Saturday, August 4, 2018 (All day)


Better Buildings by Design Conference

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 4:00pm

Efficiency Vermont's Better Building by Design conference is pleased to offer Community Partner Scholarships to individuals who are currently active energy efficiency ambassadors in their communities – such as members of town energy committees. There are a limited number of one-day or two-day scholarships available to eligible Vermonters, available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To apply for a BBD 2017 Community Partner Scholarship, download and complete this request form and return it to the attention of Bob Murphy at [email protected] by January 24, 2018. All submitters will be notified by January 31, 2018 if they have been selected as a scholarship recipient.


Efficiency Vermont has a total of 50 community partner scholarships available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The scholarship entitles the recipient to receive a reduced registration rate for either one or both days of the BBD 2018 conference. For scholarships, the one day registration rate is $50/individual and the two day registration rate is $100/individual. One application per individual

Building Local Resilience-Inspiring Local Climate Action

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Join us at Vermont Interfaith Power and Light’s annual conference, “Building Local Resilience-Inspiring Local Climate Action”. This gathering of climate activists and faith community members will focus on building local resilience and inspiring climate action in our local communities, where it can be most effective. The Conference will be held Saturday, October 21, 10AM-4PM, at the First Congregational Church, 3624 Main Street, Manchester, VT.
Vermont Interfaith Power and Light (VTIPL, is a Vermont non-profit,501c(3) whose mission is to support the efforts of faith and spiritual communities to take action on global climate change.
The conference will feature:
Keynote Speaker: Deb Markowitz, former Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Workshops Topics:
· Building Resilient Communities
· Climate Legislation Advocacy
· Climate Science Update
· Resources for Energy Projects
· Effective Community Organizing
· Watershed Stewardship
Plus: Roundtable discussion on fossil fuel divestment, catered lunch, sponsors’ exhibits and book table, as well as music and spiritual sharing
Fee $45, Students $15 Go to for Conference info; to register; or, for information to register by mail.
Please register by October 13, 2017

Upper Valley Electric Vehicle Expo

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 12:00am to 4:00pm

Hosted by Vital Communities and Upper Valley Sierra Club, with support from many Upper Valley energy committees, electric vehicle owners, and generous local sponsors. This event is part of National Drive Electric Week.
Free test rides all afternoon (12-4 pm) in many of the latest electric car models (Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3, and more). This is a great chance to chat with local electric vehicle owners about what it's really like to go electric in the Upper Valley.

It’s not just cars! Several electric bicycles will be available for test rides along the Wilder bike path. Electric motorcycles, the Dartmouth electric race car, and a collection of modern electric lawn equipment will also be on display. 

As if the cars and bikes weren’t enough, there will also be brief, drop-in presentations from 1-3 pm, and many local energy companies on hand to talk with visitors about solar, energy efficiency, heat pumps, modern wood heat, and more.

RootSkills Conference (Manchester, NH)

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00pm to Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 3:00pm

Join fellow community organizers, nonprofit leaders, Grassroots Fund grantees, and passionate students on November 30 - December 2 at Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH for the annual RootSkills Conference, as part of the Grassroots Fund's 2017 RootSkills Training Series. This year's series theme is "Building Resilient Communities". We welcome you to learn, share, & work together to develop actionable, holistic strategies that create more inclusive communities & programs. At this event, we’ll be grappling with tough questions, sharing inspiring solutions, and looking to hear from YOU!

Eco-tour: Meadows and Native Field Trials

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

There is no such thing as a native meadow in our area (it's a stage of succession) but Rebecca plants meadows that contain native plants in residential landscapes in an effort to capture a feeling of openness and to replace traditional lawns. Meadows are romanticized, but they are also practical - a meadow can replace the time-consuming and input-dependent lawn with a low-maintenance, rich tapestry that is beneficial to all life. Join us for a rare (and free) opportunity to visit Rebecca's private meadow.   Read more and register.

Perfecting Your Pitch

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

During this webinar, participants will learn step-by-step where to look for major donors, how to get a meeting, and how to make a compelling pitch to build money for your movement.

Think Global, Act Local: Resilient Vermont Summit - A day to help get that local action planned!

