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VHFA launches car sharing initiative

VHFA recently began partnering with CarShare Vermont to offer its staff access to shared vehicles for business travel. This initiative will allow the Agency to reduce its carbon footprint while making travel more convenient and more affordable for its staff.

How we heat our homes matters

This commentary by VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins appeared recently on VTDigger

There is only so much room in our budgets for housing, heating, and transportation, and when we sit down to pay our bills it’s clear how inextricably linked each of these are.

Parkview Apartments in Newport receive energy-efficient updates

Residents of Parkview Apartments in Newport celebrated energy-efficient improvements to their apartment complex at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held last week. The $3.1 million project was overseen by RuralEdge, which owns the twelve affordable units. The project was supported by Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), which awarded state and federal tax credits as well as a construction loan.

2017 Green Real Estate Symposium

2017 Green Real Estate Symposium poster

Join us this Wednesday, October 25, 2017 for the Green Real Estate Symposium hosted by our friends at Vermont Realtors.

The event will include information on three main topics. First, appraisers will be educated on how to accurately evaluate a house for its energy efficiency. They'll also learn how to point out areas that could be performing better. 

Next, market research on green energy will show us why we are measuring sustainable energy in the first place. 

McKnight Lane exemplifies Vermont's bold steps toward energy independence

The 14-unit McKnight Lane rental housing neighborhood in Addison County captured national attention this week as the New York Times spotlighted the bold initiatives of Green Mountain Power to reduce its customers' dependence on the electrical grid. 

Elm Place ribbon cutting

Governor Phil Scott joined by Executive Director Sarah Carpenter and others on June 5, cut the ribbon on the newly-constructed, 28,000 square foot Elm Place, an affordable residence for seniors, located in Milton.

VHFA and Housing Vermont celebrate 2016 Carbon Throwdown

Yesterday was pay up day for our friends at Housing Vermont who graciously served VHFA staff a delicious lunch in honor of our 2016 Way to Go Challenge Carbon Throwdown win. 

The friendly competition resulted in estimated savings of 6,475 miles of driving as 43 staff from the two agencies used alternative means of transportation during the 2-week competition in October.  

Way to go!

Renewable Energy Vermont 2016 Conference & Expo

Even with our combination of ingenuity, determination and, resolution to lead on climate and clean energy, a real need exists for even greater innovation. Where do we go from here, as we head toward an election that may bring unprecedented change not just at home but throughout the nation?

At the Renewable Energy Vermont 2016 Conference & Expo, you'll hear from four leaders at the forefront of our energy transformation during a special plenary session entitled, 2026: Envisioning Our Energy Future.  

Upcoming appraisal courses follow recent studies of energy efficient homes

In light of research documenting the lower default risks of mortgages for energy-efficient homes, the Vermont Green Home Alliance invites lenders and appraisers to consider two exciting courses scheduled for October 13-14, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire:  

New tools help real estate professionals appraise energy-efficient, high performance homes

The Vermont Green Home Alliance has completed the guide Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting It Right for building design professionals, builders, home performance contractors, appraisers, lenders, and real estate agents. This guide is intended to help professionals prepare for the increasing level of high performance new home construction and existing home energy efficiency improvement happening in Vermont.

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