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Net Zero Montpelier 2030 Design Competition

And the Winner of the $10k Prize is ‘Team Bridges’!

Dan Jones (left) and Deb Sachs present Team Bridges with a $10k check as the winners of the Net-Zero MP 2030 competition. Courtesy images

Dan Jones (left) and Deb Sachs present Team Bridges
with a $10k check as the winners of the Net-Zero MP
2030 competition. Courtesy images

Net Zero Vermont Inc. announced the winning design team for the Montpelier 2030 Design Competition $10K prize is “Team Bridges,” a collaboration of 12 professionals from 10 companies and organizations. The announcement was made at a Statehouse news conference by Net Zero Vermont Co-CEOs Deb Sachs and Dan Jones.

Also speaking at the news conference were Governor Phil Scott, Montpelier Mayor John Hollar, Beth Rusnock for competition sponsor National Life Group, and members of Team Bridges.

After noting his fondness for competitions, Governor Scott added, “The Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition creates a vision of the type of small city I believe will help attract and retain working-age people to Vermont, offer housing, art and open spaces for people of all ages, and grow our local tax base. This project demonstrates that working together – nonprofits, government and business – can inspire a community to develop a positive vision for its future.”

Team Bridges’ spokesperson Michael Rushman of Land Strategies said “From the outset, our teams motto has been ‘More people, fewer cars, better lifestyle.’ We are pleased that so many residents of the Capital Corridor agree, and were looking forward to working with them, the State of Vermont, and other key stakeholders to realize our shared vision.”

Detail of Team Bridges winning competition design for downtown Montpelier. Please click on the map to enlarge it.

Detail of Team Bridges winning competition design for downtown Montpelier. Please click on the map to enlarge it.

The winning design team is the result of a selection process that started in October with votes by more than 650 Montpelier residents, workers, and visitors at a pop-up Main Street gallery and online, along with a review by a technical committee to select five finalists. In January, presentations by the five finalists were followed by a second round of voting with nearly seven hundred ballots and extended comments submitted. The $10,000 winners prize in the Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition is sponsored by NetZero Vermont with seed funding from five sponsors: AllEarth Renewables, Ben & Jerrys, Vermont Creamery, National Life Group, and VSECU.

The details about the competition process, the winning design materials and video of the team presentation are available at http://bit.ly/nz-design.

Team Bridges is a purposeful blend of twelve professionals from ten companies and organizations. Learn more about them at: http://bit.ly/about-Team.

“While this competition started last summer, the whole initiative really began two years ago when the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee helped guide the City Council to declare that our nations smallest capital city would become net-zero in its use of carbon fuels by 2030. While this was a wonderfully ambitious goal, we, as a city, had no idea how to accomplish that. To create a net-zero future, we needed to re-imagine our city in a way to overcome the challenges. In July, we launched the Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition inviting designers and architects to help imagine a desirable future. This is the result of that effort,” noted Dan Jones, a co-Executive Director and Project Manager of Sustainable Montpelier 2030.

For more information about Net Zero Vermont and to view the design team entries, visit www.netzerovt.org.

Green Energy Times has followed the progress since inception. These articles can be seen at http://bit.ly/GET4-2014 (Issue #25) and http://bit.ly/GET4-2015 (Issue #31).

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