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 8:30am to 1:45pm

A historic day of rallying, around the world, on climate! Join us in
Northfield, Vermont. Sponsored by Norwich University's new Center for Global
Resilience and Security, it will be a day of inspiring and short presentations by local
action teams (CROs), resource providers and academic researchers (ARC), along
with a noon keynote on social engagement from Rebecca Sanborn Stone. Including
time for exchange between CROs and ARC members and team action planning, the
day is designed for people to attend both the Summit to plan local action and to join
the Climate Rally at the Montpelier Statehouse.

A day of short, inspiring presentations by local action teams (CROs), resource providers, and academic researchers (ARC), plus noon lecture on social engagement by Rebecca Sanborn Stone. Presentations on ecological solutions, water, and energy resilience, as well as cybersecurity and art integration. Informational showcase on housing, water, energy, climate, food systems, hazard mitigation, etc. from state agency experts and non-profit groups. The CROs and ARC Summit is slated to end early enough to allow participants to join the Climate Rally at the Montpelier Statehouse. 

Add your voice to the conversation and register to attend today! This event is targeted to communities interested in developing resilience or to become a CROs team. All academic colleagues interested in helping serve our communities through research and education-outreach are invited. 

For more information, please contact: [email protected] 

Detailed agenda and speakers and presenter bios – COMING SOON!

Sponsored by: Catamount Solar, Vermont Community Resilience Organizations, Center for Global Resilience and Security at Norwich University, Center for Civic Engagement at Norwich University

Equity in the food system - how what we are building and what we are fighting are inseparable in resistance

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 12:00pm

As the Northeast coordinates to build a regional food system, a central focus is on racial equity.  In communities all across the region, groups are working on food justice.  In this webinar, we will hear from 2 organizers: Isa Mujahid (CTCORE-Organize Now!, Bridgeport CT) and Heather Foran (Portland ME). Through their grassroots efforts in their communities, Heather and Isa both are actively transforming the New England food system and raising and reflecting on struggles, challenges and questions to guide future work. This webinar creates space to share some of the questions and reflections.  

Efficiency Vermont Launches Speakers Bureau

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 9:00am

Efficiency Vermont is offering free workshops for community groups and businesses designed to help Vermonters make energy improvements. Each workshop addresses how a particular technology works, associated economics, and available technical and financial resources. Efficiency Vermont will provide an energy expert to deliver the presentation, guidance on how to effectively organize a workshop, and educational and public outreach materials. Community groups and businesses are asked to take primary responsibility for getting the word out and securing the venue. The following educational workshops are currently available:
Button Up Vermont: how homes lose energy and primary opportunities for air sealing and insulation
Cold Climate Heat Pumps: the latest in heat pump technology, the relative economics compared to other fuel sources, and successful case studies
Mobile Home Efficiency: improvements unique to mobile homes, with a focus on DIY opportunities
Modern Wood Heating: how wood pellet central heating systems work, and the relative cost and savings compared to other systems
Slash Your Energy Bills: introductory workshop on reducing energy bills through low-cost efficiency improvements, weatherization, and more
Zero Energy Homes: the path toward a zero energy home with energy efficiency, heat pumps, and solar
To schedule a workshop, sign up here on the Efficiency Vermont website or call 1 888-921-5990. 

From the Ground Up

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Manchester Community Library, in partnership with the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, Northshire Grows, and Someday Farm, will present “From the Ground Up,” a biennial program focused on farm, food and community.
Speakers include Jake Claro, Vermont Farm to Plate Network Program Director; Philip Ackerman-Leist, Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Green Mountain College; Jesse Pyles, Executive Director, Smokey House Center, Vermont Land Trust; Liz Ruffa of Northshire Grows; Scout Proft and Maria Reade of Someday Farm. Participants will have a chance to discuss actionable steps stemming from the presentations.
Earth Sky Time will cater a lunch of locally grown foods; suggested donation of $5.

From the Ground Up: Farm, Food, Community

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30am to 3:00pm

Northshire Grows, Someday Farm and the Library have teamed up to organize this event, which will highlight food related activities in the area and engage participants in a community asset mapping session. Come help build your food system! Keynotes by Jake Claro, Director of VT Farm to Plate Network and Philip Ackerman-Leist, Author, Professor at Green Mountain College. Lunch provided by Earth, Sky, Time Community Farm ($5).

