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Climate Economy Model Communities Program

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The Vermont Climate Economy Model Communities Program helps 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.

Pownal and the greater Middlebury area were selected as the first two communities to participate in the program.

Click here to read the press releases for Pownal and Middlebury.

Another application round will open in late fall for communities interested in participating in this program in 2018. For those interested in learning more about the program, here are a few resources:

  • A one-page information sheet about the program can be seen here.
  • Here is a link to the 2017 Request for Proposals Application with details and the application form. 
  • A Frequently-Asked-Questions document can be viewed by clicking here. 
  • A webinar was hosted during the 2017 application period to provide an overview of the program can be viewed on youtube by clicking here. To 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.