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Climate Cabinet


Deb Markowitz
Agency of Natural Resources (Chair)

Jeb Spaulding Chuck Ross Michael Obuchowski Patricia Moulton Noelle Mackay Brian Searles
Jeb Spaulding
Agency of Administration Secretary
Chuck Ross
Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets Secretary
Mike Obuchowski
Department of Buildings and General Services Commissioner
Patricia Moulton
Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary
Noelle Mackay
Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development Commissioner
Chris Recchia
Department of Public Service Commissioner
Brian Searles
Agency of Transportation Secretary

Other Participating Agency/Department:

Harry Chen
Harry Chen M.D.Department of Health Commissioner

  • Description
    The Climate Cabinet was established by Governor Shumlin in May 2011. It is comprised of senior government officials including the Secretaries of Administration, Agriculture Food and Markets, Commerce and Community Development, and Transportation; the Commissioners of the Departments of Economic, Housing and Community Development, of the Department of Buildings and General Services and the Department of Public Service. The Agency of Natural Resources is designated as the lead agency with the ANR Secretary serving as the cabinet chair.
  • The cabinet is charged with providing comprehensive leadership by coordinating climate change efforts, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions & reliance on fossil fuels, providing outreach and education as well as implementing climate change adaptation efforts across all state agencies and departments.
  • The Climate Cabinet was reconstituted in December 2012 by Executive Order 15-12

    Projects/Activities (date)
    Since its creation in May 2011, the Climate Cabinet has been primarily engaged in supporting the Department of Public Service in the development of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). With finalization of that plan, the cabinet is working to prioritize and implement the recommendations of the CEP for 2012 and beyond. In addition, the effects of Tropical Storm Irene have highlighted the need for additional planning and action so that our communities, landscape and infrastructure are better able to weather similar events that are predicted to become more frequent in the coming years.

    Contact Information
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