Connecting & Activating Vermont Communities

VECAN Winter Webinar Series

VECAN Winter Webinar: Heat Pumps

Want to support your community in learning more about heat pumps and their home’s heating and cooling needs? On Wednesday January 31st at Noon Efficiency Vermont experts will review the different types of heat pumps available and what homeowners should consider when upgrading to a heat pump. We will also share resources for promoting and discussing heat pumps in your community. 

The two speakers will be:

Michelle McCutcheon-Schour, Efficiency Vermont, Community Engagement Manager

Nate Gunesch, Efficiency Vermont, Engineering Consultant

Register HERE!

VECAN Winter Webinar: Vermont Energy Education Program Community Workshops

How much carbon dioxide do our vehicles actually emit? Is insulation or air sealing more effective weatherization? How does electrifying our homes help fight climate change? How does our electric grid work, anyway? On Wednesday February 14th at Noon the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) has hands-on workshops to help you answer these questions and more. Come learn from VEEP Executive Director Sophia Donforth about our new community workshops and how VEEP is partnering with local efforts to weatherize, electrify and clean up VT’s transportation. We’ll give you a preview of what’s covered in our workshops, talk about the growing number of resources to help folks make change locally, and answer your questions about how to schedule one of these events in your community. For a successful transition to clean energy, we need to help all Vermonters understand how climate solutions work and why they are important. Join us, and help spread the word! Register HERE

VECAN Winter Webinar:  WindowDressers: A Low Cost Weatherization Option

On Wednesday February 28th at Noon learn about the non-profit that brings community volunteers of all socio-economic situations together to improve the warmth and comfort of interior spaces while lowering heating costs and reducing CO2 emissions.  This webinar will share the history of this small but mighty organization as well as the impact and success its efforts have had by hearing about specific projects from the local energy leaders who led them.  We will hear from Allison Pouliot, WindowDressers Program Manager from Vermont as well as Local Coordinators from Communities in Vermont. REGISTER HERE!

VECAN Winter Webinar: How to Develop a Thermal Energy Network 

Several Vermont energy committees are exploring how they can bring Thermal Energy Networks to their towns, using geothermal and waste heat to provide clean heating and cooling.  This webinar on Wednesday March 13th at Noon shares the experiences and approaches of Vermonters already working to develop Thermal Energy Networks. We’ll hear how energy committees and others are taking steps to bring this solution to their communities, showing how it can be applied in a variety of ways and provide multiple local benefits.  We’ll also introduce a new toolkit from Energy Action Network’s TENs Team: How to Develop a Thermal Energy Network. This resource can help you get started, then walk you through selecting a site, considering ownership models, understanding current financing opportunities, and using best practices for a Thermal Energy Network project.  Please join VECAN, Vermont Community Thermal Networks, and Energy Action Network for this “how to” session of practical info on Thermal Energy Networks. REGISTER HERE