Vermont Energy & Climate Summit 2017

Posted by Donna Bepler on Nov 9, 2017

On November 8th, VDW had the pleasure of attending the Vermont Energy & Climate Summit co-sponsored by our client, Energy Action Network and the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition.  It was a full-day gathering of Vermont leaders kicked off by both Miro Weinberger of Burlington and Governor Phill Scott.  

By way of background, 

On June 20th, 2017, Mayor Weinberger joined by Governor Phil Scott, members of the Vermont Mayors Coalition, and other community leaders launched a state-wide coalition – the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition – to help achieve the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement pledge by the United States and to mitigate the impact of the Federal government’s recent withdrawal from the Agreement. The Coalition leaders invite all Vermont municipalities, non-profits, colleges and universities, and businesses to join the Coalition and do all they can to help Vermont meet the U.S. commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions levels from 2005 by 26-28 percent by 2025.


The Vermont leaders will,

  • Assess where Vermont stands now in relation to our fast-approaching 2025 energy and climate goals
  • Share pledges to take action from businesses, non-profits, municipalities, and institutions as part of the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition
  • “Pitch” policies and other ideas that will ensure Vermont meets its energy and climate goals in ways that most benefit Vermont and Vermonters

Conference presentation showing progress data

VDW partnered with Energy Action Network in 2014 to create the Community Energy Dashboard which gives Vermont towns powerful new tools to chart their own path towards our goal of 90% renewable by 2050.  The dashboard functionality has evolved each year and again in 2017 with a Button Up Vermont enhancement in partnership with Burlington Electric Company and VEIC.  

Conference Attendess on Break

The Button Up program helps Vermonters stay warm and save money each Winter.   Each fall, Efficiency Vermont, Burlington Electric Department, and other energy partners around the state, help thousands of Vermonters button up their homes for the Winter.  Check out a suggested list of quick-and-easy actions that you can take to help your home stay cozy this winter.  Once you've completed them, enter them on the Community Energy Dashboard!  Have fun saving energy!

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