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Thetford Elementary School Excels at Waste Reduction

by Roger Lohr

Thetford Elementary School (TES) in Thetford, VT received a 93% for recycling and composting efforts by representatives of the Natural Resource Recovery Association who assessed systems at the school to reduce waste. On a visit to the school, arranged by the TES Composting and Recycling Committee I saw the school’s efforts in […]

New Consortium Will Make VT a Global Center of Food Systems Education

Higher Ed Institutions Agree “Vermont is our Campus”

Vermont has taken a giant step towards becoming a global center for food systems education. The leaders of six of Vermont’s higher education institutions signed a groundbreaking agreement to create a premier destination for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree students who want to learn how to […]

Turning Urine into Liquid Gold

Fertilizer from Urine Means Clean Rivers, Sustainable Farms

By Abraham Noe-Hays

What if a polluting waste from your body could be transformed into a resource that benefited the environment? In what could be called “extreme recycling,” 170 people in and around Brattleboro, Vermont donated 3,000 gallons of their own urine to be reused this year […]

Why Local and Certified Organic?

By David L. Rogers, Policy Advisor Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont)

Some time ago I held a food system workshop that examined food choice and personal values. I asked attendees to list what they thought were the most important attributes of a sustainable and ethical food system. Here is what we came […]

Laughing in the face of fear … A Day in Vermont is Born

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[Last Light on Haystack, by Peter Huntoon]

On November 7, 2013, Peter Huntoon wrote:

It gets dark early now.

Wild animals are on the move.

So are we, as we walk just a little bit faster to the car […]

Emerging Frontiers in Bioenergy

By Sarah Galbraith

The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative has contracted with Wilson Engineering Services, PC in Pennsylvania to conduct a State of the Science Review of Grass Energy in Vermont and the Northeast. The team was hired to evaluate the current research and understanding of growing and combusting grass for thermal energy in the northeastern United […]

Interior Window Storms, Panels and Quilts

Window with insert by Window Improvement Masters.

By Bob Walker

You can decrease heat loss through your windows by installing window storms, panels or quilts inside. It is important to make sure all of these fit tightly to the window jambs or trim to prevent warm moist house air from getting behind and […]

Passive House: Capturing Energy and Imagination, Part 2

By Ken Levenson, AIA

Continued from the October issue of Green Energy Times

The Passive House Methodology: Optimize what is already required to be built. In roughly five parts:

Part One: Use the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP)[1] to optimize all efforts. The PHPP energy model has been optimized based on continual research and data […]

Cooling Your Food with Energy Efficiency

The energy efficiency of refrigerators and freezers has improved dramatically over the past three decades. A typical new refrigerator with automatic defrost and a top-mounted freezer uses about half the energy used by a typical 1990 refrigerator. So if your refrigerator is old, needs repairs, or is nearing the end of its expected 15-year life, […]

The High Cost of Doing Nothing

GET Staff

Can you afford to buy expensive LED lights? Perhaps a better question might be whether you can afford not to buy them.

To be sure, LED lights are expensive. See ad for Oakes Brothers on page 28. A trip to the store showed a CFL replacement for a 60-watt incandescent bulb cost only […]