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A New Framework for Design and Construction
New Frameworks is a natural design and construction firm with a central mission to help lead the transformation of our state and region into a climate-adaptive, sustainable place. New Frameworks...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Creating a climate economy
By Linda McGinnis, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/creating-a-climate-economy,505090 Vermont is made up of communities that care about each other and our...
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...
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...
Clean Energy Jobs Attract Young Professionals to Vermont
Same Sun employee Jonathon Klos came to Vermont from Michigan to attend Green Mountain College. Instead of returning to Michigan, he stayed to take a job with Same Sun, a Rutland-based solar company...
Wheeled Hand Tools: Carbon Free Tools to Lever, Lift, and Move
Wheeled Hand Tool Systems, Inc. was founded in 1978 to create solutions that reduce human impact on the environment. Recognizing the significant emissions that small engines generate, developer Gerry...
Action Alert: ANR is seeking input on best use of the $18M VW settlement comes coming to Vermont
You may have heard in the news last year that Volkwagen (VW) violated the Clean Air Act with sales of vehicles that were equipped with devices designed to defeat emission controls. In order to remedy...
It's More Than a Job
Danielle Bombardier, has found an opportunity for employment and growth in the expansion of renewable energy projects in Vermont. Originally drawn to the work by the potential for advancement,...
Model Communities FAQ's
Climate Economy Model Communities Program – Frequently Asked Questions - Updated March 15 1. Can more than one town join together in one application? Possibly. VCRD finds organizing at the town...
Vermont Electrician is Part of the Climate Economy Solution
Nearly 18,000 Vermonters work in fields related to energy efficiency and renewable energy, which is over 4% of Vermont’s workforce. These jobs include electricians installing solar panels, carpenters...
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...
Climate Economy Action Team
The Vermont Climate Economy Action Team, the leadership team of the VT Climate Economy Partnership, is dedicated to advancing initiatives to expand distributed energy generation and efficiency in...
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...
Climate Economy Model Communities Program
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Right House
Harry Hunt Architects is a Stowe Vermont-based architectural firm that designs modern low carbon homes that stay true to the spirit of Vermont. Projects may include renovations or new construction,...
Innovating and Manufacturing New Solar Technologies - In Vermont!
AllEarth Renewables has developed an award-winning solar tracking system right here in the Green Mountains which produces up to 45% more energy than typical fixed solar systems. Distributed nation-...
Helping Neighbors Reduce Carbon Footprint and Invest in Resilient Community
Front Porch Forum (FPF) is a free community-building platform that now serves every town in Vermont.* This service helps residents communicate with their neighbors, connecting people to their...
Replacing Mobile Homes in Vermont: Saving Fuel, Saving Money
Many mobile home residents in Vermont are faced with a significant challenge; while their incomes are often low, their energy costs are high. Since 2013, Efficiency Vermont and the VT Housing and...
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...
Local Publisher with a Global Mission
Green Writers Press (GWP) is a Vermont-based global publisher with a mission to help foster a sustainable environment through the words and the images they publish. Dede Cummings, the founder and...
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...
Empowering Energy Efficiency, One Loan at a Time
VSECU is a not for profit, cooperative credit union that is committed to finding opportunities within both its operations and its business products to promote environmentally sound choices for its...
Video ~ Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates Forum: July 19, 2016
The Vermont Council on Rural Development, with sponsoring partners Vermont PBS and Northfield Savings Bank, presented the Vermont Gubernatorial Candidates Forum: Vermont's Economic Future in a Time...
A Different Kind of Fuel Dealer
The Energy Co-op is a 15-year-old full service fuel dealer serving 2,500 members and customers in northwestern and central Vermont. The Co-op delivers heating oil, kerosene, and wood pellets and...
Food waste used for energy at Blue Spruce Farm
Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vermont is known for the many gallons of milk that its cows produce each year to produce Cabot Cheddar Cheese at a plant located just 9 miles from the farm. However,...
Generating Clean Energy on Underutilized Land
Burlington-based Encore Renewable Energy is a leading integrated clean energy company specializing in commercial, industrial, and community-scale solar PV systems and 21st century solutions for...
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...
2016 Summit Highlights Video
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...
