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 has worked in Pownal, Middlebury, Randolph, Swanton, Marshfield/Plainfield, and Dorset. For 2020 we are launching a new leadership development program - Climate Catalysts - and will also provide concentrated community facilitation services with one selected community or region.
An application period is opening in January for the Climate Catalysts: Community Leadership Program. Click here to learn more and for a link to the application.
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.