At its January meeting, the Transportation Task Force of Middlebury prioritized a list of action steps to improve transit ridership and bike infrastructure, launch a bike/bus arts campaign and ensure the new train station is connected to other transportation modes. The task force is sponsored by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, Middlebury officials, and resource partners, with a mission to grow the climate economy by building a more robust public transportation network including ridesharing, biking, and walking in the greater Middlebury area.
We’re excited to announce that 9,371 students, faculty and staff participated in the Challenge from 48 schools across the state. That’s a 23% increase in school participation from last year! Thirty-eight schools achieved at least a 50% participation rate to be eligible to win this year’s big prize — an AllEarth Renewables Solar Tracker.
The Georgetown University Energy Prize recognizes top performing communities for increasing energy efficiency, reducing municipal and household energy budgets.
Deb Sachs was the moderator at the Renewable Energy Vermont Conference, October 2, 2017.
We are thrilled that the Way to Go! Challenge was recognized as a 'Renewable Energy Innovator' by Renewable Energy Vermont (REV) at the REV2017 conference this month. Reducing carbon pollution from transportation sources is a key strategy for achieving our goals.
A discussion hosted by the Gund Institute for Environment at UVM and Net Zero Vermont will explore sustainable urban planning, design, energy and public engagement to advance Montpelier's efforts to go "Net Zero" by 2030, and to forge closer ties between regional stakeholders.
Dan Jones formed the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition (SMC) to carry forward the local momentum from the Sustainable Montpelier 2030 design competition. This new not-for-profit organization aims to be “a catalyst” — to be the bridge between the public and private organizations in town.
Trish is Director, Co-Founder, President & CEO of Northeast Kingdom Tamarack, Inc. (NEKTI) Consulting. NEKTI specializes in forming strategic partnerships to leverage funding and other resources and in representing corporations, projects, programs and organizations to donors, state, the U.S. and foreign governments, multilateral organizations, and the media. Trish is a member of the board of directors of the Gilman Housing Trust, president and chair of AARP Vermont Executive Council, and publisher of Newport Daily Express (NDE), which serves 25 communities in the Kingdom: Albany, Barton, Beebe, Brighton, Brownington, Charleston, Coventry, Craftsbury, Derby, Derby Line, Evansville, Glover, Greensboro, Holland, Irasburg, Jay, Lowell, Morgan, Newport City, Newport Town, North Troy, Orleans, Troy, Westfield and Westmore.
The 2017 Way To Go! School Challenge is back! All K–12 schools in Vermont are encouraged to get on board to battle carbon pollution.
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.
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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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, 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.|
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 | 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.|
This Times Argus Op Ed examines the impact of cars as contributors to climate change, and how Net Zero Vermont seeks to reclaim the environmentally unsustainable parking lots that have resulted.
|Imagining a sustainable future : Times Argus OnlineJust a few days ago, Net Zero Vermont announced an engagement effort to help Montpelier reach its laudable goal of making Montpelier carbon-free by 2030.
The Burlington Free Press wrote a great article about the announcement of our design competition. Check it out, we feel they did a good job summarizing our initiative.
|VT group offers $10K prize for city re-designA hefty prize awaits the winning design for transforming Montpelier’s downtown parking lots into a showcase of urban living, an environmental group announced Wednesday.