For those who are interested in energy or climate change, who you are in Vermont, or close to it, there are not many events that can even come close to matching the VECAN Conference. This year’s conference is on Saturday, December 7, at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont.
Registration opens at 8:00, with a Welcome at 9:00. At 9:15 there will be opening remarks, followed by a presentation, by Energy Action Network, “Where Does Vermont Stand on Its Climate and Clean Energy Goals?”
There are 14 workshops this year. Seven of these will begin at 11:00:
- Building Climate Resilience: Tools, Tips and Fundamental Approaches
- Maximizing the Energy Transformation Opportunities in Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard
- Using Evidence and Data to Drive Rapid, Cost-Effective, and Equitable Emissions Reductions
- Working Effectively with Municipalities: Tips and Tricks for Energy Committees
- Legislative Lowdown and Look Forward for 2020
- Zero Energy Now: A Whole-Home Energy Transformation
- Transportation Electrification – Buses, Bikes and Cars
Lunch and networking with Vermont’s finest people will begin at 12:15, and this will be followed by the afternoon workshops:
- Leading By Example: Collaborating With Schools and Students to Move Energy Projects Forward
- Ramping Up Weatherization
- Understanding and Alleviating Vermonters’ Energy Burden – Projects and Approaches
- The Role of Vermont’s Forests in Climate Action – Heating and Sequestering
- Capping Pollution and Investing in Solutions: The Transportation & Climate Initiative
- Beyond Cars: Success Stories and Strategies
- Accelerating Vermont’s Renewable Energy Future
Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe will present “Combating Climate Change in Every Committee Room: A 2020 Legislative Preview: at 3:00.
The keynote address will be from Maine Representative Chloe Maxmin. Rep. Chloe Maxmin, at the age of 27, has already been named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone and has been recognized by the Washington Post, CNN and other news outlets for her leadership.
All this will be followed at 4:30 by a reception, until 5:30. This is a perfect time to get to know those you have just met at the conference.
The VECAN conference is a highlight of the energy year in Vermont. It is an event not to be missed. And there is still time to register. You can visit the web site to register at https://vecan.net/conference2019/.