Climate Dispatch: March 17, 2023: Businesses for Climate Action with Bram Kleppner 

Today’s Episode

We’re back from Town Meeting week and are joined by Bram Kleppner, CEO of Danforth Pewter and a member of the Vermont Climate Council representing Vermont Manufacturers. Bram and more than two dozen of his fellow Vermont business leaders were at the State House yesterday as part of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR)’s Businesses for Climate Action advocacy day. 

It’s crossover week in the Legislature, meaning the policy committees must move their bills out of committee by the end of this week, or forgo those bills being enacted this session. As we heard from Bram in the Dispatch, business leaders from around Vermont shared with legislators the many important reasons for legislators to take bold climate action – for the future of Vermont’s planet and economy. 

We cannot afford to continue to punt on enacting legislation that will reduce carbon pollution and ensure we’re meeting our moral and legal obligation to adapt and build resilience in the face of a changing climate. 

Call to Action

As you all know, S.5, the Affordable Heat Act, has moved on to the House of Representatives, and is on its way to being taken up by the House Environment and Energy Committee for consideration as early as next week. So, now is a great time to reach out to your representatives and let them know you support the Affordable Heat Act – and a future that enables Vermonters to equitably access cleaner, more affordable ways to heat their homes and businesses. 

We’ll be back next week with an update post-crossover. Thanks for letting your legislators know you support bold climate action!