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Vital Communities works with municipal staff and town energy committees to address municipal energy challenges and inspire energy action within our communities. 

Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable
Each May, Vital Communities partners with the Sustainable Energy Resource Group and our local Regional Planning Commissions to host the annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable. Volunteers from the Upper Valley’s nearly 40 energy committees come together to share best practices and learn more to improve the work they do in their towns. Our collective goal is to establish an energy committee in every Upper Valley town.

Support for New and Existing Energy Committees
We partner with the Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, and New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions Work Group to help new energy committees get started and help existing energy committees re-focus their efforts. Vital Communities provides trainings, one-on-one support, and toolkits – contact Sarah to learn more.

Upper Valley Community Energy Discussion List
Vital Communities hosts an email discussion list specifically for town energy committee volunteers. Learn more and join at VitalCommunities.org/Community-Discussion-Lists.

Strategic Energy Action Toolkit
Vital Communities partnered with the New England Grassroots Environment Fund in 2014 to develop a toolkit to help guide strategic conversations and project prioritization for energy committees in our region and beyond. Learn more at nhenergy.org/strategic-energy-action-toolkit.

Solarize Upper Valley
In 2014 and 2015, Vital Communities partnered with 24 Upper Valley towns to launch 11 Solarize campaigns across the Upper Valley. Working with seven competitively selected solar installers, our volunteers teams have helped over 300 homes switch to solar. Stay tuned as we work toward our goal of doubling the number of solar homes in the Upper Valley.

The Lebanon Energy Plan: A Blueprint for Lebanon’s Energy Future
The Lebanon Energy Advisory Committee, Vital Communities, and the Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission teamed up in the fall of 2011 to craft the City of Lebanon’s first ever Energy Plan. The project team presented the final plan to the Lebanon City Council and Planning Board in February and March of 2012 with great success.

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Paige Heverly

Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

Transportation, Energy

 802.291.9100 x 114

Transportation, Energy

— Paige Heverly, Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

Paige Heverly joined Vital Communities in 2017 as the Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator. Hailing from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she moved to Vermont in 2011 and earned a joint BA in Renewable Energy and Ecological Design and Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College. After completing her Master of Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School, Paige worked in energy efficiency consulting in Portland, Oregon. Her love of local food systems, the White River, and the Green Mountains brought her back to the Upper Valley to work on regional issues with localized solutions. Paige is passionate about closing ecological loops and treating waste as food. In her free time, she enjoys baking homemade English muffins, weeding her garden, and writing letters to her pen pals.



Sarah Brock

Energy Program Manager

Energy

 802.291.9100 x 109

Energy

— Sarah Brock, Energy Program Manager

Sarah Brock joined Vital Communities in 2013 as our Energy Program Manager. Through her work Sarah provides support for our region’s 35+ local energy committees and 20+ businesses engaged in Vital Communities’ Corporate Energy Work Group. In 2014, Sarah led the launch of Solarize Upper Valley, a program that has since engaged 23 towns in helping hundreds of Upper Valley homes switch to solar energy. Prior to joining the Vital Communities team, Sarah was an Environmental Philanthropy Associate with the High Meadows Fund, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. At High Meadows, Sarah led the development of a statewide network of transportation efficiency stakeholders. Years later, the Vermont Transportation Stakeholders Network is now supported by the Vermont Agency of Transportation and coordinated by Vital Communities’ own Bethany Fleishman. Sarah holds a joint degree in architecture and environmental studies from Middlebury College.