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Climate Economy Initiative

VCRD is leading the VT Climate Economy Initiative with the premise that confronting climate change through innovative economic development can be a competitive strategy, one that will build national reputation, create jobs, and attract youth and entrepreneurism. We hosted a 2015 Summit to launch the initiative, founded the VT Climate Change Economy Council to develop a practical action plan, gathered input at three public forums, and hosted a second Summit to set a campaign for action. In 2017, we convened the Climate Economy Action Team to advance and implement key objectives of the action plan, and launched the Climate Economy Model Communities Program to help communities build and implement plans that model state-of-the-art rural development in an age of climate change. We also hosted the Catalysts of the Climate Economy National Innovation Summit, which brought together more than 500 entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, and innovators from across the country interested in growing the climate economy.

To help tell the story, we are highlighting Vermont Climate Innovators finding practical ways to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate climate risk, and stimulate green economic development through our Climate Innovator Stories series.