Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network

Empowering buyers and sellers throughout the Upper Valley to understand home energy costs and invest in energy efficiency.

Who:
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Lenders
  • Lawyers
  • Home Inspectors
  • Appraisers
  • Home Energy Professionals
  • Other Real Estate Professionals
What:
  • Networking
  • Resources
  • Education
  • Working groups
  • Shared learning
Join Us

Coordinated by Vital Communities, the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network is open to all real estate and clean energy professionals seeking to

  • differentiate themselves.
  • better serve energy-conscious clients,
  • and work with peers to test and improve strategies for helping buyers and sellers benefit from energy efficiency.

Ways to Engage

Buyer and Seller Guides – Vital Communities developed the Green Homebuyer Guide and Green Seller Guide for network members to use and share with clients. To request printed guides or training in how to use the guides with clients, contact Sarah.

Homebuyer Workshops – Sarah frequently attends homebuyer workshops throughout the Upper Valley. To request a presentation about Green Real Estate at an upcoming workshop, contact Sarah.

Network Gatherings – At least once per year, Vital Communities hosts a breakfast for the entire Green Real Estate Network to share what’s new across all of our projects and working groups. To learn more, contact Sarah.

Continuing Education – Vital Communities is offering the Green Real Estate Crash Course to real estate agents across the Upper Valley. This three-credit, dual state CE course is focused on what you NEED to know to assist your clients and will be helpful to any Realtor, regardless of prior experience in green real estate. For upcoming course dates, visit vitalcommunities.org/greenrealestate.

Green Home Inspectors Work Group – This engaged group of Upper Valley home inspectors meets periodically to share learning around common home energy issues, recognizing that clients are increasingly concerned about energy costs. To learn more and join the work group, contact Sarah.

Green Lenders Work Group – Vital Communities convenes Upper Valley lenders about once per year to discuss current green loan products and aspirations for growing our region’s green lending portfolio. To learn more and request information about upcoming meetings, contact Sarah.

Green Real Estate Network Advisory Group – small, dynamic, cross-sector group meeting 2-3 times per year to discuss high level direction and strategy for the network as a whole. To learn more or volunteer, contact Sarah.

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Resources

Buyer and Seller Guides – Vital Communities developed the Green Homebuyer Guide and Green Seller Guide for network members to use and share with clients. To request printed guides or training in how to use the guides with clients, contact Sarah.

Homebuyer Workshops – Sarah frequently attends homebuyer workshops throughout the Upper Valley. To request a presentation about Green Real Estate at an upcoming workshop, contact Sarah.

Network Gatherings – At least once per year, Vital Communities hosts a breakfast for the entire Green Real Estate Network to share what’s new across all of our projects and working groups. To learn more, contact Sarah.

Continuing Education – Vital Communities is offering the Green Real Estate Crash Course to Realtors across the Upper Valley, beginning in fall 2019. This three-credit, dual state CE course is focused on what you NEED to know to assist your clients and will be helpful to any Realtor, regardless of prior experience in green real estate. For upcoming course dates, contact Sarah.

Green Home Inspectors Work Group – This engaged group of Upper Valley home inspectors meets periodically to share learning around common home energy issues, recognizing that clients are increasingly concerned about energy costs. To learn more and join the work group, contact Sarah.

Green Lenders Work Group – Vital Communities convenes Upper Valley lenders about once per year to discuss current green loan products and aspirations for growing our region’s green lending portfolio. To learn more and request information about upcoming meetings, contact Sarah.

Green Real Estate Network Advisory Group – small, dynamic, cross-sector group meeting 2-3 times per year to discuss high level direction and strategy for the network as a whole. To learn more or volunteer, contact Sarah.

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The Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network is a program of Vital Communities. From our first exploratory meeting in early 2016 to the long-awaited launch of a formal network in 2018, we wouldn’t be where we are without the passion and support of our many Green Real Estate partners.

Thank You!

Core Advisory Team

  • Bob Walker
  • Buff McLaughry, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty (FSSIR)
  • Dick Dumez, FSSIR
  • Celina Barton, Big Green RealEstate
  • Lynne LaBombard, Housing Solutions

Early Collaborators and Advisors

  • Laurie Fielder
  • Rob Messenger

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Ana Mejia

Climate Projects Coordinator

Transportation, Energy

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— Ana Mejia, Climate Projects Coordinator

Ana Mejia is the Climate Projects Coordinator at Vital Communities. She is a Southern California native and first arrived to the Upper Valley in 2018. Ana received her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she wrote her thesis on solar home affordability and energy efficiency programs for low income families. When she is not actively working towards creating sustainable communities, Ana enjoys swimming, cross-country skiing, birding, and trying out new dessert recipes with her KitchenAid mixer.



Sarah Brock

Energy Program Manager

Energy

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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 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 now lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband Zach and her chickens. 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.