FIRST MONDAY MOVIE: EARTH DAYS
December 3, 2012 • The Colatina Exit
Bradford, Vermont • 6:30pm Movie Begins
Come early to order food and drink
It is now all the rage, but can you remember when everyone in America was not “Going Green”? Earth Days
looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era’s pioneers — among them Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, biologist/Population Bomb
author Paul Ehrlich, Whole Earth Catalog founder Stewart Brand, Apollo Nine astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and renewable energy pioneer Hunter Lovins.
BCC’s Energy Committee, chaired by Ed Wendell has been named the “Energy Committee of the Year” by the VT Energy and Climate and Action Network (VECAN)!
BCC’S ENERGY COMMITTEE AWARDED “ENERGY COMMITTEE OF THE YEAR"
Under Ed’s leadership, the Committee sponsored a Solar Hot Water Challenge in 2009 and three consecutive annual LEAFs (Local Energy and Agriculture Festival) in Bradford to promote renewable energy and locally produced foods. In 2010, members of the committee were trained by Jon Haehnel of Zero by Degrees and conducted an energy audit on the Bradford Academy (BA) building and paid for the audit using proceeds from their raffle at LEAF. Energy Efficiency recommendations from that audit, as well as a second mechanical audit funded by Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC), have been institutionalized to the point that the building is now heated using only one boiler, instead of two, at a substantial savings in oil, taxpayer money and CO2
In 2011, funds from TRORC paid for energy audits of the Town Highway Garage and the Bradford Public Library. The Energy Committee applied for and received a grant to replace and increase insulation in the Town Highway Garage, which has resulted in a substantial decrease in heating oil use. Energy audit recommendations have been addressed by the Library board, which is in the process of making that building more energy efficient as well.
In 2012 members of the Energy Committee completed a street light inventory with TRORC staff, and at no cost to the Town, Bradford now has energy efficient LED streetlights thanks to a collaborative effort with Efficiency VT. Bradford’s financial savings amounts to about $350 per month with these new lights.
"What Can We Learn From Germany’s Energy Tansition?"
Thursday, November 29 • Montshire Museum
• 6:30 – 8:30
Free and Open to the Public
Bob Walker, Director Sustainable Energy Resource Group & Margaret Cheney, VT State Representative
Come hear their report on what they learned from their recent renewable energy trip to Germany as guests of the Heinrich Boll Foundation. Learn about the government policies that are rapidly making Germany the world’s leader on renewable energy, and about the role that local energy cooperatives are playing in the robust renewable economy.