Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition


Net Zero Vermont’s co-directors, Deb Sachs (now Executive Director of NZM) and Dan Jones (now Executive Director of SMC) spearheaded the design competition. The design competition started in June 2016 and the winning team was chosen in January 2017. Submissions were asked to focus on three elements:

  1. sustainable and inclusive small city living
  2. a modern, shared transportation system
  3. development of a lively downtown of high-density residence, work, culture and entertainment

The design competition looked for designers to offer their best ideas for an inclusive and Net Zero Montpelier experience in order to lead to implementation of superior community development projects. In the first round, the public was invited to participate in familiarizing themselves with the contestants’ submissions and chose their top five favorites. The second round included the top five winners, who each presented a more detailed set of plans before an audience at the Pavilion. In this final round the designs were on display at City Hall, and the design notebooks were available at the Kellogg Hubbard Library as well as digitally and the video recording of the presentations at the Pavilion. Again, the public voted for their favorite. All the finalists’- designs contributed important ideas of what is possible for Montpelier. Team Bridges emerged as the winner and was presented with a $10,000 check by Governor Scott in the Oak Creek Room at the Statehouse in front of a full audience.

The Coalition was established to translate the vision of the winning design into reality.

The Sustainable Montpelier Coalition (SMC), a 501c3 non-profit, was incorporated in Spring 2017 as an outcome of the public support generated from the winning designs of the Sustainable Montpelier 2030 Design Competition. The winning design provides a concrete vision of what an energy-efficient, net-zero Montpelier would look like. The Coalition was established to provide a vehicle for mobilizing the resources, public support, and organizational development necessary to translate the design’s vision into reality.