Vermont Bioenergy Initiative

The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative (VBI) is a strategic approach to diversified, sustainable agriculture and renewable energy in the state. A program of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, the Bioenergy Initiative aims to supply farm inputs and reduce fossil fuel consumption using local renewable resources. Since 2003 VBI has focused on biodiesel production and distribution for heating and transportation, oil crops for on-farm biodiesel and feed, grass for heating, and algae for biofuels and wastewater management.

The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative draws the connection between farming and energy and supports research, technical assistance, and infrastructure development in emerging areas of bioenergy. Farmers, industry professionals, students, educators, and entrepreneurs are invited to tap this website to help expand all efforts in renewable energy and environmental technology. Specific resources include the areas of oilseeds to biodiesel, grass as a heating fuel, and algae to biofuels and wastewater management.

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF), located in Montpelier, Vermont, is a non-profit organization created by the Vermont Legislature in 1995 to accelerate the development of Vermont’s green economy. VSJF provides early stage grant funding, technical assistance, and loans to entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, networks, and others interested in developing jobs and markets to strengthen Vermont’s working landscape.

The current focus is strengthening the intersection of renewable energy (in the form of biofuels), agriculture, and sustainable forest products. VSJF coordinates the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, Vermont Bioenergy Initiative, Vermont Agriculture Development Program, Harvest for Use Initiative, Peer to Peer Collaborative, and manages both the Vermont Food System Atlas and Renewable Energy Atlas of Vermont. Investments in green economy companies are provided through the Flexible Capital Fund, L3C.

Contact Us

Vermont Bioenergy Initiative

3 Pitkin Court, Suite 301e

Montpelier, Vermont 05602

For program inquiries, contact Ellen Kahler at 802-828-5320

For media inquiries contact Rachel Carter at 802-828-1121

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