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 this violation, VW has come to a settlement agreement with the Department of Justice to compensate individuals and governments and support emissions reductions. Under this settlement, Vermont is poised to receive approximately $18 million in an Environmental Mitigation Fund for air quality and emission mitigation.
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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, training, and access to benefits for her family, she is now excited about the chance to put her skills to use into the clean energy sector.
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As seen in the Vermont Business Magazine: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/march/vtrans-and-accd-award-economic-deve...
Note that VCRD wrapped up our Brighton Community Visit process in January 2017 where the community chose to prioritize work to "Revitalize and Beautify the Downtown." We are thrilled to see Brighton receive this $75K grant -- a huge boost toward helping them meet their goal!
As seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/ymca-partnership-is-a-win-for-be...
The town has known about its need for improved recreational programs since at least 2012 when the Vermont Council on Rural Development hosted its "community conversation" event.
Climate Economy Model Communities Program – Frequently Asked Questions - Updated March 15
1. Can more than one town join together in one application?
By Jim Therrien, as seen in the Berkshire Eagle: http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/vermont-town-to-contract-with-berk...
Jacobs and Hurd said the impetus for the effort dates to the 2012 Vermont Council on Rural Development Community Conversation on future initiatives to improve the town, which involved a series of public meetings with council staff and state officials and later a report on the possibilities and priorities identified.
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 and technicians insulating homes, and plumbers improving heating systems.