Black History Month: Sauti Yetu @ BALE

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 7:00am to 8:30pm

Celebrate Black History Month! The theme of the Vermont Law School’s Black Law Student Association programs for this February is Sauti Yetu (“Our Voice”). come be inspired by the creativity of students at the “Jazz and Poetry Night,” 

Musical Rebels presented by BALE

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

You are invited to immerse yourself in the ever-evolving and sometimes controversial world of Hip-Hop, Rap, and the law. The Black Law Student Association at VLS presents a brief history of Hip-Hop in America, then pays respect to the rebels who used their platform to defy the status quo and fight for the rights of the people

For more info:

[email protected]


Growing Resources: An Intro to Crowdfunding for Your Community Garden

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 12:00pm

Curious about crowdfunding? Want to engage garden members in fundraising, build an individual donor base, or engage the broader community in your gardening work? Join the national crowdfunding nonprofit ioby (in our backyards) for an intro to online crowdfunding for community gardens.

Protecting People & Places: The Community Bill of Rights

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

RESIST WEBINAR -- This presentation will be a brief journey looking at how our current system of government and law have evolved to protect wealth and privilege over community self-government; we'll look at how corporations have received more rights and protections than those of you living in your community; and we'll look at how communities have pushed back against these oppressive structures to reclaim democratic self-government in the their communities.

NOFA-VT 35th Annual Winter Conference - Beyond Borders

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 8:00am to Monday, February 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is a highlight of the winter for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders and enthusiastic eaters. Please join us—and 1,200 of your fellow organic food enthusiasts —for three days of learning, inspiration, good food, great conversation, and community building. 

Grassroots Funds: 2018 Resources and Funding Opportunities

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Are you a nonprofit or volunteer group who is interested in taking a more holistic approach to your community-based work? Or someone who is interested in receiving financial support for your community event, tool, or program? The New England Grassroots Environment Fund invites you to join our Executive Director, Julia Dundorf, on January 9, 2018, to learn about our Guiding Principles for strong community organizing that increases your impact and revenue. Julia will be joined by Program Director, Nakia Navarro and Program Manager, Ally Philip, who will share available opportunities for support from the Grassroots Fund, from grants to stipends to sponsorship. 

Using Social Media to Build Community Power

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

RESIST WEBINAR -- During this webinar, participants will learn how grassroots groups can use online organizing tactics to boost their campaign and build community power. We’ll learn how to think about online organizing as a simple extension of what you already do on the ground, and walk through which tools and tactics to use in different campaign scenarios. Toxics Action Center’s Communications Directorm Katelyn Parady, and 350NH Interim Coordinator, Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, will lead this webinar using recent examples from community groups organizing to create safer and more sustainable communities in New England. 

Farm to Institution Summit 2017 #F2ISummit

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 8:15am

The 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together more than 500 people who are leveraging the power of schools, colleges and hospitals to transform our food system.

ReuseConex 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 2:30pm

The Greater Boston Region (Massachusetts, USA) has been selected as the host for ReuseConex 2016, the fourth International Reuse Conference and Expo. The event, taking place October 17-19, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill, will feature professional training opportunities with experts from the reuse industry as well reuse-based exhibitors, a reuse documentary film screening, and tours of local reuse organizations. This year’s conference theme is Leveraging REUSE in a Circular Economy,  which will focus on bringing real-world reuse practices to life.

Fall Grow It! Workshops (Woodstock)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:15pm

Presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi

Join community and school garden leaders from your region for this workshop focused on COMPOST! Learn about compost management at community and school gardens, build organizing skills for your garden group, and swap stories and resources with fellow garden leaders. 

This fall workshops will be held at 4 locations around the state, followed by *Community Composting Forums.  

Fall Grow It! Workshops (Orleans)

Monday, October 17, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:15pm

Presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi

Join community and school garden leaders from your region for this workshop focused on COMPOST! Learn about compost management at community and school gardens, build organizing skills for your garden group, and swap stories and resources with fellow garden leaders. 

This fall workshops will be held at 4 locations around the state, followed by *Community Composting Forums.  

Fall Grow It! Workshops (Bakersfield)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:15pm

Presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi

Join community and school garden leaders from your region for this workshop focused on COMPOST! Learn about compost management at community and school gardens, build organizing skills for your garden group, and swap stories and resources with fellow garden leaders.

