Join us for a home solar presentation at Williston Library May 4th

SunCommon rooftop solar installation

Sustainable Williston will kick off its new Sustainable Energy series with a presentation from Vermont solar energy company SunCommon at 6pm on Monday, May 4th at the Dorothy Alling Library in Williston. Learn about costs, benefits, and opportunities for home and community solar power, and bring your questions. Free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

Questions or ideas? Please comment here or use the form on our contact page. Thanks!

April Stools’ Day!

Sustainable Williston’s Water Quality Task Force is joining forces with the Lake Champlain Committee and Williston Recreation and Parks to clean up pet waste from our community areas and prevent it from being washed into our rivers, streams, and lakes. Come join us on April 25th! Meet at the picnic shelter near the skate park on the east side of Williston Central School.

April Stool's Day Poster

Transcend Your Car: Way to Go! Vermont Starts May 4th

Way to Go! Vermont

Way to Go! Vermont is a carbon cutting challenge that encourages New Englanders to save by biking, walking, carpooling, working from home, or riding the bus, created by a group of more than 25 partner organizations throughout Vermont.

You can sign up to participate as an individual, team, business, or school. It’s a great opportunity to explore your options and push the envelope to find better and more sustainable ways to get around.

For example, did you know about the program that offers free commuter protection when you take a bus or carpool to work? If you need to get home unexpectedly–because of a sick family member or an emergency, for instance–the program will pay for you to get there, even if you have to take a taxi.

Vermont is a challenging place to get around car use, but we have some surprising and inspiring tools to get the job done. Sign up for Way to Go! Vermont and bring more of them into your travel toolbox.

Sustainable Williston Meets Thursday 4/16 at the Library

solar trackers

Sustainable Williston’s main or steering group will meet at 7:15pm this Thursday, April 16th, in the community room downstairs at the Dorothy Alling Library. All who are interested in sustainability issues are welcome to attend. Our agenda will include

  • Presentations from each of our task forces
  • April Stools Day (a community event cleaning up pet waste in and around the recreation path to benefit water quality)
  • An upcoming series of articles we’ll be doing with the Observer
  • Hosting a presentation series on topics like electric cars, solar panels, lowering heating bills, and other energy topics
  • Further work on our new mission and vision

Waterbury LEAP Energy Fair Saturday

Waterbury LEAP

Waterbury Local Energy Action Partnership will hold its 9th LEAP ENERGY FAIR
Saturday, April 11, 2015

9 AM – 3 PM    Event is FREE!
Crossett Brook Middle School Gym, Duxbury, VT

TOUR 75 exhibits and talk with dozens of experts about energy audits, solar power, heat pumps, weatherization, geothermal, biomass, pellet stoves and much more

LEARN how to reduce fuel bills, save energy and shrink emissions

PARTICIPATE  in break-out discussions on: Sustainable Transportation; Air & Ground Source Heat Pumps; Going Solar; and Weatherization.

KIDS can enjoy a free show by Marko the Magician at 11AM

FREE electronics recycling onsite

The Fair draws 700 attendees and exhibit space sells out every year. Local green energy companies that would like to exhibit at the LEAP Energy Fair are encouraged to contact Ned Houston as soon as possible at  Hosted by the volunteers of Waterbury LEAP.  Visit for more details.

Sustainable Living Expo in Middlebury this Saturday

ACORN (Addison County Relocalization Network) will hold their annual Sustainable Living Expo this Saturday at Middlebury Union High School, 73 Charles Avenue, Middlebury, Vermont.

ACORN Sustainable Living Expo 2015

The Sustainable Living Expo is a one-day exposition of workshops, exhibits and events promoting sustainable living in the Champlain Valley. The cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children. You can find out about transportation, ride sharing, program details, and all of the other particulars at

Made Energy Efficiency Improvements in 2014? Don’t Forget Your Tax Credit!

pellet stove

If you made energy efficiency improvements to your home in 2014, you may be eligible for a substantial tax credit. Here are the six areas for which tax credits have been made available:

  • Biomass stoves (this would mainly be wood or wood pellets, though there are some other, less common kinds)
  • Upgrading to a more efficient heating or cooling device (a more efficient boiler, a heat pump, etc.)
  • Insulation
  • Improving efficiency of your roof
  • Non-solar water heater
  • Sealing/improving windows and doors

Full information is available on the Energy Star site, here.