Recently, VPIRG’s own Ben Edgerly Walsh moderated the latest entry in the Climate Action Works webinar series, What You Need to Know About the Climate Action Plan.
Ben was joined by officially appointed Vermont Climate Council members, who shared the latest updates about the work being done in each of the subcommittees to develop the Climate Action Plan.
Watch it below, or click here!
We heard from the advocacy community about their priorities for the plan, including:
- Ensuring that it cuts emissions across all sectors of Vermont’s economy in line with the Global Warming Solutions Act’s requirements and what climate science demands,
- That it is equitable, so everybody can be a part of this transition, and
- That it is supported by ongoing, sufficient funding to meet those objectives.
With public engagement events happening now, this is a critical time to show up for climate action in Vermont. The Climate Council wants to hear from you about what you would like to see included in Vermont’s Climate Action Plan! Click here for more info.
- Visit the official website of the Vermont Climate Council and complete this confidential survey to share your concerns about climate change and ideas for solutions.
- For specific details about the work of the various Climate Council Subcommittees, visit this page, scroll down to “subcommittees,” then click on the subcommittee you are interested in.
Our panelists have offered to answer your questions about the work of the subcommittees that they have been working with.
1. For questions about the work of the Science and Data Subcommittee, contact Jared Duval at Jared.Duval@partner.vermont.gov.
2. Just Transitions Subcommittee – Kelly Klein, Kelly.Klein@partner.vermont.gov.
3. Agriculture and Ecosystems Subcommittee (and Rural Resilience Subcommittee, though please note that she does not serve on Rural Resilience) – Lauren Oates, Lauren.Oates@partner.vermont.gov.
4. Cross Sector Mitigation Subcommittee – Johanna Miller, Johanna.Miller@partner.vermont.gov.
Below are some foundational resources that were highlighted during the event:
- Guiding Principles for a Just Transition, developed by the Just Transitions Subcommittee.
- A “Social Cost of Carbon Report” prepared for the Science and Data subcommittee, and the committee’s recommendations based on that report.
- The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory prepared for the Science and Data Subcommittee, and the committee’s recommendations from reviewing that report.
- Emissions Reductions Pathways analysis from the Energy Action Network.
- Slides from Lauren Oates’ presentation on the Agriculture and Ecosystems Subcommittee and Rural Resilience Subcommittee.
- Slides from Johanna Miller’s presentation on the Cross Sector Mitigation Subcommittee.
Please stay tuned for future webinar offerings and public engagement opportunities!