Public Comments at Vermont Pension Investment Committee Encourage Divestment

Jillian Mayer, Divestment Organizer, 350VT

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Commentary: Regarding Proposed Solar Field on Reclaimed Site

Reclaimed Elizabeth Copper Mine. Site or proposed solar project in Strafford Vermont.

Commentary from Strafford Vermont resident Gigi Garner With regard to the proposed private development of a solar field on the reclaimed Elizabeth Mine site in the towns of Strafford and Thetford Yes, everything has consequences, some intended and some unintended. What are the consequences of not using alternative energy sources? What if we continue to use fossil fuel unabated, to release as much carbon and other pollutants into the atmosphere as we want? What if we don’t recycle because it … [Read more...]

Solar Tour in North Tunbridge Vermont

Catamount Solar project N. Tunbridge VT

Residential solar project - up close and personal Neil and Theresa Fitzgerald's home in North Tunbridge Vermont I stopped at Neil and Theresa's during today's Vermont Solar Tour. They own the home of a late relative of mine. Neil told me that he worked with Efficiency Vermont to upgrade the home's efficiency, lowering their overall energy requirements. The efficiency part of the project is still mid stream, but the success of the updates they've done so far have inspired them to do more. … [Read more...]

How two small Vermont towns are going solar

Chelsea-Tunbridge going solar

Vital Communities helps Chelsea and Tunbridge go solar One community meeting, one school gym at a time  Chelsea and Tunbridge are teaming up with Vital Communities this summer to help these small communities go solar!  Solarize Chelsea-Tunbridge is part of Solarize Upper Valley, a community-supported effort to make solar energy more accessible. Their goal: Double the amount of residential solar in these communities this Summer and Fall. Learn more at our Solarize Launch Event: Sunday, … [Read more...]

Vermont solar installer, Suncommon, Divests 401Ks from Fossil Fuels

It's easy to spot the Suncommon folks on the road!

SunCommon, a Vermont Benefit Corporation, has chosen to divest its 401k portfolio from fossil fuels. The divestment announcement was followed by a staff-wide educational presentation by Maeve McBride of 350VT and Dan Quinlan of Divestor.org. In keeping with SunCommon’s legal charter that directs the company to attend to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit, the 69 employees were offered mutual fund options that support clean energy. At SunCommon, we believe everyone has … [Read more...]