September 6–8, 2017

Meet Our Founders

The Vermont Council on Rural Development

cc:econ is produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. VCRD is dedicated to the support of the locally-defined progress of Vermont's rural communities. From local, citizen-led efforts to policy councils that build collaboration between state, federal, nonprofit, and private sector leaders, VCRD brings Vermonters together across political lines and organizational boundaries to create a better future.

VCRD is leading the VT Climate Economy Initiative with the premise that confronting climate change through innovative economic development can be a competitive strategy, one that will build national reputation, create jobs, and attract youth and entrepreneurism. We hosted a 2015 Summit to launch the initiative, founded the VT Climate Change Economy Council to develop a practical action plan, gathered input at 3 public forums, and hosted a second Summit to set a campaign for action. In 2017, we convened the Climate Economy Action Team to advance and implement key objectives of the action plan, and launched the Climate Economy Model Communities Program to help communities build and implement plans that model state-of-the-art rural development in an age of climate change.

To help tell the story, we are highlighting Vermont Climate Innovators finding practical ways to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate climate risk, and stimulate green economic development through our Climate Innovator Stories series.

With support from the following partners:

  • Ben Doyle, USDA Rural Development
  • Gaye Symington, High Meadows Fund
  • George Twigg, Congressman Peter Welch’s Office
  • Nate Hausman, Clean Energy Group/Clean Energy States Alliance
  • Andrew Savage, All Earth Renewables
  • Linda McGinnis, Energy Action Network
  • Steve Nicholas, Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power


Burlington, VT