Meet the 'Frequent Fliers' of Vermont's Nonprofit Boards

The executive directors who run Vermont's nonprofits are paid for their efforts.

The people who hire and fire them, however, are mostly volunteers. No database can calculate the value of the board members who function as organizational overseers of Vermont's nonprofit sector.

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WIT Talks - Why Green Business is Guaranteed to be Your Future (and Mine)

September 27th, 2017

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James Howard Kunstler interviews David Blittersdorf

David Blittersdorf’s passion for renewable energy and earth-friendly technology started early. He built his first wind turbine at age 14 to light up the small shack where he boiled sap into maple syrup. After he got his driver’s license in 1973, the year of the OPEC oil embargo, he vowed to help the U.S. transition away from dependence on fossil fuels.

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David Blittersdorf Re-Elected to VMEC Board

The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) has announced the results of its December 5, 2017, annual election of VMEC Advisory Board members. David Blittersdorf, CEO/ Founder, All Earth Renewables (Williston) was unanimously re-elected to an additional two-year term. Tommy Harmon, CEO/ Owner, Sonnax Industries (Bellows Falls), Ben Riehl, President & CEO, GW Plastics (Bethel), and Ed Townley, President and CEO, Agri-Mark / Cabot Creamery (Waitsfield) were also unanimously re-elected to additional two-year terms.

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Getting to Net Zero Communities

In 2014, Montpelier set a goal …to be Net Zero by 2030! A goal that needs vision. So, Net Zero Vermont asked me to sponsor a sustainable community design competition. The competition drew community planners, architects, and energy specialists from around the world to imagine how Vermont's capital city, Montpelier, could transition to net zero energy by 2030. Included in the requirements were sustainable growth, transportation, and public spaces. This competition, which imagines a future  of energy independence and community spaces,  is a great beginning to addressing our future.

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UVM Alumni Association, UVM Foundation honor outstanding graduates, philanthropists

The University of Vermont Alumni Association and UVM Foundation honored outstanding graduates and faculty at its annual Alumni Weekend celebration on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The “Celebrating Excellence” event featured remarks by UVM president Tom Sullivan, with award citations presented by Alumni Association President Penrose Jackson ’70 and UVM Foundation President and CEO Richard Bundy, to the following honorees:

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Vermont Folklife Center - Portraits in Action

"We need widespread energy education and civic leadership to prepare for a low- carbon energy future. We live during an amazing time in human history, but our society is completely dependent on fossil fuels, and personal energy consumption is the highest it has ever been. It’s easy to forget we live in a finite world with limits to growth–every aspect of our civilization has been structured as though the resources at our disposal are infinite, and this is heartbreakingly unrealistic.

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David Blittersdorf’s View from the Top

Running the Numbers: A Call for Energy Literacy

Energy is the defining issue of our time, and numbers and data form the backbone of discussions about energy. The problem with this is that there are serious flaws with energy literacy in America. Mathematics and statistics are often misunderstood, and can be easily twisted to suit specific agendas. We also lack the education in rhetoric and logic that is necessary to interpret information accurately. Quite often we get stuck considering the species and size of various trees, and we miss looking at the forest: the big picture of how our energy use has changed dramatically over the past hundred years, and will continue to change over the century to come.

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