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How hard can it be to get a bus line to go up and down 40+ miles of country road twice a day? Hard enough! Making it happen on Route 116 required many Vermonters to go out on a limb, expand their understanding of their personal and institutional possibilities, and...

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At NRG Systems, we care passionately about two things: getting more wind turbines on the ground to generate clean, renewable energy, and putting them in environmentally responsible places. As a founder and close partner of the American Wind Wildlife Institute and through conversations with our customers, we know that reconciling...

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Jan Albers, author of Hands on the Land: A History of the Vermont Landscape (MIT Press, 2000), teaches that the process of making decisions about human impact on the landscape is demanding, complex and continuous. She has written: “Landscapes do not just spring fully formed, from the earth.

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If Kristen Graf has her way, every year from now on there will be more women working in the wind industry. Graf, executive director of the national nonprofit Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), administers the Rudd Mayer Fellowships, which since 2005 have played a key role in identifying and assisting...

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Talk about cafeteria benefit plans! Since 2007, NRG Systems has contracted with Wild Leek Kitchen to provide free, catered lunch for every employee four days a week, with an emphasis on fresh, local, low-calorie food cooked from scratch.

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How does a fast-moving high-tech company keep its feet on the ground? One way, for us at NRG Systems, is to plant them firmly at that intersection where science and technology meet the humanities – literature, the arts, history, philosophy, and the social sciences. The humanities aren’t just academic disciplines.

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As this blog post goes live – if all goes as planned – something very exciting is happening on a West Virginia mountain, which NRG Systems has been working on for three years.

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I never thought I’d be so happy to see a backhoe. Here in Vermont, we’re literally digging out from a natural disaster named Irene. On August 28, Irene’s sudden heavy rains transformed our brooks and streams into raging rivers and our rivers into destructive torrents.

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We know how much it matters to free up a spare bedroom, couch, or corner of our homes for family or friends when they’re in need. It may be for a few nights, a few weeks, or longer to help a loved one through a tough jam or a sustained challenge.

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Now I sit at a desk at NRG Systems in a community outreach role, after a career in social services and higher education. Like many people of my generation, I left college believing there was an unbridgeable divide between jobs that save the world and jobs that don’t, summed up...

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