Connecting & Activating Vermont Communities

Education & Advocacy

Education and advocacy are key to successful efforts to save energy, create renewable generation opportunities and ensure action on climate change. There is real power in people who understand the challenges we face and the opportunities at hand by moving away from expensive, dirty fossil fuels and towards a renewable, sustainable energy economy.

There are many great resources in the state, and around the world, that can assist local efforts in spreading awareness, inspiration and catalyzing engagement in community, state-level and national efforts to chart a homegrown, efficient, renewable energy future.

Initiatives and Programs

VEEP worked closely with teachers from Cabot School to create interactive hands-on projects. Engaging students in an energy literacy program was the goal of the project, so the program focused on having the students fully involved in the learning process. Projects included building solar concentrators, creating CO2 balloons, replacing incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, and weatherizing houses for local farmers. Hands-on projects engaged the students while they learned about more sustainable energy products and approaches.

The VEEP project with Cabot School reduced the school’s annual electricity usage by 10% per year from 2003-2012. More importantly, 10 years worth of Cabot students have had the opportunity to get engaged with energy and take leadership by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy in their communities.

Learn more about this partnership at:

www.veep.org  or
Download the Energy Case Study.

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Resources

350 Vermont

Mission: In the Green Mountain State, we’re uniting a mass movement for bold solutions that both lift up Vermonters and cut down carbon — to be a national and global example for solving the climate crisis. Read more

New England Environmental Fund’s Roots Skills training series

The Grassroots Fund RootSkills Training Series is a series of monthly webinars, in-person trainings, and an annual conference designed by and for grassroots community organizers. These trainings provide skills-building and networking opportunities to community organizers in New England (& beyond!). Read more

Association of VT Conservation Commissions

The Association of Vermont Conservation Commissions is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support Vermont’s conservation commissions and to encourage the establishment of more conservation commissions in the state. Read more

Carbon Tracker Initiative

Carbon Tracker is a not for profit financial think tank aimed at enabling a climate secure global energy market by aligning capital market actions with climate reality. Read more

Catamount Earth Institute

For the past four years, Catamount Earth Institute has partnered with Upper Valley civic groups to offer Northwest Earth Institute discussion series. Catamount Earth Institute is one of about 30 partners of the Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) of Portland Oregon. Read more

Center for Climate Systems Research

A partnership between Columbia University and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Read more

Citizen Works

Citizen Works has launched the Fair Contracts Project, built with a team of law students and lawyer volunteers around the country currently looking at the fine print and harmful consumer provisions in standard form contracts across several industries. Read more

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the international body for assessing
the science related to climate change. Read more

New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association

NHSEA's mission is to strengthen New Hampshire’s economy and conserve natural resources by promoting a transition to clean, efficient, and renewable energy. Read more

New Hampshire Local Energy Solution

Provides guidance and resources to help local energy groups implement successful energy efficiency and renewable energy projects to make their communities more sustainable. Read more

NextGen Climate

Bringing climate change to the forefront of America’s political dialogue Read more

Snelling Center for Government

The Richard A. and Barbara W. Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit (501(c)3) corporation. Established in 1992 in memory of Governor Richard Snelling, the Snelling Center is committed to his vision of government that works for the people of Vermont. Read more

The Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. We are an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit cofounded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus and chief scientist. RMI now has approximately 170 full-time staff, annual operations of $35 million, and a global reach and reputation. In 2014, Carbon War Room merged with and now operates as part of RMI. Read more

U.S. National Climate Assessment - Vermont Conservation Voters

Vermont Conservation Voters works to make environmental protection a top priority for elected officials, candidates, and voters. Read more

Vermont Environmental Consortium

VEC promotes growth and supports economic development in Vermont’s environmental business sector through networking, information sharing and special projects. Read more

Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC)

VNRC has been Vermont’s leader in protecting and restoring our natural resources and communities. By building coalitions, working together, and offering common sense solutions, VNRC has set the standard for an approach to environmental protection that endures. Read more

Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG)

For over 40 years, VPIRG has brought the voice of average Vermont citizens to public policy debates concerning the environment, health care, consumer protection and democracy. Read more

Vermont Sierra Club

Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet. Read more