results to ensure the dissemination of  information to other
 states and municipalities  in an  effort to promote the use of
 successful processes and tools.  The upfront review and
 technical assistance processes as well as the approach for
 coordinated permitting  to be  developed by NHDES will be
 informative for other regulatory agencies.

Connection to  EPA's Goals
 This project seeks to improve overall  environmental
 performance by further reducing impacts on air quality and
 climate change, water  quality and quantity,  and wildlife and
 habitat associated with land  development activities and
 thus supports many of  EPA's Strategic Plan Goals and
 Objectives: Goal 1 (protecting air quality and reducing
 effects of climate change and energy efficiency); Goal 2
 (providing for  safe and clean water); Goal 4  (providing for
 healthy communities and ecosystems; and  Goal 5
 (increasing compliance and promoting environmental
 stewardship, particularly  Objective 5.2.4).
             Project Contacts:

              For more specific information on the New
              Hampshire State Innovation Grant,  please contact
              one of the individuals below:

              Carolyn Russell, State Project Manager
              New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
              29 Hazen Drive, PO Box 95
              Concord, NH 03302
              603.271.3010, FAX: 617.271.2867

              Rosemary Monahan, Regional  Project  Officer
              and Technical Liaison
              US Environmental Protection Agency-Region 1 (RAA)
              1 Congress St., Suite 1100
              Boston, MA02114
              617.918.1087, FAX: 617.918.1029

              Kristina Heinemann,  NCEI Technical Liaison
              National Center for Environmental Innovation (MC1807T)
              US Environmental Protection Agency, HQ
              1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
              Washington, DC 20460

              Adhir Kackar, DCED Technical  Liaison
              Development, Community and Environment Division (MC1807T)
              US Environmental Protection Agency, HQ
              1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
              Washington, DC 20460
                                                            Program  Contact:
                                                              Sherri Walker
                                                              State Innovation Grant Program
                                                              U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
                                                              Washington, DC 20460 (MC1807T)
                                                              (202)-566-2186; FAX (202) 566-2220
United States
Environmental Protection
Office of Policy,
Economics and Innovation
  September 2008