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Empower Pownal invites the full community to a free lunch and kick-off to set direction for the future
On Saturday June 24th all members of the Pownal community are invited to the Empower Pownal kick-off event at the American Legion. This event is kicks off a process for residents to identify and advance priorities that improve economic opportunity... more
McGinnis Opinion: Seeing opportunity in climate fight
By Linda McGinnis as seen in the Burlington Free Press: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/opinion/my-turn/2017/06/08/opin... Vermont is made up of communities that care about each other and our beautiful surroundings. It comes from our... more
Larry Williams Commentary: Vermont can lead the way in climate economy
As seen in vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/06/02/larry-williams-vermont-can-lead-way-clim... As the numbers of people who participated in the climate march recently showed, Vermonters and Americans across this country are concerned about... more
First ‘climate economy’ town begins charting its course
As seen in vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/05/14/first-climate-economy-town-begins-charti... POWNAL — About 30 residents turned out last week to begin planning how to foster a healthy local economy in an era of climate change. Pownal is... more
First Climate Community initiative launched in Pownal
By Jim Therrien, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/first-climate-community-initiati... POWNAL — The Vermont Council on Rural Development launched its first Climate Economy Model Communities initiative Tuesday... more
Pownal chosen as first climate economy model community
As seen in Business Vermont of the Rutland Herald/Times Argus: http://www.businessvermont.com/pownal-chosen-as-first-climate-economy-mo... POWNAL — Shannon Barsotti, Pownal Planning Commission member, loves to sit on her porch and watch the Hoosic... more
Dan Hoxworth: Fighting poverty and climate change through transportation efficiency
As seen in the vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/04/18/dan-hoxworth-fighting-poverty-climate-ch... Editor’s note: This commentary is by Dan Hoxworth, the executive director of Capstone Community Action and a member of the Vermont Climate... more
First model climate economy town
By Jim Therrian, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/first-model-climate-economy-town... POWNAL — Pownal has been selected as the first Vermont town to receive planning assistance through the Climate Economy... more
Press Release: Pownal Selected as First Climate Economy Model Community
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) joined with partners Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont to announce that the town of Pownal was selected as the first to participate in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. VCRD and... more
Commentary ~ Jon Copans: Modelling a local and vibrant climate economy
As seen in the vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/03/06/jon-copans-modelling-local-vibrant-clima... With a national political conversation that seems to become more divisive and fragmented with each passing day, engaging locally to create... more
Climate Economy Model Communities Program Launched: Vermont Communities are Invited to Apply
As seen in the Vermont Business Magazine: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/february/scott-vcrd-utilities-look-develo... The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) joined with Governor Phil Scott and partners including Green Mountain Power,... more
Jon Copans named director of VCRD's Climate Economy Model Communities Program
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) announced today that Jon Copans has joined the organization as Director of its Climate Economy Model Communities Program. The Program, starting in 2017, will work with Green Mountain Power and other... more
Vermont Climate Economy Action Team Convened
As seen in vermontbiz.com: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/november/vermont-climate-economy-action-t... A new working group has formed to advance Vermont’s Climate Economy. Founded by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), the Vermont... more
VCRD Job Opening: Climate Economy Model Communities Program Director
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is seeking a “Climate Economy Model Communities Program Director” to help Vermont communities advance economic opportunities while reducing their local carbon footprint. The Director will develop and... more
Carbon tax one issue dividing gubernatorial hopefuls in debate
By Adam Federman, as seen in vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2016/07/20/carbon-tax-one-issue-dividing-gubernatori... RUTLAND — Can Vermont meet its own economic needs and still effectively address the issue of global climate change? That... more
Candidates for governor square off in Rutland
By Gordon Dritschilo, as seen in the Times Argus: http://timesargus.com/article/20160720/THISJUSTIN/160729969 RUTLAND — It was sometimes hard to draw distinctions between Vermont’s gubernatorial candidates Tuesday night. Democrats Matt Dunne,... more
Costello: The Vermont Climate Economy Partnership
by Paul Costello, Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development At the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) we get to work with rural towns throughout Vermont where we rally everyone to pull together, review all the issues before... more
Editorial: Rising tides
As seen in the Times Argus: http://www.timesargus.com/article/20160225/OPINION01/160229804 A report out this week found that sea levels are rising more rapidly than at any time since the era of ancient Rome. As a result, coastal flooding is... more
Optimism on Vermont’s ‘climate economy’
By Gregory Dennis, Addison County Independent: http://www.addisonindependent.com/ When confronted with the latest piece of bad news about climate change – record-high temperatures, devastating floods, the North Pole turned into a giant swimming... more
Audio ~ Can Vermont adapt to climate change?