2016 Climate Economy Summit Report
Over 420 participants came together on February 22, 2016 for VCRD’s 2nd Climate Economy Summit: IDEAS to ACTION. Participants reviewed PROGRESS FOR VERMONT, the report and action plan of the Vermont...
Join the Climate Economy Partnership
It is time for action to advance Vermont's climate economy. The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) invites both individuals and organizations/businesses to join the Vermont Climate Economy...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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/...
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...
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...
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...
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...
VT Tech offers “living labs” for climate change solutions
With 100% of their degrees earned through applied, hand-on education, Vermont Tech students learn by doing. This experiential learning is central to the school’s renewable energy and climate change...
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...
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-...
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...
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...
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...
Progress for Vermont: Report and Action Plan of the VT Climate Change Economy Council
Progress for Vermont is the final report and action plan of the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council (VCCEC) which was founded in February 2015 by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. This...
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...
Remote Sensors Keep Turbines Running
Wind power nationally is growing at a rate of roughly 30% a year, but it remains a major capital expense. Perhaps more importantly, wind turbine repair and upkeep costs are high and downtime means...
Getting There and Parking
The Summit is taking place in Judd Hall at Vermont Technical College, 124 Admin Drive, Randolph Center, VT 05061. Take I-89 to Exit 4. On the exit ramps, watch for signs to VTC, which will send you...
2016 Climate Economy Summit Speakers
Keynote Speaker: Danny Kennedy Danny Kennedy, an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. Click here to find out more.   Other Speakers, Facilitators, Moderators,...
2016 Climate Economy Summit Outreach Sponsors
Thanks to the following organizations and businesses who signed on as "Outreach Sponsors" and actively shared the Summit information through their networks: Brattleboro Development Credit...
2016 Climate Economy Summit Financial Sponsors
The Climate Economy Summit: IDEAS TO ACTION is made possible by the generous support of: The Alchemist American Flatbread Burlington Hearth Burlington Electric Department Butternut Mountain Farm...
Barre Company Develops Power Breakthrough
A key factor in harnessing renewable energy is how efficiently the DC power can be converted to AC power for homes and businesses. A Vermont company, SBE Inc. in Barre, focused on a single component...
Storage Adds Reliability to Renewable Energy
Vermont's Northern Reliability Inc. (NRI) builds custom energy storage solutions to fit any application. As a result, the Waitsfield based company is making it possible to have reliable electricity...
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...
Little spray nozzle produces big benefits
Few of us think about how a better nozzle could reduce the entire spray can industry’s environmental impact. Yet at Bethel’s family-owned Ultramotive Corporation, that’s just what happened. Its...
Insulated panels help reduce energy use
Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) make up one of the most sustainable, energy-efficient construction methods in the residential and light commercial building industry today. Essentially, these are...
From Forum Participants: Ideas to Advance Vermont’s Climate Economy
In 2015, we held 3 Climate Economy Forums with Vermonters across the state to gather their best ideas for ways to advance Vermont’s climate economy. Over 150 participants joined us in Rutland (August...
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...
VT Climate Economy Summit: IDEAS TO ACTION ~ Feb 22, 2016
The Vermont Climate Economy Summit IDEAS TO ACTION, held February 22, 2016 at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph, brought together over 400 participants - innovative business, non‐profit, and...
Lowering the price on large scale solar
Nathaniel Vandal is the co-founder of Green Peak Solar, a Waitsfield, Vermont-based company focusing on developing large-scale solar energy systems for utilities, towns, school districts, and...
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...
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-...
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...
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...
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...
Cutting fossil fuel use with compost heat
Enosburg Falls, VT - Most people know about composting—the natural recycling process that converts food scraps, leaves, and manures into soil building compost and mulch. What is less known is that...
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...
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...
Energy innovation + preservation = downtown revitalization
Stevens & Associates, P.C., an architectural and engineering firm, has a passion for walkable environments and mixed use buildings. Their work focuses on urban revitalization and the repurposing...
What's Next for VT's Climate Change Economy? Burlington Forum to Identify Next Steps - October 29 2015
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...
