VCRD Announces Middlebury as Next Climate Economy Model Community



The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) joined by partners & ACEDC members Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power, announces that Middlebury will be the second community to participate in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. The program, named by a local planning team the Greater Middlebury Community Climate Economy Initiative, will hold a kick-off event and community dinner on Monday, September 18.

Based on an application from local citizens along with support from the Select Board, the VCRD and partners selected Middlebury to be the second community to participate in the new Climate Economy Model Communities Program. The local Chair of this effort will be Former State Representative Steve Maier.

This event will launch a process for residents to identify and advance priorities that strengthen the community in the face of climate change, including measures to improve economic opportunity and affordability. The kick-off event will feature eight forums on different topics that were developed by a planning committee made up of local residents. There will also be a free community dinner. For the full schedule including venues, click here

Joining community members at the Kick-Off and dinner will be an invited Visiting Team of Federal, State, business, and non-profit leaders from around Vermont who come to listen and learn about what is happening in Middlebury and to provide some reflection about what they have heard. In subsequent months, the community will gather again to choose from a list of possible action ideas brainstormed by local residents, and then will form task forces to implement the chosen initiatives. ALL members of the greater Middlebury community are invited to participate. For more information, visit or contact VCRD at 802-225-6393 or or join the event Facebook page here

The Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative is a community-driven process with local leaders, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont to cultivate economic development, innovation, and affordability in the face of climate change. The Climate Economy Model Communities Program is made possible thanks to financial support from VLITE, the High Meadows Fund, and VCRD’s donors. VCRD is a non-profit organization supporting the locally-defined progress of Vermont’s rural communities. To learn more, visit us at