Introducing the NEW SolarFest Workshop Series
TRANSITION TO A GREEN JOB
Federal, state and private industry have action plans that call for investing trillions of dollars in decarbonizing our homes and businesses, building a new, inclusive clean energy economy. Now hear directly from people who have already made the jump and found exciting and profitable opportunities in this clean-tech era as they explain how to get the skills, and the breaks you’ll need to grab incredible opportunities in building science, electric vehicles, heat pumps, solar photovoltaics, storage, wind technology, including planning, design, installation, and service.
We are grateful to these distinguished panelists:
- Moderator – Joanne Coons; TEC-SMART Faculty at Hudson Valley Community College
- Matt Desmarais – Heat Pumps; Energy Catalyst, LLC
- Devon Karpak – Technology Education; Otter Valley Union HS
- Josh Robin – Electric Vehicles; Cornice Technology
- Gwen St.Sauveur – Building Design & Systems; BTF Residential Designs
- Will White – Solar & Storage; Solar Energy International (SEI)
- Tim Yandow – Energy Conservation & Weatherization; Efficiency VT
Clean Energy Career Resources
The historic 1786 Meeting House and SolarFest are co-hosting the best in renewable energy & sustainability.
These free monthly workshops present leading experts offering useful advice on the latest practical, how-to ways to live better, improve comfort and cut costs, all while helping to protect our future.
Sat. February 5th SOLAR ENERGY + STORAGE SHOWCASE 10:00 am – 2:00 pm EST
A fun-filled way to get all the latest information on cutting costs and taking control with clean, safe solar photovoltaics and storage systems for your home. Talk to a wide cross-section of exhibitors and don’t miss the round-table discussion at noon where the leading experts will share the latest information on technology, permits, rebates and finance.
Sat. March 5th GETTING OFF THE GRID 10:00 – 11:30 am EST
Before you “cut the cord” you need to know: conservation, building design, HVAC options, plus the latest on solar, wind and storage systems, including design, controls and finance. There are even ways to efficiently become partially independent from the grid, like starting with your refrigerator & freezer.
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Thank You to these generous experts for sharing their knowledge about how-to affordably make your home more comfortable & healthier especially as heating oil and propane prices continue to skyrocket.
These important discussions include the building science behind thermal gain & loss, moisture control, and indoor air quality and the pros & cons of ground- and air-source heat pumps, domestic hot water, and the latest new technologies.
Presentations from the Virtual SolarFest’21
- Keynote Address: Bill McKibben
- Panel: The Dynamic State of Energy Policy
- Discussion: Missing the Carbon for the Trees: The Role of Forest Carbon Offsets
- Panel: Practical Experience from Solar Installers
- Workshop: Net-Zero Building Options
- Workshop: Overcoming Barriers to Regenerative Farming
- Workshop: Healthy Soils, Healthy Food, Healthy People
- Workshop: Restoring Pollinators in Solar Fields
- Panel: Building a Permanent Home for SolarFest
“The Story of Plastic”
— 2021 Emmy Award Winner —
Congratulations to Film Director Deia Schlosberg, and to all the other writers:
Kyle Cadotte, Tony Hale, Megan Ponder, Brian Wilson & Stiv Wilson,
for winning the 2021 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing: Documentary
…and thanks to all the other performers, presenters & participants for making SolarFest’21 a success!
Greenvest Named “Best for the World” B Corp
Specializing in clean impact investment management, socially responsible investment firm Greenvest has been ranking in the top 5% of all B Corps in their size group worldwide for sustainable business practices. Joining Ben & Jerry’s and Cabot Creamery, Greenvest earned this honor because of customer initiatives: in-depth investment social screening, personal financial planning, complete digital forms processing, comprehensive community investing that supports local organizations, and shareholder activism services such as proxy voting guidance.
“We’re honored and thankful to be recognized after just a year as a B Corp,” said Todd Walker, Founder and Senior Advisor. Get more information at www.greenvest.eco
“Grounded” — New issue of 350VT zine
How Vermonters are cultivation transformative relationships with the land.
“In this issue, you’ll read about a BIPOC community farm, invasive-caterpillar-eating chickens, an Abenaki basket maker’s relationship with the black ash tree, a city that grows food for its seniors, arboreal heat-sickness prevention, and how three artists are imagining racial justice into being, among many other stories.” – Marissa Keller, editor