Ideas to Action
Confronting climate change through innovative economic development can be a competitive strategy, one that will build national reputation, create jobs, and attract youth and entrepreneurism to the states that lead. In February 2015 over 400 Vermonters attended the Summit on “Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change.” Participants shared their ideas on the ways that focused action around energy development, efficiencies, transportation renewal, waste recovery and many other arenas could significantly boost businesses and jobs for the future. At this event, VCRD founded the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council (VCCEC) with the one year mission of reviewing the ideas from the Summit, interviewing key stakeholders, and gathering information to build an action platform to advance Vermont’s economy while reducing our collective carbon impact.
This 2nd Summit will review the findings and platform of the VCCEC, consider how this plan connects to a number of implementation arenas, from city government to business leadership, and then identify strategies to make Vermont a national leader in achieving climate economy business development, innovation and job creation for the future.