Mark Your Calendars! 1/12/2013 Home Energy Challenge Kick-off Conference and Training

Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN), is launching the Vermont Home Energy Challenge to foster public awareness about energy saving opportunities in the home and to encourage residents to take action – with a target of weatherizing 3% of the homes in your community in 2013.  A “Kick-off Conference and Training” for the Challenge has been scheduled for Saturday, January 12th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Norwich University (Northfield) with registration beginning at 9:00 am.  The purpose of the Kick-off is to bring together all groups that have either signed up or are thinking about signing up for the Challenge to learn how it works and how to effectively participate.   Already 36 Vermont towns have signed up – with a goal of 50 towns by early January.

The day will include both plenary sessions and small workshop break-out sessions.  Agenda items will include: an overview of the Challenge, how to involve and motivate volunteers, how to implement specific turnkey programs such as home energy visits and door-to-door campaigns, and how to work with the media, among other topics.  Community groups are encouraged to bring up to four members of their team.  Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.  There is no charge for attending.

To register for the Challenge and/or to sign-up for the Kick-off Conference, go to Please register for the Kick-off Conference by Thursday, January 10th.  Contact Paul Markowitz at 802 540 7608 or if you have any questions.


Municipal Planning Grants Awarded

Congratulations to these Central Vermont municipalities!

Project Details:

City of Barre ‐ Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw Update

State Funds Awarded: $14,667 Local Match: $3,333

The City of Barre is updating the current zoning bylaw and creating a downtown form‐based code to streamline permitting and implement the goals of the Town Plan.

Town of Cabot ‐ Zoning and/or Subdivision Bylaw
State Funds Awarded: $14,867 Local Match: $3,433

The Town of Cabot is updating the zoning bylaw and subdivision regulations into a single unified development code.

Town of Moretown ‐ Municipal Plan Update
State Funds Awarded: $12,660 Local Match: $2,330:

Moretown is updating the Town Plan to address flood recovery by incorporating strategies for flood resiliency and fluvial erosion hazard protection.

Towns of Warren and Fayston ‐ Municipal Plan Update
State Funds Awarded: $14,000

The Towns of Warren and Fayston are conducting an economic development study for the Mad River Valley to help diversify the workforce and improve the local economy.

Hill Farming in the Mad River Valley

Hill Farming in the Mad River Valley: Past, Present and Future, a public engagement event, takes place on 12/12/12, 6:30 PM at The Round Barn in Waitsfield.

The Mad River Valley Planning District & MRV Rural Resource Commission are currently engaged in the VT Division of Historic Preservation funded MRV Hill Farm Research Project. Consultants Lyssa Papazian and Meg Campbell are researching the MRV’s agricultural history, interviewing residents, and preparing a historical essay and documentary film (to be released Summer 2013).

As a key part of the project, Hill Farming in the Mad River Valley: Past, Present & Future intends to engage those interested in hearing and talking about the history and future farming opportunities in the uplands of the Mad River Valley. Representatives from various statewide and regional agricultural organizations will be in attendance and available for inquiries.

Please come out to the historic Round Barn to explore the MRV’s dynamic farming history and learn about what’s happening today and the opportunities that lie ahead.

The Dec. 12 Hill Farming event has a Facebook Event Page here: