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Our Team

Douglas A Webster

Co-founder of Champlain Maker Faire and Burlington Generator Makerspace, Douglas has promoted making, innovation, and startup development across the region including helping communities establish a maker mindset, exhibits and creation of maker spaces and places.  Douglas has been an amateur meteorologist for 48 years, studying the weather, campus and radio meteorologist, and has written about climate change and renewable energy justification.  Douglas is an aerospace engineer and state coordinator of career and technical education and has hope that working together can impact the levels of carbon toward a carbon neutral world.

Tom Tailor

My first RAD climate action is to teach Earth Systems Analysis both nationally and Internationally.  The Earth Systems of Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, Geosphere, Biosphere, Cryosphere, Human-sphere and the solar system mechanics all interact to impact the Earth’s climate.  Working the United States Earth Science Organization and The International Earth Science Olympiad I teach students from over 43 countries how to view their impact using an Earth Systems approach.   Earth Systems Education is the answer. Please visit  

My second RAD action is to develop and implement RADical technologies for the world's lowest income 500 million people.  I have spent the last five years working with Hatitan partners to develop low cost Hurricane and Earthquake resistant housing.  The next part of my journey will take me to Puerto Rico to expand that work.

I believe that with both education, and the hard work of self reflection, we can develop a sustainable relation between humanity and the Earth Systems we all depend upon.  Please Visit the Vermont Haiti Project H.I.D.S.

What are your RAD goals and actions?

Lori Barg 

Lori has trained women in construction in Nicaragua (; worked with the Secoya-an indigenous people protecting the Amazon from accepting trinkets and beads for oil development; in a clean water/aquaculture project that developed into Worked in community development and sustainable hydroelectric development using the principles developed for sustainable hydropower Lesotho. In the US, she recently received a patent for the GoHydro system which focuses on modular production to make the development of low-head hydro (7-40 ft of head) sites affordable by reducing soft costs and civil works. With a flexible design that works for a large range of conditions (flows 20-100 cfs, etc.). Norway gets over 90% of its power from hydro. Tiny Sweden has about 2,000 hydro sites (same number as the US). The US has over 75,000 unpowered dams that could use a modular hydro system

CMFinc. and RAD

Champlain Maker Faire has been involved with sustainability projects through it's Adopt a Maker and Scrounge-a-thon programs. CMF also initiated makerspaces and maker-mindset in libraries, schools, museums and communities across the region. RAD is a continuation of this work and holds much promise in helping to reduce carbon, adapt to existing levels of carbon and it's impact, and to create new ways to accelerate drawdown of atmospheric carbon.

What can you do?

We are currently working on a mission, strategies, and ways to promote and engage the public in RAD activities. When it comes to climate management, RAD is where its at. We must reduce, adapt to and drawdown carbon to ensure food, water, and energy security. Please send any suggestions you have for us all to advance and accelerate RAD in your world and beyond.

Can you pledge to go RAD? Tell us how!

RAD Projects for Students

Are you interested in taking on a project that addresses RAD?

  • Consider RAD Scrounge-a-thon Project Challenge -  For more information, see below. 
  • Are you interested in establishing a Resilience Pods?  More information to come!

What can we do?

We are in the planning stages to determine how we can best help going RAD.  We'd like to adopt, adapt and promote existing work, and can develop when solutions are not available.  Take a look at these ideas and let us know what you think:

  • Create RAD training credential recognition process;
  • Facilitate the development of new maker projects that address any one of RAD strategies via Adopt a Maker and Scrounge-a-thon;
  • Produce community maker Faire and school maker day(s) that promote RAD maker projects;
  • Expand purpose of makerspaces to be leaders in solutions driven RAD projects;
  • Engage and expand robotics clubs in supporting RAD solutions;
  • Brand RAD as a way to provide youth hope there are solutions that can have impact;
  • Hold RAD CTE national annual conference May 2021 in Vermont
  • Establish a NOMCON RAD Working Group: how can the maker community can address RAD?
  • Develop cross-sustainability organizations network of organizing partners
  • Create and deliver messaging that engage the public, youth - speakers, papers, etc;
  • Create or adopt RAD curriculum and multi-tiered credentialing;
  • Create awareness and matching structure to increase access to current and emerging solutions including curriculum and credentialing structures;
  • Create new RAD media: FB, Twitter, Instagram, PodCast, TV Talk show
  • Create RAD Rating algorithm to determine approximate effectiveness, Ie, Carbon Negativity Scale (CNS Award)
  • Create prizes and recognition for CNS Award;
  • Find ways to expand public relations, scenario development, and education for policy makers with goal of accelerating RAD goals (e.g., from 2050 to 2025).

What can we do?