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Join energy experts Tim Maker, Beth Sachs, Leigh Seddon, and David Blittersdorf on Thursday, July 7, at 6:00 PM at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Middlebury for a practical, clear-eyed look at what the transition to renewable energy may actually entail.

This is the second of five programs organized in conjunction with the Vermont Folklife Center exhibit, Portraits in Action: Pioneers in Renewable Energy, Environmental Conservation, and Land Use Planning.Our Gallery at 88 Main street will have extended hours from 5:00 to 5:45 PM on July 7 in advance of this program.

There is a growing realization among elected officials and the general public that as much as 80 percent of the remaining oil, gas, and coal must be left in the ground in order to head off catastrophic climate change. The implications of this for energy use, renewable energy growth, and a restructuring of our energy systems are vast.

While it is possible to identify the kinds of energy technologies and systems that will take us where we need to go, it is much harder to envision how this will actually play out.

What level of efficiency do we need to achieve and how much renewable energy do we need? Will society at large be able to afford this technological change? Will economically disadvantaged people be left behind? Can we do it fast enough? Will only wealthy nations have the resources to change quickly? Are our political institutions up to the task?

This is a Vermont conversation about a global vision for what technologies are required and how quickly we must adopt them at scale, but it is also a conversation about the barriers that stand in the way of full, rapid adoption.

The Vision & Voice Gallery program is generously underwritten by our season sponsor, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, with additional support from our membership at large.

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Vermont Conservation Voters and Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC) will be co-hosting an environmental debate with all the major gubernatorial candidates in Vermont’s Republican and Democratic primaries.

The issues will range from renewable energy and climate solutions to clean water, toxic chemicals, healthy forests and wildlife, sustainable communities, and more.

5:30-6:30 p.m. - Welcome reception with finger foods and cash bar
6:30-7:30 p.m. - Republican candidate debate
7:30-8:30 p.m. - Democratic candidate debate

Space is limited so register today!

To join the event in Montpelier, register at this link:

Post your questions for the candidates in the comments section below.

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Join this live event from the Montshire Museum Community Room, One Montshire Road, Norwich, VT on Tuesday, June 7, at 6:30 PM

Having a comprehensive energy plan for your home can be a huge value. Learn the best way to invest in the comfort, health, and long-term energy affordability of your buildings and home, now and into retirement.

Presenters will explain the comprehensive energy audit process and how to take the first steps toward a complete and holistic approach to energy efficiency. Then learn how to incorporate solar power (at no upfront cost) and create the energy you need at home. We will also be demonstrating some common diagnostics, including a blower door test, right on site!

The workshop will include an overview of heat pump heating options, as well as the eHome program offered by Green Mountain Power. Financial incentives, including up to $2,500 from Efficiency Vermont, and low-interest financing options will be discussed.

Presenters will include: Neighborworks HEAT Squad, Efficiency VT, Green Mountain Power, Zero Energy Now, certified energy auditor John Birch, and solar installers Norwich Technologies and Solaflect

Questions? Call Jane at 802-797-8611,

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The show's hosts, Todd Tyson and Henry Swayze will be interviewing, by phone, Jim Harbach, a Pennsylvania farmer who is into soil building and carbon sequestration on his 1000 cow dairy farm.

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Carbon Pollution Taxes are being discussed around the world
Tonight they’re being debated in Vermont

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Vermont Public Interest Research Group's Executive Director, Paul Burns and University of Vermont's professor, Jon Erickson will debate the proposed carbon pollution tax with Rob Roper and John McClaughry of the climate-denying Ethan Allen Institute this Thursday.


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I had fun spending some time with +Bernie Sanders in Lebanon NH.
I also recorded the event and share the raw footage here. He got the crowd on their feet a bunch of times... Were YOU there? #feelthebern  
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