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Agenda At-A-Glance

Summit on "Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change"
February 18, 2015
Vermont Technical College, Judd Hall

8:00 – 9:00
Registration, Coffee and Muffins

9:00
Welcome and Introduction to the Governor
Opening Plenary ~ Governor Peter Shumlin
Introduction: Climate Economy Leadership, VCRD Mission & Goals, and Agenda for the Day

9:20
Climate Science Fishbowl

10:20
Break

11:00
Concurrent Climate Economy Work Sessions I: Policy Panels
A. Marketing Vermont as the Innovative Climate Economy Destination
B. Advancing Community-Based Climate Action
C. Promoting a Vision for Transportation Renewal
D. Innovating for Renewal, Recycling and Resource Limits
E. Developing Ubiquitous Distributed Energy
F. Improving Education, Workforce Development, and Youth Entrepreneurship
G. Strengthening Farm & Forest Carbon Sequestration and Profitability
H. Seeding a Vermont Climate Investment Strategy
I. Spurring Research and Development for New Technologies in Vermont
J. Supporting Smart Growth, Reuse, Preservation, & Downtown Redevelopment
K. Coordinating State Governmental Policies & Regulations
L. Advancing Next Stage in Efficiency & Conservation
M. Adapting Outdoor Recreation & Tourism

12:00 – 1:00
Lunch

1:00
Business Leadership Panel
“As you look to the future, how will your business respond to Climate Change? What does Vermont need to do to support businesses in the sector?”

2:00
Climate Economy Work Sessions II: Ideas for Action
A - M Breakout groups from the morning will reconvene to define “What practical actions, business ideas, or policy directions make most sense for us to advance today?”

3:15
Break

3:25
Climate and the Innovation Economy
Keynote Speaker: Jigar Shah, Founder, SunEdison

4:05
Work Group Conclusions: Moderators report three key ideas from their sessions

4:35
Next Action: The Vermont Climate Change Economy Council

4:45
Award Presentations
• 2015 Community Leadership Award
• Lifetime Achievement Award

5:00
Adjourn