Portsmouth Smart Growth promotes innovative ideas for a vibrant community.

Since 2014, we've been working to bring ideas and discussions to our community to make Portsmouth more liveable, walkable, and economically and environmentally resilient.

Portsmouth Smart Growth is a volunteer group of locals who organize and support events that encourage discussion on city planning and development. We invite experts and champions of smart growth to bring ideas and creative solutions to our town. Our love of Portsmouth is at the heart of our mission and the hope is that together we can create a healthy, prosperous, and vibrant future.

We've hosted speakers regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized in their fields. All our events are free and open to the public.

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Our goal is to foster a liveable, vital city environment for all who live here or desire to live in the city of Portsmouth. We believe this can be achieved by building a cohesive community through open discussion and creating spaces for creative solutions and historical perspectives. We hope to bring forward community solutions that affirm equity and sustainability at a human scale.

We support and encourage  all the principles of smart growth.


As a non-profit, volunteer-run organization, we rely on donations and sponsorships to pay for the expenses involved in hosting an event. Though we welcome donations from many different types of entities, we do not explicitly or implicitly endorse third parties in exchange for sponsorships. In addition, sponsorships and donations do not influence the content of our events, communications, or programming.


Board Members

Emily Corbett Chadwick, Chair

Peter Vandermark, Vice-Chair

Deb Chag, Co-Treasurer

Chris Robillard, Co-Treasurer


Carter Foster, Secretary

Tom Morgan

Jonathan Sandberg


Piscataqua Saving Bank & Geoffrey E. Clark and Martha Fuller Clark Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Curious about what ideas we've brought to the table?

We are a group of citizens passionate about the future of Portsmouth. We are a volunteer-run 501c3 entity recognized by the state of New Hampshire.

Though we accept sponsorships from a variety of entities, we are entirely independent and operated by our volunteer board members. 


All our events are free and open to the public. We typically host three to four events per year. To learn more about past events and register for our upcoming event click the button below.