In 2015 VCRD convened the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council (VCCEC) to frame solutions to build Vermont’s prosperity and attract entrepreneurs who confront rather than just adapt to climate change. The group, composed of leaders in business, economic development, the environmental movement, and the scientific community, served as a non-partisan center point for the development of a pro-active public policy around this central issue.

Reports and Inputs

The VCCEC developed the strategic actions that are needed in their final report and action plan – Progress for Vermont – and reported them to the Vermont Legislature, Governor, and the public in February 2016. In 2017, the Climate Economy Action Team came together to work toward the implementation of report recommendations.

VCRD produced three regional forums across the state to look at stimulating green economic development. Each featured local business leaders who are implementing innovative strategies to reduce carbon emissions and address climate change. The forums generated a list of “Ideas to Advance Vermont’s Climate Economy” around how Vermont can grow jobs and nurture innovative business development in sectors ranging from clean energy to recycling, transportation systems, and thermal efficiency.

2015 Council Members

Kathy Beyer, Housing Vermont
Peter Bourne, Bourne Energy Products
Kristen Carlson, Green Mountain Power
Andi Colnes, Energy Action Network
Cairn Cross, Fresh Tracks Capital
Mike Donohue, Outdoor Gear Exchange
Jon Erickson, Rubenstein School, UVM
Joe Fusco, Casella Waste Systems
Karen Glitman, VEIC Transportation Efficiencies
Claire Humber, S.E. Group
Scott Johnstone, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Ellen Kahler, VT Sustainable Jobs Fund
Tom Kavet, Kavet & Rockler Associates
Lucy Leriche, Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Neale Lunderville, Burlington Electric
David Marvin, Butternut Mountain Farm
Linda McGinnis, Independent Consultant
Rob Miller, VT State Employees Credit Union
Sue Minter, Secretary of Transportation
Michael Nobles, Union Mutual of VT
Wm Sessions, Federal District Judge, Chair
Brian Shupe, Vermont Natural Resources Council
Nathaniel Vandal, Green Peak Solar