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Schweitzer Fellows work to weatherize the homes of low-income and elderly Vermont residents on October 23.

In Vermont’s rural underserved communities — where heat is often in short supply, and many residences aren’t optimally constructed to keep out the biting cold — plummeting winter temperatures bring freezing-cold homes and accompanying health risks instead of visions of snowflakes.

That’s why on November 6, Schweitzer Fellows from Vermont Law School will spend a second day partnering with COVER Home Repair in support of the “100 Houses in 100 Days” initiative, which aims to weatherize 100 low-income, elderly and disabled Upper Valley, Vermont residences in 100 days. (Fellows carried out their first service day with COVER on October 23.)

“We have a great crew and some houses in serious need,” says Schweitzer Fellow Allison Silverman (whose individual Schweitzer project focuses on improve environmental and community health by partnering with local certified energy auditors and Efficiency Vermont to initiate home energy audits and weatherization improvements in the Vermont Law School community).

First, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Schweitzer Fellows and the volunteers they’ve recruited will receive a weatherization training at VLS Institute for Energy & the Environment. Then, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., they will roll up their sleeves and get to work.

Want to get involved? Contact Schweitzer Fellow Michelle Tarnelli. In the meantime, enjoy these pics of Schweitzer Fellows in action at the October 23rd weatherization service day.

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