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.
BIG NEWS FROM SERG
After 14 years pioneering energy programs throughout Vermont and New Hampshire as an independent nonprofit organization, SERG has decided to merge into Vital Communities, a longtime partner and nonprofit leader in the Upper Valley. The formal merger will take place at the end of this year.
Vital Communities runs a variety of innovative programs focused on the long-term development of a sustainable and vibrant region. You can learn more at VitalCommunities.org.
SERG and Vital Communities have a long history of successful collaboration on energy efforts. SERG has built a strong legacy developing and implementing model grassroots energy programs. Combined with Vital Communities' institutional capacity and shared mission, we are confident we can accomplish more together than we ever could on our own.
During the coming year, SERG Founder and Executive Director Bob Walker will work directly with Vital Communities as a consultant and mentor to ensure a strong transition. We look forward to continuing and strengthening efforts to move the Upper Valley toward energy independence.
We’re seeking partners and supporters in this exciting transition – make a gift today to support Vital Communities in carrying forward our legacy of inspiring sustainable energy action in the Upper Valley.
SERG Program Highlights!
Modern Wood Pellet Heating Forum
Tuesday, Sep. 15, 2015, 6 – 8:30pm
Montshire Museum, 1 Montshire Rd., Norwich, VT
Modern wood pellet technology provides clean, efficient, renewable, easy, hands-free heating for homes and commercial buildings.
Experts in modern wood heating will discuss:
- Central residential and commercial wood pellet heating technology, including efficiency
- How pellets are processed, delivered, stored and automatically fed to the boiler
- Environmental considerations (sustainable harvesting, short vs. long term carbon release, particulates, etc.)
- Pricing and availability of boilers and pellets
- Economic benefits of wood heat
- Incentives and financing
Participants include: Adam Sherman, Biomass Energy Resource Center, Maura Adams, Northern Forest Center, Charlie Niebling, Innovative Natural Resource Solutions, Scott Nichols, Tarm USA, Morton Bailey, Lyme Green Heat
This forum is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
The forum is sponsored by Lyme Green Heat and Tarm USA
Organizational cosponsors: Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Vital Communities, Efficiency Vermont, Northern Forest Center, Biomass Energy Resource Center, Renewable Energy Vermont, Sierra Club Upper Valley Group, Two Rivers Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission, Alliance for Green Heat.
Marion Cross SERG Support Club
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 2015
2015 has been a busy and productive year! Take a look at what we've been working on!
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!
, SERG Executive Director and Board President
Sustainable Energy Resource Group
432 Ulman Rd., Thetford Center, VT 05075
Erin Sterner, SERG Education and Outreach Assistant
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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