Over the past two years, Vital Communities has teamed up with communities and solar installers across the Upper Valley to help residents and small businesses go solar. Our goal: Ramp up adoption of solar across the Upper Valley. Click here to read more.
Solarize Chelsea-Tunbridge and Solarize Makes $en$e (Brownsville-Cavendish-Reading-Weathersfield-Windsor) wrapped up their campaigns on September 30 with 27 homeowners ready to go solar, adding 177 kilowatts of renewable energy to the grid.
We\’ll announce the final results of Solarize Upper Valley Round Three in November. We\’ll also publish a report on the results of the two-year Solarize Upper Valley effort — sign up for email updates to stay in the loop, and click here to read our Round Two Report.
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Kids and the curious of all ages won't want to miss wildlife expert Sue Morse's program, Animals of the North & Climate Change.
Saturday, Nov. 2 [...]
Calling all community energy leaders: VECAN's 8th Annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference is coming right up!
December 5, 201 [...]
Another great webinar from our friends at the New England Grassroots Environment Fund - grab your lunch and tune in:
Energy Efficiency for Low-Inco [...]
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?
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Allison Rogers Furbish
Communications Manager and Energy Program Assistant
— Allison Rogers Furbish, Communications Manager and Energy Program Assistant
Allison Rogers Furbish joined Vital Communities after a decade-long career in local journalism and public relations in the Upper Valley. A native of Lebanon, N.H., she has a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, an MBA in Sustainable Business from Green Mountain College, and a passion for telling stories that help make the community more sustainable and vibrant. She was the Founding Editor of The Lebanon Times, a hyperlocal newspaper launched in 2013 to cover the “good people, good places, and good things happening” in the city. She lives in Canaan, N.H., where she enjoys the sights and sounds of nature, explores the local trails and waterways, and is slowly learning to garden with her husband and two children. Outside of work, she loves to bake, eat, read, hike, ride her bike on the Northern Rail Trail (with kids in tow!), and spend time with her family.
Energy Program Manager
— Sarah Simonds, Energy Program Manager
Sarah Simonds 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 Fleishmann. Sarah holds a joint degree in architecture and environmental studies from Middlebury College.