Our next events
Healthy People, Healthy Environment
Tuesday, September 25 at 6:30 pm, Woodstock Town Hall Theater
Sustainable Woodstock, Population Connection, the Sierra Club, and Pentangle Council of the Arts will screen the documentary “Healthy People, Healthy Environment” in Woodstock. A post-film discussion will be led by former UN consultants Betsy Eldredge and Denis Rydjeski.
These impressive short documentaries were recently filmed by the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP). The Wilson Center was chartered by Congress as the living memorial to President Woodrow Wilson; it is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum. The Program is supported by grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the United Nations Population Fund.
ECSP has actively pursued the connections between the environment, health, population, development, conflict, and security. This Program engages an innovative approach to address these concerns, “Integrated Population, Health and Environment. (PHE)”
Three 10 minute documentaries will focus on this approach in Ethiopia, Nepal and Tanzania. They highlight the need for realizing the interconnectedness of the issues we face – even here in the US – and the need for an integrated strategy to address them,
Free and open to the public.
GHG Public Forum
SCVT energy committee is talking about a proposed study of the value of GHG reductions in connection with their previous carbon tax efforts. There will be two public forums on this study, and one of them will be in Woodstock on Sep September 27, 2018.
Public Forums on a Cost and Benefit Analysis of Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Vermont.
The Joint Fiscal Office (JFO) has finalized a contract for independent professional assistance to complete a study of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont, per Act 11 of 2018.
That contract is with Resources for the Future (RFF), an independent, nonprofit research institution whose mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decision making through impartial economic research and policy engagement. RFF has decades of experience delivering solutions to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance a reliable and clean energy system.
Two public forums are scheduled to gain an understanding of Vermonters’ interests and concerns regarding policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont. RFF will use the information from these public forums to help inform their study. The general public is invited to participate in these two public forums. The Forums are scheduled from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and details are as follows:
Wednesday September 26, Room 11,Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT.
Thursday, September 27, Theater room, Billings Farm, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT.
Please RSVP here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XF98YTJ
RFF will examine 4 decarbonization policy approaches and will provide qualitative analysis for other options to reduce carbon. Currently, the plan is to investigate the following policy scenarios:
Carbon fee-and-rebate, as in H.791 or S.284 (2018) – The ESSEX Plan;
Expanding cap-and-trade if Vermont joined the Western Climate Initiative (WCI);
Expanding cap-and-trade if the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) covered transportation fuels as considered in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI); and
A carbon pricing policy based on further research and input from stakeholders.
People attending the forum are asked to address the following questions:
What do you think are two or three things that a study of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont ought to take into consideration, in order to be helpful in answering your questions and in advancing the climate and energy policy dialogue in Vermont?
Starting by considering the policy approaches listed above, which approaches do you think RFF ought to focus on?
RFF will be represented by Marc Hafstead and Wesley Look. They will attend both public forums and will be available to answer questions about the study, as appropriate, during the times outlined above.
For those unable to attend, please feel free to email comments by September 28, 2018 to CarbonComments@leg.state.vt.us.
Please RSVP here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XF98YTJ
Mascoma Vallry Energy & Sustaivability Expo.
Saturday, September 29th, 2018 from 10:00 am till 3:00pm at the Mascoma Valley High School, 27 Royal Road, Canaan, NH
Please join us for some or all of the exciting classes and keynote speaker that we have lined up at this regional educational Expo.
There are three tracks of classes for beginners, intermediate , and advanced levels with 12 different classes to choose from. Topics include: weatherization, high efficiency heating, solar 101, living off grid, batteries and the grid, and more!
A keynote speaker, Henry Herndon from the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA) will talk about “A Tipping Point for the Energy Transition: From Early Adoption to Systemic Transformation.”
FREE, but you need to register! If you register at the website or with the link below we will have a lunch for you! To register or to learn more about the classes visit the website:
Brought to you by the energy committees of Enfield, Canaan, Plainfield, Grantham, Cornish, Lebanon, Sustainable Hanover, Kearsarge, Claremont with help from Vital Communities and NHSEA (New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association). Don’t miss it!!
Round Table: Becoming Aware of Your Carbon Footprint
Oct 3, 2018 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, at
Open Door Integrative Wellness
18 North Main Street White River Junction, VT 05001
Through a mixture of presentation and discussion, participants will gain an appreciation for how each of us as individuals contributes to carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. After gaining some understanding of our individual carbon “footprints,” we will consider approaches and strategies for achieving a smaller carbon footprint.
Andy Friedland is the Richard and Jane Pearl Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. He teaches courses on introductory environmental science, energy and forest ecosystems. His research examines the effects of air pollution and logging on soil carbon and forest health.
“Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: Ratepayer Advocacy after Restructuring”
Thursday, October 4th, 12:15 pm – 1:15 Fahey Hall First Floor Commons (on Tuck Drive, west of Baker Library)
Dartmouth Energy Collaborative Bi-Weekly Lunch features Don Kreis, a consumer advocate for New Hampshire’s residential utility customers. He will discuss the recent restructuring of NH’s electric industry.
UVSC Excom Meeting
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday October 20 at 6:30 pm at the Howe Library in Hanover, NH. All are very welcome to attend!
NPS – 100
2016 was the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service! Along with the national Sierra Club and many Chapters and Groups we have actively participated in Events sponsored by the Park Service in our area. The Boots to Boats initiative continues in 2018, as does the cooperation between our Group and the Park Service.
Here is our own Joan Hoffman, Artist in Residence at the Park!
Here is Karl Kemnitzer with our Upper Valley Group table at the NPS-100 event
Here is Bonna Wieler with our table at the Boots to Boats celebration: