Vermont Climate Action Communities
Abby Friedman, Vermont League of Cities & Towns
The Vermont Climate Action Communities program will help municipalities achieve deep energy savings, improve resilience, and transition to a clean energy economy and provide locally-supported renewable energy generation for municipalities and the communities they serve.
Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT), in partnership with the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition, Energy Action Network, and Efficiency Vermont, proposes to implement a program to drive deep efficiency savings, reduce local emissions and participate in the transition to a clean energy economy, improve resilience in the face of climate change, and provide locally supported renewable energy generation for municipalities and the communities they serve. Under the Vermont Municipal Energy and Climate Pledge Partnership, municipalities would be encouraged to undertake actions in broad categories: municipal energy use, local policy development, energy and climate change resiliency planning, and residential/business engagement. This proposal envisions a 2-phase process:
1) Pull together a framework of existing resources and provide guidance to municipalities on how to achieve climate pledge goals.
2) Develop a more comprehensive program that sets clear goals and provides grants to municipalities to achieve climate reductions goals. Municipalities would track their progress toward these goals over time through the EAN Community Energy Dashboard. Program success will be based-upon achieving measurable improvements increased efficiency and renewable energy generation.
Submitted by Karen Horn – Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) Energy and Climate Pledge PartnershipEAN Pitch 11 - Karen Horn - VLCT - Vermont Municipal Energy and Climate Pledge Partnership.output