Net Zero Vermont Inc. announced the winning design team for the Montpelier 2030 Design Competition $10K prize is “Team Bridges,” a collaboration of 12 professionals from 10 companies and organizations. The announcement was made at a Statehouse news conference by Deb Sachs and myself, Co-CEOs of Net Zero Vermont.



Also speaking at the news conference were Governor Phil Scott, Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, competition sponsor National Life Group’s Beth Rusnock, and members of Team Bridges.

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.

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

Thank you for your participation in the first phase of SUSTAINABLE MONTPELIER, the design competition. Now we have a vision to embrace and help make possilbe. We will let you know more ways to be involved in the coming months.


Final round submission: the Presentation PDF and Workbook PDF.