Climate Action Commission Hosts Statewide ‘Listening Tour’

The Vermont Climate Action Commission will be hosting a series of public scoping sessions through the state in September and October to gather input and recommendations from Vermonters.  The Commission hopes to hear people’s experiences in dealing with the effects of climate change, as well as their ideas for potential actions that the Commission could recommend to the Governor’s office.  

The Climate Action Commission was formed by Governor Phil Scott to unify Vermont’s ambitious climate and economic goals.  It is chaired by Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Peter Walke and co-chaired by Paul Costello, Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.  Other committee members come from a wide variety of fields in both the public and private sector, and represent business, energy, and environmental organizations.

“Vermont’s response to climate change presents a tremendous opportunity to continue growing the state’s economy while protecting the environment and improving our quality of life,” said Deputy Secretary Walke.  “We want to know how this issue is affecting Vermonters and to hear their ideas for how we can address climate change in ways that align with Governor Scott’s goals to strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect the most vulnerable.”

The public hearings are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. as follows:

Wednesday, September 13 – Kingdom Taproom community meeting hall, 397 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, VT

Thursday, September 21 – Hunter Seminar Room, Tuttle Memorial Library, Burr and Burton Academy, 57 Seminary Avenue, Manchester, VT

Thursday, September 28 – City Hall Auditorium, 100 North Main Street, St. Albans, VT

Thursday, October 5 – Marlboro College Graduate School, Room 1-E, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VT

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request.  Please include a description of the accommodation you will need.  Individuals making such requests must include their contact information.  Please send an e-mail to penny.percival@vermont.gov or call 802-828-1294 (direct voice) or 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).

More information about the work of the Vermont Climate Action Commission is available at: http://anr.vermont.gov/about_us/special-topics/vermont-climate-action-commission