VSCN News & Updates

August 21, 2014

Location: Green Mountain Power's Energy Innovation Center in Rutland, VT

The Fall 2014 VSCN meeting was held on August 21, 2014 at Green Mountain Power's Energy Innovation Center in Rutland, VT.  Thanks to our host John Tedesco from Green Mountain Power and to Efficiency Vermont for their continued sponsorship.  Representatives from Middlebury College, Marlboro College, Green Mountain College, and the University of Vermont joined leaders from Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont.  


  • 10 am: Welcome from John Tedesco (Green Mountain Power) followed by attendee introductions
  • 10:15 am: Tour of the Energy Innovation Center
  • 11:15 am: Classroom & Campus Connections to Renewable Energy Projects (Green Mountain Power)
  • 12:00 pm: Lunch (provided) and Networking
  • 1:00 pm: Building an Energy Team on Campus (Efficiency Vermont) 
  • 2:00 pm: Campus Updates, Announcements, and Open Discussion
  • 3:00 pm: End


Tour of the Energy Innovation Center 


We toured the Energy Innovation Center, learning about their LEED Gold retrofitted building.  Building features include; a revolving door, reflective pain on the ceiling, skylights bringing in daylight, and the use of direct DC electricity.













 The Energy Innovation Center's lobby is full of informative exhibits teaching visitors about types of energy. This picture shows the group exploring the hydropower exhibit.





John's presentation

 John Tedesco's Presentation


John gave an overview of Green Mountain Power's role in Vermont's energy, providing a profile of where energy comes from.  Rutland is Vermont's solar capital, with innovative solar technology on street lamps and a renewable energy center that college courses can visit.


Efficiency Vermont's Building an Energy Team on Campus Presentation

The group brainstormed characteristics of successful and not as successful teams.  Common characteristics of successful included: having defined roles, agency, clear communication, someone who keeps the team on task, clear priorities, shared goals and visions, key stakeholder involvement, respect, and an assessment strategy.  Identified barriers included: coordinating schedules, limited time, strong personalities, and lack of power of agency.  Morgan Hood, Cathy Reynolds, and Jody Lesko shared examples of Efficiency Vermont accounts that they have helped successfully make their facilities and operations more energy efficiency.  They advised the group to focus on cost effectiveness associated with energy efficiency and making sure that facilities people are involved in the conversation.  Ideal energy team stakeholders include: decision makers, technical experts, vendors, implementers (electrician and plumbers), Efficiency Vermont account manager, utility provider, finance staff, sustainability coordinators and building occupants.  Efficiency Vermont staff can sit on a committee, create a cash flow model, help with an energy audit, provide research, and provide incentives for energy efficient technologies.  

 Next Meeting: Champlain College Winter 2015

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