Button Up Day of action wrap up

by Keil Corey, Guest Contributor

Spearheaded by the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN), more than 30 towns organized events for Button Up Day on October 5, 2013! The events, ranging from informational tables to home energy tours all aimed to educate and motivate friends and neighbors to take actions that will lower their energy bills this winter and reduce their contribution to climate change.

A big thank you goes out to all the towns that participated. Those towns are: Alburgh, Isle La Motte, Grand Isle, North Hero, South Hero, Bennington, Bradford, Brattleboro, Burlington, Craftsbury, Dummerston, Hartland, Hyde Park, Jericho, Middlebury, Montpelier, Morrisville, Norwich, Peru, Putney, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rutland, Salisbury, Sharon, South Burlington, Strafford, Thetford Center, Topsham, Weathersfield, and Weybridge.

Collectively, Button Up Day reached a lot of Vermonters. For example, Weybridge Energy Committee had 100 people attending their event celebrating their successful completion of the Vermont Home Energy Challenge goal. Other communities like Strafford tabled at the town recycling station and offered residents a tour of energy efficient homes in the community. And others, like Burlington, had more than 100 people taking their home energy tour of eight efficient homes to learn how to Button Up to save energy.

The inaugural Button Up Day of action was a great success and set a solid foundation for taking action in the years ahead.  You can also find more pictures of Button Up Day events by visiting the Vermont Home Energy Challenge Facebook page and the VECAN Facebook page.

Did you participate in Button Up Day? Use the comments below to tell us if you were at a Button Up event and since we are making this an annual event, tell us, what would you like to see next year?


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