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Climate Caucus Meeting Schedule
Thursday 12 PM on
April 1
April 8
April 22
Climate Caucus Resilience Group
Thursday, April 15

FEDERAL ARPA DOLLARS: Letter to Municipalities and Schools 
Dear Municipal and School Leaders: 

Greetings from the Vermont Legislative Climate Solutions Caucus! With 80-plus members in the House and Senate, we’re a broad coalition of legislators dedicated to advancing cost-effective and equitable energy policies to transition Vermont to a sustainable future. 

We hope our caucus can play a helpful role — as a clearinghouse for climate-friendly ideas and resources — while the Vermont legislature, municipal and education leaders consider how to allocate federal stimulus funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. 

As you know, the State of Vermont will receive $1.3 billion that the legislature and Governor Scott will work together to appropriate. Significant funds will also flow directly to municipal governments and to schools. 

  • We’d like to learn about any one-time ARPA investments you’re considering, in your local government and schools, that support or intersect with smart, strategic climate action. 
  • We’re also interested in hearing your ideas about how specific, one-time state-level investments could support your local climate-related ARPA investments

We’re gathering ideas through this Google form. Will you take a few minutes to fill it out? 

Our goal is to hear about your plans as they evolve, provide additional resources and ideas, and share those ideas with other towns and schools. In addition, your feedback will help to inform our caucus and the legislature during the 2021-2022 biennium as we invest in energy policies and programs at the statewide level. 

We’re asking for brief comments about concepts and ideas, not full descriptions of plans. While the legislature will continue to work on sustained climate action, today we’re only gathering your initial ideas for projects specifically suited to one-time funding from federal ARPA dollars. For example: Provide funding for the cost of EV charging station installation, but not for ongoing maintenance. 

We hope you’ll join this conversation by filling out this quick form. We’ll be sharing your comments with the Climate Solutions Caucus and other key legislators. We’re excited about the opportunity to use federal stimulus dollars to support Vermont’s transition to renewable energy—the fast-growing economy of the future. Feel free to reach out with any questions! 

Members of Municipal and School Working Group 
Rep. Dave Durfee (DDurfee@leg.state.vt.us)
Rep. Mari Cordes (MCordes@leg.state.vt.us) 
Rep. Kari Dolan (KDolan@leg.state.vt.us)
Rep. Leslie Goldman (LGoldman@leg.state.vt.us) 
Rep. Kathleen James (KJames@leg.state.vt.us)

Sen. Andrew Perchlik (APerchlik@leg.state.vt.us)  


2/19/2021 update from Sen Pearson and Rep Sarah Copeland-Hanzas: Priority bills
2/12/2021 Climate Solutions Caucus update: Co-Chairs of the Vermont Legislative Climate Solutions Caucus, Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas, and Sen. Chris Pearson talk with Rep. Becca White about the happenings in the House Transportation Committee.
2/11/2021 Resiliency Session: Forest Resilience (pt 1). Speakers: Commissioner Snyder of Vermont Forests, Parks, and Recreation and Climate and Energy Policy Manager for the Nature Conservancy, Lauren Oates.
2/5/2021: The co-chairs of the Vermont Legislative Climate Solutions Caucus, Senator Chris Pearson, and Representative Sarah Copeland Hanzas chat with Lauren Oates, Climate and Energy Policy Manager at the Nature Conservancy Vermont. Lauren is on the Vermont Climate Council and shares updates about what’s happening. Visit their website at https://bit.ly/vt-climate-council-2021

1/28/2020 – Resiliency: Presentations from Rob Evans, State Rivers Program Manager & Shayne Jacquith, Restoration Manager at the Nature Conservancy
Co-Chairs Rep. Sarah Copeland Hanzas and VT State Senator Chris Pearson discussed what’s happening with the Climate Caucus so far this session.

Vermont Climate Council of Act 153

With the passing of the GWSA, came the creation of the Climate Council – a body of experts that will represent key sectors in Vermont’s response to climate change and ensure representation of Vermont’s communities. For contact information, member list, and meeting dates and information, check out their website here.

House and Senate vote to override Gov. Scott’s veto of GWSA

“The Senate voted 22-8 to override Gov. Phil Scott’ veto of H.688, the Global Warming Solutions Act, enough to win the two-thirds approval needed in the chamber. The House did the same last week with a 103-47 vote.” Media story

Senate approves Global Warming Solutions Act

The GWSA passed final reading in the Senate on 6/26/20 with a 23-5 vote. The bill will now be sent to the House for final review and then sent to Gov. Scott. A big thank you to everyone for all your work and energy in voicing your support for this critical bill. To view the official bill as passed by the House, click here. To view the Senate’s proposed amendments, click here. Media story

Climate Solutions Caucus Virtual Meeting 3/23/20

The Legislative members of the caucus met virtually for the first time to discuss pathways forward for economic recovery and climate resilience. To watch the whole meeting click on the screenshot!

Weekly Update, March 13, 2020

Energy Action Network (EAN): 2020 Summit

  • Latest data and analysis on where Vermont stands relative to our renewable energy and emissions reduction commitments.
  • Visionary, strategic proposals about how we can rapidly, cost-effectively, and equitably reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas pollution.
  • Comprehensive networking with other leaders working on and passionate about energy and climate issues (see “pitches” and more here)

Energy Action Network (EAN): 2019 Annual Progress Report

The Energy Action Network (EAN) produces an annual analysis of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy development, and emissions reductions goals. This year, they provide an in-depth analysis on a pathway forward that would transition Vermont away from fossil fuels while diversifying its energy portfolio and boosting the economy. Download the full report or read a summary of the “Key Findings” here.

Transportation and Climate Initiative

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. 

The Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) held several public meetings in 2020 to receive feedback on TCI. Find more about TCI or provide feedback here.