10th Annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable – May 2017

Our favorite event of the year – a gathering of dozens of local energy volunteers from across the Upper Valley. The event in May 2017 was bustling with 80 attendees from 25 local energy groups, as well as numerous supporting organizations, sponsors, and elected leaders.
 Watch Video
from the Roundtable

Courtesy of Bob the Green Guy

“Beyond Energy” 

Presentations and Discussion

2017 Map

Our family of energy committees is growing!

2017 Updates

Summary of recent activity, including contact information

Resources Mentioned at the 2017 Roundtable

Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) 

Johanna Miller (jmiller@vnrc.org; 802.223.2328 x112)

  • VECAN’s 2017 end of session legislative update on energy policy
  • New net metering rules – stay tuned for a Guide to Net Metering – for now, read the new rules here.
  • Check the Vermont energy committees map – is your info up to date?
  • December 2, 2017 – VECAN’s annual conference in Fairlee
Ready for 100

Allyson Samuell  (allyson.samuell@sierraclub.org)

Health and Climate

Alice Ely  (Alice.Ely@UVPublicHealth.org)

Senior Solutions

Vicki Mastroianni (VMastroianni@seniorsolutionsvt.org; 800 642 5119)

  • Council on Aging serving Windham and Windsor counties is looking for volunteers to conduct walk through energy efficiency assessments to help seniors save energy and money
  • No previous experience necessary. Volunteers required to attend a three-hour training
Bethel University


Bethel University is a unique community pop-up university in Bethel, Vermont. During the month of March each year, anyone can teach courses on any topic under the sun. Take a class – meet new friends, learn new things, and discover all that Bethel has to offer.

Efficiency Vermont

Paul Markowitz (pmarkowitz@veic.org; 802.540.7608)

NH Local Energy Solutions Work Group

Brianna Brand, New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (brianna@nhsea.org; 603-226-4732)

Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission

Meghan Butts (mbutts@uvlsrpc.org)

  • New Executive Director Steven Schneider
  • Active in Upper Valley Adaptation Workgroup (uvaw.uvlsrpc.org) – click here for info on recent forum on climate resiliency
  • Continued work with Upper Valley transportation groups
Vermont Walk/Bike Summit 2018

Karl Kemnitzer (kkemvt@gmail.com)

  • Vermont Walk/Bike Summit is coming to the Upper Valley in April 2018
  • Stay tuned!
Upper Valley Electric Vehicle Expo 2017


Bob Walker (bobwalkervt@gmail.com)

  • Seeking volunteers
  • Seeking EV owners
  • Hosted by Vital Communities, Sierra Club, and a group of local volunteers
Anti Pipeline
  • For info on resistance to the proposal for a Lebanon/Hanover fracked gas pipeline: nopipelinehere.org
New England Grassroots Fund

Leigh Cameron  (leigh@grassrootsfund.org; 603.905.9915)

  • Seed Grant Program ($1,000): For emerging groups and pilot projects, apply at any time.
  • Grow Grant Program ($3,500): For established groups and capacity building efforts, apply by September 15th or March 15th
  • Harvest Grant Program ($5,000 – $7,500): For youth-led projects, submit an LOI by May 23rd
  • RootSkills Training Series (workshops, webinars, and an annual conference): capacity building trainings for grassroots groups
NH Sustainable Energy Association

Brianna Brand (brianna@nhsea.org; 603-226-4732)

Discussion Group for Energy Issues

Lyn Swett Miller  (kaleidoscope65@gmail.com)

  • Please join me for a year-long conversation addressing the personal aspects of change and building community resilience. Using writing prompts, photographs and short readings, we will meet once a month at a different person’s house to reflect on specific topics. I have spent three years developing seasonally-based reflections that invite a deeper look at transitioning to a post-carbon world and would like to pilot them with a flexible group of committed activists. If interested, please e-mail me – – we would start in July.
Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC)

Chris Damiani (cdamiani@trorc.org)

Special thanks to this year’s Roundtable sponsors


Wednesday, May 17, 5 – 8 pm

Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Porter Community Room

This Year’s Agenda

5:00 – Dinner and Conversation

5:30 – Welcome and Introductions

5:40 – Roundtable Updates – Our longstanding tradition of two-minute updates from each energy committee, along with updates from Vital Communities and other groups who provide support for energy committees year-round.

7:00 – “Beyond Energy” Panel and Discussion – Together we’ll explore how energy committees are making an impact in broad community sustainability and resilience. Energy committees aren’t just about energy use anymore! Guest speakers include:

  • Leigh Cameron, New England Grassroots Environment Fund
  • Sally Miller, Sustainable Woodstock

8:00 – Clean up and go home

Register to Attend

This event is FREE thanks to our sponsors

2017 Map

Our family of energy committees is growing!

2017 Updates

A summary of what other groups are up to – with contact information so you can follow up!