This fall workshops will be held at 4 locations around the state, followed by *Community Composting Forums.  

Fall Grow It! Workshops (Rutland)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:15pm

Presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi

Join community and school garden leaders from your region for this workshop focused on COMPOST! Learn about compost management at community and school gardens, build organizing skills for your garden group, and swap stories and resources with fellow garden leaders. 

This fall workshops will be held at 4 locations around the state, followed by *Community Composting Forums.  

Deep Change for Climate Justice: Coalescing a Transformational Movement

Saturday, October 15, 2016 (All day)

“Deep Change for Climate Justice”  will be dedicated to creative dialogue, learning the story of this movement within New Hampshire and Vermont, understanding our roles in this story and moving toward networking, coalescing and action.  Guest facilitators will include the Rev. Fred Small, Sherri Mitchell, bio’s at, and others.

Strategic Nonprofit Communications

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

This Third Sector New England session will offer participants a Communications Strategy and Timeline, a draft of an Editorial Calendar for content creation and promotion, and multiple real-world examples from nonprofits kicking butt in their communications and marketing.

NOFA Summer Conference – August 12-14, Amherst, MA

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 12:15pm

Join people from across the Northeast and beyond for a three-day celebration of the grassroots organic movement. Here learning is a community action – with amazing farmers, presenters, seminars, workshops, food and fun. Immerse yourself with like-minded practitioners and curious learners eager to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond.

For more information, visit

Resilient Vermont 2016: Reinventing “Vermont Strong”

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 11:45am to Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 11:45am

Vermonters continue to face climate-related challenges like powerful storms and warming temperatures, all while navigating shifting economies and new policies. We must act now to protect our treasured people and places. Join the Resilient Vermont Network and gear up for the challenge.

Spring Grow It! Workshops

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:00pm

Presented by Vermont Community Garden Network in partnership with Charlie Nardozzi

Join community and school garden leaders from your region for this workshop focused on exploring strategies for recruiting and engaging gardeners and volunteers. Learn strategies to boost your garden programs, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement.

2016 Cooperative Design Lab

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 12:30pm to Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 12:30pm

Cooperative Design Lab (CDL) is 9-month cooperative development program serving cooperative projects in any stage of formation. Originally a collaborative between the Resilience Hub, Cooperative Fermentation, and Cooperative Development Institute, Design Lab is now in its second year running and is the only program of its kind offered in the Northeast.

In CDL, participants will gain the knowledge, skills and capacity to start, operate, lead, and enliven a cooperative project. Through the course, participants will:

  • Go through a step-by-step process to make a cooperative project happen
  • Discern appropriate organizational structures for their project
  • Learn tools for cooperative leadership and management
  • Connect to mentors, coaching and technical assistance
  • Explore the role of cooperatives in building a resilient economy

2016 Spring Networking & Training Retreat

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 7:00pm to Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 4:30pm

Join fellow community volunteers, farmers, fisherpeople, teachers, and interested individuals for a day of trainings, designed especially for communtiy groups! Join us on May 7th for our Keynote Speaker, Leah Penniman, three food-focused workshops, and an afternoon of volunteering and connecting at Galego Community Farm.

Northeast Jam 2016

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (All day) to Monday, April 25, 2016 (All day)

It is with great excitement that we invite you to apply for the second annual Northeast Jam - a five day gathering of 30 dynamic and diverse changemakers for deep listening, learing, storytelling, systemic inquiry, and community building. 

Vermontivate! 2016 Lunch-n-Learn Webinar!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 12:30pm

Join Kathy Blume, ED of the award-winning community climate and sustainability game Vermontivate! for a quick-n-luscious overview of what we've got planned for the 2016 round of the game. 

Vermontivate! 2016 Lunch-n-Learn Webinar!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 12:30pm

Join Kathy Blume, ED of the award-winning community climate and sustainability game Vermontivate! for a quick-n-luscious overview of what we've got planned for the 2016 round of the game. 

Local Environmental Action Conference

Sunday, March 13, 2016 (All day)

Local Environmental Action 2016 is a great opportunity to join community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England for an exciting day of skills training, networking, and inspiration. Whether you have been to every conference or are attending for the first time, be sure not to miss this amazing opportunity to connect and grow our grassroots movement.

