The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is welcoming sixteen participants to the 2023 Climate Catalysts Leadership Program from a strong pool of applicants. The sixteen participants come from across the state and will focus their time on implementing projects addressing topics such as developing town climate actions; expanding outreach regarding weatherization programs; producing an educational series on local manufacturing; and making local food more equitable, affordable, and accessible.

The Climate Catalysts Leadership Program allows participants to take their transformative, community-scale climate economy-related projects and work toward developing their concepts into reality while building peer connections, strengthening leadership skills, and receiving project development support.

The fourth class of the Climate Catalysts Leadership Program includes:

  • Lindsey Berk, Brandon
  • Marcey Carver, Bradford
  • Rowland Davis, Shelburne
  • Parker Eversoll, Winooski
  • Lena Greenberg, Burlington
  • Beth Johnson, Marlboro
  • Hannah Kornfeld, Essex
  • Matthew LeFluer, Alburgh
  • Lizah Makombore, Burlington
  • William Marlier, Greensboro
  • Jared Reynolds, Lyndon
  • Mike Roy, Middlebury
  • Melinda Scott, Williston
  • Robert Small, Stannard
  • Gabriella Stevens, Middlebury
  • Jean Terwilliger, Cornwall

“Each participant will gain new lenses and tools to progress their projects, connect to others across disciplines, and ignite common threads needed to develop equitable climate actions,” says Laura Cavin Bailey, the Climate Economy Program Manager. “The breadth of project work speaks to the multi-faceted approach necessary to develop climate economy solutions that are co-produced within small communities with local champions.”

With the fourth cohort, there are now 60 Climate Catalysts throughout the state working to progress community-led projects within the Climate Economy. Each of the four cohorts’ biographies and project descriptions can be found here. 


2023 Vermont Climate Catalysts

(This map shows the past four years of Climate Catalysts, Yellow=2020 cohort, Red=2021 cohort, Green=2022 cohort, Blue=2023 cohort)

To learn more visit the VCRD website.

The Climate Catalysts Leadership Program is made possible by support from VLITE and other philanthropic foundations and generous donors of VCRD.