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.



Burlington Architect Jesse Beck

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.

Passive House – Arthur Chukhman

Arthur Chukhman specializes in Passive House which is a standard for constructing homes with ultra-low energy use for heating and cooling. Arthur built and lives in Burlington’s first passive house located in the Old North End. Even if this level of efficiency isn’t possible for you, there are so many individual ideas and strategies we can take away from the standard and apply to our own homes.

Mobility in Burlington – Jill Allen

Old Spokes Home’s Transportation Equity Coalition works to address the biggest transportation equity challenges in our city. Transportation is one of the main pillars of our transition away from fossil fuels and getting everybody on board regardless of income level is essential. So today, we’re talking with Jill Allen of the Old Spokes Home Transportation Equity Coalition about the group’s efforts and her experiences.

Drive Electric Vermont – Dave Roberts

Electric Vehicles are becoming more and more mainstream all the time. Though there are many advantages to driving electric – like lower fuel and maintenance costs – there are still some legitimate concerns. Today, I’m talking with David Roberts from Drive Electric Vermont about the state of EV technology and his own experiences with EVs.

Bethany Whitaker – What is Multimodal Transportation?

When we talk about transportation, it’s more than just electric vehicles. These days, especially in Burlington, we can get around more and more while without burning fossil fuels. I spoke with Bethany Whitaker, a member of the Burlington Electric Commission, who has thought a lot about vehicle use around the country. We talked about planning for Net Zero Energy future, her newfound love of e-bikes, and the concept of multi-modal transit. Don’t worry, she explains what that means.

Gabrielle Stebbins – Electric Bikes

Two of the big pillars of our Net Zero Energy goal are transportation and heating. Today’s guest, Gabrielle Stebbins, has taken both of these to heart and was eager to share her experiences – both the pros and the cons – with her electric bike and heat pump. Gabrielle is the chair of the Board of Electric Commissioners here at Burlington Electric Department. We also talked about her work on the board and her vision for a Net Zero Energy future.