The Budd RDC passenger cars stop in Montpelier and Barre before heading to their new temporary home in Websterville, Vermont.
The Vermont Conversation with David Goodman
Debra Sachs is co-founder and executive director of Net Zero Vermont, which promotes carbon neutral solutions for communities, including Montpelier. David Blittersdorf and Sachs talk about their work to move to a sustainable future and the promise and controversies around the expansion of renewable energy. (July 26, 2017 broadcast)
Northern Vermont is on the cusp of implementing two significant rail expansions: restoring passenger service to downtown Burlington, and extending Amtrak’s Vermonter line to Montreal.
Vermont's Seven Days newspaper reports on aspirations to bring commuter rail to Vermont. Mentioned in the story is the support for more passenger rail expressed during the SUSTAINABLE MONTPELIER 2030 Design Competition.
We thank Elizabeth Courtney for her eloquent commentary published by VtDigger. Elizabeth highlights the challenges to building a sustainable Montpelier and the "potential to become a positive and uplifting model for the nation."
We announced the winning design team, “Team Bridges,” a collaboration of 12 professionals from 10 companies and organizations. The announcement was made at a Statehouse news conference by Net Zero Vermont Co-CEOs Deb Sachs and Dan Jones.
About Team Bridges
Team Bridges is a purposeful blend of 12 professionals from 10 companies and organizations:
- Roger Allbee, Former Secretary. Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, Montpelier, VT
- Jay Ancel, Partner, Black River Design Architects, Montpelier, VT
- Vincent Appel, Of Possible Architectures (OPA). Brooklyn, New York
- Douglas Cooper, Andrew Mellon Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
- Stefani Danes, Architect and Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture, Research Fellow,
- Remaking Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
- Archie Kasnet, Altenex, Boston, Massachusetts
- Ethan Lay-Sleeper, Sasaki, Watertown, MA
- Ken Millman. Sp!ke Advertising, Alburgh, VT
- Michael Rushman, Land Strategies, Cabot, Vermont (Team Bridges contact.)
- Janet Van Fleet, Studio Place Arts (SPA), Barre, Vermont
- Robert White, GPI / Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Portsmouth, NH
The winning design team is the result of a selection process that started in October with votes by more than 650 Montpelier residents, workers, and visitors at a pop-up Main Street gallery and online, along with a review by a technical committee to select five finalists. In January, live presentations by the five finalists were followed by a second round of voting with nearly seven hundred ballots and extended comments submitted. The $10,000 winner’s prize in the Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition is sponsored by NetZero Vermont with seed funding from five sponsors: AllEarth Renewables, Ben & Jerry’s, Vermont Creamery, National Life Group, and VSECU.
See Team Bridges winning design entry here.
Net Zero Vermont Inc. is proud to announce we will be hosting public presentations by the top five finalist teams for the Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Pavilion Building Auditorium. Seating is limited and advance registration is encouraged for this free event.
We’re pleased to announce the finalists for the Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition. After votes by Montpelier residents, workers, and visitors at our Main Street gallery and online, along with a review by a technical committee, the twenty entries showcased have been pared down to five finalists. “In my many years offering technical reviews and serving on juries for design competitions around the world, I have never experienced this kind of public response and engagement. It is heartening to see this level of interest, and I’m honored to be part of this exciting project”, said Valerie Fletcher of the Boston based Institute for Human Centered Design, and a member of the technical review panel.
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Announcing the Technical Review Panel for the SUSTAINABLE MONTPELIER 2030 Design Competition.An expert panel comprised of professional architects, engineers, planners, and developers will choose the finalist to receive the $10,000 prize. The panel of 7 will review the design competition top entries against contest goals and feasibility. Each of the panelist contributes their own expertise and experience to create a balance committee focusing on energy, transportation, planning, architecture, and economic development with the goal of creating a sustainable community.
MONTPELIER, VT – Public voting begins for the Net Zero Vermont Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition. Montpelier’s residents, workers, and visitors will be able to vote for their top five concepts starting Monday, October 3rd at 10:00 a.m. for the future of Vermont’s capitol from among 26 entries received from around the world.