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Upcoming Forums Focus on Stimulating Vermont’s Climate Change Economy

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2015-07-14

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 Development (VCRD) is holding 3 public forums to hear from people already adapting and growing businesses that lower Vermont’s carbon impact and to gather ideas from the public on how to nurture this emerging field. The forums, entitled What’s Next for Vermont’s Climate Change Economy? will take place from 7-9pm at Rutland’s Paramount Theater on August 26, Contois Auditorium in Burlington on September 17, and the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro on October 6.

The forums are the next step for public input to the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council. This group, formed following a statewide Summit in February, is developing a practical plan to reduce carbon emissions and stimulate green economic development in Vermont. The panelists will include local business leaders and elected officials.

The Summit focused on economic development in a time of climate change, including transportation, education, investment strategies, downtown redevelopment, tourism, and efficiency. The report, which provides excellent background material for the forum, is online at vtrural.org/programs/summits/2015-climate-economy-report

“We have an opportunity to lead in the climate economy, attract and nurture entrepreneurism, build on the VT brand, and support the future prosperity of our communities,” explains VCRD Executive Director Paul Costello. “The forums will bring Vermonters together to share their ideas about how to advance the state’s economic future.”

Everyone is encouraged to attend, listen, and share ideas. More information about the forum and the Council can be found through VCRD’s home page at vtrural.org or call Jenna Whitson at 802 225-6091.

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The Vermont Council on Rural Development 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. VCRD will promote the platform of action that comes from the deliberations of Summit participants.

Past VCRD policy efforts have supported progress in issues ranging from wood products to downtown revitalization, rural energy development, the digital economy, and Vermont’s working landscape. VCRD produced the most extensive evaluation of Vermont values and priorities in a generation when it led the Council on the Future of Vermont in 2009.