This tour will include a round table discussion at the Vermont Statehouse and visits to National Life in Montpelier, SunCommon in Waterbury, and the Alchemist Brewery in Stowe. Participants at the stops will include current and former legislators, members of the Scott Administration, advocates, and other policy leaders. The visits to National Life, SunCommon, and the Alchemist will provide a great opportunity to see first-hand how some of Vermont's more successful businesses are embracing the Climate Economy.
Vermont’s Energy Plan and Public Policy will be lead by Chris Bray from the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and Jon Copans the Climate Economy Model Communities Program Director.
Panel Discussion on Vermont Policy Innovations: Renewable Energy Standard, Net Metering, Energy Efficiency, Energy Planning
Speakers: Senator Chris Bray; Robert Dostis, Green Mountain Power; Abby White, VEIC; Michael Dworkin
District Heating Plant Tour
Quick Tour of the Montpelier Biomass District Heating Plant
Panel on Climate Action and Planning with State Leaders
Discussion on Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan and State of Vermont Climate Actions
Speakers: Ed McNamara, VT Department of Public Service; Dan Dutcher, VT Agency of Transportation; Dan Edson, VT Department of Buildings and General Services; Peter Walke, VT Agency of Natural Resources
Lunch at National LIfe and a tour of their biomass heating system, solar, and other efficiency improvements
Speaker: Ross Sneyd and Tim Shea, National Life
SunCommon Advocacy Roundtable
Roundtable discussion with Vermont’s climate and energy advocacy community
Speakers: James Moore, Suncommon; Sarah Wolfe, VPIRG; Johanna Miller, Vermont Natural Resources Council
Visit the Alchemist Brewery to sample their product and tour their new state-of-the-art brewery and visitor center facility.
Speaker: Jen Kimmich, Alchemist Brewery