U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held a Vermont Energy Resource Fair and Town Meeting Saturday at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center to discuss how Vermonters can make their homes and businesses more efficient and to help Vermonters determine what type of renewable energy works best for their needs.
More than 300 people from throughout the state joined Sanders for the town meeting, which featured May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, as the guest keynote speaker. Boeve founded the climate justice group with Vermonter Bill McKibben. “Communities all over the world are going fossil free,” Boeve said, noting they are committing to a 100 percent renewable energy future.
“The bottom line is this: Our job is to think big. If we are serious about addressing the global challenge of climate change, it is going to take millions of people coming together and demanding bold policies to transform our energy system,” said Sanders, who serves on both the Senate energy and environment committees. “It is going to take people organizing at the grassroots level and taking action in their communities. And it is going to take people adopting these technologies themselves, in their homes and businesses. And that is why we are here today.”
Dozens of presenters and co-sponsoring exhibitors were on hand to help connect Vermonters with financing options and the latest energy technologies, including heat pumps, solar energy, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and weatherization. The Energy Resource Fair also included a whole-home efficiency make-over trailer, a Vermont-built net-zero modular home, a wood pellet boiler demo and a solar tracker.
“Whether you are motivated by fighting climate change, or if you simply want to save money on your energy bills, these kinds of investments make good sense,” Sanders said.
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