Mari Brunner discovered her life’s passion — sustainable development — in South Korea and came to Keene to study it further, realizing her best work could be done right here in her community.

The 31-year-old Brunner, planner for the City of Keene’s Community Development Department, remembers the seeds of her interest in the environment and sustainability were first planted when she was a high school student in her native Michigan following the infamous Gulf oil spill disaster.

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