Button Up Day of Action is Coming – November 12th

Button Up Vermont of Action is coming on November 12th and we are hoping you will participate.  Button Up Vermont is a multi-media awareness campaign culminating in a statewide day of action where neighbors help neighbors prepare their homes for winter, and save energy. Throughout the campaign, Vermonters are encouraged to do things large and small to save energy and live more sustainably. Specifically, they are encouraged to generate custom Button Up check-lists online, complete their energy-saving tasks throughout the campaign, send photos of completed tasks or check-lists, and participate in a community event on November 12. We’re also alerting retail partners and inviting them to participate by stocking weatherization products, lighting, and other efficient products.

How can Efficiency Vermont support you?

Efficiency Vermont is prepared to support your efforts in a number of ways. First, we have a number of educational materials and resources available for you to complement your Button Up efforts. We can provide hard copies of Button Up checklists,  Button Up poster, and Button Up business cards.   We have also developed a Guide to Community Energy Engagement Activities that includes step-by-step guides for how to organize the following: home energy parties, phone-a-thons, workshops, home energy visits, door-to-door campaigns, and partnerships with contractors.

What is your role?

As community partners we need your help in spreading the word and engaging your neighbors.   We are seeking your help in engaging residents in your community – whether it is through setting up a table at Election Day or holding a Button Up workshop or one of the other myriad of ways that you have selected to do so.   At a minimum, we are asking town energy committees and other local energy groups to:

  • Visit the Button Up Vermont website and post your event. Please ask your neighbors to visit the site as well to build a Button Up checklist, complete a task, and submit a photo—and be entered into a raffle to win prizes.
  • Visit the Button Up Facebook page. Like and share it; say you’re going to attend the event on Facebook; and invite friends to like the page and attend the event on Facebook.
  • Community Energy Dashboard: After you have built your check-list, completed the tasks, and submitted a photo on the Button Up website, add your action to the Community Energy Dashboard.

Statewide partners include: Efficiency Vermont, Capstone Community Action, Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, Energy Action Network, Green Mountain Power, and Burlington Electric, and Vermont Energy Education Program.   If you have questions or are interested in support from Efficiency Vermont around Button Up Vermont, please contact Kathleen Brown at kbrown@veic.org  (888 921 5990 x7740).

TOWN OF EAST MONTPELIER – Road Foreman Position

The Town of East Montpelier is seeking qualified applicants for its Road Foreman position. This is a full-time position. The road foreman performs and supervises road maintenance operations year-round. The person filling this position must be available to work nights, weekends and holidays through the winter and in any emergency, with a reasonably short commute time. The foreman is responsible for safety compliance, work plan development, road & culvert inventories, and budget management to ensure a high level of maintenance for town roads and properties.

Requirements: Vermont CDL with medical certification required by the end of the six month probation & training period; good driving record; knowledge of highway heavy equipment; willingness and physical capacity to work long hours; ability to maintain road maintenance & equipment logs; possess mechanical abilities, good communication skills, and basic computer skills.  If offered the position, candidate must comply with the town’s CDL drug/alcohol policy and any testing requirements. Pay is commensurate with knowledge and experience. There is a generous benefit package.

For more information, including a job description, contact Bruce Johnson ((802) 223-3313 x 204; eastmontadmin@comcast.net) or visit: http://eastmontpeliervt.org/east-montpelier-seeking-road-foreman/.

For consideration, submit a cover letter, resume detailing work history, and three references by 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 4, 2016 to:

Town of East Montpelier

Attn: Bruce Johnson

PO Box 157

East Montpelier, VT  05651.

East Montpelier is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

MRV Moves Final Plan Presentation

The final MRV Moves Active Transportation Plan will be presented to the community on October 20th, 7 PM, at the Waitsfield School.

For the last year, the Mad River Valley Planning District has led an effort to articulate a unified, multi-town, watershed-wide vision for recreational trails and non-motorized transportation facilities, identify how they integrate with economic development, enhance visitor experiences, enhance residents’ quality of life, and improve transportation choices. After analyzing the MRV’s current conditions and environmental constraints, updating trail counts, creating economic impact projections, undertaking a community survey, attending a series of community events, holding two public workshops, and convening numerous stakeholder and Advisory Committee meetings…the team has arrived at a final plan for active transportation in the Mad River Valley.

The MRV Moves Active Transportation Plan envisions a consistent, cohesive and connected regional system of trails, roads and sidewalks that provide a range of transportation options and recreational experiences for diverse user groups in the MRV, all while connecting users to the natural landscape and respecting the resources that make the Valley so special.

Come hear about the final plan, the findings, and the recommendations for implementation on Thursday, October 20, 7 PM, at the Waitsfield School Gymnasium. The presentation will take place as part of the monthly Mad River Valley Planning District Steering Committee Meeting. Don’t miss it and tell all your friends!

The project has been led by MRVPD and funded in partnership by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) Strong Communities, Better Connections Program, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD), Towns of Fayston, Moretown, Warren, & Waitsfield, the Mad River Valley Rotary Club and the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce. More info at www.mrvmoves.org. See below for flyer.