Our Work

Addressing Sustainability in Chittenden County

The newly-created ECOS Project in Chittenden County wants to hear from you. The steering committee of this three-year sustainability project for Vermont’s most populous county wants input between now and mid September on their goal statements.

The goal of the ECOS project is to identify and implement strategies that improve Chittenden County’s long-term sustainability by addressing public and private costs in transportation, housing, energy and land use and social equity.

It will also provide the basis for updating the Chittenden County Regional Plan, The Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Plan, the Burlington Legacy Project Plan and the County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

The project represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to engage citizens, organizations and municipalities in a conversation about the future of our communities and the region as a whole.

The project is funded with $1 million grant from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Project (with co-sponsorship from the EPA and U.S. DOT).

The goals are also available on the Project website, www.ecosproject.com, for review and comments.  The project organizers are hoping Vermonters will help create a lively, interactive discussion on the draft goals by adding opinions to the document via the website. The comment period will be open until September 15.