Elizabeth courtnery commentary on vtdigger

Posted on March 9, 2017

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."

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And the winner is...

Posted on January 23, 2017

TEAM BRIDGES WINS SUSTAINABLE MONTPELIER 2030 DESIGN COMPETITION.

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.

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January 7 Team Presentations For Design Competition

Posted on December 16, 2016

vermont state house with big crowd

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.

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Finalists Announced For Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition

Posted on October 12, 2016

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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Technical Review Panel Announced

Posted on September 30, 2016

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.

Technical Review Panel Announced

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Voting Begins for Montpelier 2030 Design Competition

Posted on September 27, 2016

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.

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Montpelier 2030 Design Competition Draws International Interest

Posted on September 19, 2016

MONTPELIER, VT – Net Zero Vermont, Inc., is excited to announce that 27 design teams from around the world have entered the Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition. In addition to 13 Vermont design teams, entrants include firms from Sweden, Japan, Hong Kong, Iran, Canada, and California.

Montpelier residents, workers, and visitors are invited to review the design concepts and vote for their choices from October 3-5 in a pop-up gallery space at 62 Main Street, and online.

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Comment and Guest Post Guidelines

Posted on September 5, 2016

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING COMMENTS AND GUEST BLOG POSTS

We’re glad to have you here! In a continued effort to engage the community, Net Zero Vermont encourages readers to comment on blog posts and news stories. The following guidelines are meant to encourage relevant, meaningful conversations about the future of Montpelier, Vermont.

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING COMMENTS

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING GUEST BLOG POSTS

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VSECU features Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition

Posted on August 29, 2016

Our very own Dan Jones, co-Executive Director and Project Manager of Net Zero Vermont, wrote this blog post featured by VSECU. Here he explores how the Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition seeks to inspire lasting climate change.

Imagine a Better, More Sustainable, More Fun, Future Imagine a Better, More Sustainable, More Fun, FutureAre you worried that climate change will bring unforeseen trouble into your and your children’s lives? If so, you aren’t alone, and all hope is not lost.

 

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Featured on VPR

Posted on August 20, 2016

On the morning of August 20th, 2016, Vermont Public Radio ran a story on our Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition. Check out their article and the audio for their show.

A Montpelier Nonprofit Looks To Change The City's Car Culture A Montpelier Nonprofit Looks To Change The City’s Car Culture | Vermont Public RadioThe City of Montpelier has set a goal to become the country’s first net zero capital city, and a new nonprofit plans to take on what it calls the biggest challenges.

 

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