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VECAN Conference Archive

14th Annual VECAN Conference 2021

CELEBRATING THE POWER OF GRASSROOTS CLIMATE ACTION

Our annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference will be hosted virtually for the second year in a row. This is a can’t-miss event for energy committees and the partners and policymakers who want to support grassroots climate action. This conference is aimed at supporting and growing the statewide network of town energy committees and building the capacity and expertise of any Vermonter interested in being part of the solution to the climate crisis. We hope that you will join us for another great series of events starting December 4th!

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The annual Vermont Community Energy and Climate Action Conference is a can’t-miss event! The conference is aimed at supporting and growing the statewide network of town energy committees and building the capacity and expertise of any Vermonter interested in being part of the solution to the climate crisis.

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12th Annual VECAN Conference 2019

Meeting the Moment: Collectively Confronting the Climate Crisis

VECAN’s annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference is a can’t-miss event for energy committees and the partners and policymakers who want to support grassroots energy action. Our annual event is focused on empowering local leaders at the grassroots level. The workshops, speakers, and networking at the conference have inspired and activated thousands of Vermonters to make a difference in their own lives and in their community.

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11th Annual VECAN Conference 2018

Transforming Vermont's Energy Future From the Ground Up

VECAN’s annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference is a can’t-miss event for energy committees and the partners and policymakers who want to support grassroots energy action. Our annual event is focused on empowering local leaders at the grassroots level. The workshops, speakers, and networking at the conference have inspired and activated thousands of Vermonters to make a difference in their own lives and in their community.

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10th Annual VECAN Conference 2017

Mobilizing Leadership to Make Bold Progress

VECAN’s annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference is a can’t-miss event for energy committees and the partners and policymakers who want to support grassroots energy action. Our annual event is focused on empowering local leaders at the grassroots level. The workshops, speakers, and networking at the conference have inspired and activated thousands of Vermonters to make a difference in their own lives and in their community.

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9th Annual VECAN Conference 2016

Local Leadership, Local Action: Getting To 90 Percent Renewable By 2050

With the presidential election fresh in everyone’s minds the 300 plus attendees were more determined than ever to move forward on clean energy. There were 14 informative workshops but the highlight for many was the inspiring and humorous keynote by Soren Hermansen, a leader from the island of Samso, Denmark. Samso is powered by 100% renewable energy and now exports energy. Soren spoke of how their community organized and embraced their renewable energy transition. The day ended with a storytelling workshop.

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8th Annual VECAN Conference 2015

A Common Agenda: Transforming Vermont’s Energy Future

Over 250 Vermonters showed their commitment to a clean energy future by attending the 8th Annual “Community Energy & Climate Action Conference”. The temperature was high (50 degrees in December?) but the spirit and motivation for change was higher. The event served as the cap to an eventful year, and as a kick-off to 2016 with 14 workshops, an inspiring keynote, and more. Read more about the day and find presentations here.

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7th Annual VECAN Conference 2014

Shaping Vermont’s Response to Climate Change

Despite wintry weather, over 250 intrepid Vermonters attended VECAN’s 7th annual “Community Energy & Climate Action Conference.” Once again, it was a powerful, energizing event with over 20 workshops focused on clean energy and climate solutions. Read more about the day and check out the workshop presentations here.

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6th Annual VECAN Conference 2013

Strengthening Connections to Advance Solutions

“The glue that is keeping our country together is local leadership,” said Vermont Congressman Peter Welch, “and there is nobody that is doing it better in Vermont than our town energy committees.”

Vermont’s community-based efforts to tackle the challenges of climate change and ever-more-limited traditional energy supplies were the focus of the 2013 Community Energy and Climate Action Conference. In order to address these challenges, the 2013 conference works to build partnerships at the local level and grow the climate action movement in Vermont

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5th Annual VECAN Conference 2012

Getting to 90% Renewable by 2050

With the 2011 release of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan, the 2012 conference focused on bringing together local action and solutions to addressing this ambitious and necessary goal.