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Climate Economy Innovators

Vermont Electrician is Part of the Climate Economy Solution
Nearly 18,000 Vermonters work in fields related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, which is over 4% of Vermont’s workforce. These jobs include electricians installing solar panels, carpenters and technicians insulating homes, and plumbers...
The Right House
Harry Hunt Architects is a Stowe Vermont-based architectural firm that designs modern low carbon homes that stay true to the spirit of Vermont. Projects may include renovations or new construction, commercial or residential, but they all have one...
Innovating and Manufacturing New Solar Technologies - In Vermont!
AllEarth Renewables has developed an award-winning solar tracking system right here in the Green Mountains which produces up to 45% more energy than typical fixed solar systems. Distributed nation-wide through a team of solar installers, more than 3...
Helping Neighbors Reduce Carbon Footprint and Invest in Resilient Community
Front Porch Forum (FPF) is a free community-building platform that now serves every town in Vermont.* This service helps residents communicate with their neighbors, connecting people to their community and each other. In addition to building...
Replacing Mobile Homes in Vermont: Saving Fuel, Saving Money
Many mobile home residents in Vermont are faced with a significant challenge; while their incomes are often low, their energy costs are high. Since 2013, Efficiency Vermont and the VT Housing and Conservation Board have teamed up on a Mobile Home...
Local Publisher with a Global Mission
Green Writers Press (GWP) is a Vermont-based global publisher with a mission to help foster a sustainable environment through the words and the images they publish. Dede Cummings, the founder and managing director/editor of the business, carefully...
Empowering Energy Efficiency, One Loan at a Time
VSECU is a not for profit, cooperative credit union that is committed to finding opportunities within both its operations and its business products to promote environmentally sound choices for its member-owners and its employees. We're proud...
A Different Kind of Fuel Dealer
The Energy Co-op is a 15-year-old full service fuel dealer serving 2,500 members and customers in northwestern and central Vermont. The Co-op delivers heating oil, kerosene, and wood pellets and maintains, replaces and repairs a wide range of...
Food waste used for energy at Blue Spruce Farm
Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vermont is known for the many gallons of milk that its cows produce each year to produce Cabot Cheddar Cheese at a plant located just 9 miles from the farm. However, Blue Spruce also has another claim to fame; in 2006,...
Generating Clean Energy on Underutilized Land
Burlington-based Encore Renewable Energy is a leading integrated clean energy company specializing in commercial, industrial, and community-scale solar PV systems and 21st century solutions for underutilized property. Encore’s projects showcase an...
VT Tech offers “living labs” for climate change solutions
With 100% of their degrees earned through applied, hand-on education, Vermont Tech students learn by doing. This experiential learning is central to the school’s renewable energy and climate change initiatives, allowing students to work hands-on...
Remote Sensors Keep Turbines Running
Wind power nationally is growing at a rate of roughly 30% a year, but it remains a major capital expense. Perhaps more importantly, wind turbine repair and upkeep costs are high and downtime means significant loss on investment. LORD MicroStrain...
Barre Company Develops Power Breakthrough
A key factor in harnessing renewable energy is how efficiently the DC power can be converted to AC power for homes and businesses. A Vermont company, SBE Inc. in Barre, focused on a single component of this process and developed a product that is...
Storage Adds Reliability to Renewable Energy
Vermont's Northern Reliability Inc. (NRI) builds custom energy storage solutions to fit any application. As a result, the Waitsfield based company is making it possible to have reliable electricity available anywhere in the world. NRI’s...
Little spray nozzle produces big benefits
Few of us think about how a better nozzle could reduce the entire spray can industry’s environmental impact. Yet at Bethel’s family-owned Ultramotive Corporation, that’s just what happened. Its patented EarthSafe Air Power System has the potential...
Insulated panels help reduce energy use
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) make up one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient construction methods in the residential and light commercial building industry today. Essentially, these are panels that sandwich a hard skin on either side of...
Lowering the price on large scale solar
Nathaniel Vandal is the co-founder of Green Peak Solar, a Waitsfield, Vermont-based company focusing on developing large-scale solar energy systems for utilities, towns, school districts, and businesses in the Green Mountain State. Founded in 2012,...
Cutting fossil fuel use with compost heat
Enosburg Falls, VT - Most people know about composting—the natural recycling process that converts food scraps, leaves, and manures into soil building compost and mulch. What is less known is that this decomposition process also generates a...
Energy innovation + preservation = downtown revitalization
Stevens & Associates, P.C., an architectural and engineering firm, has a passion for walkable environments and mixed use buildings. Their work focuses on urban revitalization and the repurposing of existing historic buildings. By creating...
Biking innovations drive this nonprofit
VBike is a nonprofit organization dedicated to shifting the bike culture in Vermont towards a more inclusive, fun, and transportation-oriented future. By promoting exciting innovations like electric-assist technology and cargo bikes, VBike is...
Craftsbury Outdoor Center finds innovative heating solution for net-zero lodge
Tucked behind a secluded lake in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is an outdoor-lovers’ dream that offers year round recreation opportunities including Nordic skiing, running, mountain biking, and sculling. Family events...
Cutting carbon one board at a time
ShackletonThomas is a Bridgewater, Vermont based company that specializes in making fine handmade furniture, pottery and accessories. For the past 25 years, ShackletonThomas has made a commitment to help curb the effects of climate change. The...
SunCommon saves Vermonters $$ by repowering
As a former medic, police officer, non-profit manager, legislative director and values-led business executive - Duane Peterson has always been dedicated to organizing people to take meaningful action towards positive change. Duane demonstrates this...
Stewardship pays off for Butternut Mountain Farm
In the over 40 years they’ve been in business, Butternut Mountain has built a reputation as a leader in Vermont’s maple industry. The company is also taking the lead in other ways – demonstrating that including environmental stewardship in their...
Landfill methane powers WEC’s generators
For ten years now, Washington Electric Co-op has been generating power from the stuff that Vermonters throw away. Their system channels methane gas from deep within the Coventry landfill to fuel the five Caterpillar engines that produce enough...