Connecting & Activating Vermont Communities

VECAN 2022 Workshop Series

We are kicking off the new year with a workshop series for town energy leaders. Topics include supporting low-income Vermonters in energy efficiency and weatherization, exploring strategies for easy and effective public outreach, and more.

Learn more and register here

Climate Council Adopts Initial Climate Action Plan

Vermont’s Climate Council has adopted the state’s first-ever statutorily required Climate Action Plan, the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work by Council members, subcommittee leaders and thousands of Vermonters.

Read the plan here.

Department of Public Service Releases 2022 Vermont Comprehensive Energy Plan

The CEP provides recommendations for achieving the State's 90% by 2050 renewable energy goals. The 2022 update focuses on strategies and options for reducing demand and converting remaining thermal and transportation loads to highly efficient electric technologies.

Read the plan here

Watch Our Climate Dispatch!

Stay up to date on what's happening in the Legislature and state and regional policy discussions via VNRC's weekly Climate Dispatch

Watch the weekly Climate Dispatch here!

14th Annual VECAN Conference Materials Are Posted!

Did you miss any of the VECAN conference sessions or want to go back and check out some of the session resources? You can now find all conference materials, including recordings, slides, links to further resources, and more on our conference webpage.

Click here to find all the follow-up materials

2021 Vermont Climate Assessment Says Vermont Is Getting Warmer and Wetter

The 2021 Vermont Climate Assessment report, prepared by the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Environment, was published earlier this week. The report showed, among other findings, that Vermont is warming faster and getting more rainfall than previously estimated.

Read the full report here

Town Energy Committee Communications Toolkit is LIVE!

The VECAN partners along with a small cohort of energy committee members developed a communications toolkit with templates, tools and strategies to take your committee’s outreach and communications to the next level

Check out the toolkit here

Climate Town Meeting with Senator Bernie Sanders Recording

On August 25th, Senator Bernie Sanders and VECAN invited town energy committees and others interested in tackling the climate crisis to discuss local efforts and hear about potential federal investments to support this work in Vermont and beyond.

Click here to watch the recording

Energy Action Network (EAN) 2020/2021 Annual Progress Report for Vermont

EAN's Vermont Annual Progress Report on Energy, Equity, and the Economy is live! Every year, the EAN team crunch the numbers to provide the most up-to-date numbers possible on where Vermont stands on reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

Find the full report on EAN's website here

Monthly E-newsletters Now Posted to VECAN Website

You can now download and view our monthly E-Newsletters on our site!

View our E-Newsletters here or under our resource page

VECAN's Town Energy and Climate Action Guide

Be sure to check out our guide on how to form and run an effective energy committee, ideas for programs and initiatives, financing and funding options, and much more!

View the guide here!

Vermont Energy Committees

Vermont’s network of town energy committees continues to grow, reflecting a powerful grassroots response to the pressing need to cut energy costs, foster renewable energy generation and lessen the state’s contribution to global warming.

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Projects, resources, initiatives

Learn about campaigns, resources, case studies and policies to support your efforts to save energy, save money and reduce waste.

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Learn about campaigns, resources, case studies and policies to advance your renewable energy generation priorities, including solar, wind, biomass and hydro.

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Find out about the innovative approaches, initiatives, success stories and strategies to foster transportation efficiency and walkable, bikeable, compact communities.

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Find out and engage in the policy and planning efforts underway to ensure Vermont achieves its essential 90 percent by 2050 renewable energy goal.

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Informing and shaping community conversations, local initiatives and regional and state policy arenas is imperative. Find timely policy news and ways to effectively engage.

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Find information here about grant or other funding options to support your community’s priorities, as well as information about financing for clean energy investments.

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