Climate Action Planning

What can we do to address the coming climate crisis while at the same time grow our local community and its economic and social institutions? This year we’ve undertaken production of a Climate Action Plan to provide a roadmap.

The plan will be a much-needed blueprint for broad, community-supported reduction of local greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, to be measured against CEAC’s recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The plan will address the three biggest sources of this county’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: agriculture, transportation and buildings (heating/cooling/lighting).

CEAC’s core planning team has worked to interview over 50 community leaders who hold various roles around the county — to get their views on how to best address local GHG emissions. We wanted to learn from them what they see as likely changes in their area of activity, related to GHG’s in the next 5 to 10 years. We asked about any specific anti-greenhouse gas actions they are considering.

How did we get to this point? Work on creating the Climate Action Plan began with two Climate Roundtables in February and June 2021. They were attended by over 60 people who are working on how best to locally address climate change.

Workshops followed for the core planning team of about a dozen knowledgeable and active county residents. We developed a list of possible strategic goals for the year 2030.

The final plan will identify steps that can realistically be taken locally to reduce climate pollution while moving toward a local economy that is sustainable in the long term. We’ll identify existing and future business and “green jobs” opportunities. Individuals, businesses, organizations and institutions will note defined roles they can play in the plan.

Vermont Electric Vehicles Per 10,000 People
By County as of April 2020
Source: Drive Electric Vermont

It’s our intention that the plan will help guide and coordinate the actions of community sectors including education, agriculture, business, industry, local and state government, nonprofits, and major institutions such as Middlebury College and Porter Hospital. We plan to complete the Climate Action Plan by the end of the calendar year.

CEAC is being assisted in some of this work by an expert consulting company called paleBLUEdot, which has already helped about 50 communities develop similar plans. 

Do you have suggestions or questions about the climate action plan — or would you like to become involved in the process? If so, email office@ceacac.org.