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Champlain College

Center for Communications and Creative Media

Burlington, VT 05401

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About the Summit

The Vermont Energy & Climate Summit is a full-day gathering of Vermont leaders that will:

  • Assess where Vermont stands now in relation to our fast-approaching 2025 energy and climate goals

  • Share pledges to take action from businesses, non-profits, municipalities, and institutions as part of the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition

  • "Pitch" policies and other ideas that will ensure Vermont meets its energy and climate goals in ways that most benefit Vermont and Vermonters


Where is Vermont in meeting its climate and energy goals? What efforts have been made thus far— and what more needs to be done? Come join us at the Vermont Energy & Climate Summit as we explore the answers to these questions and more.

If we are to meet Vermont's important and interrelated goals, we have a lot of work to do over the next 8-10 years. As of 2016, the share of Vermont’s total energy need met with renewable sources was approximately 16%, substantially lower than its 2025 goal of 25%. As of 2013, Vermont’s GHG emissions had increased 4% from 1990 levels and decreased 11% from 2005 levels, again lower than the Paris Agreement commitment of a 26-28% decrease by 2025 and lower than Vermont's statutory goal of 50% reductions below 1990 levels. In summary, we will need creative and collective action to further bend the curve toward these important energy and climate goals.


8:00 – 8:30 Arrival & Registration

  • Light Breakfast Provided

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee & Conversations

  • Why does our energy and climate future matter to you?
  • What motivates you to be here and to engage in this work?

9:00 – 9:20 Welcome

  • Jared Duval, Executive Director, Energy Action Network
  • Neale Lunderville, General Manager, Burlington Electric Department

9:20 – 9:35 Remarks on the Climate Pledge Coalition

  • Mayor Miro Weinberger
  • Governor Phil Scott

9:35 – 9:50 Break

9:50 – 10:50 The Vermont Energy & Emissions Picture

  • Moderator: Linda McGinnis, Program Director, Energy Action Network
  • Leigh Seddon, Board Chair, Energy Action Network
  • Jon Erickson, University of Vermont

10:50 – 11:10 Break & Informal Discussion

  • What surprised you about the presentation?
  • What type and scale of action do you think it points us towards?

11:10 – 12:00 Climate Pledges & Energy Actions:

  • Moderator: Jennifer Green, Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition

12:00 - 12:10 Anne and Arthur Berndt Award

  • Presented by Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, VT Sustainable Jobs Fund

12:10 – 1:15 Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 Energy/Climate Pitches Round I

  • Moderators: Paul Costello, Co-Chair, Vermont Climate Action Commission & Peter Walke, Co-Chair, Vermont Climate Action Commission

2:15 - 2:30 Break

2:30 – 3:30 Energy/Climate Pitches Round II

  • Moderators: Paul Costello & Peter Walk

3:30 – 3:50 Pitch Dot Exercise & Short Break

3:50 – 4:45 Bending the Curve: Meeting our Energy Milestones

  • Moderator: Darren Springer, COO, Burlington Electric Department
  • Mary Powell, President & CEO, Green Mountain Power
  • Karen Glitman, Director, Efficiency Vermont
  • Riley Allen, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Public Service Department
  • Adam Sherman, Senior Consultant, Biomass Energy Resource Center

4:45 – 5:00 Closing Remarks

  • Neale Lunderville, General Manager, Burlington Electric Department
  • Jared Duval, Executive Director, Energy Action Network

5:00 – 6:00 Drinks, Conversation, & Pitch Voting Results

About the Coalition

On June 20th, 2017, Mayor Miro Weinberger, joined by Governor Phil Scott, members of the Vermont Mayors Coalition, and other community leaders launched a state-wide coalition – the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition – to help achieve the December 2015 Paris Climate Agreement pledge by the United States and to mitigate the impact of the Federal government’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. The Coalition leaders invited all Vermont municipalities, non-profits, colleges and universities, and businesses to join the Coalition and do all they can to reduce carbon emissions in an effort to help Vermont meet the U.S. commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions levels from 2005 by 26-28 percent by 2025.

On November 8th, 2017, The Energy & Climate Summit will begin the process of making good on this commitment. Conference participants will review the Coalition's progress, hear some of the most ambitious pledges taken by Coalition members, and learn from leaders on the cutting edge of greenhouse gas reductions in the business, government, and non-profit sectors.


The Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition will be tracking all pledges and actions taken as part of the Coalition via the new online Climate Pledge Tracker developed in partnership with EAN and launched on its Community Energy Dashboard. Existing and prospective Coalition members can now register actions, submit pledges and track progress toward our collective climate goals. All businesses, institutions, non-profits, and municipal governments across Vermont are welcome to become part of the Coalition by registering actions and making pledges that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

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Champlain College

Center for Communications and Creative Media

Burlington, VT 05401

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