Climate Economy Model Communities Program


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Posted on 02/28/2017 by VLCT Communications


The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) recently joined with Governor Phil Scott, Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont, Vermont Electric Coop, and Washington Electric Coop to launch the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. VCRD will join with the utilities and other partners to facilitate a process in two communities annually to help them create and implement locally developed plans modeling state-of-the-art rural development in an age of climate change. The goal is to create more economically sustainable and “climate smart” communities throughout Vermont. This coordinated approach will include implementing comprehensive efficiencies efforts, transportation system improvements, energy generation, and entrepreneurship to spur economic development.


As part of the launch, VCRD released a request for proposals soliciting applications from communities that are interested in participating in the Model Communities Program. The RFP and program details are posted at The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 22.