Special clean energy events coming up

Find out about clean energy investment this Saturday, March 27th
Investing in energy efficiency and renewable energy is not just the right thing to do for the environment, it’s also a smart investment. So why aren’t more Vermonters greening their homes? One of the big reasons it can be hard for Vermonters to install renewables and save money over the long haul is finding the upfront money you need to make these smart investments can be tough.
Under a recently adopted law by the Vermont legislature, municipalities can implement Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) provisions that allow building owners to pay for these investments through a line item on their property tax bills.
This Saturday, March 27th from 8:30am-3:30pm at the Chase Center at the Vermont Law School in South Royalton a coalition of groups will be holding an exciting meeting to spread the word about how Vermont communities can make this new funding a reality.
The purpose of this gathering is to help Vermonters gain a better understanding of PACE and how to implement it at the community level, to share knowledge on first steps for adopting PACE in their towns and to help understand resources available to communities to implement PACE. The event will provide an important opportunity for local officials, town energy committee leaders and others to learn how this program could help participating homeowners finance and advance renewable energy and efficiency projects.
Thanks in large part to the generous support of the High Meadows Fund and the Vermont Law School the cost of the day (including lunch) is free of charge.
Please RSVP to Johanna Miller at 802-223-2328 ext. 112 or email jmiller@vnrc.org.
DIRECTIONS: http://www.vermontlaw.edu/Map_and_Directions.htm
See Dr. Helen Caldicott speak on the dangers of nuclear power
Dr. Helen Caldicott is one of the most articulate and passionate advocates of citizen action to remedy the nuclear and environmental crises of our time. She has devoted the last 38 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the hazards of the nuclear age and the changes necessary in human behavior to stop environmental destruction.
Co-founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Dr Caldicott has received many prizes and awards for her work, 20 honorary doctoral degrees, and was personally nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Linus Pauling – himself a Nobel Laureate. The Smithsonian Institute has named Dr Caldicott as one of the most influential women of the 20th Century.
Dr. Caldicott’s visit to Vermont is timely as our state grapples with the health and environmental impacts of tritium leaks at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.
Dr. Caldicott’s tour in Vermont includes three free public speaking events.
• Monday, March 29th, 6:00 pm, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, off Rte. 15, Colchester (Contact: Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice, 802-654-2205). • Tuesday, March 30th, 7:00 pm, Big Picture Theater, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield (Contact: Green Mountain Global Forum, gmgf.org or 802-496-4566). • Wednesday, March 31st, 4:30 pm, Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium, Dartmouth College (Contact: Sierra Club, 802- 885-4826).
“When I heard Dr. Caldicott speak, in Ira Allen Chapel years ago, you could hear a pin drop in the crowded auditorium. Her message is as compelling and relevant now as it was then. I was left with the realization that it is up to us to prevent the unthinkable: nuclear disaster whether from war or power plant. This trumps all for the survival of our planet.” – Deb Van Dyke, NP, of Green Mountain Global Forum and Doctor’s Without Borders
Dr. Caldicott’s Vermont tour is supported by Green Mountain Global Forum; VNRC; VPIRG; Edmundite Center for Peace and Justice at St. Michael’s College; Sierra Club; and Big Picture Theater.