In the midst of one of the warmest winters in memory, how can Vermont adapt to the new realities of climate change? Paul Costello of the Vermont Council on Rural Development has been exploring this issue with community leaders all around Vermont. He... more
VCRD Summit focuses on growing Vt’s green jobs
As seen at Mountain Times: http://mountaintimes.info/vcrd-summit-focuses-on-growing-vts-green-jobs/ RANDOLPH – Strategies for keeping Vermont in the forefront of stimulating the growth of green jobs while reducing carbon emissions were abundant at... more
Communities lead in climate economy effort
By Andy Clark, Times Argus: http://www.timesargus.com/article/20160224/NEWS01/160229839 RANDOLPH — Vermont’s climate economy is a pace-setter for the nation, in large part because of work being done in many communities across the state. Vermont... more
Summit Explores Vermont's Climate Economy
By Steve Zind, VPR. Listen here: http://digital.vpr.net/post/summit-explores-vermonts-climate-economy More than 400 participants attended the second annual Vermont Climate Economy Summit held Monday in Randolph Center. The day-long event followed... more
Conference Held On Implementing A Climate Economy In Vermont
Listen to the audio of the Pat Bradley story on WAMC: http://wamc.org/post/conference-held-implementing-climate-economy-vermon... Hundreds of people gathered in Randolph, Vermont Monday to discuss the state’s “climate economy.” Attendees considered... more
Video ~ 2016 Climate Economy Summit
VCRD Summit Highlights Talented students from the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College interviewed Summit speakers and participants to capture the spirit of the Summit in video. Their showing of a first draft at the close of the Summit was a... more
Gathering asks: Could Vermont benefit from climate change?
By Mark Johnson, vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2016/02/22/gathering-asks-could-vermont-benefit-from... RANDOLPH — Vermont is poised to benefit economically while also helping the world cope with climate change, political and policy leaders... more
Hundreds gather in Randolph for economic climate summit
See the story on WCAX: http://www.wcax.com/story/31285216/hundreds-gather-in-randolph-for-econo... RANDOLPH, Vt. - Lawmakers and business leaders are fighting climate change and looking to help Vermont cash in at the same time. A summit focused on... more
Leahy to Open Vermont Climate Economy Summit Monday, February 22
As seen at: http://www.vermontbiz.com/event/february/leahy-open-vermont-climate-econ... Senator Patrick Leahy to be opening speaker at the Vermont Climate Economy Summit, sponsored by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD). VCRD founded... more
Today’s Summit: Growing Vermont’s Green Jobs
Contact: Paul Costello, VCRD Executive Director, 802-223-5763, pcostello@vtrural.org EDITORS: Note, a complete Summit packet, including participants and bios, is available at http://vtrural.org/sites/default/files/content/ClimateEconomy/... more
Living Economically
By Laurie Caswell Burke, Wind Ridge columnist | As seen at Shelburne News: http://www.shelburnenews.com/2016/02/18/living-economically/ Miss the Paris Climate Summit? Here’s an opportunity much closer to home. A second climate summit in Randolph... more
VPR's Vermont Edition: A Warm Winter's Impact On the State Economy
Listen to the conversation here: http://digital.vpr.net/post/warm-winters-impact-state-economy#stream/0 In this segment of VPR's Vermont Edition, Jane Lindholm talks with Parker Riehle, president of the Vermont Ski Areas Association, a non-profit... more
Times Argus Editorial: Building Blocks
As seen at: http://timesargus.com/article/20160205/OPINION01/160209789/0/SEARCH About a year ago, the Vermont Council on Rural Development held a daylong summit in Randolph to discuss the economic implications and potential opportunities of climate... more
Video ~ On the Waterfront: VT Climate Change Initiative and Upcoming Climate Summit
As seen on: https://www.cctv.org/watch-tv/programs/vt-climate-change-initiative-and-... Host Melinda Moulton speaks with Jenna Whitson, Community and Policy Senior Associate with Vermont Council on Rural Development, and Linda McGinnis, Network... more
New report helps Vt. businesses take on climate change
MONTPELIER, Vt. (watch the clip at: http://www.wcax.com/story/31119960/new-report-helps-vt-businesses-take-o...) A new report aims to help businesses and nonprofits take on climate change. The 24-member Vermont Climate Change Economy Council says... more
New Report Says Vermont Businesses Are Key 'In Age Of Climate Change'
