Vermont: Take Action on Climate Change & Protect Our Outdoor Recreation

Vermont: Take Action on Climate Change & Protect Our Outdoor Recreation

This autumn, there are several important opportunities for you to help us let Vermont decision makers know the time is now to take action on climate and steward our natural resources for generations to come.

We hope to see you at these public meetings:

Vermont Climate Action Commission

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 the Commission could recommend to the Governor’s office.

It is important to come to these meetings and make it clear that for Vermont to meet our climate change goals, we must:

  1. Outline a plan for meeting Vermont’s greenhouse gas reduction commitments;
  2. Keep all renewable energy resources on the table to help Vermont meet our state goal of 90% renewable energy;
  3. Put a price on carbon pollution and turn the challenge of climate change into tax relief and economic opportunity for all Vermonters.

The public hearings are from 6:00 p.m. 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

Join VNRC, Vermont Conservation Voters, and our partners in the Energy Independent Vermont coalition for meet-ups right before each session to allow activists to come together, meet each other, and feel prepared to deliver your powerful comments at these hearings. Please RSVP and let us know you plan to attend.

More information about the Vermont Climate Action Commission is available here.

If you are not able to be there in-person, you submit comments via to the Climate Action Commission by emailing or by submitting your comment online.

Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC)

In June, Governor Scott launched the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC) to engage stakeholders in a public conversation about recreation, the Vermont economy, and stewardship of our natural resources.

Over the next two months, VOREC is hosting seven public forums to gather input from the public – you! – about how to leverage and strengthen Vermont’s outdoor recreation assets to grow the economy.

Attend the VOREC public meeting near you and ask Vermont’s decision makers take substantial action:

  • Healthy and intact forestlands are vital to maintaining quality recreational opportunities and our outdoor tourism economy.
  • Safeguard our natural resources and infrastructure through strategic conservation of more public and private land that is fundamental to Vermont’s economic vitality.
  • Permanently protect local, regional, and statewide trail networks to give communities, organizations, and volunteers the security to invest time and money into their stewardship.
  • Make a greater investment of public and private dollars to the stewardship of our public lands and trail networks.
  • Make sure all Vermonters have safe, local access to recreational opportunities and open space.
  • Vermont’s economy benefits from our shared love of the outdoors, but climate change threatens the future of Vermont’s outdoor recreation economy. Vermont needs to take substantive action on climate to support our tourism economy and protect investments already made in recreation facilities.
  • Many of our Vermont communities are dependent upon thriving local recreation economies. This means making sure there are places that are permanently around for people to bike, hike, bird watch, and more.

All meetings are open to the public and take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., as follows:

  • Tues., Sept. 12 – Waterbury: The Best Western, 45 Blush Hill Road
  • Mon., Sept. 25 – Island Pond: Island Pond Town Hall, 49 Mill St.
  • Tues., Oct. 3 – Rutland: Community College of Vermont, 60 West Street
  • Tues., Oct. 10 – St. Albans: City Hall, 100 North Main St.
  • Mon., Oct. 16 – East Dummerston: Evening Star Grange, 1008 East-West Road
  • Mon., Oct. 23 – White River Junction: Hartford Town Hall, 171 Bride Street
  • Tues., Oct. 24 – Arlington: West Mountain Inn, 144 West Mountain Inn Road
Please RSVP and let us know you plan to attend.

More information about VOREC is available here.