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Climate Economy Model Communities Program

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The Vermont Climate Economy Model Communities Program will help communities build and implement plans that model state-of-the-art rural development in an age of climate change. The ultimate goal is to create “climate smart” communities throughout Vermont and brand them, leveraging rapid change by implementing comprehensive efficiencies efforts, transportation system improvements, energy generation, entrepreneurship and business incubation to spur economic progress. The program is a partnership between the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), Green Mountain Power (GMP), Vermont Electric Coop (VEC), Washington Electric Coop (WEC) and other utilities, Efficiency Vermont (EVT), and other partners to provide concentrated services to homes and businesses and project development to the community. The program will work with two communities annually to model transformative change.

Applications to participate in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program in 2017 are due on March 22. Towns with populations between 1,000 and 10,000 are eligible to participate in this first year of the program.

To Apply: Here's a link to a Request for Proposals Application (pdf and Word versions) with details and the application form and a one-page information sheet about the program.

NEW: A Frequently-Asked-Questions document can be viewed by clicking here. 

A webinar was hosted on March 9 to provide an overview of the program and to field questions from interested applicants. That webinar can be viewed on youtube by clicking hereTo view the Powerpoint presentation used for the webinar, click here. 

We welcome inquiries from communities interested in participating and organizations interested in partnering on this initiative. Please contact Jon Copans at or (802) 225-6393 with any questions. 

Thank you to VLITE, the High Meadows Fund, and VCRD’s members for supporting the Model Communities Program.