Clayton Mitchell

Phone: (603) 862-3918
Office: Natural Resources & the Environment, James Hall Rm 168, Durham, NH 03824

I have worked with local governments in New Hampshire in the land use planning and energy fields for the last 20 years. I have served as a land use planner and attorney throughout the state and my work includes the development of innovative zoning approaches to energy efficient design, community re-development of brownfields, and a wide range of innovative zoning techniques to protect open space and natural resources. Most recently, I was a founding partner of a NH-based company called Revolution Energy LLC, who developed the first 3rd party-financed (through a power purchase agreement) solar array in NH, the first similarly financed combined heat and power (CHP) project and the only 3rd party financed solar hot air project in the country. I have directly participated at the local and state level in developing projects (13 projects with over 4 mw of capacity installed in solar PV, thermal and CHP) and policies that contribute to economic sustainability and secure energy resources for clients in the public and private sectors.

As a volunteer I have served my community, Newmarket, as Moderator, as the Policy Director at the NH Sustainable Energy Association as well as past president of the Board. I sit on the Energy and Environment Advisory Team for NH Gov. Hassan and am the past Chair of the Northeast Combined Heat and Power Initiative Board of Directors.


  • Ph.D., Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of New Hampshire
  • J.D., Vermont Law School
  • M.S., Environmental Law, Vermont Law School
  • B.A., Classics and Archaeology, University of Arizona

Courses Taught

  • CEP 673: Green Real Estate
  • DPP 904: Environmental Sustainability
  • DPP 911: Environ Factors in Develp Prac
  • NR 507: Intro Energy&Syst&Sust Energy
  • NR 600: Work Experience
  • NR 602: Nat Resources&Envrnmtl Policy
  • NR 606: International Energy Topics
  • NR 787/887: Adv Topics Sustainable Energy

Selected Publications

Ferguson, M. D., Evensen, D., Ferguson, L. A., Bidwell, D., Firestone, J., Dooley, T. L., & Mitchell, C. R. (2021). Uncharted waters: Exploring coastal recreation impacts, coping behaviors, and attitudes towards offshore wind energy development in the United States. Energy Research & Social Science, 75, 102029. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2021.102029

Ren, M., Mitchell, C. R., & Mo, W. (2020). Dynamic life cycle economic and environmental assessment of residential solar photovoltaic systems. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 722. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.137932

Thorn, A. M., Wake, C. P., Grimm, C. D., Mitchell, C. R., Mineau, M. M., & Ollinger, S. V. (2017). Development of scenarios for land cover, population density, impervious cover, and conservation in New Hampshire, 2010-2100. ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY, 22(4). doi:10.5751/ES-09733-220419

Most Cited Publications