Last year the Northern Forest Center began working with a coalition of local organizations and businesses on the Windham Wood Heat Initiative, a $1.6-million program funded by the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund. Our goal is to convert public buildings in Windham County, Vermont, to advance wood heat while also building the infrastructure and local capacity needed to support a local wood heat economy in the long term. This recent article in the Brattleboro Reformer highlights the two installations completed to date.

The team has also been doing a great deal of work behind the scenes: helping improve existing wood heat systems, conducting thermal efficiency and wood heat evaluations on 17 buildings, and meeting with many local leaders to discuss wood heat options. Over the coming months the team will focus on moving projects toward positive votes on Election Day in November. The Center is proud to be playing a project management role on the diverse, committed, and multi-talented Windham Wood Heat team. For more information, visit the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network’s website.