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 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 led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), with partners including Efficiency Vermont, Vermont utilities, and others. The Program provides concentrated services with two communities annually to model effective change at a rapid rate.
Click here to read a quick summary of the program and profiles of our work in Pownal, Middlebury, and Randolph.
We are looking for two new communities to participate in this program for 2019. The application process is now open with a deadline of January 18, 2019. Click here for the Request For Proposals and more information about how to apply.
A webinar about the program and the application process was held in December. The powerpoint presentation for the webinar can be viewed by clicking here. Feel free to be in touch with Jon Copans directly at email@example.com with questions about the program and the application process.
Thank you to VLITE, Jane's Trust Foundation, 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.