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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.  

Click here to read a quick summary of the model communities program and profiles of our work in Pownal, Middlebury, and Randolph. And click here for a great overview posted at VLITE's webpage.

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.

 

What's New in Model Communities

Randolph Region Re-Energized Climate Economy Initiative Report - 2020
Randolph participated in VCRD's Climate Economy Model Community Program (CEMCP) in 2018. CEMCP is community-driven process with local leaders, VCRD, Green Mountain Power, and Efficiency Vermont to cultivate economic development, innovation, and... read more
Revitalizing All Marshfield-Plainfield ("RAMP") - Fall 2019 Update
Over 120 Marshfield and Plainfield residents came together through the Model Communities program to consider the future of their two towns and how they can collectively rally to maintain the vibrancy of both places while also tackling climate change... read more
Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative Report - 2019
Middlebury was the second community to participate in VCRD's Climate Economy Model Community Program (CEMCP). CEMCP is community-driven process with local leaders, VCRD, Green Mountain Power, and Efficiency Vermont to cultivate economic development... 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
Meet Jon Copans, 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