After 14 years pioneering energy programs throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, the Upper Valley nonprofit Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) is merging into the White River Junction-based nonprofit Vital Communities.
“SERG and Vital Communities have a long history of successful collaboration on energy efforts,” said SERG Founder and Executive Director Bob Walker. “SERG has built a strong legacy developing and implementing model grassroots energy programs. Combine that with Vital Communities' institutional capacity and shared mission, and we are confident we can accomplish more together than we ever could on our own.”
During its 14 years of service to the Upper Valley, SERG has made a significant impact helping citizens and municipalities address energy issues. Highlights include:
- Establishing and advising the first town energy committees in Vermont and New Hampshire—and building that number to more than 100 in each state today
- Developing the "Button Up" weatherization workshop series that has been presented dozens of times throughout the Upper Valley
- Leading an effort that tripled the number of weatherized homes in Thetford in one year, and helped launch a Vermont Home Energy Challenge to get other towns to do the same
- Creating an online resource library and e-newsletter to help residents in the Upper Valley improve their energy footprints
- Organizing well-attended public forums on everything from heat pumps to electric vehicles
- Receiving the 2014 Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
Vital Communities will continue and expand on SERG’s work in all of these areas. In the coming year, SERG Founder and Executive Director Bob Walker will work directly with Vital Communities Energy Program Manager Sarah Simonds as a consultant and mentor to ensure a smooth transition and strong energy program going forward.
“We’re thrilled to expand our work around renewable energy and energy efficiency by taking on the stewardship of the great resources and programs Bob Walker and SERG have built over more than a decade,” said Vital Communities Executive Director Tom Roberts. “We look forward to continuing these efforts and developing new projects to help move the Upper Valley toward a cleaner energy future.”
More information is available at VitalCommunities.org/Energy.
Vital Communities, a nonprofit organization based in White River Junction, Vt., brings together citizens, organizations, and municipalities to take on issues where an independent voice and regional approach are essential. Working together, we make our region a better place to live, work, and play. Learn more at VitalCommunities.org.