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Solar = Business and Job Opportunities for Vermont
Danielle Laberge has always dreamed of staying and working in Vermont, but after completing her studies in botany and ecology at Vassar College, many told her that she would need to leave her home...
A New Framework for Design and Construction
New Frameworks is a natural design and construction firm with a central mission to help lead the transformation of our state and region into a climate-adaptive, sustainable place. New Frameworks...
Clean Energy Jobs Attract Young Professionals to Vermont
Same Sun employee Jonathon Klos came to Vermont from Michigan to attend Green Mountain College. Instead of returning to Michigan, he stayed to take a job with Same Sun, a Rutland-based solar company...
Wheeled Hand Tools: Carbon Free Tools to Lever, Lift, and Move
Wheeled Hand Tool Systems, Inc. was founded in 1978 to create solutions that reduce human impact on the environment. Recognizing the significant emissions that small engines generate, developer Gerry...
It's More Than a Job
Danielle Bombardier, has found an opportunity for employment and growth in the expansion of renewable energy projects in Vermont. Originally drawn to the work by the potential for advancement,...
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...
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,...
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-...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...