Kick-off Conference and Training for Home Energy Challenge

Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN), is launching the Vermont Home Energy Challenge to foster public awareness about energy saving opportunities in the home and to encourage residents to take action – with a target of weatherizing 3% of the homes in your community in 2013.  The “Kick-off Conference and Training” takes place on Saturday, January 12th from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Norwich University (Northfield) with registration beginning at 9:00 am.  

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Vermont Home Energy Challenge

Kick-Off Conference and Training

Saturday, January 12, 2013    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

(Registration begins at 9:00 am)

Norwich University – Milano Ballroom


  • Provide information on the scope and details of the Challenge
  • Provide guidance on how Vermont communities can effectively participate in the Vermont Home Energy Challenge
  • Provide a framework for participating to communities to come together and share successful approaches



9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast

–          Visit with informational tables

10:00     Welcome

–          Introductory remarks

–          Agenda overview

10:15     Opening Remarks

–          Creative Climate Activist Kathy Blume

10:45     Vermont Home Energy Challenge (Paul Markowitz, Efficiency Vermont)

–          Overview and goals

–          Scope and timeline

–          Tracking progress, website

–          Support for participating communities

–          Home Performance with ENERGY STAR incentives

–          Highlight of workshop topics — An overview of the keys to success

–          Q&A

12:15     Lunch

12:45     Workshop Topics

–          Community Engagement Strategies: An overview of specific approaches to engage community members, including home energy visits, door-to-door campaigns, phone-a-thons, and house parties  (Paul Markowitz, Efficiency Vermont)

–          Targeting Warm Leads:  Identifying and motivating community members that are most likely to act (Bob Walker, SERG)

–          Working with Contractors:  Exploring opportunities for communities to partner with local Home Performance contractors to promote comprehensive home efficiency improvements (Jonathan Dancing, Evergreen Construction; Malcolm Gray, Montpelier Construction)

–          Working with the Media and Using Social Media: Tips for working with local media and using social media (e.g. Facebook). to reach out to community members  (Kelly Lucci, Alison Emerson, Efficiency Vermont; Keil Corey, Vermont Natural Resources Council/VECAN)

2:00        Regional Break-Out Session (hosted by regional coordinators)

–          Meet with other towns in your region that are participating

–          Explore opportunities for cooperation and implementing effective strategies

2:45        Closing Remarks

3:00        Adjourn


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