Blair Hamilton Student Scholarships create legacy for Efficiency Vermont co-founder

Burlington, VT

Efficiency Vermont is honoring Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) co-founder Blair Hamilton for his visionary leadership in energy efficiency and renewable energy through the creation of 40 student scholarships.

Blair Hamilton, who died in the spring of 2011, was a driving force in creating Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first energy-efficiency utility. A mentor and innovator in the field of energy efficiency research, policy, design and implementation, Blair helped create similar organizations and initiatives in other states and around the world.

The Blair Hamilton Student Scholarships – 40 one-day scholarships to attend Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design on February 8 or 9 – are available to college and high school students in Vermont as well as Vermont residents who are attending college out of state. Scholarship awards will be based on responses to a short essay question.  Students who are not awarded a scholarship can still attend the conference at a special reduced rate of $100 per day.

“Blair was a true innovator who, 25 years ago, thought that lowering the economic and environmental costs of energy was a great – and achievable – goal,” said VEIC co-founder Beth Sachs. “These scholarships are designed to honor that legacy and inspire the next generation of thinkers and doers.”

In 2002, Blair was named a “Champion of Energy Efficiency” by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The following year, he accepted an innovation award from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government on behalf of VEIC.

The Blair Hamilton Student Scholarships are generously sponsored by VEIC.

For more information on the Blair Hamilton Student Scholarships, contact Bob Murphy at 888-921-5990, x. 7718, or Scholarship applications are available at

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Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and is regulated by the Vermont Public Utility Commission to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit

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