While the new creation of the Vermont Climate Action Commission is an important step, it’s not charting new territory. There has been needed, growing momentum for this type of challenge-to-opportunity response. Here are a few specific opportunities for you to learn more about and get engaged in two of those important efforts, including:
VCRD’s “Catalysts of the Climate Economy” Summit – September 6 to 8 in Burlington
In 2015, the independent Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) convened a diverse Climate Change Economy Council. Their work culminated in calls for substantive state action on climate change, including establishing comprehensive energy efficiency programs and approaches across the heating and transportation sectors, clean energy finance innovation and pricing carbon pollution. Find out more and register today at: www.ccecon17.com/
Everyone’s Economic Opportunity in Climate Action – Panels and Conversations
Across Vermont this late summer and fall, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and the Vermont Natural Resources Council, both active members of the Energy Independent Vermont coalition, are convening panel discussions and audience-engaged conversations about how Vermont can take real action on climate change – and benefit from it. Each event will highlight the current state of climate (in)action in Vermont, focus the conversation and recommended actions on the job-creating, beneficial opportunities for everyone in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning off fossil fuels. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, offer ideas and find meaningful ways to engage.
The events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Find more information at http://bit.ly/EEOCA17. But, plan to attend one of the following events from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 pm:
Norwich: Thursday, August 24th, Porter Community Room at Montshire Museum
Brattleboro: Tuesday, September 12th, 118 Elliot
Burlington: Monday, October 16th, Main Street Landing (Film House)
Manchester: Thursday, October 19th, Northshire Bookstore
Middlebury: Monday, October 30th, Danforth Pewter
Barre: Date and location TBD; stay tuned!
Find far more details about these and other climate-action events at www.actonclimatevt.org.