Learn about clean energy and climate action strategies that you can implement right away.
Building on a very successful history, the Vermont Community Energy & Climate Action Conference is for those interested in how Vermont communities can take action to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy for municipal government, businesses, and residents, as well as support statewide initiatives.
Putting Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan into Action
Introduced in 2011, the Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan was created to give the state a plan for transitioning to using 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. When the plan was released, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said, “Vermont needs to move forward to protect our environment, gain greater energy independence, and drive innovation and jobs in the energy sectors. This Plan puts us on that path.” It calls for more efficient use of energy, and the production of clean, renewable energy for electricity, heat and transportation.
It’s Also About the Jobs
The activation of the plan is already fostering job growth. Energy-related businesses are starting up and existing ones are hiring. Keeping money in the state that otherwise would leave to pay for fossil fuels is also starting to stimulate the local economy. Over $600 million a year is spent on heating fuel in Vermont. Simply performing efficiency upgrades to homes and businesses could easily keep $100-200 million or more within the state’s economy. That’s a local stimulus package that works. There are few investments with returns on investment as lucrative as investing in using energy more efficiently.
We have the plan but how do we make it happen?
The Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network (VECAN)and the University of Vermont Extension are holding a one day conference designed to inspire, support and grow the statewide network of town energy committees and other energy-ambitious Vermonters, this one-day conference emphasizes clean energy and climate action strategies that can be implemented locally.
Workshops and roundtables will address energy efficiency, transportation, renewable energy, legislative action, coalition-building and other essential solutions needed to meet Vermont’s energy and climate goals. The conference will take place on Saturday, December 7 at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vermont.
The day offers 14 timely workshops, roundtable discussions on hot topics, tremendous networking opportunities and a fantastic keynote speaker — May Boeve, director of 350.org, who is an inspiring, motivated and powerful young climate leader.
Cost for the day is $30 before Nov. 22, $40 after Nov. 22 and includes a largely local lunch. Mark your calendar for December 7 and prepare to dig in to help Vermont get serious about climate action and meet its ambitious but essential goal of getting 90 percent of our energy in 2050 with renewable energy.
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