Vermont Climate Collaborative
State of Vermont
The following are recent actions and initiatives taken by the State of Vermont. For a comprehensive list, explore the Agency of Natural Resources NEW web site on Climate Change (www.anr.state.vt.us/anr/climatechange), launched in October 2010.
- The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has released the latest Vermont Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report for 1990-2008 (summary / full report). The report shows that the state's GHG emissions have fallen 11% since 2005. Additional reductions are necessary to meet the state's initial GHG reduction target of 6 million metric tons in 2012.
- The Vermont Climate Change Oversight Committee released its final report in February 2010.
- Representatives from Vermont Agency of Natual Resources, Transportation, Agriculture Food & Markets, and the Department of Public Service developed work plans for each recommendation given in the 2007 Govenor's Commission on Climate Change Report. Their work is presented in the Climate Change Transition Team September 2008 (pdf) proposed draft work plans.
- In June 2008, VTrans released its Climate Action Plan (pdf).
- A a partnership of business, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and federal government stakeholders formed the Vermont Waste Prevention Steering Committee and produced the May 2008 report Life Beyond Garbage: Vermont Waste Prevention and Diversion Strategies (pdf).
- Department of Public Service released its May 2008 Public Review Draft of the State of Vermont's third Comprehensive Energy Plan (pdf).
- The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is a founding reporter of greenhouse gas emissions to The Climate Registry and has committed to reporting its emissions with third-party verification.
- The 25 x '25 Initiative (pdf) of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets seeks to enable Vermont to produce 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.
- VTrans is expanding its RideShare program to include all transportation types and has developed a connecting commuters website that connects commuters with ways they can save money and reduce their carbon footprint through alternative transportation modes.
- The Vermont Department of Public Service runs a Clean Energy Development Fund that awards roughly $2 million annually to support the development of renewable energy and combined heat and power initiatives.
Last modified November 01 2010 01:23 PM