Net Zero Vermont, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. We’re a group of visionary professionals and activists committed to a sustainable future for Vermont–one that is safe, secure and enjoyable.

We are dedicated to advancing sustainable development of our downtowns, transforming our transportation and energy systems, locally generated renewable electricity, increased conservation and energy efficiency and public awareness about the importance of a post-carbon future.

Working for the Future

The 2021 Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan goal encourages the State to transition from a 90% fossil fuel based economy to a 90% renewable by 2050. Climate experts advise a significant transition much sooner. NZV is committed to a green and just recovery, encouraging more communities to set a net zero commitment, adopting policies and practices that lead to decarbonization. We support a vision of entities at all levels uniting around a vision that collectively prepares for a climate-changed future.

As a nonprofit with deep roots in the public effort to curb fossil fuel consumption, we are working to improve community resiliency, suggesting strategies and investments in local capacity building to access the tools and information that will help businesses and communities to do their part. We help design, connect resources and encourage partners to advance the best means necessary with those interested in making a measurable difference.

It is our mission to support a multi-leveled approach to encourage policies and tools including:

  • proven programs and model projects,
  • expert guidance and contemporary research,
  • access to information, education and networking events,
  • emerging technologies, and
  • obtaining the right mix of resources.

Core Staff

Debra Sachs, Executive Director
Net Zero Vermont

Susan Hayward, Communications and Bookkeeping


Stuart Lindsay, Walk to Shop Coordinator & Operations

Phil Hammerslough, Walk to Shop Coordinator & Business Engagement