Welcome to SERG 

SERG, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002, helps Vermont and New Hampshire homeowners and towns use less energy save money and protect the environment through education, outreach and community organizing.

We help form, consult with and offer support to Town Energy Committees and educate homeowners throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.

SERG Program Highlights!

Did you see something here in the past that you'd like to look at again?  Many of the resources and information from previous Events and Workshops gets moved to our Events and Workshops page under "Selected Past Events and Workshops" after the event or workshop is over.  If you still can't find something please contact us at info@serg-info.org and we'll help you locate it.  

2015 Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable

8th Annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable
Tuesday, April 28, 5:00pm

Montshire Museum, Norwich VT

This year’s annual Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable will take place Tuesday, April 28th, at the Montshire Museum in Norwich, VT. The change of location this year is due to the growing interest in and attendance at this great event.  Over 90 people have signed up to attend this year already!

The Roundtable assists Upper Valley energy committees in carrying out their work by sharing information and providing networking opportunities, and to help those interested in forming new energy committees. If you have not participated before and are interested in attending, please contact SERG@serg-info.org or 802-785-4126.

Below are some materials you might find helpful as we get ready to meet!

Heat Pump Workshop

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Time: 6:00pm Food/Socializing; 6:30-8:00pm Workshop
Place: Montshire Museum, Norwich
More info: Bob Walker, 802-785-4126 or email
 
Do Cold Climate Heat Pumps Make Sense for You?
Cold climate heat pumps have rapidly emerged as a promising technology for Vermont.  Learn about heat pump options for both hot water and space heating to see if they make sense for your home.  
 
The workshop will cover: 
  • Latest in heat pump technologies
  • Economics of using heat pumps vs. other fuels
  • Results from Vermont homeowners
  • Resources to help you

The workshop will be led by Jake Marin, HVAC Program Manager with Efficiency Vermont. Heat pump distributors will be on-site to share information. The workshop is co-sponsored by Efficiency Vermont in partnership with Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Sierra Club of the Upper Valley, Two-Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Vital Communities and Donella Meadows Institute. 

Marion Cross SERG Support Club

MCSSC Photo

Five enterprising and concerned 4th-grade students (left to right: Maks Kealey, Mack Levy, Jackson Watts, Simon Phipps, and Stella Galanes) from the Marion Cross School in Norwich, VT have taken it upon themselves to fight climate change by raising support for and informing the community about SERG. 

Some of the students activities include drawing comics, creating video commercials, writing a grant to get a soccer ball that illuminates a lamp after kids play soccer with it for awhile, designing posters, and collecting money from other students, at Dartmouth games and at their parents’ workplaces. They even got one of their parents to kick in a matching grant for what the students raise.  As of December 19, 2014 the students have raised $253.76. 

Marion Cross principal Bill Hammond informed SERG director, Bob Walker, about the project and invited him to meet with the students in early December. Bob was “blown away” by the students’ enthusiasm, creativity and concern for the planet. 

Check out their work: 

Energy Issues in Existing Homes: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know

More workshops are coming up and we have expanded our accreditation to include Vermont and New Hampshire!  Contact us for a schedule and view our Events and Workshop page for more information about the class.

Our Work in 2014

2014 has been a busy and productive year for SERG but our work is not done yet!  Our fiscal year ended in August so we are taking a moment to plan and reflect.  Take a look at what we have planned so far for 2015 in our 2015 SERG Project List below (pdf version) and reflect on what SERG has accomplished in 2014 with our 2014 Annual Report (pdf version).

 

Community Renewable Energy Projects – SERG will assist Thetford with its community solar project and work with Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Law School Energy Clinic to develop templates and guides that will help other towns develop successful community renewable projects.

Heat Pump Workshops – SERG will work with Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power to develop a workshop to teach homeowners about the energy, financial and environmental benefits of air source heat pumps and heat pump water heaters and then take the workshop to towns throughout Vermont. We will also work with the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) and Liberty Utilities to replicate this effort in New Hampshire.

PACE Workshops – SERG will work with Efficiency Vermont to develop and deliver a promotional campaign and workshops about PACE financing and the various measures it can help fund to selected towns throughout the Upper Valley. This effort will be used as a template to promote PACE and the various programs it supports throughout the rest of Vermont.

Energy Class for Real Estate Professionals – SERG will work with Efficiency Vermont, Lakes Region Community College and the Realtor associations in Vermont and New Hampshire to teach a class we developed educating real estate professionals about energy issues in existing homes.

Energy Committees – SERG will continue to help form new town energy committees in Vermont and New Hampshire, and provide information, programs and networking services to new and existing town energy committees throughout the both states.

Public Education – SERG will continue to educate and inform the general public about energy-saving and renewable energy initiatives and opportunities by distributing regular email updates to our list of more than 2,400 Vermont and New Hampshire residents, publishing letters and articles and organizing free public workshops and forums. Those wishing to be placed on our list to receive free electronic updates should send their name, address, and phone number to SERG@serg-info.org. We do not sell or distribute our list.

SERG Annual Appeal

Once a year SERG asks you to support our efforts to fight the effects of rising energy costs and increased health and environmental damage.  More than a third of SERG's support comes from individual donors.  Please make a generous tax-deductible contribution today!

DONATE NOW

Contact SERG

Bob Walker
, SERG Executive Director and Board President
Sustainable Energy Resource Group
432 Ulman Rd., Thetford Center, VT 05075
802-785-4126
SERG@serg-info.org

Erin Sterner, SERG Education and Outreach Assistant
603-632-3929
esterner@serg-info.org

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SERG Board Members:

  • Clifton Below - former NH state senator and Public Utilities Commissioner
  • Jeff Bernstein - President and Managing Director of BCK Law, P.C.
  • Alan Berolzheimer - SERG Secretary/Treasurer, Historian, Editor and Chair of Norwich Energy Committee
  • Buff McLaughry - Chief Operating Officer of Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate
  • Bob Walker - SERG Founder, President and Executive Director
  • Dori Wolfe –  owner Wolfe Energy consulting, chair of Strafford Energy Committee