To describe David as passionate about renewable energy is a huge understatement. His enthusiasm for finding earth-friendly solutions established itself early: At age 14 he built his first wind turbine to light the small shack he used to boil sap into maple syrup. After he earned his driver's license, he vowed to help the U.S. transition from dependence on fossil fuels following the 1973 oil embargo. And a year after graduating from the University of Vermont, he founded NRG Systems—one of the nation's most successful wind-energy companies—in 1982. Not one to rest on his laurels, however he stepped down as CEO of NRG to found AllEarth Renewables 22 years later. Today, David is involved in all aspects of AllEarth Renewables' day-to-day operations. He also makes frequent public-speaking engagements and serves on the board of many energy-focused institutions at the national and state levels. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from UVM and an honorary PHD from Wentworth Institute of Technology.
John was a graduate student in mechanical engineering at the University of Vermont and David Blittersdorf was a senior with a passion for wind when they first met in 1981. They have been collaborating ever since. John was the architect and original designer of NRG Systems’ early instruments, including its first data logger. When David began AllEarth Renewables, John eagerly joined him and led the team of engineers who continue to research and develop the company’s wind and solar products. John lives a life true to his values. Nothing makes him happier than when his kids, Jake and Hannah, are home between global jaunts or college semesters with him and his wife, Debbie. He believes he will have led a successful life if on a daily basis he is mindful of and appreciates where he is, enjoys all the people around him, and passes along the joy of the everyday to his children.
As AllEarth Renewables grew, so too did the need for a well-built human-resources infrastructure that supports and motivates our innovators. Fortunately for us, Joyce and her decades of experience were ready to step up to the plate. Following graduation from Penn State University, she was the second hire at Autumn Harp Inc., a socially responsible developer and manufacturer of skin-care products. Over the course of more than 30 years, she held various senior-management positions, helping the company garner various awards for its business strategy and family-friendly environment. At AllEarth, Joyce maintains a balance of nurturing creative minds while also maintaining the organization and demands required to run a productive company.
David joins the AllEarth family and brings with him nearly four decades of experience in energy and regulatory law, proven strategic leadership in roles with regional and national organizations, as well as a lifelong commitment to renewable energy. Along with a successful career in private practice, David has also served as Special Counsel to the Vermont Department of Public Service, Associate General Counsel of the Public Service Board, and as executive leader of the Vermont Public Power Supply Authority. David lives in East Montpelier, and is a former selectboard member, planning commission member, school board member and chair, and cemetery commissioner in Vermont communities. He served as pro bono counsel for several years to what was then the Vermont Network Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
As the Controller, Debbie oversees all the financial aspects of multiple companies. She was born and raised in Vermont but left the cold northern climate to live and study where it was much warmer at Texas Christian University. She graduated with a degree in finance and returned to Vermont a year later. Debbie continued her education at The University of Vermont and graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She has since held positions in the manufacturing and utility industries making her a perfect fit for AllEarth. The company is well served by her analytical and prioritization skills as well as her ability to create efficiently structured systems. Debbie is a true family person and enjoys spending her time lakeside or slope-side with her husband, Mark and children Joshua and Andrew.
Phil was introduced to peak oil and the need for renewable energy by his physics professor in college and it immediately became his passion. Upon graduation with a BS in Environmental Science, he started a home insulating and weatherization business. Throughout the following 35 years in various manufacturing management roles, he sought out ways to help his employers prevent pollution and be as energy efficient as possible. He participated in building two state-of-the-art, award-winning metal finishing facilities and waste water treatment systems. He has also been practicing Lean Manufacturing for the past 15 years. Phil lives in a high efficiency passive home with solar hot water and PV. Phil describes a great day as waking up at 5:30 a.m. to bike 100 miles with friends. On his current bucket list: hiking the Long Trail and biking across the United States.
Nick passionately believes that combating climate change is the single most important issue of our time. As the Communication & Public Affairs Manager at AllEarth Renewables, his work supports the construction of community wind farms, deployment of solar tracker arrays, and bringing community passenger rail service to Vermont. A native of Thetford, Nick returned to Vermont in 2010 after graduating from Harvard University. He has since put his values to work leading community outreach for progressive organizations and causes, and managing local, legislative and statewide Vermont political campaigns. Nick’s eight years of political and professional experience serve AllEarth well in navigating the political and regulatory challenges that arise while driving change. Nick lives in Sharon in a solar-tracker powered household with his wife Melissa.