Nine Vermont Communities Awarded Grants to Promote Button Up Day of Action

Burlington, VT

Efficiency Vermont has awarded nine community organizations throughout the state with grant funding to support and promote the Button Up Day of Action happening on November 12, 2016.

The Button Up Day of Action is a day in the late fall where neighbors help neighbors take action to lower their energy costs, reduce their carbon emissions, and increase their comfort. On November 12, thousands of Vermonters will take energy saving actions to get ready for winter. Button Up Day events and activities will take place across the state to provide Vermonters with the information and resources they need to save energy and money.

This year’s nine grant recipients are the town energy committees of Barre, Bethel, Glover, Hartford, South Burlington, Wallingford, Weybridge, and Woodstock, and the non-profit organization NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, which serves the Rutland County area.

Each town will host activities or events to provide their community members with an opportunity to engage in the Button Up Day of Action. These activities and events include workshops on weatherization and energy efficient technologies, tables at community events and polling locations with educational materials and efficient product giveaways, phone calls to town residents with helpful energy-saving information, and hosted open houses and retail events. 

“Congratulations to our grant recipients who are going the extra mile to bring the Button Up Day of Action to their communities,” said Liz Gamache, Director of Efficiency Vermont. “Their help is essential to us meeting our goal of making Vermont a more comfortable and affordable place to live and work.”

In addition to the events taking place in these communities, towns, organizations, and retail locations throughout Vermont will also be taking part. Those who aren’t able to attend a community event in their town are still encouraged to participate in the Button Up Day of Action by taking advantage of the many resources available on the Button Up Vermont website. These include informational videos, a customizable energy-saving action checklist, and a photo contest. Visit for these resources and a full list of events and activities taking place across Vermont.

About Efficiency Vermont

As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 13.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for the last eight consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to more affordable, low carbon energy use through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. Learn more at

About Button Up Vermont

Button Up Vermont is a collaborative effort to cut energy use and keep families warm and healthy throughout the winter. Button Up Vermont is sponsored by Brighter Vermont, Burlington Electric Department, Capstone Community Action, Efficiency Vermont, Green Mountain Power, Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network, and Vermont Energy Education Program. For more information visit

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