9th Annual Roundtable May 3

The 9th Annual
Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable

Porter Community Room
Montshire Museum, Norwich, VT
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 | 5–8 p.m.

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(event is free and includes a buffet dinner)

We look forward to seeing you at our favorite event of the year – a gathering of dozens of local energy volunteers from across the Upper Valley.

If you’ve attended the Roundtable in years past, you know this event is part family reunion, part support group, and part learning session. Come ready to be refreshed and inspired!

This year’s agenda:

​5:00 – Dinner and conversation

5:30 – Welcome and introductions, followed by our longstanding tradition of two-minute updates from each energy committee, along with updates from Vital Communities and other groups who provide support for energy committees year-round.

7:00 – Panel on local energy policy. Many towns are working to implement local energy policy this year, so we’ll be showcasing creative local energy policies related to solar siting, permit review, municipal projects, and more. Stay tuned for details.

8:00 – Clean up and go home

See you in May!

– Your Roundtable Organizing Committee

  • Sarah Simonds and Bob Walker, Vital Communities
  • Leigh Cameron, New England Grassroots Environment Fund
  • Ben Civiletti and Johanna Miller, Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network
  • Mike McCrory, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission
  • Dan Potter, Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission
  • Chris Sargent and Dee Gish, Two Rivers Ottaquechee Regional Commission
Bob Walker and Sarah Simonds

Big News: SERG Joins Vital Communities

Big news from the Vital Communities Energy Program:
Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) is merging into Vital Communities.

The Sustainable Energy Resounce Group (SERG) is an Upper Valley nonprofit with a strong legacy of local energy action in the Upper Valley. Since its founding in 2002, SERG has pioneered many innovative local energy projects that have since been replicated throughout the Northeast.

After 14 years as an independent nonprofit organization, we are thrilled to announce that SERG has decided to combine forces with Vital Communities’ growing Energy Program. Vital Communities and SERG have been close allies since Vital Communities first began work on energy issues in 2009, collaborating on many projects and working together to support our region’s expanding network of town energy committees. In combining our two programs we are confident we can accomplish more together than we ever could on our own.

Just a few highlights from the long list of SERG accomplishments over the past 14 years:

  • Established the first town energy committees in Vermont and New Hampshire in 2002 (there are now more than 200 across both states)
  • Inspired and helped develop the “Button Up” weatherization workshop series that has been presented dozens of times throughout the Upper Valley
  • Led an effort that tripled the number of weatherized homes in Thetford in one year, and helped launch a Vermont Home Energy Challenge to get other towns to do the same
  • Created an online resource library and e-newsletter to help residents in the Upper Valley improve their energy footprints
  • Organized and hosted dozens of public forums on everything from solar hot water to electric vehicles

Read our summary for more detail about SERG’s work, plus some of our plans for the future.

In the coming year, SERG Founder and Executive Director Bob Walker will work directly with Vital Communities as a consultant and mentor to ensure a strong transition.

We’re seeking partners and supporters in this exciting transition – make a gift today to support Vital Communities in carrying forward SERG’s legacy of inspiring sustainable energy action in the Upper Valley.

The move will be official as of January 1, and we’re planning a big old party in February to celebrate SERG’s accomplishments and kick off our exciting new work together. Stay tuned!

Have questions, comments, or well wishes? Email Sarah@VitalCommunities.com.