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Green Night – November 8, 2017

Nicaragua’s Transition to Renewable Energy: In Search of a Sustainable Future

You are invited to join the Western Mass Green Consortium at the upcoming Green Night from 5PM – 7PM on , October 11, 2017, at the Platform Sports Bar, 125A Pleasant Street, Northampton!

The event is open to the public, donations welcome.

From 5:00-5:30 grab a drink or order food and chat with others. At 5:30 it’s time to share news, events and make your announcements. The featured presentation begins at 6:00 with Q & A following. At 7:00 we move into the bar where energy is high and we continue with conversations, networking and more food and drink.

For this month’s green night, WMGC board member, Eric Fedus, takes us outside of our national bubble for an hour to see what the global renewable energy transition looks like in Nicaragua.

Here in the US, Nicaragua still often evokes an image of an impoverished nation forever caught in a 1980s civil war. Yet, changes across the developing world have been astounding in just the last couple decades and have touched Nicaragua as well.

In addition to a few statistics to provide perspectives, Eric draws upon his own personal experience having worked for a non-profit in Nicaragua in the early 2000’s as well as the experiences of his Nicaraguan friends and colleagues who now play roles in government, non-profits and solar companies that are helping to bring the renewable energy revolution to Nicaragua, panel by panel.

About this months featured presenter:

Eric Fedus has spent over three years living, traveling, and studying abroad, including having visited over 75 organizations worldwide that work with issues of economic development, sustainable livelihoods, and renewable energy. About half that time was spent in Nicaragua working with the non-profit Grupo Fenix, which supports the development of rural communities through community empowerment and sustainable technologies. He continues to be involved as an advisor to Grupo Fenix. Eric is also currently a member of the board of the Western Mass Green Consortium.

Many thanks to our November Sponsor, Dean’s Beans!

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For over two decades Dean’s Beans mission has been clear: To use high quality specialty coffee as a vehicle for progressive change throughout the coffeelands of Asia, Africa and the Americas. We do this through activism, ecological responsibility and innovative direct development programs with our cooperative partners.


Certified Passive House Designer/Consultant Training

November 13 – 17, 2017
Green Mountain Power’s Facility, Montpelier

$500 tuition discount for the first 10 registrants!

There are still a few discounted seats available! Sponsored by the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN). This 5-day course is specifically designed to teach the international Passive House Standard to American professionals creating low energy, net-zero and Passive Houses in the U.S.
Accredited by the AIA for 35 LUs.

Click here for details and registration.

Chris Miksic of Montpelier Construction said he could accommodate two for lodging for the week and there might be other opportunities as well in the area. Contact him at chris@montpelierconstruction. com for lodging.


Tuesday, October 31 at 9-5 and Monday, November 6 from 8 – 4
2-Day Course: “Advanced Green Building & Building Science – the Keys to Managing Moisture.” This is Peter Yost’s highly acclaimed green building workshop.
Location: Windham Regional Career Center’s Cusick Conference Rm, Brattleboro
Cost: SEON Member $395 and Non-Member $475
For details go to
Questions         Contact Guy Payne 802-376-9262 or email

SEON will be running Peter Yost’s highly acclaimed 2-day course on Tuesday, October 31 and Monday, November 6 at the Windham Regional Career Center’s Cusick Conference Room in Brattleboro.  This is the same course that Peter ran at GCC a few years ago and received great reviews. SEON’s high performance builders have said this was the best course they have attended and the return on investment has been considerable.  In fact, the initial offering of this course in 2011 lead to the formation of the Building Science Guild.

Go to our website for the details.  Here’s the skinny:
Location:         Windham Regional Career Center’s Cusick Conference Rm, Brattleboro
Time:              Tuesday, October 31st 9 -5 and Monday, Nov. 6th 8-4
Cost:                Payment option are available at
Food:              Lunch provided with early morning and mid-afternoon snacks


Mark your calendar and save the dates for the upcoming Green Nights!

December 13
January 10

Join us at the Platform Sports Bar at Union Station the second Wednesday of every month for Green Night.


The Platform Sports Bar is located in the historic Union Station in Northampton, MA at 125A Pleasant Street. The bar offers a full menu and an extensive list of drinks. Parking adjacent to the bar is free.