By Steve Zind. Listen to the story at VPR: http://digital.vpr.net/post/new-report-says-vermont-businesses-are-key-age-climate-change#stream/0 Vermont’s economy has always been influenced by larger forces, whether global recession or changes in the... more
Video ~ City Room with Steven Pappas
As seen on: http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T05132&video=264383 Steven Pappas interviews Paul Costello, VCRD Executive Director and Rob Miller, VT State Employees Credit Union President about the Climate Change Economy Initiative and the... more
Bold New Strategy Proposed for Vermont’s Economy
Contact: Paul Costello, VCRD Executive Director, 223-5763, pcostello@vtrural.org MONTPELIER, VT – The Vermont Climate Change Economy Council (VCCEC) is proposing a bold new vision and strategy for economic development statewide. With its State... more
Opinion: Sooner or later, a new economy
Over the past year, as the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council (of which I was a member), listened to the collective wisdom of the state’s communities, entrepreneurs and policy leaders, one thing became very clear: Sooner or later, it’s going to... more
National Clean Energy Innovator to Keynote Vermont’s Climate Economy Summit
MONTPELIER, VT – Danny Kennedy, an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues, will keynote Ideas to Action: the Summit on Vermont’s Climate Economy on February 22 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. Kennedy is the... more
New Series Features Vermont’s Climate Economy Innovators
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... more
Video ~ What’s Next for Vermont’s Climate Change Economy?
Area businesses and nonprofits are increasingly involved with climate change--both its challenges and opportunities. Their creative solutions are becoming a growing part of our state’s economy. VCRD hosted 3 public forums to hear from people... more
Donohue Commentary: Climate change is a business opportunity
Commentary by Mike Donohue, as seen on: http://burlingtonfreepress.vt.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=18fb873f2 Today at 7 p.m., Burlington’s Mayor Miro Weinberger and the Vermont Council on Rural Development will be holding a public forum on... more
Audio: Climate Economy Forum planned in Burlington
By Pat Bradley, WAMC Radio, as seen on: http://wamc.org/post/climate-economy-forum-planned-burlington#stream/0 Listen to the story here: http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wamc/audio/2015/10/patb10-27climate-economy-forum.MP3 A forum is planned this week in... more
Northern Vermont Climate Economy Forum October 29
MONTPELIER, VT – A regional forum focusing on the opportunity to create jobs while developing innovative solutions to stem the impact of climate change will take place at Contois Auditorium in Burlington’s City Hall on Thursday, October 29, from 7-... more
Opinion: Beyond panels and turbines
By Gov. Peter Shumlin, as seen in the Burlington Free Press: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/opinion/my-turn/2015/10/15/opin... When we talk about renewable energy, the focus is often on the project – the solar panel or the wind turbine... more
Video ~ On the Waterfront: "What's Next for VT's Climate Change Economy" Upcoming Regional Forum
Host Melinda Moulton speaks with Jenna Whitson, VCRD's Community and Policy Senior Associate, about the upcoming October 29th public forum "What's Next for VT's Climate Change Economy?" It will be a statewide conversation with the public and the... more
Efficiency help needed, energy advocates say
By Mike Faher as seen in vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2015/10/08/efficiency-help-needed-energy-advocates-say/ BRATTLEBORO – From urine recycling to shiitake mushrooms to electrically-assisted bikes, those attending a “Climate Change Economy”... more
Brattleboro Forum Weighs Economic Impact, Opportunity Of Climate Change
As seen on http://digital.vpr.net/post/brattleboro-forum-weighs-economic-impact-opp... The Vermont Council on Rural Development wants the state to become a leader in growing the green economy as scientists, governments and entrepreneurs confront... more
‘Climate Change Economy’ talks coming to Brattleboro
By Mike Faher, http://vtdigger.org/2015/09/30/climate-change-economy-talks-coming-to-br... BRATTLEBORO – For years, local officials and energy-efficiency advocates have been working to nurture and promote a “green building” industry in Windham... more
Grinold: Climate change and our local economy
