The mission of SEON is to establish a network that promotes Southeastern Vermont and its neighboring regions as a vibrant center of sustainable energy. SEON is a different model for economic development. Either through ‘Open Forums’, webpage blogs, forums, working groups, and e-newsletters, all constituents of the local economy can come together to network, form partnerships, ask questions, share information, discuss difficult issues, and collaborate with all sectors to enrich our local economy. We recognize the interdependence and interrelatedness of all members of our economy, and connect those once isolated and independent entities to a bigger regional picture that calls us to create a world worthy of inheriting.
SEON is not a project management organization that directs resources to a particular issue. We are a facilitative organization that supports the development and commercialization of renewable energy and energy efficiency by linking people, information, and resources.
We provide 4 distinct services:
- Provide Productive Networking Opportunities: SEON will hold monthly meetings, an open forum wherein sustainable energy news is shared. By bringing together people from all backgrounds, these meetings provide an excellent opportunity to learn about what is happening in the lower Connecticut Valley region. SEON will offer access to practical support as well as technical advice from renowned experts. It will direct inquiries on business development to appropriate agencies, and act as an informational resource for consumers.
- Maintain an Information Database on Sustainable Energy: SEON will maintain an impressive list of contacts and activities on sustainable energy. As a First-Call resource, we will respond to questions by providing responses from experts, or by linking people to those with shared interests, research, or market needs. The SEON information network will continue to expand – collecting and monitoring news, events, research, incentives and support programs. SEON distributes timely information to members keeping them “in the loop.”
- Support Education and Employment: Closely linked with institutions of higher learning, technical centers, and businesses, SEON will work to bring programming to schools and continuing education to businesses. SEON will work to provide students, adults, and educators with an expanding resource base for continued development of their interests in sustainable energy technology.
- Promote Sustainable Energy by Serving Our Members and Community: SEON will work with town energy committees, regional planning commissions, and other advocacy groups to develop innovative approaches to assist consumers become more informed on issues of sustainable energy and the financing of projects. In addition, many consumers are overwhelmed with competing demands for their attention and pocket book, and wind up stalled on sustainable energy improvements. Developing a strategy for consumer decision-making will be of considerable value to all.
Continuing Education for Business
Building Science Learning Circle:
Each month over 20 building professionals meet for 3 hours to advance their understanding of building science principles especially as it pertains to the problems they confront on their worksite. Case studies are reviewed, root cause analysis is applied, hypotheses are generated based on the physics of building science. The challenge is that there are no clear solutions to many of the problems. We are still learning in the midst of uncertainty and ever changing product design. Hence the need for ongoing discussions.
Example: The Benefit of Networking: Recently a contractor participating in the Building Science Learning Circle was asked by a customer “What do you know about soy-based closed cell foams?” The contractor was unfamiliar with these products, but reassures the customer that he has a network of professionals, SEON, that will give him the insight necessary for an informed decision.
Within 2 days the contractor has a response from a diverse group of professionals offering their keen perspective: 1.) a fellow contractor offers personal knowledge of soy-based products, 2.) a consultant provides a history of cell-based foam as well as recycled foams, 3.) a researcher expands on building science principles citing research as well as a recent article in a paper on exactly this topic, and 4.) an interested member of the community provided a lead to research being conducted by Honeywell. Where else can an independent contractor have access to such community-based, valuable and trustworthy sources of information?
Testimonial: “I appreciated the session (referencing The Building Science Learning Circle of SEON) and what each person brought to the discussion. I certainly felt there was respect for the process and for my work, which is essential. This is an amazing resource for exploring building science questions and best practices. I feel lucky and honored to be part of this group.
I look forward to future meetings and to contributing as I can. Keep me posted on plans and goals and let me know if there is anything I can do to help. “ Ethan Cole, Owner Earthshare Construction
Future Training (See Events Calendar)
- 10/24/2012 – RBES Energy Code Training for architects and contractors
- TBD – Additional RBES code training for realtors, appraisers, lawyers, town administrators, and energy committee members