Creating an Inclusive Food Movement

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm

“What could an inclusive community garden, food forest, or permaculture project look like?" 
“How can we attract and retain members from different class, race, and gender backgrounds?”
“Why should we focus on creating a more just, equitable food system?”

This webinar is targeted towards community groups across New England that have asked themselves one or more of these questions. Facilitated by Shane Lloyd of Class Action, this webinar will help groups address the above questions, identify barriers that diminish their work and offer tools to build alliances for social change. We will also hear from groups working on the ground and learn from their first-hand experiences in this movement. 

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with our friends at the Vermont Community Garden Network.

Cooperative Economics and Movement Building

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 2:00pm

In this webinar we’ll explore strategies to connect and integrate cooperative economics with grassroots political power-building for a more just and sustainable economy. The panelists explore connections between community organizing and building models for the future that meet our own needs.

Investing for the Sake of Climate and Community

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 2:00pm

“What does investing look like in the era of climate change, malfunctioning democracies, and a faltering global economic order? How can I invest in local food systems, or truly local projects in my community, or how do I really get all my money out of fossil fuel investments?” These are questions that Chris Wood, Executive Director of BALE (Building A Local Economy) poses in describing the opportunities that will be discussed and discovered at a half-day conference on Wednesday, October 14 at Vermont Law School (VLS) in South Royalton, Vermont.

Co-ops 101

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

In Co-ops 101 we’ll hear stories from two inspiring worker-owned co-ops, CERO and Toxic Soil Busters, and a resident-owned housing co-op, RAISE-Op about their work, background and reasons for forming a co-op. Facilitator Jonathan Rosenthal, Executive Director of the New Economy Coalition and Co-founder of Equal Exchange will lead a discussion about the basic principles of cooperative ownership—what it entails and how it works, as well as an overview of different cooperative models, such as worker, consumer, and housing co-ops.

Northeast Climate Ride

Thursday, September 17, 2015 (All day) to Monday, September 21, 2015 (All day)

Join us on the Northeast Climate Ride and help us raise funds for grassroots sustainability initiatives throughout New England! From September 17th - 21st we'll be riding 390 miles along the beautiful North Atlantic coastline from Bar Harbor, ME to Boston, MA.

Building a Stronger Cross-Class, Multiracial Grassroots Movement

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 9:30am to 4:00pm

"Does your group struggle with recruiting and retaining members from different class & race backgrounds?"
Co-sponsors: New England Resilience & Transition (NERT) networkVital CommunitiesVT Community Garden Network
This workshop builds on insights from the groundbreaking new book, "Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures," this highly participatory workshops, created by activists for activists, enables participants to look through a class lens at their own community work, and offers tools to build  alliances for change across race and class. 

Through this process, activists and community organizers can learn how to address class barriers that hamper their effectiveness and come together to win more gains. Participants will leave knowing how to:

  • Identify activist class culture differences;

  • Gain cultural competence to draw from the strengths of all class cultures;

  • Create an organizational culture that is fully welcoming and respectful of all race and class backgrounds;

  • Amplify the voices of people of color, working-class and poor activists to build stronger a stronger movement.

Launching a Solarize Campaign - Double the solar in your town in just 15 weeks

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

Solarize Upper Valley has helped residents in 24 towns go solar - over 300 residents to date and over 450 expected by the end of the year. What's the secret to their success? Join us to find out. We'll hear from Vital Communities, the nonprofit responsible for coordinating Solarize Upper Valley, as well as the volunteer-installer team who brought Solarize to Randolph, Brookfield, and Braintree last winter. Many communities are launching Solarize campaigns across the Northeast, yours could be next.


Sarah Simonds, Vital Communities

Kevin McCollister, Catamount Solar

Pete Thoenen, Randolph Energy Committee

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) - A Pilot Program

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Climate change. Superstorms. Power outages. Toxic spills. Fire. Our communities face ever-worsening disasters. Most towns have emergency response and hazard mitigation plans, but it’s impossible to anticipate everything. The best solution is to build resilience – the ability for community members to come together and solve whatever problems come their way. That involves work projects to lessen the impact of disasters, while also building self-reliance and stronger community connections.