by Adam Grinold, Executive Director, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation On October 6, Southern Vermont will host the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Regional Public Forum on Advancing Vermont’s Climate Change Economy. It takes place... more
Brattleboro Forum to Explore Next Steps for Vermont’s Climate Change Economy
MONTPELIER, VT – Area businesses and nonprofits are increasingly involved with climate change--both its challenges and opportunities. Their creative solutions are becoming a growing part of our state’s economy. What are your experiences? Do you have... more
Christopher Louras: Rutland taking leadership in Vermont’s climate economy
As seen in vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2015/09/02/christopher-louras-rutland-taking-leaders... Editor’s note: This commentary is by Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras. On Aug. 26 I co-hosted (with the Vermont Council on Rural Development) a... more
Group solicits local input on global issue of climate change
By Kevin O'Connor, vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2015/08/30/group-solicits-local-input-on-global-issu... A new Vermont Climate Change Economy Council is asking the public how the state can simultaneously grow the local “green” job market and... more
Forum airs out solar issues
By Gordon Dritschilo as seen in the Rutland Herald: http://www.rutlandherald.com/ The tension surrounding renewable energy development was captured in an exchange Wednesday night at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. The theater was hosting a forum... more
Panels Around Vermont Will Brainstorm Climate Change's Economic Opportunities
As seen on VPR. Listen at: http://digital.vpr.net/post/panels-around-vermont-will-brainstorm-climat... The public is invited to a panel discussion on Wednesday evening at Rutland’s Paramount Theatre to brainstorm ways to turn the challenges of... more
Opinion: Climate change economy
Editorial as seen in the Rutland Herald: http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20150825/OPINION01/708259959/1038 Vermonters will gather Wednesday evening at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland to chart new steps in creating what is being called a “... more
Climate Change Economy Council seeks public input
By Kevin O'Conner as seen on vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2015/08/16/climate-change-economy-council-seeks-publ... A new Vermont Climate Change Economy Council — composed of two-dozen business, public policy and environmental leaders — is... more
Video ~ PEG-TV show about the Climate Economy Forum in Rutland, August 26th
A public forum in Rutland on August 26th 2015 (7-9pm, Paramount Theatre) will discuss "What’s Next For VT’s Climate Change Economy?" Host Tom Donahue interviews Paul Costello (Executive Director, Vermont Council on Rural Development) and Joe Fusco (... more
Rutland Forum to Explore Next Steps for Vermont’s Climate Change Economy
MONTPELIER, VT – Area businesses and nonprofits are increasingly involved with climate change--both its challenges and opportunities. Their creative solutions are becoming a growing part of our state’s economy. What are your experiences? Do you have... more
Upcoming Forums Focus on Stimulating Vermont’s Climate Change Economy
MONTPELIER, VT – Area businesses and nonprofits are increasingly involved with climate change--both its challenges and opportunities. Their creative solutions are becoming a growing part of our state’s economy. The Vermont Council on Rural... more
Living Economically: Ramp it up with Vermontivate, the game that inspires behavior change and fun
By Laurie Caswell Burke, published in the Shelburne News: http://shelburnenews.com/?p=20752 Last month I joined 400 Vermonters from around the state to participate in the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Summit on Creating Prosperity and... more
Opinion: A crisis and an opportunity
Published in the Times Argus: http://www.timesargus.com/article/20150308/OPINION06/703089979 By Brian Shupe, Executive Director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council Many people have raised alarms about the need to do something about climate... more
A call for action
By Steve Pappas, Times Argus: www.timesargus.com A summit at Vermont Technical College on Wednesday showed exactly how far Vermont has progressed when it comes to climate change, but also how far we still have to go if we want to be economically... more
Opinion: Moving forward on climate change
