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Central Vermont Community Action Council and Efficiency Vermont Seek Local Hosts for 2011 Button Up Workshops


Barre, VT—October 5, 2011--Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC), in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, is seeking community hosts for the 2011 series of Button Up Vermont workshops to be held throughout the state this fall. This 2-hour event is focused on helping home and small business owners find the best ways to make their buildings more energy-efficient, affordable, and comfortable. In 2008 -09 more than 180 workshops were held and attended by over 4,000 Vermonters.


“Local hosts are critical to the success of the Button Up program,” said CVCAC Weatherization Director Paul Zabriskie. “We provide all of the technical expertise and the materials. The only special skills required of the local partner are a friendly disposition, the ability to get the word out in their own community, and an interest in helping their neighbors save money!”


Efficiency Vermont event manager, Bob Murphy agrees; “We know that once people learn about the ways they can improve the energy efficiency of their homes, they are eager to take action. Attending a Button Up workshop is the first step.”


The Button Up workshops are an excellent way for building owners to find out the basic steps for making thermal (heating and cooling) improvements to their homes and businesses. Each workshop is presented by a Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified contractor and designed to give a solid overview of how buildings waste heat and how they can be made more comfortable and affordable.


Hosts can be community leaders, energy committee members, business owners or others interested in helping their neighbors save money and energy. The only skills required are the ability to fill a room in your hometown. [AE1] Interested hosts should visit the Button Up Vermont website at or contact Linnea at Central Vermont Community Action Council at 802-477-5083. Button Up workshops will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis throughout the fall.


CVCAC and Efficiency Vermont are also offering a special flood recovery version of Button-Up Vermont workshops in October. These free workshops deal with drying walls and basements, addressing mold issues, and improving building and heating system efficiency. Community leaders in flood-affected areas who want to schedule workshops are also encouraged to contact Linnea at CVCAC.



About Central Vermont Community Action


Founded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The Weatherization Program has been operating since 1978, and has weatherized over 10,000 homes at no cost to the residents.



About Efficiency Vermont


Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under appointment to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit


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