VEEP

Free Classroom Energy Workshops in Vermont

The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) will bring one free in-class workshop into any class in Vermont that requests one during the 2015/16 school year (as long as funding lasts). VEEP offers hands-on, experiential science and energy programs for grades K–12. Workshops typically last 45–90 minutes; VEEP educators will work with teachers to tailor the workshop to their class and curriculum focus. See the complete menu of workshops at VEEP’s workshop page.

To schedule your local VEEP educator, please be in touch with VEEP. And pass the word to teachers in your area!

Thanks to Efficiency Vermont for statewide funding for free workshops, with additional support in Burlington from Burlington Electric Department and in southern Vermont from VLITE Foundation. Additional workshops will cost $175, or less if VEEP visits more than one class at your school that day. Additional grants may be available if needed. 

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Webinar Nov. 5 at Noon: Low Income Energy Efficiency

Another great webinar from our friends at the New England Grassroots Environment Fund – grab your lunch and tune in:
Energy Efficiency for Low-Income People: The Importance of Grassroots Outreach
Thursday, November 5, 201512:00pm

Some of the most effective strategies to bring energy efficiency programming to low-income people are those that use local, trusted community-based networks. Whether you are working to improve the visibility of a short-term campaign or a long-term program, this webinar will help by providing proven strategies and techniques to reach the hard-to-reach. An overview of some of the best practices will be accompanied by discussions of programs through Efficiency Vermont and the Dunbarton Energy Committee and the successful mechanisms used to bring their messages to low-income people.Presenters:
Elizabeth Chant, VEIC – Elizabeth Chant is a Principal Consultant at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), where she focuses on energy efficiency policy and programming for low-income people and multifamily buildings. Most recently, she has been on the VEIC team tasked with developing and implementing a public purpose energy services company, with multifamily affordable housing as a primary market of interest. In 2011, she directed the design, development, and implementation of low-income multifamily services during the launch of the District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU).  From 2002 to 2010, Elizabeth was Weatherization Director at Vermont’s largest community action agency, providing weatherization services to single- and multifamily housing throughout northwestern Vermont. Prior to that, she was at VEIC, leading its award-winning multifamily programming from 1997 to 2002. Elizabeth has testified before legislative committees on low-income energy efficiency programming, and she serves on the boards of directors of the Home Performance Coalition, the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition, and the National Housing Trust.
Paul Markowitz, Efficiency Vermont – Paul Markowitz is the Community Energy Program Manager with Efficiency Vermont where he promotes partnerships with non-profit organizations, businesses, and municipalities to implement community-based energy efficiency programs. Paul has 32 years experience in energy and environmental project management, community planning, leadership training, and facilitation in non-profit institutions, state government, and academia. He has managed local environmental action programs in Central and Eastern Europe, directed state recycling programs, taught university courses on energy and solid waste policy, and promoted least-cost electrical planning. He has an MS in Resource Economics from the University of Vermont.
Bob Ray, Dunbarton Energy Committee – Bob has a MS Electrical Engineering graduate of Rutgers University with a BSEE from University of Maine. He has extensive project management and system design experience in software systems in telecom companies. He is a founding member of Transitions Dunbarton and a member of the Dunbarton NH Energy Committee. He is a Director of the American Friends of Asian Rural Institute and ARI teachs sustainable agriculture and community leadership & development to rural leaders from Southeast Asia & Africa.
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Solarize Toolkit Ready Just in Time

24 Upper Valley towns have Solarized – Will your town be next?

After two years of experience coordinating Solarize campaigns in the Upper Valley, Vital Communities has created a comprehensive toolkit with timelines, templates, and examples to help any community Solarize. The Toolkit is now online and ready to use. Check it out today:

VitalCommunities.org/Energy/SolarizeToolkit

For towns interested in helping residents go solar before the federal solar tax credit expires at the end of 2016, we recommend getting to work in November or December of 2015. You’ll need about four months to get ready to launch your campaign, and we recommend launching 2016 campaigns between February and April.

Contact Sarah@VitalCommunities.org for more information.

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Winter is Coming! Is Your Home Ready?

Winter is coming! Is your home ready?

Come to Hanover’s Button Up Workshop

Thursday, October 22, 7 to 9 pm

at R. W. Black Center, Hanover

PRESENTER: Andy Duncan, Energy Training Manager

  • Learn techniques to lower home energy costs.
  • Find out about NH incentives for making efficiency improvements.
  • Demo LED lighting; free LED bulb to first 30 households signing in.

http://hanovernh.org/Pages/HanoverNH_BComm/shc/buttonup

Sponsored by Sustainable Hanover

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Educational Forum: Natural Gas in the Upper Valley

Our Climate and Energy Future: Is the Proposed Lebanon/Hanover Gas Depot and Pipeline System a Bridge or a Barrier to a Clean Energy Future? 

What:   Educational Panel and Forum

When:  Wednesday,  October 21,  7-9 pm

Where: Howe Library,  Mayer Room

This event will explore:

  • The proposed liquid natural gas plan and what it means for the Upper Valley
  • Whether natural gas is a bridge or a barrier to renewables
  • Dartmouth College’s course to renewable energy
  • Possible pathways for Hanover and Lebanon to become 100% fossil-fuel free by 2050

Panelists:

Lee Oxenham, NH State Representative

Rosi Kerr, Director of Sustainability at Dartmouth College

John Langhus, Independent Energy Consultant

Kate Epsen, Executive Director of the NH Sustainable Energy Association

To learn more or get involved, email energy.climate.uv@gmail.com or join the Facebook group Energy and Climate–Upper Valley.

Note: This forum is not organized by Vital Communities.

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Webinar: Launch Your Own Solarize Campaign

As the final round of Solarize Upper Valley wraps up, residents around the region have a new opportunity to get involved.

On October 14, Vital Communities along with the New Hampshire Local Energy Working group is offering a free webinar: Launch Your Own Solarize Campaign.

After two years of experience coordinating Solarize campaigns in the Upper Valley, Vital Communities has created a comprehensive toolkit with timelines, templates, and examples to help any community Solarize. Vital Communities’ own Sarah Simonds will walk participants through the online Solarize Toolkit and offer tips on where to start and what to expect. Solarize volunteer Peter LaBelle of Cavendish, Vt., will share his experience helping to lead his community’s recent campaign.

The webinar runs from noon to 1 pm Wednesday, October 14. Learn more and register.