13th Annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable

This annual gathering of local energy volunteers is open to all, whether you serve on an energy committee, wish to join or start a committee, or simply want to be inspired. Originally scheduled for March 2020, this event was postponed until September in the wake of concern about the spread of Covid-19 in our communities.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 5-8 pm
This event is FREE thanks to our generous sponsors

Fireside Inn & Suites, 25 Airport Road, West Lebanon, NH

Register to Attend 

Upcoming Webinar: March 30

Join the Vermont Energy Action Network for a Vermont Energy Progress Report & Legislative Update Webinar, featuring an in-depth overview of the 2019 Annual Progress Report from the Energy Action Network, as well as updates on legislative climate policy initiatives. 

Monday, March 30, 2020 | 12-1 pm
Register to Attend 

Local Energy Showcase

On March 18, 2020, Vital Communities hosted a one-hour Local Energy Showcase Webinar featuring five ​brief and inspiring stories of local energy action from across our region.

Energy Committee Resources

Previous Roundtables

Resources from our 2017, 2018, and 2019 Roundtables 


Contact Vital Communities (energy@vitalcommunities.org or 802-291-9100 x114)

Renewable Heat Resources

By popular demand, our 2020 Energy Committee Roundtable will feature a discussion on the topic of renewable heating options. Heating is the second largest source of energy use and carbon emissions in our region (behind transportation). We’ve gathered an expert panel to help us understand what renewable heating options are available (e.g. advanced wood heat systems and heat pumps) and how those options fit into our region’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon emissions goals.


Check out these resources from our panelists while you’re waiting for this year’s Roundtable!
General Renewable Heating and Cooling Information
Rebates Available for Renewable Heating
Don’t Forget Energy Efficiency!

Efficiency Vermont and NHSaves have MANY programs to help you reduce the amount of energy you need for heating and cooling, whether your heating fuel is renewable or not!

More about Air Source Heat Pumps
More about Advanced Wood Heat
More about Sustainable Forest Management

 5 pm | Registration, dinner, & conversation

5:30 pm | Orientation to sponsors, partners, and resources

6:15 pm | Local energy showcase – a series of brief, inspiring stories about interesting projects from across our region.

  • EV charging lessons from Bethel
  • Progress toward a multi-town energy coordinator
  • Interior storm windows in Thetford, Strafford, and surrounding towns
  • A townwide survey about climate change in Windsor
  • An Upper Valley eBike lending library

7 pm | Renewable heating and our energy/climate goals – Heating is the second largest source of energy use and carbon emissions in our region (behind transportation). Let’s try to understand how renewable heating options (e.g. advanced wood heat systems and heat pumps) fit into our region’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, and carbon emissions goals. And discuss what we can do at the local level to promote these technologies. Click here to submit questions for our expert panelists.

8 pm | Good night – Stick around to mingle and chat before hitting the road

Previous Years

Resources from our 2017, 2018, and 2019 Roundtables 


Contact Sarah Brock at Vital Communities (sarah@vitalcommunities.org or 802-291-9100 x109)

Previous Years

Resources from our 2017 and 2018 Roundtables 

Sustainable Transportation

Slides from our speakers Bethany Fleishman and Paige Heverly, and Group Discussion Notes, a summary of ideas captured during our small group discussion.

Local Energy Showcase

Sharon’s Energy Survey – Survey Results and Slides

Mascoma Valley’s Energy Expo

Randolph’s Climate Economy Model Community Project

Woodstock’s Weatherization GuideGuide and Slides

Lebanon Progress on Energy and Climate Issues

If you wish to follow up, Vital Communities will be happy to connect you.


Contact Sarah Brock at Vital Communities (sarah@vitalcommunities.org or 802-291-9100 x109)

Resources from our 2019 Roundtable

(CLICK HERE for a downloadable/printable summary of resources)

Sustainable Transportation Resources

Upper Valley Transportation Options Guide

Carpool, Vanpool, and Bike Programs

For Towns

Other Local Partners

Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission

Meghan Butts (mbutts@uvlsrpc.org; 603.448.1680). Contact Meghan for help with the following:

  • Geographic Information Services (GIS)
  • Energy planninng
  • Outreach
  • Grants
  • Projects

Energy Chapter in Regional Plan

Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

Dee Gish (dgish@trorc.org; 802.457.3188)

Vital Communities

Sarah Brock (sarah@vitalcommunities.org; 802-291-9100 x109) and Bethany Fleishman (bethany@vitalcommunities.org. 802-291-91100 x111)

Contact us for resources, training, an assistance

  • Energy committee training and project prioritization
  • Weatherize campaigns
  • Bike, carpool, vanpool, and other transportation workshops/resources
  • Community resilience organizations and climate adaptation projects
New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions Workgroup and Clean Energy New Hampshire

Henry Herndon (henry@cleanenergynh.org; 603-226-4732)

Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) and the Vermont Natural Resources Council

Johanna Miller (jmiller@vnrc.org; 802.223.2328 x112) or Ian Hitchcock (ihitchcock@vnrc.org; 802.223.2328 x118)

  • General Resources
  • Monthly eNewsletter – sign up at vecan.net
  • Vermont Legislative Updates on energy and climate policy – follow us on facebook.com/vtenergynetwork
  • Annual Conference – first Saturday in December in Fairlee.
Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission

Jason Rasmussen (jrasmussen@swcrpc.org; 802.674.5711 x112)

Vermont Council on Rural Development

Haley Pero, Energy and Environment (haley_pero@sanders.senate.gov, 802.862.6659) and Eric Campbell, Transportation, Agriculture, and Rural Development (Erica_campbell@sanders.senate.gov, 802.449.7037)

Federal Programs


visit nhsaves.com to find information about energy efficiency programs available for towns, businesses, and residents.

Efficiency Vermont

Michelle McCutcheon-Schour (mmschour@veic.org; 802.540.7831)

  • Free workshops offered to residents and businesses
  • Button Up 2019 program to be announced in August
  • Municipal Guide to Vermont Energy Code and Above Code programs – contact Michelle to obtain these documents
  • Programs for municipal buildings – contact Michelle to learn more.
Special thanks to our 2020 Roundtable sponsors


Our 2020 Roundtable hosts


Can’t attend in person? Watch the event online starting at 5:30pm on Tuesday, May 8. Video courtesy of Bob the Green Guy will also be available online after the event.