Transportation and Climate Initiative

Did you know?

Transportation is currently Vermont’s least renewable energy sector and the largest source of pollution in the state, generating 42% of our greenhouse gas emissions.

There are tremendous environmental, economic and equity-creating benefits at our fingertips if we get serious about transforming our outdated regional transportation system. Now is the time to implement an economy-wide approach to reduce greenhouse emissions in our antiquated transportation sector.

TCI: Our Transportation Future

In December 2018, nine states and the District of Columbia, including Vermont, announced their commitment to taking a more serious step forward to tackle carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Find the announcement here.

The coalition, called the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), intends to design a new regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal within the year that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels and invest proceeds from the program into low-carbon and more resilient transportation infrastructure.

VNRC has been working collaboratively with other Northeast organizations and allies to support this state-led regional effort to transform our transportation sector. Read these advocates’ response to the TCI announcement here.

Regional policy proposal (November 2019)

Jurisdictions participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) made available a framework for a draft regional policy proposal to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from transportation, and encouraged interested individuals and organizations to provide feedback on the draft framework. 

VNRC, along with Vermont Conservation Voters, Transportation for Vermonters, Audubon Vermont, Capstone Community Action, VEIC, and VPIRG, submitted comments on November 5, 2019. Find them here.


With questions about TCI, email Johanna Miller at or call 802-223-2328, x112.