David Blittersdorf is President/CEO of AllEarth Renewables and Treasurer of Net Zero Vermont. David is an entrepreneur and engineer with three decades of experience in the renewable energy industry, seeking to help prepare humanity for future energy constraints. His first company NRG Systems became a global leader in wind measurement technology, and his current company AllEarth Renewables designs and manufactures grid-tied solar PV tracking systems. He advocates for pragmatic energy policy, and recently helped build two utility-scale solar farms as well as a 10 MW wind farm that supplies nearly 10% of Burlington, VT’s electricity.
David will contribute his expertise in renewable energy, peak oil, and business innovation to the project team.
Julie Campoli is an urban designer and author who writes about urban form and the changing landscape. Julie combines a planner’s perspective with a designer’s sensibility to illustrate the built environment and the processes that shape it. She is the author of Made for Walking: Density and Neighborhood Form, and co-author of Visualizing Density, and Above and Beyond: Visualizing Change in Small Towns and Rural Areas. Her Burlington-based firm, Terra Firma Urban Design, specializes in town design, land use analysis, site planning, and infill of existing neighborhoods.
Julie will bring her urban design, land use, and transportation expertise to the project team.
Barbara Conrey, AIA, Montpelier, VT is an award-winning architect and professor at Vermont Technical College (VTC) teaching sustainable design for more than 18 years. Barbara recently led student teams to develop plans to repurpose downtown parking lots to Net Zero buildings. Barbara is past president of the New England and Vermont chapters of the American Institute of Architects and served on the VT Architectural Licensing Board. Barbara, serves on the Montpelier Planning Commission and the Energy Advisory Committee.
Barbara brings her architectural sustainable design knowledge, experience and professional network to the project team.
Cairn Cross is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital and serves as a Managing Director of the Fund. Cairn’s is experienced in business, entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is a Lecturer at UVM and Champlain College and serves on several boards including the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. He spearheaded the successful Peak Pitch and the Road Pitch. In 2011, the United States Small Business Administration named Cairn its Vermont, New England and National Financial Services Champion. He earned an MBA (1987) from Southern New Hampshire University. He lives in Ferrisburg, Vermont.
Cairn will bring his experience in commercial banking, corporate lending and strategic and financial consulting to the project team.
Valerie Fletcher, is Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design. Ms. Fletcher has helped build a global non-profit founded in 1978. Her company is committed to advancing the role of excellence in design, expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages, abilities and cultures. Fletcher has a Master’s in Ethics and Public Policy from Harvard University.
Valerie is contributing her expertise in human-centered design, recruiting national architectural talent and providing guidance to the project team.
Stephanie Hurley, is a researcher and faculty member at the University, Vermont. Her experience spans multiple disciplines including research within the fields of landscape architecture, ecological design, restoration, and planning and best management practices. She teaches landscape and ecological design courses. Her research and work ranges from the site to the community scale including water-related research from stormwater treatment design to monitoring sites in urban, suburban, and agricultural settings.
Stephanie will bring her experience in research in landscape architecture, ecological design and restoration to the project team.
Ken Jones is Economic Research Analyst at the VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development, continuing a career in public policy and decision-making. He is a founding director of Montpelier’s Energy Advisory Committee and is a long-time resident of Montpelier. Ken is an experienced Policy Analyst in state government and the nonprofit sectors. Ken received university degrees in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Public Policy. He also serves on the Montpelier School Board and is working towards guiding Montpelier to a Net Zero future.
Ken will contribute his expertise in public policy, clean energy goals and Net Zero Montpelier to the project team.