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) are local teams, appointed by the town legislative body, that engage residents and town leaders in tasks aimed to lessen losses via climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation, while strengthening local collaboration and social cohesion. CROs build connections between the silos of passionate volunteers in conservation, emergency response and social services, bringing them together to build collaborative projects.  By  leveraging resources and gaining wider community participation, the impact is magnified. Through an annual Day for CROing, teams engage youth and the broader community to collaborate on critical projects that will make the town stronger and safer, while simultaneously including celebration to add fun and build community.

Join us to learn about this Vermont pilot project begun in six towns this year, and how it's working across a range of very different communities.

2015 Fall Networking & Training Retreat

Saturday, October 31, 2015 (All day)

Co-sponsor: New England Resilience & Transition (NERT) network
Join fellow community innovators & activists for a day of skills-sharpening, designed especially for the grassroots! Come celebrate community action, share stories, learn and reflect on different skills that make us successful. The RootSkills Networking & Training retreat is intended to re-invigorate us all, gives us a chance to reflect on our work, and work on the skills we need to be successful. It is also a great chance to connect with other community leaders, share ideas, and relax.

NESAWG's Annual Conferece

Friday, November 13, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, November 14, 2015 (All day)

The North-East Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)'s annual It Takes a Region Conference takes on the 12-state Northeast region from Maine to West Virginia. By taking a regional approach, we can grow our thinking and our work to develop a truly sustainable and resilient food system.

Connecting for Change

Friday, October 23, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, October 24, 2015 (All day)

Connecting for Change presented by the Marion Institute is an annual solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities.

Slow Living Summit 2015 - Food, Mindfully

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 (All day) to Friday, June 5, 2015 (All day)

A mindful exploration of the journey of food, from farming and food entrepreneurship to food systems to nourishment to food justice and policy.

Upper Valley Energy Committee Roundtable

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 (All day)

The Roundtable is intended to assist existing Upper Valley energy committees in carrying out their work by sharing information and providing networking opportunities, and to help those interested in forming new energy committees.

33rd Annual NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Saturday, February 14, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, February 15, 2015 (All day)

75+ workshops, keynote speakers, roundtables, & celebration for commercial growers, gardeners, homesteaders, and food lovers.

Working Together: A Workshop to Build Your Skills in Participatory Leadership

Saturday, November 1, 2014 (All day)

In this interactive workshop, join peers working in local energy, food, and other community-based initiatives in New Hampshire to learn practical, powerful techniques to: Develop shared vision and strategic clarity; Gather the input and ideas of many people; Connect and empower people working for change; and Learn together and adapt.

Renewable Energy 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014 (All day) to Friday, October 17, 2014 (All day)

Renewable Energy 2014 (RE 2014) is Vermont’s annual convention bringing together key players in the clean energy sector. This year's conference highlights current energy challenges, Vermont’s leadership role in the energy industry, and the steps needed to implement an integrated energy infrastructure.

New England Environmental Justice Summit 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 5:00pm to Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 12:30pm

The Summit is a multi-day event where people from across New England working to achieve environmental justice will come together to share stories, build the regional environmental justice movement, and celebrate victories.

People's Climate March

Sunday, September 21, 2014 (All day)

With the whole world watching, people are taking a stand to bend the course of history. They’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.

Sustainability Summit

Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 9:00am

Join our friends at Coop Power at the 10th Annual Sustainability Summit, "On The Front Lines of Sustainability". The main themes will be sustainable energy solutions, green job development, green businesses development, and community finance.

Seeds & Songs of Change

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 6:00pm

Seeds & Songs of Change - A musical event to illustrate the intersection of music and social change; an opportunity to honor all the local groups the Fund has partnered with over the past 18 years; a good bye to Founding Director, Cheryl King Fischer; and a welcome to the Fund’s next ED.


Friday, October 3, 2014 - 9:00pm

This event brings together passionate and inspiring leaders who work collaboratively on social, economic and environmental initiatives that strengthen organizations and communities.

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

Monday, May 19, 2014 (All day) to Wednesday, May 21, 2014 (All day)

Antioch University New England and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regions 1 and 2 are hosting a regional conference for local planners, decision-makers and educators to understand how to create healthy resilient communities that are better prepared to handle severe weather and climate impacts.

2014 Vermont Walk/Bike Summit

Saturday, March 29, 2014 (All day)

Join to see presentations on inspiring ideas to encourage more Walking and Biking and applaud awards to folks who deserve to be acknowledged for their contributions to better walking and biking.

