Renewable Energy Vermont Education Fund

The Renewable Energy Vermont Education Fund (REVEF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing public education, outreach, research, and community engagement to drive Vermont’s clean energy future.

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In 2017 & 2018 we are:

  • Convening partners and initiatives to increase low & moderate income Vermonters access to and utilization of renewable electricity, heating, and transportation – click here to learn more about the Vermont Energy Access Coalition 
  • Creating pollinator habitat and improving agricultural soils through native plantings and bee and butterfly friendly management at solar sites
  • Spreading the word about and lowering the costs of emerging clean energy solutions including energy storage, advanced wood heating, electric vehicles, and cold-climate heat pumps
  • Providing clean energy job trainings

Thanks to your support, REV’s Education Fund early successes include:

  • Organizing advanced wood heating summits for facility managers to learn about cost-saving renewable energy solutions
  • Sharing farmers’ views concerning anti-renewable policy proposals through a 40 Vermont farms sign-on letter
  • Hosted two Celebrate Solar Days, drawing over 500 Vermonters annually for solar tours throughout the state
  • Surveying opinions on clean energy, which found that the vast majority of Vermonters wanted more solar in their towns.

REVEF Board 

Christa Shute is the Global Energy Fellow for Climate Justice for the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School.  At the IEE, Christa leads projects in the Energy Clinic focused on energy sustainability for low-income populations.

Christa brings two decades of leadership in non-profit, quasi-state, and corporate entities.  Her curiosity drives her to understand the complexity and nuance of situations so she can envision how to break through barriers and find win/win solutions.  In addition to running her own design and manufacturing businesses, Christa has been the Vice President of Business Development for All Earth Renewables, the Director of Business Development and Financing for the Vermont Telecom Authority, and the Director of Targeted Implementation for Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (Efficiency Vermont).   Christa Shute earned her JD, magna cum laude, in 2013 with certificates in Energy Law, Climate Law, and Dispute Resolution.

Untitled-1Shay Totten is a longtime writer, journalist, and communications strategist who is currently the Communications Director at Rights & Democracy. His first environmental action was fighting a potential low-level radioactive waste dump in his hometown of Holland, VT and from there has been a longtime advocate of renewable energy and the environment. He has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Vermont Press Association, the Media Consortium, the Peace & Justice Center, and the Keep BT Local Cooperative. Shay grew up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and currently lives in Burlington.

Chuck Ross copyChuck Ross is the Director of Extension at the University of Vermont (UVM). Before UVM, he was the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets for the State of Vermont for 6 years. While Secretary, he was elected the President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). Prior to being Secretary, he worked as State Director for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy for 16 years. He has also served as a Vermont State Representative for three terms. Throughout his career, Chuck has helped manage his family’s farming businesses. He holds a BA and Masters in Geography from UVM and University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Steven-LetendreDr. Steve Letendre is a Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies and currently serves as the director for the Renewable Energy & Ecological Design (REED) program. His research involves the economic analysis of emerging environmental technologies and the development of policies and regulations to promote a sustainable energy future. Dr. Letendre has published over 45 technical articles on a variety of energy issues. His research has been referenced in mainstream media, including the New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. He has performed collaborative research with organizations from across the country, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, California Air Resources, the Solar Electric Power Association, and the University of Vermont’s Transportation Research Center. In recognition of his accomplishments, he was invited to participate in a review of the US Department of Energy’s plug-in vehicle program and to present to the Vermont State Legislature on electric vehicles as part of a special series on global climate change. He currently serves as the Board Treasurer for Renewable Energy Vermont, a trade association advocating for developing policies that strengthen Vermont’s burgeoning renewable energy industry. For many years, he served on the board of SolarFest, a small local non-profit that hosts a renewable energy festival weekend event each July. The event was chosen twice by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as a top 10 summer event.

BillheadshotBill Laberge lives in Dorset, VT with his wife Lisa. He is CEO of Grassroots Solar, Inc., installers of residential and commercial solar and energy storage systems for Vermonters. He currently serves as President of the Manchester Riverwalk Association and is also on the Board of Directors for Solarfest. He was recently appointed by Vermont Governor Phil Scott to represent small businesses on the Vermont Climate Action Commission.

david-blittersdorfDavid Blittersdorf    To describe David as passionate about renewable energy is a huge understatement. His enthusiasm for finding earth-friendly solutions established itself early: At age 14 he built his first wind turbine to light the small shack he used to boil sap into maple syrup. After he earned his driver’s license, he vowed to help the U.S. transition from dependence on fossil fuels following the 1973 oil embargo. And a year after graduating from the University of Vermont, he founded NRG Systems—one of the nation’s most successful wind-energy companies—in 1982. Not one to rest on his laurels, however, he stepped down as CEO of NRG to found AllEarth Renewables 22 years later. Today, David is involved in all aspects of AllEarth Renewables’ day-to-day operations. He also makes frequent public-speaking engagements and serves on the board of many energy-focused institutions at the national and state levels. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UVM.

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