Welcome to the ICE Groupsite.

ICE is a grassroots organization that identifies opportunities and implements ways to reduce Islanders impact on the environment. ICE is a community effort seeking to reduce our carbon footprint as individuals and as a community. ICE now serves all of the Grand Isle County.

ICE is an information resource about energy use, energy saving techniques, and alternative energy ideas. We are working to reduce energy use in all municipal buildings.

CONTACT: ICE-Vt@Hotmail.com
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Up Coming Events:

April 3rd Zero Energy Home Discussion 7 - 9pm  So Hero Town Office


 
Fifth Annual Environmental / Energy Fair  Wednesday September 4th, 4 - 7pm at Champlain Islands Farmers Market, St Rose of Lima Church


Meetings are first Thursday of month, 7:00 pm at So Hero Town Office

Agenda:

Home Weatherization Challenge
 Renewables in Grand Isle County
Visits to Select Boards and Town Offices
Go Vermont Car and Van Pooling
Public Transportation
Open discussion




Activity Status

Climate Change Grant:
South Hero Office lighting change has saved $269 in the last year. The total cost was $1,749, the grant supplied $1,250, the rebate from Eff Vt was $360, so the cost to So Hero was $139. We have already saved more then we spent. The furnace and doors cost $12,162 and the grant covered $10,750. We will have a comparison of oil usage later this fall. Our report to the State is in the documents section.


  Municipal Building Energy Audits:
The Audit reports for South Hero Town Office, Garage, and Museum are posted in the documents section. The Garage lighting has already been upgraded. Energy weatherization work in the Town Office 2nd floor and attic has been completed. Audits have also been completed in Grand Isle and updates have been completed in the Town Office building.  The work is partially paid using a grant administered by the Northwest Regional Planning Energy Committee.


 Community Catalyst Fund Grant from Clean Air Cool Planet:
ICE has received $2,112 to be help in our County wide expansion. We have purchased 500 CFL bulbs to distribute through out the county. We now have a canopy and tables for outside events and four new banners.


 Alternative Energy and Energy Star projects in Grand Isle County
ICE is developing a list of locations in town that have implemented alternative energy items (photovoltaic, solar hot water, wind turbine, Energy Star rated, etc). We will make a photo demonstration of what works in our area. Please contact ICE if you have suggestions. Only people who agree to be on the list will be included

ICE members are participating in the Northwest Regional Planning Energy Committee.

Button Up VT Weatherization:
ICE has a number of Button Up VT videos demonstrating simple home weatherization activities. Contact us if you want to borrow one.


Plans for 2013:
1) Implement recommendations from So Hero Garage, and Museum Energy Audits.
2) Investigate grants for Folsom School (furnace, lights, weatherization, No Idling program?)
3) Grow ICE to have more county involvement
4) Prepare draft information for potential grant applications

Potential Future Activities:

Develop demonstration projects for  Hot Water Solar, Solar Electricity, Wind Turbine
  Host Island Tour of alternative energy and Energy Star rated homes.
Host lecture/workshop related to Environment or Energy
Bulk purchase or supply LED lights, CFL, or weatherization materials
Clearing house resource for simple weatherization activities for residents
Proactive planning/engineering/design for future municipal buildings to be energy and environmentally efficient

Reduce county wide fossil fuel usage by 50% by 2020

REFERENCES:
ICE http://vt-ice.groupsite.com/
Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) http://vecan.net/
Efficiency Vermont http://www.efficiencyvermont.com/pages/
EPA New England Community Energy Challenge http://epa.gov/region1/eco/energy/energy-challenge.html
EFI - Energy Federation Inc (energy products) http://efi.org/
10% Challenge http://www.10percentchallenge.org/
Clean Air/Cool Planet http://www.cleanair-coolplanet.org
Common Roots   http://www.commonroots.org
SERG - Sustainable Energy Resource Group http://www.serg-info.org/
Vt Interfaith Power and Light   vtipl.org
Renewable Energy Vt     revermont.org

Northwest Vt Solid Waste District - http://www.nwswd.org/
Northwest Regional Planning Commission - http://www.nrpcvt.com/
http://www.350.org
Energize Vermont http://www.energizevermont.org
Vt State Wide Environmental Education Program http://www.vermontsweep.org/
Environmental Literacy Vt http://environmentalliteracyvt.org/
New England Environmental Education Alliance http://neeea.org/

Way to Go Commuter Challenge http://www.waytogovt.org/
Go Vermont Ride share and commuting http://www.connectingcommuters.org/
Nature Conservancy Invasives information http://www.nature.org/vermont/weeds
Vermont Energy Atlas http://www.vtenergyatlas.com

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