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Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Vermont Climate Cabinet

The Climate Cabinet, established via executive order by Governor Shumlin, provides coordinated leadership of the state's climate change related efforts.


This team is the focal point for ANR Climate Change activities. To learn more, visit the about page.

The Flood Ready Vermont site provides a central online resource for flood-related information, and guidance on what to do to better prepare for natural disasters. Also find tips for developing in safe places, watershed protection and emergency guidance, comprehensive maps, reporting tools, and funding resources tailored to Vermont town officials.

Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan

In 2013, Vermont and seven other states agreed to create a collaborative Action Plan aimed at putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025. A Vermont Action Plan has also been created in response, which includes Vermont-specific actions that address the goals put forth in the eight-state action plan. Visit the ZEV web page to learn more about this initiative.

Forests, Parks and Recreation

Vermont’s climate and forests are ever changing. Explore the relationship between forests and climate change, how to manage forest carbon to help reduce greenhouse gases, and trends in Vermont forests likely due to climate change. Visit Vermont Forest, Parks and Recreation website.


Vermont Agency of Transportantion

VTrans Climate Change Action Plan (June 2008)

This plan identifies actions in three focus areas:
  • Reducing GHGs from the transportation sector
  • Protecting Vermont’s Transportation infrastructure from the effect of climate change
  • Reducing  VTrans’ operational impacts on climate change

VTrans Adaptation White Paper (August 2012)

This report provides an overview of the agency's climate-related adaptation and resilience oriented efforts.


Go Vermont – Connecting Vermonters to rideshares, car and van pools  and public transportation  (


Vermont Department of Public Service

Vermont Total Energy Study - 2014

The Total Energy Study identifies the most promising policy and technology pathways to emply in order to reach the state's renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals

Comprehensive Energy Plan - 2011

The Department of Public Service is the lead agency in development of the state’s latest Comprehensive Energy Plan, which was completed in December 2011.

See for additional information on this effort.

Vermont Utility Facts (2013)

Clean Energy Development Fund

Established in 2005, the goal of the Fund is to increase the development and deployment of cost-effective and environmentally sustainable electric power resources – primarily with respect to renewable energy resources, and the use of combined heat and power technologies - in Vermont.


 The Climate Neutral Working Group (CNWG) was an interagency group chaired by the Commissioners of the Departments of Buildings & General Services, Environmental Conservation, and Public Service, and is now the State Operations Working Group of the Climate Cabinet. The CNWG was established by executive order and is tasked with documenting GHG emissions from Vermont State Government operations, and coordinating efforts to meet its GHG emissions reduction goals. It prepares biennial reports to document these efforts, identify future planned steps and their anticipated impacts, and highlight any challenges for meeting those goals, as well as opportunities for expediting greenhouse gas emission reductions. You can find the most recent of these reports here.Other reports are available on the Library page of this website.


Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort by nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to limit greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI is the first mandatory, market-based CO2 emissions reduction program in the United States.

The states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are signatory states to the RGGI agreement. These states have capped CO2 emissions from the power sector, and will require a 10 percent reduction in these emissions by 2018.


Vermont Climate Collaborative

A partnership between state government, academia and the private sector, the Vermont Climate Collaborative was conceived as a hub for research, information, and activity related to climate change in Vermont. The Collaborative was retired in July 2011.


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 Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN)

VECAN is a network of statewide Vermont organizations helping communities across the Green Mountain State to reduce energy costs and climate impacts through conservation, increased energy efficiency and conversion to renewable energy sources.  VECAN is the portal for information on the 92 statewide community energy committees (Member List Link)



Green Mountain College, Founded in 1834

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GMC is the first college in the nation to achieve climate neutrality!



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Middlebury has set a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2016.


University of Vermont
University of Vermont

Vermont Climate Assessment - 2014

The Vermont Climate Assessment is the nation's first state-level climate assessment based on the model of the National Climate Assessment.

EPSCoR Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC)

RACC is a National Science Foundation funded effort to research a changing climate's effect on the Lake Champlain Basin

Research at the CDL focuses on the social and biophysical structures that determine the stocks and fluxes of greenhouse gases between terrestrial systems and the atmosphere

UVM's hub for innovative and interdisciplinary research, education and outreach on sustainable transportation system solutions. Visit the Transportation research center's Website

Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Established in 1994, the CSA cultivates understanding, innovative practices and polices to advance sustainable food and farming in VT and beyond

Vermont State Climate Office

Housed within the Geography Department at UVM, the VSCO conducts research and serves to provide the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) with Vermont's climactic data.

Center for Sustainable Practices -

The CSP is a Vermont resource center connecting students, businesses and communities across the region. The Center is all about practical, hands-on solutions to problems in areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building design and construction, permitting, land use and agriculture.


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