All around Vermont, communities are seeking to become more resilient and thrive in a changing world and climate.
VCRD’s Resilient Communities Program (formerly known as Climate Economy Model Communities) supports three to five communities per year working on local climate action solutions. Through this program, we provide assistance with community engagement processes, strategic planning and/or project implementation. We have gathered numerous applications as of November 7, 2022 and have lined up work for 2023. At this time any additional applications are being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Criteria for selecting communities to partner with in 2022/23 will include a mix of following:
- Energy burden mitigation
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and/or increase renewable energy consumption
- Collaboration, representation, and equitable engagement across diverse stakeholders (including the municipality)
- Increase human, built and natural resilience
- Strengthening the local climate economy – jobs created, revenue, revitalization
- Appreciation that a vibrant climate economy should directly address the challenges faced by low-income household community members
- Interesting problems that can model solutions for other towns
- Connection to utility efficiency and renewable energy programming and scalable opportunities
- Leveraging grant funding opportunities