Resources & Links

SERG is helping to promote energy efficiency cold climate heat pumps for space and water heating.  Thanks to Jake Marin (, 888-921-5990 ext. 7700) Efficiency Vermont's "heat pump guy" who presented before 200 interested homeowners at our May 6, 2015 workshop. Here are are resources from the workshop:

Window Weatherization - Tips and resources for tightening up existing windows.  

  • Vermont Energy and Climate Action NetworkVECAN is a network of statewide Vermont organizations helping communities across the Green Mountain State to reduce energy costs and climate impacts through conservation, increased energy efficiency and conversion to renewable energy sources. 
  • New Hampshire Local Energy CommitteeA project created to provide a gateway to information and resources that promote local energy solutions. It is intended to empower NH's folks on energy committees, in municipalities and schools, and in their businesses and homes to tackle the complexities of reducing our reliance on fossil fuel energy.
  • Massachusettes Climate Action Network: The Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) is a statewide organization that coordinates the work of locally organized groups across Massachusetts fighting the climate crisis.
  • The Energy Coalition: The mission of The Energy Coalition is to mobilize, educate, inform and empower communities to change the way they use and think about energy.
  • Community Hydro: Lori Barg, President: Community Hydro LLC 113 Bartlett Road Plainfield, Vermont 05667, Phone: 802-454-1874,

  • Pat Parenteau's March 24th, 2012 Dirty Energy Forum Powerpoint Presentation on Fracking:
  • Cornell University Global Labor Institute Report: "Pipe Dreams? Jobs Gained, Jobs Lost by the Construction of Keystone XL" (pdf)
  • Ted Talk: "Garth Lenz: The True Cost of Oil"  What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat. 
  • 2011 MIT report: “The Future of Natural Gas: Low Cost Emission Cuts”.  The study does not reflect the latest evidence about the more limited amounts of recoverable gas or the methane release, groundwater contamination and earthquake problems, but it does make some useful recommendations about the need to more thoroughly understand the nature of the process and find ways of mitigating potential risks and harms. 
  • U Texas Austin study: “Separating Fact from Fiction in Shale Gas Development” takes a pro-industry look at the issues and reaches some questionable conclusions about the connection between groundwater contamination and fracking however it does acknowledge there are risks and unknowns and offers some sensible recommendations:
  • Secretary of Energy’s “blue ribbon” committee report on fracking:  “Safety of Shale Gas Development”.  The recommendations have been criticized by the environmental community (even though there were some environmentalists on the committee) but there are at least some worthwhile ideas that deserve follow up.
  • Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air by David MacKay a physicist from Cambridge.  The pdf is available online for free and can also be bought as a book.
    • Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air lecture by David MacKay, Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change and Professor of Physics at Cambridge University.  MacKay addressed energy issues at a macro and micro scale with the Harvard University community and beyond.
  • Lecture by Nate Lewis a George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at Caltech: “Where in the World Will Our Energy Come From?”  Where in the world will our energy come from? What would it take for the world to get away from fossil fuels and switch over to renewable energy? It takes more than willingness to buy a Prius or to install solar panels on your roof. If we want to use wind, solar thermal, solar electric, biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal energy it will take a lot of planning, and willingness on the part of governments and industry. It takes R&D investment, a favorable price per unit of energy to get anyone to produce alternative energy, and plenty of resources to create those energy sources.

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