Richard Sanford, Jr. recently completed VAL’s Energy Works Weatherization/Job Skills Training Program in Rutland. Sanford, a retiree from New Jersey, spent 25 years in the financial services industry. He studied anthropology and psychology in college and earned an MBA. He speaks Spanish and enjoys whitewater kayaking and hiking. He has four grown children.
“I’m retired, I have some time on my hands,” Sanford said. “The Energy Works training program is a great way to learn new skills for part-time, short-time or, possibly, full-time employment. For me, a key driver here is the potential climate and energy benefits of this work. ”
Sanford is committed to doing what he can to minimize his carbon footprint. He understands that weatherized homes retain their heat in winter and remain cooler in summer, thus reducing energy costs. He is sensitive to his own consumption patterns regarding choice of materials in daily living and dietary choices, noting that vegan and vegetarian diets are more environmentally sustainable.
“It’s got to start somewhere,” Sanford said. “It can start, in a small way, with me.”
“Richard was actively engaged in the Weatherization Training,” said Jeff Nerney, Energy Works Program Coordinator. “He was able to demonstrate his understanding of Building Science Principles and its relationship with Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan.”
The next Energy Works training starts in Rutland on June 6th. Contact Jeff Nerney at [email protected] or (802) 779-0057 to learn more.