Transitioning to renewable energy in the near term

It’s a new year (Hope it’s happy!), the holidays are over and new opportunities are appearing. Here are a few that caught my attention recently.


An evening with Carolyn Finney

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 5:30-7:30pm

Hilton Garden Inn, 101 Main Street, Burlington

Environmental justice leader Carolyn Finney will speak about getting marginalized voices into the center in our communities and the environmental movement. RSVP and/or get more information here.

Storing carbon in zero-energy buildings

Thursday, January 30, 12-1 pm

Spark Space, Burlington Electric Department, 585 Pine St, Burlington

Heather Theresa Clark, of Biome Studio, will outline methods developers and designers use to achieve carbon-storage and zero-energy goals in new and historic buildings. Learn more and register here.

Other opportunities

Free electric-vehicle chargers

Burlington Electric Department (BED) is offering 15 Juicebox Pro 32 level 2 (240V/32A) electric vehicle (EV) chargers free to owners of multifamily dwelling property. More information and the application form are here.

Vermont Global Warming Solutions Act

A commentable copy of the current, 1/3/2020, version is here. A PowerPoint overview is here.

Doing Our Part: 2020 Plan for Climate Action in Vermont

A coalition of Vermont climate organizations will release a joint climate action plan on January 14. It will be available then on the VNRC website and at, which currently shows the four pillars of the plan.

This scheme of combustion to get power makes me sick to think of – it is so wasteful. We burn up wood and coal, as renters burn up the front fence for fuel. ~ Thomas Edison, 1910

Rick Wackernagel
(He, him or his)
Itinerant climate activist, 802-578-4907
262 South Prospect St Apt 2, Burlington VT 05401