The City of Burlington, Vermont’s goal is to reduce, and eventually eliminate, fossil fuel usage. In this podcast series, Burlington’s Director of Sustainability Jennifer Green and her guests will be sharing ways we can all reduce our energy usage for heating, driving, and everything else we plug in.
Winter is not too far off. Is it ever far off in Vermont? So now is as good a time as any to start preparing. Today, we’re talking weatherization with Tim Perrin, Manager of Energy Efficiency and Innovation at VGS. Like BED, VGS is an Energy Efficiency Utility with their own staff of energy experts dedicated to helping Burlingtonians find ways to save energy and money.
Sophia Donforth, Executive Director at VEEP – Vermont Energy Education Program, talks about their programs that guide K-12 students and teachers in developing a deep understanding of energy efficiency and conservation, renewable energy technologies, and climate change. She also discusses the kits and other classroom materials they make available to Vermont (and NH!) classrooms.
About 90% of people who live in Burlington live within 1,500 steps or a short 15-minute walk of a market. While grocery shopping is a universal task, most people are in the habit of driving to the grocery store. Debra Sachs came by our studio to discuss Walk to Shop, a non-profit program that offers shopping trolleys at cost – or fully subsidized to many Burlingtonians in need.
Burlington Architect Jesse Beck discusses his unique house in Burlington — that his wife calls “the boxcar on stilts” — and how they’re “cutting the pipe” and transitioning it to Net Zero Energy. Jesse also shares his work with the Burlington 2030 District, a private/public partnership working to reduce building energy consumption. Jesse and Jennifer also talk about the City of Burlington Historic Buildings’ Path to Net Zero Energy guide.