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GOVERNOR SCOTT ANNOUNCES $2.4 MILLION IN GRANTS FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

Posted on September 14, 2018

Misses opportunity for faster charging stations

“Transportation is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont and passenger vehicle use makes up the largest share of those emissions,” said Governor Scott. “Increasing the use of electric vehicles is a critical strategy for Vermont to reduce emissions from the transportation sector and to achieve its goal of 90 percent renewable energy use by 2050. This new grant program will help expedite Vermont’s transition to cleaner forms of transportation.”

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MIDDLEBURY TRANSPORTATION TASK FORCE MOVES ACTION STEPS FORWARD

Posted on February 12, 2018

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.

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The 2017 Way to Go! School Challenge Results

Posted on December 14, 2017

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.

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TOWNS, ADVOCATES, & UTILITIES: ACHIEVING TOTAL RENEWABLE ENERGY TOGETHER

Posted on October 5, 2017

Deb Sachs was the moderator at the Renewable Energy Vermont Conference, October 2, 2017.

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TRISH SEARS JOINS THE BOARD & NEW ADVISORS, JULIE CAMPOLI & LIZ VOGEL

Posted on September 8, 2017

Trish Sears

_pmsears headshot_.jpg.jpegTrish 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.

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VERMONT SCHOOLS ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! JOIN US!

Posted on August 22, 2017

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.

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Budd RDC's make a stop in Montpelier and Barre

Posted on August 15, 2017

The Budd RDC passenger cars stop in Montpelier and Barre before heading to their new temporary home in Websterville, Vermont.

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From renewables to rails: David Blittersdorf & Deb Sachs

Posted on August 4, 2017

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)

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COULD COMMUTER RAIL BE COMING TO VERMONT?

Posted on August 2, 2017

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

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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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