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The Mission

The world is changing. In our back yards, across distant lands and oceans, ordinary people are transforming the way we power our lives. Our journey is to uncover their stories. This is why we explore. To see the future. To draw a new map of what's possible and where we're going.

Exploring the world and how we power it, Vittoria Energy Expedition is a travel-inspired nonprofit organization connecting everyday people with current renewable energy innovations that not only fuel, but empower lives. Team Vittoria works at the intersection of technology, business, and policy to inform public discussion around energy decisions at home and in our communities.

The Challenge: Traveling the globe aboard Vittoria, our innovative renewable-powered sailing ship, VEE illustrates the ultimate independence offered by modern, alternative electric generation technologies. Through our voyages -- without fuel stops or recharge stations -- to far-flung destinations in search of creative new ways communities are powering themselves, we captivate and educate diverse audiences on the reality of cost-effective energy alternatives available today. With the adventures of Vittoria, we highlight the impressive capacity of renewable technologies to revolutionize our personal, and global, energy approach.

Vittoria Energy Expedition follows a tradition of intrepid explorers pursuing discovery and new understanding of the world around us. With exhibitions of alternative energy systems and accounts of the journeys they fuel, we aim to offer individuals, communities, companies, and governments a choice in how they meet their energy needs.

Team Vittoria

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April Avant

April provides marketing, strategy, and fundraising recommendations to VEE. She spent the last decade helping businesses and non-profits create or improve their online presence. April lives in Washington D.C. where she ducks and dodges tourists.
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Andrew Polich

Andrew is a solar enthusiast and channels that passion in his blog, www.wheresthesolar.com. As a Seattle native, Andrew loves hiking, camping, the Seahawks, and rain. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of Notre Dame.
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Chad Johnson

Chad is an avid outdoorsman and global adventurer. A co-founder of VEE, he has spent nearly a decade working in environmental, social, and business advisory initiatives. Chad hails from the lakes region of Minnesota and holds a B.A. in International Business from Minnesota State University.
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Dana Bye

Dana has spent years working with communities to tell their renewable energy stories. She helps VEE document its adventures and inspiring tales discovered along the way. Dana is from St. Paul, Minnesota and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theatre from Beloit College.
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Nathan Sermonis

Nathan is a lifelong explorer and mariner. After spending nearly a decade working in politics, foreign affairs, and energy policy, he helped found VEE. Nathan is from the Finger Lakes region of Western New York and holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University.
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Peter Serano

Pete is the technical anchor of VEE bringing over a decade of engineering expertise. He grew up on the Jersey Shore and holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).