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Climate Economy Model Communities Program

The Vermont Climate Economy Model Communities Program is designed to help communities build and implement priority actions that increase economic vitality and affordability in a time of climate change. The ultimate goal is to help communities model rapid change by implementing energy efficiency, transportation system transformation, renewable energy generation, working lands development, and entrepreneurship and business incubation to spur economic progress. The Model Communities Program is a partnership that includes Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), Efficiency Vermont, Vermont utilities, and other partners. The Program provides concentrated services with two communities annually to model effective change at a rapid rate.

Thank you to VLITE, the High Meadows Fund, the Sustainable Future Foundation of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Bay and Paul Foundations, the Oakland Foundation, and VCRD’s members for supporting the Model Communities Program.

What's New in Model Communities

Apply Now for the Model Communities Program
The Application process for 2018 is closed. Applications for the program in 2019 will open in December of 2018. The materials on this page are for reference only. The Vermont Climate Economy Model Communities Program invites proposals from Vermont... read more
Empower Pownal Report - 2017
Pownal was the first community to participate in VCRD's Climate Economy Model Community Program (CEMCP), named Empower Pownal. CEMCP is community-driven process with local leaders, VCRD, Green Mountain Power, and Efficiency Vermont to cultivate... read more
Jon Copans named director of VCRD's Climate Economy Model Communities Program
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) announced today that Jon Copans has joined the organization as Director of its Climate Economy Model Communities Program. The Program, starting in 2017, will work with Green Mountain Power and other... read more