Slow Living Summit

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 (All day) to Friday, June 6, 2014 (All day)

A unique intergenerational conversation about life, health, happiness, money, community, soil, soul, food, arts, and story.
Your story, our story: We’ll all learn from each other.

Happiness & Well-Being: Building a National Movement

Thursday, May 29, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, June 1, 2014 (All day)

Two days of conference activities (May 29 & 30) and two days of intensive trainings (May 31 & June 1), notable speakers and a unique conference design will offer participants a chance to learn, connect, dream and organize.

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Saturday, February 15, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, February 16, 2014 (All day)

Join Vermont’s largest agricultural conference! With over 70 workshops, networking sessions, and roundtable discussions, plus inspiring speakers, great food, and lots of time for connection, the Winter Conference is the best way to energize yourself for the season ahead. Make sure to not miss the Vermont Community Garden Network’s Community & School Garden Track.

6th Annual Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network (VECAN) Conference

Saturday, December 7, 2013 - 8:00am

The theme of this year’s conference is bold climate action and collaborating to advance total energy solutions. This year, we aim to inspire 400 town energy committee members, climate activists and energy experts to attend. Don’t miss this great event, tailored to energy committees and anyone interested in clean energy solutions and climate action.

Community Stories

PEP Talks

CROs Take Flight

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) are local teams that engage residents and town leaders in climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation, while strengthening local collaboration and social cohesion.

The Strategic Energy Action Toolkit

The Strategic Energy Action Toolkit is an open-source resource developed by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund and Vital Communities, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions Work Group and the New England Local Energy Network, with funding support from Jane&r


Resilient Vermont

The Resilient Vermont Network is a new collaboration of organizations and agencies in Vermont that are working to advance climate resilience. The Network is working to improve alignment, coordination, communication and strategic impact across a range of issues related to climate resilience.

Community Resilience Self-Assessment Tool

This self-assessment was designed to help community members, local leaders and volunteers to think and talk deeply about their community’s resilience strengths, challenges and priorities. It is also designed to help communities learn about different aspects of resilience and track their progress over time. 

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs)

Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) are local teams that engage residents and town leaders in climate adaptation, disaster preparedness and hazard mitigation, while strengthening local collaboration and social cohesion.

Food Solutions New England

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional, collaborative network organized around a single goal: to transform the New England food system into a resilient driver of racial equity and food justice, health, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.

A community-of-practice that is made up of fisherman, organizers, researchers, and consumers from across North America that are committed to providing local, healthful, low-impact, and economy sustainable seafood via community supported fisheries (CSFs) and other direct marketing arrangements.

50 by 60 - A New England Food Vision

A bold vision, put forth by members of Food Solutions New England, that calls for the New England region to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of clean, fair, just and accessible food for all New Englanders by 2060. Grassroots groups have used the food vision to provide context for their local work and to replicate some of the research pieces at the micro-level as the inform their own planning efforts. 

Ron Finley - guerilla gardener TED Talk

Grassroots groups have used this video as a starting point for meetings and as inspiration to show how local food activity can spark deep impact a the local level. Ron Finley’s vision for a healthy, accessible “food forest” started with the curbside veggie garden he planted in the strip of dirt in front of his own house. When the city tried to shut it down, Finley’s fight gave voice to a larger movement that provides nourishment, empowerment, education - and healthy, hopeful futures - one urban garden at a time.

Repair Cafe

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). The website offers tools and tips as well as a world map of communities who have started their own repair cafes

Putting the Community Back in Community Shared Solar

Putting the Community Back in Community Shared Solar is a guide document outlining the different options for community shared solar and their associated costs and benefits. This guide was created by the NELEN Community Shared Solar Task Force in order to address the lack of public information and understanding about the different models available for community shared solar projects.

Community Resilience 101

On Thursday, October 16, 2014 the Grassroots Fund co-produced a webinar with New England New Economy Transition about “community resilience.” We discussed how we can all live well now and into the future, given the challenges of a hurting economy, climate change, resource shortages, and political paralysis.

