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Forward-looking groups partner to create new climate & energy guide

“Our responses to the coronavirus have demonstrated that we can survive, at least for a few months using a lot less fossil fuel than we have before. Like a serious illness survived, the pandemic can help us see what is really important.”
— Steve Maier

ADDISON COUNTY — Now that many local residents recognize the threat of climate change, what can they do about it? How do they navigate constantly emerging technologies or figure out the best way to “go green” on a limited budget?
Two Addison County environmental groups have combined forces to help answer these questions.
The Acorn Energy Co-Op and the Climate Economy Action Center (CEAC) are working together this summer to produce the all-new “Champlain Valley Climate & Energy Guide.”
The guide will cover home and business categories such as electricity, transportation, green building, renewable energy, agriculture, recycling and resourceful living. It will help our communities transition to clean energy, a healthy environment, and resilient ecological and economic systems that support a climate-friendly future.
Listings are available to all organizations and businesses who serve Addison County and whose work aligns with the mission of the guide. There is no charge to be listed. The guide is scheduled to appear online in early August.
To be included, organizations and businesses need to fill out a brief survey form. The form can be found online at https://conta.cc/3ip8TjY.
In addition to the listings, the guide will contain helpful articles.
“Working with our friends at Acorn Energy on this guide is part of CEAC’s mission to support a sustainable local economy as we achieve deep reductions in carbon pollution,” said Steve Maier, chair of the Climate Economy Action Center board. “Our responses to the coronavirus have demonstrated that we can survive, at least for a few months using a lot less fossil fuel than we have before. Like a serious illness survived, the pandemic can help us see what is really important.”
The Acorn Renewable Energy Co-Op fosters greater reliance on affordable renewable energy strategies. Its programs include biomass heat, solar hot water, solar photovoltaic, and community solar electricity initiatives.
“We hope this guide will not only be a ‘go to’ resource as members of the community seek renewable energy and weatherization solutions, but will also suggest new ideas for interacting more effectively with the environment in response to the threats of climate change,” said Rich Carpenter, a member of the Acorn Energy board.
Do you have questions about the guide or how to be included? Send an email to Susan Smiley at [email protected] or call her at (802) 388-6601.

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