Upper Valley Corporate Energy Work Group

Corporate Energy Group

Vital Communities’ Corporate Energy Group meets throughout the year to discuss common energy issues among the Upper Valley’s largest employers. This group of business and institutional facilities managers and sustainability directors works to share best practices and collaborate on projects to increase energy efficiency, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and address overall sustainability.

The commercial sector accounts for nearly 2/3 of the energy used in the Upper Valley. However the businesses and institutions in the Upper Valley are doing a lot of innovative work to address their energy use and carbon footprints. To read a carbon emissions report of select Upper Valley businesses and institutions generated by Tuck School of Business Professor Anant Sunadaram, please read here.To get your business or institution involved, contact sarah@vitalcommunities.org.

Resources for Small Businesses

Rebates, Incentives, and Support

New Hampshire: NHsaves.com/Save-Work

Vermont: EfficiencyVermont.com

What local businesses and institutions are doing to address their energy needs:

Adimab is improving its heat recovery systems to help increase energy efficiency, while meeting the company’s current energy demands.

Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital recently changed out 7 Metal Halide lights to LED’s in their Medical Office Building parking lot. The total watts dropped from 2,545 to 740. They will be changing more as they progress with the hospital renovation and construction of their new medical office building.

Co-Op Food Stores is actively engaged in pursuing energy efficiency projects, such as reducing refrigerant leaks, as well as working to become reliant on local green energy.

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center In 2014, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) converted their boilers from #6 Fuel Oil, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels, to Compressed Natural Gas.  This conversion reduced fine particulate emissions, which pose the greatest health risks, by about 96%, sulfur dioxide emissions by over 99%, nitrous oxide emissions by about 75%, and carbon dioxide emissions by about 30%. DHMC has been installing electric vehicle charging stations for staff and visitor use, and is starting a large parking lot lighting retrofit to LEDs. We are also exploring opportunities to install solar on the DHMC campus.

Dartmouth Printing Company is currently converting the entire facility over to highly efficient LED lighting as well as planning to replace two aging HVAC units with more efficient models.

Downs Rachlin Martin conducted a comprehensive energy audit to target energy efficiency projects and work to adhere to LEED standards. They also are supporters of local energy and are working to approve the proposed Springfield, VT biomass project.

Hypertherm established an energy working group to set & measure kilowatt hour saving goals, and set up an incentive program to encourage employees to use transit and carpool.

Kendal at Hanover engages staff and residents in education and communication about energy usage, and encourage simple steps to change, such as powering the thermostat down by 1 degree and carpooling. Kendal is also a contributor to the efforts of the Town of Hanover to achieve the EPA Green Power Community Status, with Hanover ranking #19 in the nation in percentage of power consumed that is green. 

King Arthur Flour recently conducted energy efficiency and retrofit projects such as recycling waste heat from their bakery to meet their current energy needs and keep money local.

Kleen Laundry recently transitioned to Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) from propane for operations.

Resources Systems Group engages in energy & transportation efficiency related consulting work. RSG actively seeks office locations in LEED certified buildings and near transit lines.

Timken Lebanon is auditing high energy assets to look for opportunities for savings, idle versa total shut down. Timken has completed a study with the compressors and is currently exploring heat treat.  Working with a local vendor on a potential LED light project, they are also using their new control package to schedule HVAC units for vacation mode during the off hours and weekends.

Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission has been providing professional planning assistance to municipal boards since 1963. Our current staff’s areas of expertise include comprehensive planning, land use regulations, transportation planning, natural resource inventories, community/economic development, community engagement, energy planning, and hazard mitigation planning. The Commission provides technical assistance to its constituent communities to address energy planning and policies to increase energy efficiency and expand renewable energy opportunities.


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Julia Guy

AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist




— Julia Guy, AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist

Julia Guy is the AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist at Vital Communities. A frequent visitor, Julia is glad to make the Upper Valley a home. Originally from Binghamton, New York, Julia graduated from Skidmore College in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Theatre and a minor in Environmental Studies. Before moving to the Upper Valley, Julia was working for a low- waste, plastic-free home goods brand in Brooklyn. When she’s not fighting climate change, you can find Julia hiking and afterward indulging in a soft pretzel with plenty of mustard.

Sarah Brock

Energy Program Manager


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— 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 40+ local energy committees, engaging with dozens of volunteers and clean energy businesses in programs like Solarize Upper Valley, Weatherize Upper Valley, and the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network. 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. Sarah lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband and daughter. When she's not busy advocating for energy efficiency, Sarah enjoys playing the trombone and taking walks in her backwoods to look for signs of New Hampshire's abundant wildlife.