New Website for Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network
The Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, VECAN, recently introduced its new and improved web site — www.vecan.net. The goal of the new site is to feature all of the great work that Vermont’s motivated and growing network of community energy committees are doing across the state. The site is intended to serve as a one-stop-shop clearinghouse of timely information for grassroots groups who want to connect to each other, interesting events, turnkey resources and useful information. The new site incorporates some innovative site design features that will make it easier to share information, resources, inspiring stories and events.
The mission of VECAN is to start, support and strengthen town energy committees. VECAN:
- Serves as an information resource and clearinghouse. VECAN connects town energy committees with the tools, resources, and initiatives they need through regional energy network gatherings, an annual conference, our website, special events, email communications and more.
- Provides direct technical assistance and education. VECAN works with town energy and climate action committees in several ways, including lending direct technical assistance on projects and programs – such as energy planning, energy efficiency initiatives, transportation projects, general organizing support and much more.
- Facilitates networking among communities and resource providers. VECAN works to connect committees with the organizations and resources they need to meet clean energy and climate goals. VECAN also works to help foster communication and collaboration among local energy committees by encouraging communities to work together regionally, share information, ideas and strategies and more.
- Works to start new energy committees across Vermont. To date, there are about 100 of these primarily volunteer groups. VECAN’s mission is to have an energy committee or a focused energy project in each of Vermont’s 251 communities.
VNRC serves as the coordinator for VECAN.
For more information about VECAN, energy committees or energy issues in Vermont, visit www.vecan.net or email VNRC’s Energy Program Director Johanna Miller.