History

The idea for the Climate Economy Center started in the Fall of 2017 when Middlebury was chosen to participate in the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s (VCRD) Climate Economy Model Communities Program.  Originally called the “Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative,” this project was a citizen-driven effort with VCRD, local leaders, and many interested community partners, to cultivate economic development, innovation, and affordability in the face of climate change. Over 150 participants attended  a series of public meetings to identify strategies and develop action plans for strengthening the vitality and prosperity of Middlebury and surrounding Addison County Towns.  Task forces discussed prioritized topics of energy, transportation, agriculture and regional capacity for change.