Slow Money Maine

Slow Money Maine is building a network of individuals, philanthropists, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government entities who are focused on investing in farms and fisheries, and the ecosystems that sustain them as a means of growing local food systems, economies and community.  SMM is a chapter of Slow Money National.  Resources are available for groups interested in peer-to-peer lending, investment clubs and creative financing.

Safe Routes to School

The National Center for Safe Routes to School programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. Program tools offer direct steps to help improve the walkabilty of a community.

New England Solar Challenge

The foundation of SmartPower's New England Solar Challenge is the Solarize model utilizing key elements that include: 1) town-supported outreach and education, 2) pre-selected solar installer, 3) discount pricing, and 4) a clear end date.

Home Efficiency Calculator

Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG)'s Home Heating Efficiency Calculator allows users to measure issues affecting how much energy a home uses to heat, including how leaky the building is, the amount of insulation it has, the efficiency of the heating system, and the actions taken to conserve energy (turning down thermostats, closing storm windows, etc.

Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG)

SERG helps Vermont and New Hampshire homeowners and towns use less energy save money and protect the environment through education, outreach and community organizing. SERG provides technical assistance to energy committees, organizes home energy assessments, provides access to home efficiency calculators and convenes people through events and workshops.

Bob Walker (Executive Director)
[email protected]
(802) 785-4126

'Drive Electric Vermont' Campaign

Drive Electric Vermont, a campaign by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, highlights the benefits and opportunities to switch to electric vehicles. Fact sheets are available that summarize the benefits.

Co-op Power

Co-op Power has created an innovative structure that enables communities to create community-owned clean energy products and services, businesses and jobs. All Community Scale business developments are created, decided upon, and supported by members in a Local Organizing Council.

Toxics Action Center

Toxics Action Center works side-by-side with communities, providing organizers with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level. The organization train neighbors to not only defend their health and safety, but to think strategically and come together for change.

Sylvia Broude (Executive Director)
[email protected]
(617) 747-4407

For additional contact information, click here.

Upper Valley Farm to School

Upper Valley Farm to School share useful ideas for integrating farm to school into your school classroom, cafeteria, community or garden.

Green Mountain Farm to School

Working to promote the health and well being of Vermont’s children, farms and communities, Green Mountain Farm to School provides programs that integrate fresh food from local farms and school gardens into cafeterias while providing the knowledge and skills students need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

VT FEED (Food Education Every Day)

Vermont FEED offers professional development and technical assistance to schools and communities to support the development of robust Farm to School programs.

Neighboring Food Co-op Association

The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) includes over 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives in New England that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and a vibrant community of co-operative enterprise.

Salvation Farms

Salvation Farms utilizes local resources, skills and knowledge to create strong partnerships across industries and sectors and effectively move surplus food from farms to those who need it. The organization is available to assist community gleaning efforts in Vermont and across New England.

Highfields Center for Composting

Highfields mission mission is to close the loop on community-based, sustainable food and agricultural systems, thus addressing soil health, water quality, solid waste, farm viability, and climate change. Highfields researches, educates, and provides technical services for composting and comprehensive food waste recycling programs. The Close the Loop program helps community groups gain the technical know-how to implement successful composting projects.

League of American Bicyclists

The League is blazing the trail for bicycle transportation law and education nationally. Folks who are going to be leading kids, large group rides, or are just trying to be confident riders individually can get training from The League. They also offer liability insurance and board/officer insurance for bicycle education organizations.

Grow It! Workshops

Join community and school garden leaders from around your region for this unique training series. Learn strategies to boost your garden programs and support growth, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement.

Guide to Going Local

The Center for a New American Dream and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) have joined forces to publish this Guide to Going Local. It's full of ideas and advice on how to strengthen the local economy in your town: through buying local, highlighting new entrepreneurs, instilling local pride, investing locally, and more.

Stages and Challenges of Group Development

This PDF describes one model of the way that many groups develop and the problems and challenges that are likely to arise at various stages. It encourages leaders to assess where their own organizations stand, among the stages and helps them judge which of the challenges they’re currently facing are “developmentally determined,” as it were, and what challenges they may expect in the future.

How to Start a Community Garden

The Vermont Community Garden Network provides a range or resources for new and established community gardens. The Start a Garden page gives a detailed overview of the different steps to get a (community) garden up and running.

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

NAMA is a fishermen-led organization working at the intersection of marine conservation and social, economic, and environmental justice.
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