By Bill Laberge, owner of Grassroots Solar, and published in the Times Argus: http://www.timesargus.com/article/20150301/OPINION06/703019960/1014 Despite the thermometer suggesting otherwise, the February sun is starting to give us the sense of... more
Video ~ Climate Economy Summit
This video captured sessions at the Summit on “Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change” held at the Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center on February 18, 2015. [Video by Rick McMahan of Vermont In Person: http://www.... more
Vt. discusses ways to turn climate change into economic opportunities
Visit WCAX to view the video: http://www.wcax.com/story/28141188/vt-discusses-ways-to-turn-climate-cha... WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports- RANDOLPH, Vt. - Most government officials, nonprofits and policy groups agree on the... more
Summit to tackle climate change, economy
This week’s Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change isn’t about the debate over climate change, organizers say. Instead, it’s about how to use climate change to benefit Vermont’s economy. The summit Wednesday at... more
Video ~ Paul Costello and Ted Brady on City Room
This 28 minute program gives a good overview of the Climate Economy Summit and Initiative. City Room with Steve Pappas: Paul Costello and Ted Brady of Vermont Council on Rural Development from Central Vermont Television on Vimeo.
Nate Freeman: Vermont’s climate questions
By Nate Freeman. Published in vtdigger.org: http://vtdigger.org/2015/02/15/nate-freeman-vermonts-climate-questions/ Editor’s note: This commentary is by Nate Freeman, who is director of ClimatePlanners Consulting and program coordinator for the... more
Fusco Commentary: Benefitting Vermont’s economy by rewarding innovative climate solutions
by Joe Fusco I’m not here to argue with you about climate change. I’m not here to convince you that it’s real, or that it’s not. I am here to convince you, politics aside, that there is a cascade of genuine economic and business development... more
Founder of World’s Largest Solar Company to Keynote Vermont’s Climate Change Economy Summit
MONTPELIER, VT –Jigar Shah, one of the today’s leading cleantech champions, will keynote the Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change on February 18 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. Shah founded and is former... more
Ron Miller Commentary: Upcoming Conference Promotes “Climate Change Economy”
The Vermont Council on Rural Development is holding a major statewide conference, “Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change,” in Randolph on February 18. The gathering will launch VCRD’s new Climate Change Economy initiative... more
Vermont Climate Economy Initiative
From Green Energy Times: http://www.greenenergytimes.net/2014/12/15/vermont-climate-economy-initi... The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is kicking off its new Climate Change Economy Initiative with the Summit on Creating Prosperity and... more
Vermont Council on Rural Development’s summit on ‘Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change’
The Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Summit on “Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change” on February 18, 2015 will bring together scientists, innovative business, non-profit, and community leaders, elected officials,... more
February Summit to Kick Off New Focus on Vermont’s Climate Change Economy
MONTPELIER, VT –The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is kicking off its new Climate Change Economy Initiative with the Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change on February 18 at Vermont Technical College in... more
February Summit to Kick Off New Focus on Vermont’s Climate Change Economy
MONTPELIER, VT –The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is kicking off its new Climate Change Economy Initiative with the Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change on February 18 at Vermont Technical College in... more
New Initiative to Advance Vermont’s “Climate Economy”
Can Vermont be a national leader in incubating small businesses that answer climate change? The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) thinks so. The organization is announcing a new initiative designed to rally business, policy and community... more
New green push aims to grow Vt. jobs
By Kevin O'Connor, Times Argus - http://www.timesargus.com/article/20141026/THISJUSTIN/710269963 Can Vermont simultaneously jumpstart its job market and help stop global warming? That’s the goal of organizers of a new Vermont Climate Change... more