Climate Change Innovator Stories
Vermont’s climate change innovators are finding practical ways to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate climate risk, and stimulate green economic development within the Green Mountain state and beyond....
Biking innovations drive this nonprofit
VBike is a nonprofit organization dedicated to shifting the bike culture in Vermont towards a more inclusive, fun, and transportation-oriented future. By promoting exciting innovations like...
Craftsbury Outdoor Center finds innovative heating solution for net-zero lodge
Tucked behind a secluded lake in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center is an outdoor-lovers’ dream that offers year round recreation opportunities including Nordic skiing,...
‘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...
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...
Cutting carbon one board at a time
ShackletonThomas is a Bridgewater, Vermont based company that specializes in making fine handmade furniture, pottery and accessories. For the past 25 years, ShackletonThomas has made a commitment to...
SunCommon saves Vermonters $$ by repowering
As a former medic, police officer, non-profit manager, legislative director and values-led business executive - Duane Peterson has always been dedicated to organizing people to take meaningful action...
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...
What's Next for VT's Climate Change Economy? Brattleboro Forum to Identify Next Steps - October 6 2015
Area businesses and nonprofits are addressing climate change - both its challenges and opportunities. Their creative solutions are a growing part of our state's economy. What are your experiences? Do...
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 (...
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...
Stewardship pays off for Butternut Mountain Farm
In the over 40 years they’ve been in business, Butternut Mountain has built a reputation as a leader in Vermont’s maple industry. The company is also taking the lead in other ways – demonstrating...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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,...
Landfill methane powers WEC’s generators
For ten years now, Washington Electric Co-op has been generating power from the stuff that Vermonters throw away. Their system channels methane gas from deep within the Coventry landfill to fuel the...
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...
Climate Change Economy Forum ~ Rutland 8/26/16
Public Forum in Rutland to consider what's next for Vermont Climate Change Economy: When: August 26th, 7-9 pmWhere: Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St. Rutland, VTPanelists: Joe Fusco, Casella; Betsy...
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...
What's Next for VT's Climate Change Economy? Join the Statewide Conversation!
In February 2015, VCRD launched the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council, a group of business and policy leaders who will convene over the course of 2015 to frame a bold platform of action to...
Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change - 2015
The Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change brought together over 400 innovative business, non‐profit, and community leaders, elected officials, public policy...
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...
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...
Follow Up Materials: 2015 Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change
On February 18th 2015 more than 400 people gathered at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center VT for the Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change. Innovative...
The Vermont Climate Change Economy Council - 2015
VCRD strives to create a centrist dialogue that frames solutions to build Vermont’s prosperity and that grow and attract entrepreneurs who confront rather than just adapt to climate change. The...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Climate Economy Summit Financial Sponsors
The Climate Economy Summit is made possible by the generous support of the National Life Group and all of our Sponsors: Bay and Paul Foundations Casella Waste Management...
Climate Economy Summit Outreach Sponsors
Thanks to the following organizations and businesses who signed on as "Outreach Sponsors" and actively shared the Summit information through their networks: Bolton Valley Building a Local Economy (...
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...
Summit on "Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change"
The Summit on Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change, held February 18, 2015 at the Vermont Technical College in Randolph brought together over 400 scientists, innovative...
Summit Agenda
--> Click Here for the full Summit Program (pdf) with names of speakers, moderators, facilitators, and more details about the day. ----------------------------------- Agenda At-A-Glance Summit...
Climate Economy Summit Speakers
Keynote Speaker: Jigar Shah, Founder SunEdison Other Speakers, Facilitators, Moderators, and Panelists: Bob Ackland, Steep ManagementPeter Adamczyk, Vermont Energy Investment CorporationMarie Audet...
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...
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...
Agenda for “Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change” Summit
8:00 Registration, Coffee and Muffins 9:00 Welcome, Talk by Governor Shumlin, Conference Opening Plenary Governor Peter Shumlin 9:20 Climate Science Fishbowl: “How will Regional...
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...
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-...
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...
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...
The Vermont Climate Economy Initiative
Climate change is the defining issue of our time. We, as a people, are faced with an unprecedented environmental challenge, and must identify strategies to reduce energy use and carbon emissions....
Climate Change Economy Initiative
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...