Fall Forums Scheduled on “Improving Efficiency in Municipal Buildings”

Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with the state’s regional planning commissions, will be holding a series of forums this fall to improve energy efficiency in public buildings. Although specifically addressed to towns, villages, and schools that have completed energy audits or similar assessments, this workshop will be helpful to any local official interested in learning about energy audits, efficiency improvements, and ways to finance those improvements.  Speakers from Efficiency Vermont and Building Energy, a professional building energy efficiency company, will make presentation and answer questions.

For more information, contact: Paul Markowitz, Community Energy Program Manager, Efficiency Vermont 802 540 7608 or

VT Home Energy Challenge

The 2013 Vermont Home Energy Challenge – Sign Up Today!

Help your neighbors reduce their energy bills by participating in the 2013 Vermont Home Energy Challenge. Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, is seeking local organizations to champion the Challenge in their communities and to sign up to participate. Under the Challenge, local organizations will foster public awareness about energy saving opportunities in the home and will set a target of weatherizing 3% of the homes in their community over the course of a year. Towns will then be able to measure their progress toward their goals along with that of other communities in their region and across the state. At the end of the year, towns will be recognized and awarded for the effectiveness of their efforts to encourage participation in their communities. Be sure your town participates! Sign-up is easy. Go to for details. For more information, contact Paul Markowitz, Community Energy Program Manager, Efficiency Vermont at 802 540 7608 or

Marshfield Town Plan Review and Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing
The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider the approval of the municipal plan for the Town of Marshfield under 24 VSA Section 4350. The hearing will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2012 beginning at 7:15 p.m. at the conference room of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Paine Turnpike, Berlin.
Before approving a municipal plan, the Commission must find that the Plan is consistent with the goals established in 24 VSA 4302, is compatible with the Regional Plan, is compatible with approved plans of other municipalities in the Region, and contains all the elements as required in Section 4382 of the Act.
Copies of the Plan can be reviewed at the Clerk’s office or at the offices of Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, 29 Main Street, Suite 4, Montpelier, during normal business hours.
The hearing on the municipal plan for the Town of Marshfield will also include consideration of confirmation of the Town’s planning process in conformance with the requirements of 24 VSA Section 4350.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for 11/15! Attend the VT Comprehensive Energy Plan Forum!

November 15 –  National Life in Montpelier – 6-9 p.m.

Fall Forums to Focus on Getting to 90 Percent Renewable by 2050 in Vermont
All invited to attend and help implement Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan

Vermont’s Comprehensive Energy Plan (published October 2011) lays out the ambitious – but necessary – goal of meeting 90 percent of the state’s total energy needs in 2050 from renewable resources. Meeting this goal will require the support and partnership of all Vermonters.

Please join the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, regional planning commissions and members of Vermont’s Climate Cabinet at an upcoming forum focused on the state’s long-range Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). The CEP provides a roadmap for saving energy, boosting production from local, renewable energy resources and realigning our transportation and land use solutions. Town energy committee leaders and anyone interested in helping Vermont meet its energy goals should attend!

The forum is being held in partnership with the Department of Public Service and Vermont’s Climate Cabinet, will:

  • Update Vermonters on the progress made over the past year in implementing the Comprehensive Energy Plan.
  • Solicit guidance and input from participants on current and proposed implementation strategies.
  • Offer concrete projects that grassroots leaders, key stakeholders, and interested Vermonters can undertake to help achieve the goals of the CEP, such as saving money, generating more renewable energy in Vermont, fostering more transportation choices and more.

For more information contact: Johanna Miller, VNRC Energy Program Director & VECAN Coordinator at 802-223-2328 ext. 112 or

Community Recovery Partnership Initiative

To all our partners in the Community Recovery Partnership initiative,

I want to thank you for your commitment and dedication to your community and the state and for your time participating and following up on one or more of the 12 Community Recovery Partnership conversations held throughout the state.

We just released the report that summarizes many of the thoughts and recommendations of the over 500 citizens who helped us document and better understand the ways in which Vermont’s resilience and vulnerability were showcased after Irene.

This report documents the lessons learned and how state agencies are responding to what we heard at those meetings.

The insight and lessons learned from this initiative demonstrate the benefit in cooperation and coordination between local, regional and state agencies and public and private entities. I’ve heard from many of you that these sessions enable us to learn from and support each other while providing a powerful tool for public engagement, participation and action in rebuilding efforts around the state.

While it will take years to fully recover from the impacts of the 2011 floods and there are aspects of everyday life in Vermont which have fundamentally changed — we trust that you will continue to engage in this conversation as we work together to rebuild, adapt and make Vermont stronger. Projects like the CRP where we all come together to focus our skills and energy, and work towards a common goals give me confidence that when Vermont looks back ten years from now, we will be pleased with our collective work.

Noelle MacKay, Commissioner
Agency of Commerce and Community Development
Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development
Phone: (802) 828-5216