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New Series Features Vermont’s Climate Economy Innovators

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2015-12-09

MONTPELIER VT – Today’s innovative Vermont businesses are growing the state’s climate change economy. Examples range from manufacturers of super insulated panels for new buildings to engineers that are designing ways to warm greenhouses using heat generated from on-farm compost piles,

A new series now highlights Vermont companies that are finding practical ways to reduce carbon emissions, diminish climate risk, and stimulate green economic development. These Climate Innovator Stories (vtrural.org/programs/climate-economy) are from across the state and include new approaches in fields such as transportation, building, farming, power generation, and outdoor recreation.

The series is part of the Climate Change Economy Initiative started by the nonprofit Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) earlier this year. The group is hosting its second Summit on this topic in Randolph on February 22.

“There are many Vermont businesses that are moving into this rapidly expanding sector,” says VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello. “They are coming up with products and ideas that are in demand around the world as valuable aids to cut how we use the earth’s limited resources.”

VCRD will be continuing this series throughout the winter. It is looking for new story ideas which can be suggested at the website www.vtrural.org or by writing jenna@vtrural.org.

VCRD is a non‐profit organization charged by the federal farm bill to act as a neutral convener at both the local and policy level supporting the progress of Vermont communities.