Vermont Environmental Consortium

Community Investments is committed to supporting organizations in its own backyard. All involved in CI give generously of their volunteer time. The most significant commitment is to the Vermont Environmental Consortium.

CI Principal Jill Michaels served as President and volunteer CEO for the Vermont Environmental Consortium for seven years until she stepped down at the end of 2016 to become a member of the VEC Board.

VEC is a statewide nonprofit that brings businesses, educational institutions and state and U.S. government officials together to make Vermont a leader in the green economy. VEC promotes growth and job creation in Vermont’s environmental business sector through networking, information sharing and special projects. VEC is made up of representatives from businesses, higher education institutions, and nonprofits in Vermont’s environmental sector.

 

Jill’s first task when she took office was to oversee the organization’s transition from a staff managed to board managed entity, since financial difficulties prohibited continuing to have an Executive Director. The organization was solvent within a year and quickly regained its status as a well respected component of the state’s environmental community.

During her tenure she oversaw VEC’s component of a grant from US Department of Energy for a feasibility study of a biodigester heating plant for Vermont Technical College. Although VEC’s role in this project ended with completion of the feasibility study, the project has been built and the biodigester now provides heat for the VTC Randolph Campus.

VEC also secured a grant from Green Mountain Power for a preliminary feasibility study for the siting of a solar array on an abandoned brownfield in Strafford, VT. That project is currently under construction.

VEC holds two conferences a year — one of which focuses on Water Quality issues, especially in Lake Champlain, and the other highlights successful projects by VEC members and supporters, most recently held at the Green Mountain Power Energy Innovation Center in Rutland, VT.