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Vermont Earth Institute Charity Profile
Vermont Earth Institute (VEI) is a statewide non-profit that engages and supports Vermonters to reduce consumption and adopt environmentally sustainable practices in their homes, workplaces and communities.
VEI's discussion courses and educational programs bring people together, raise their ecological awareness and facilitate profound change in values, habits and actions in caring for the environment.
VEI believes that grassroots activism can shift American attitudes and behaviors, helping people to live lighter, leading to an improved quality of life and a more just, ecologically-based economic system.
Vermont Earth Institute Volunteer Information
Start a VEI community discussion course
The courses are: Menu for the Future (6 sessions), Global Warming (4 sessions), Voluntary Simplicity, Choices for Sustainable Living, Deep Ecology, Discovering a Sense of Place, Healthy Children-Healthy Planet and Globalization and Its Critics. They’re free, largely self-facilitated, 7 sessions, and are for groups of 8-12 people.
• Start a course: VEI volunteers invite friends and neighbors or workplace colleagues to participate in courses in their communities. VEI staff provide volunteers with training, information and fliers.
• Facilitate a course: VEI provides training for mentors to facilitate the first and last course sessions. Mentors usually have taken a course, but if there are no mentors in your area, VEI provides coaching and clear, written instructions - it’s easy!
Host an Eco-Party
These fun and informative parties bring groups of friends and neighbors together to consider strategies to reduce household energy use, toxics, and waste. A VEI staff or volunteer facilitates the discussion and provides fact sheets and tips for living greener.