Net Zero Energy Podcast


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.



UVM Sustainability | Elizabeth Palchak

Elizabeth Palchak, Director of Sustainability at UVM, joined us to talk about UVM’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through decarbonization, operations, govern and people, and academics. She reports on UVM’s goals on carbon neutrality by 2030 and the recent¬†launch of the Sustainable Solutions Lab to solve the big sustainability questions ahead of us.

Local Motion | Christina Erickson

Christina Erickson, Executive Director with Local Motion, joins us to talk about the 25-year history of the organization, the Bike Ferry and the bridge over the Winooski River, their state-wide advocacy work, advocating for Safe Routes to School Program including a call for more crossing guards, and more.

Potties With Purpose | Thor Retzlaff

Thor Retzlaff of Wasted joins us for a frank and fascinating discussion about how his company’s portable toilet rentals are making the most of human waste. Circular sanitation converts it into fertilizer that is used by local farmers and reduces our carbon footprint.

Plug In America | Ingrid Malmgren

Ingrid Malmgren, Policy Director for Plug In America, joins us this week to talk about the national nonprofit’s efforts to transition us away from fossil fuel-burning vehicles. Ingrid has worked to demonstrate the benefits of EVs to consumers, utilities, public health, the economy, the environment, energy security, and the electric grid.

2030 Districts Network | Dave Low

Dave Low, Executive Director with 2030 Districts Network, shares the story of the creation of this organization and the great work they do in leading the effort to create a new model for
urban sustainability and shared economic growth.

Sleep Well Recycling | Josh Costa

While working at 1-800-Got-Junk, Josh Costa saw tons of mattresses being sent to the landfill and was inspired to start Sleep Well Recycling. Josh’s new business takes apart retired mattresses so they can recycle the component materials and divert 75%-100% of it away from the landfill and over to a recycling center or to McNeil Generating Station.