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April 24, 2012

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April 24, 2012

My town had tried to start an Energy Committee. It worked for a little while then fell apart. Later, SERG contacted people and got interest going and we have had a Town endorsed commission for 5 years. The difference was the support and encouragement from SERG. Support was printed materials and physical presence to pose and to answer questions.

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A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 24, 2012

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April 24, 2012

SERG is big part of the backbone of the transition away from fossil fuel dependence and over consumption is this community. The cumulative impact of SERG's work convening community dialogues and bringing together the field of energy conservation work, has raised awareness, build coalitions and dramatically furthered this crucial cause in this area.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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April 24, 2012

SERG is responsible for the formation of most of the town energy commissions and committees in NH and VT and offers a great amount of guidence and support in the activities of these groups once they are formed. Bob Walker, Director of SERG, in particular is a sunningly active and valuable resource, participaing and supporting most of the enegery programs and initiatives in both states, and leading many of the most valuable. The Hartford Energy Commission would be lost without the support of Bob and SERG.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Forming the Hartford Energy Commission and performing energy annalysis on my own home.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the funding and personnel to amplify the efforts.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

Networking at energy events.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I helped form the Hartford (VT) Energy Commission which I have chaired since. That would not have happened without SERG.

April 12, 2012

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April 12, 2012

SERG provides essential services to the Upper Valley in leading the transition to a renewable energy-based economy!

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

April 11, 2012

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April 11, 2012

SERG has done important pioneering work in our region, nudging and helping surrounding towns (such as ours) to form Energy Commissions. In turn, SERG led the way in taking an energy-efficient approach to streetlighting - we learned importantly from their experience and, in our much larger town, turned off 40% of our streetlights and converted the remainder to LEDs, reducing our electricity use for this purpose by about 80%. We look to SERG to get inspiration for what's possible....

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A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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April 11, 2012

Vermont is a small and very active 'Green' State. For its size, it is amazing that a rural and relatively impoverished State with challenging weather at best, tourism as our major income, could become a leader in this cutting edge arena of energy conservation and general 'greening' of the planet. It is no accident that VT is like this and it has been building decades before 'green' became so politically-correct. The reason for that, in my opinion, is because of the efforts of small, grass-roots organizations lead by visionaries who are also so skilled in the practicalities of taking on long, yet emergency, challenges in a practical, efficient way that they create organizations like SUSTAINABLE ENERGY RESOURCES GROUP. SERG, on a daily basis, makes a practical difference in each person's ability to cut their carbon footprint in our towns and villages beause of it's innovative programs, its decades-long, hands-on experience and commitment in building a movement that will stay productive and in a practical way, get people to gently understand the severe and frightening challenges facing us and then offering, even orchestrating and finding public funding sources to help real individuals make practical changes, weatherizing old homes for little or no out-pocket money bc SERG was instrumental in finding large grant sources, making huge cuts in energy-use and public expense thereon w/our outdated streetlight programs. In our largish-small town, in particular, it has grass-root-garnered support for energy initiatives w/measurable results - generated/coordinated/public funding for weatherization projects on town buildings and countless home-weatherization and energy efficient projects. Day to day in real people's lives, often impoverished persons' lives, SERG has been making a quantifiable difference -- organizing whole brigades of people to canvass our rural area to see who needed help, what kind, and how to make it affordable. This not only helped the people receiving the information, it increased all-out community involvement and commitment by foraging for so many door-to-door teams of volunteers. From nuts to dessert, the whole magilla, and now we have a very large (by VT standards) town populace that is not only far better educated and voluntarily making daily better choices regarding the planet and it's finite sources but are actual physical beneficiaries of a warmer home, a safer to place to live, streetlights that use 1/10th (if that) the power (and money) --a whole town coalesced around energy conversation and conservation in a practical, pass-it-on-to-the-next-generation way that will serve the planet and public good far longer than most of the people on the Board ever envisioned. And it's in my town, and it's changing people, people who otherwise wouldn't have learned or acted AND that's the biggest difference I see w/this organization --it helps in a far-reacing practical way but it also builds community and changes people. Without that level of participation in energy-conservation, that personal commitment, no programs in the world are going to work for long enough to make a difference. -- Plus, SERG has taken it State-wide in building coalitions w/other larger, more 'recognized/sexy' environmental organizations to help them bring the 'theory' into direct practice in the lives of all VT citizenry --but I am privileged to have watched it grow across decades w/the dedication and support of many people but primarily through the hands-on, day-to-day, minute-to-minute, in the trenches efforts of its Exec Dir, Robert Walker, a simple-living, dedicated, quiet example of someone who not only walks his talk but takes it to the far reaches of the State and too often on a shoestring budget. It is a premier, altho under-recognized, charity that I am proud to write an endorsement for. C. Creek Kelsey, Esq. (Juris doctor, cum laud University of San Diego Law School; Masters in Studies of Environmental Law, magna cum laud from Vermont Law School's #1 world ranked environmental program.)

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Personally I have not had occasion to use SERG-only services such as weatherizing, energy audits or programs they have initiated w/other energy-saving partners, as I don't need them yet. I've experienced the results of the organization by participating in the out-reach programs, helping to do weatherization work on our town's Community Center/mtg bldg and seeing firsthand the differences made w/families in my town and thru-out the 'green-community' in VT; plus conferences, education, presentations, etc.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it a more reliable source of funding; it appears exceptionally fiscally responsible and to get a tremendous amount accomplished and deserves the funds to continue to do so as efficiently as possible.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

It puts the vast majority of any funding directly into effective programs; it is small and can impact people on a one-on-one basis where lasting change has to take place. I personally adore and am involved with larger organizations for the 'place' they fit --helping endangered species, protecting sensitive lands. But often the best meaning of those actions polarizes the sides even more. SERG brings liberal and conservative, even fundamentalist/right-wing, elements together in a practical, cooperative way that will serve to protect rather than divide further. It has remained grass-roots while also being highly respected and sought-out by the mover-shaker orgs here like Vermont Natural Resources Council, Efficiency Vermont/NewHampshire... it's the rare 'charity' that people can initimately, trust, know, feel, and use in their own lives and to the benefit of the planet and society in general.

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