TRAINING OPPORTUNITY FOR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT DIRECTORS, Emergency services personnel and volunteers, and municipal employees.

Did you say, “Yes” when asked to volunteer as the local EMD or EMC and later wonder what you said yes to?  You are not alone. 

 Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about your role as the Local Emergency Management Director (EMD) for your community and how best to interact with the other emergency service providers and municipal officials while preforming your job as EMD.

When: December 7, 2016

5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Where: Agency of Transportation Facility, 2178 Airport Road, Unit A, Berlin, VT (across from the Knapp Airport in Berlin)

This class is being offered by the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security “as a cornerstone for the new Vermont EM Certification Program.”  As taken from the course description, “the Vermont Local Emergency Management Course incorporates many different aspects of “emergency management” to include its partnership with emergency services. The course describes the realistic responsibilities of the job here in Vermont. The course includes all mission areas of emergencies and disasters, the core capabilities that make up the responsibilities, the integration and communications needed to be successful. And finally the course strongly emphasizes the teamwork between emergency management, emergency services and the municipal leadership.”

Target Audience: The audience for this fundamental course includes local emergency management directors, coordinators and staff, emergency services personnel and volunteers, and municipal employees.

A Certificate of Attendance will be given to those who complete the four hour course.  There is no prerequisite for the course and there is no fee for attending.

Registration is required by completing a registration form which can be downloaded at:

Send Completed forms to:

Contact Laura Ranker for more information or if you need assistance with registration at or by phone at 802-229-0389.


Energy Planning Standards Training for Municipalities

The Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission will host an informational training session on the new Energy Planning Standards that were released on November 1st.  These standards will allow municipalities to receive “Substantial Deference” when the Public Service Board is reviewing Certificates of Public Good.

The training will be held on December 14th, 2016 from 6-8PM

at the Brown Public Library in Northfield, Vermont

Please see the flyer below for additional information.

RSVP to Marian Wolz,, (802) 229 0389

Energy Standards Training Flyer

“Slash Your Energy Bill” – Workshop scheduled in Barre on November 16th

The Barre City Energy Committee, in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, invites Central Vermont residents to the workshop “Slash Your Energy Bills” scheduled for Wednesday, November 16th at the Aldrich Library (Milne Room) starting at 5:30.  The workshop will focus on the wide range of actions that Central Vermonters can take to lower their energy costs and improve comfort in their homes.  Energy improvement options that will be covered during the workshop include: no-cost/low-cost energy efficiency, comprehensive weatherization, heat pumps, modern wood heat, and solar. The workshop will be led by Dave Keefe, an Energy Consultant with Efficiency Vermont.  A light dinner will be provided starting at 5:30 pm, with the workshop scheduled for 6:00-7:30 pm.

The workshop is part of the 2016-2017 Barre Energy Workshop Series. Two additional workshops are scheduled for 2017, including one focused on heat pumps for January 18th and one on modern wood heating for February 22nd.   This workshop series is brought to you by Barre Saves Energy Initiative, a joint effort of the Barre Partnership, City of Barre, Barre Area Development Corporation, Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Barre City Energy Committee and Efficiency Vermont.  For more information, contact: Elaine Wang, Barre City Energy Committee at (802 249 5978) or Paul Markowitz, Efficiency Vermont, (802 540 7608). For more information, see the flyer below.

Workshop Flyer

Vermont Department of Public Service Issues Final Energy Planning Standards

The Department of Public Service yesterday (11/02) released the final energy planning determination standards and recommendations called for in Act 174, the Energy Development Improvement Act. The final standards and recommendations, along with an overview, can be found here –

These standards will be used by the Department and Regional Planning Commissions to make determinations as to whether regional and municipal plans are consistent with state energy policy. Plans that receive an affirmative determination will receive substantial deference for their land conservation measures and specific policies when the Public Service Board considers orderly development in its review of siting applications. Act 174 details a set of planning requirements to receive a determination, including consistency with Vermont’s energy and climate goals and the inclusion of energy analysis across the building, transportation, and electrical sectors.

The standards published today consist of a checklist of required analyses, goals, and actions. The checklist approach is intended to enable municipal and regional planners to conduct planning with a determination of energy compliance in mind.

Act 174 establishes three pathways for a plan to receive a determination of energy compliance: 1) regional plans will be evaluated by the Department; 2) once their region’s plan has received an affirmative determination, municipal plans will be evaluated by their regional planning commission; and 3) until July 1, 2018, a municipality in a region that has not received a determination may apply to the Department for evaluation.

The standards build upon regional energy planning work already underway at all Regional Planning Commissions under contract with the Department. Regions will furthermore be providing analyses and maps that will enable municipalities to easily meet the Analysis & Targets and Mapping standards. Regions will also conduct at least two trainings in each region, will each be offering in-depth technical assistance to at least three municipalities, and will be compiling best practice language from those efforts, which will aid future municipalities in meeting the Pathways standards.


The 2016 DRAFT Lamoille Tactical Basin Plan is now available for public comment.  A series of public comment meetings will be held in November to gather feedback on the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Draft Lamoille River Tactical Basin Plan. The public is encouraged to attend the meetings, hear a presentation and offer their comments and suggestions. Meetings will take place in the evening in the following locations:

  • November 7th Jericho, Jericho Town Hall, 67 Route 15, 6:30-8PM
  • November 9th Georgia, Georgia Fire Station, 4134 Ethan Allen Highway, 6-8PM
  • November 14th Hyde Park, Green Mountain Technical and Career Center, 738 Route 15, 7-8:30PM
  • November 15th Hardwick, Hardwick Town Hall, 20 Church Street, 6-7:30PM

The Lamoille River Tactical Basin Plan (TBP) was developed with the purpose of both improving and protecting water quality and aquatic habitats, and presents the recommendations of State and Federal resource agencies, watershed partner organizations, planning commissions, municipalities, and individual citizens.

The Plan provides an overall assessment of the health of the Lamoille River basin and defines on-going and future actions and strategies to address high-priority stressors. An additional goal of the plan is to set priorities for meeting targets for phosphorus loading from the Lamoille River and all of the waters in its drainage basin that contribute to Mallets Bay in Lake Champlain.

The central component of the Tactical Basin Plan is an implementation table summary with targeted actions to protect very high quality waters and to address the water quality issues in the Lamoille watershed. Over 140 actions are identified in the plan with over 1000 individual related projects included in the VT Watershed Projects database.

Copies of the draft plan may be obtained on November 1st, 2016, on-line by clicking this link or by requesting a copy from Danielle Owczarski by email at or (802) 490-6176.  Comments can be directed to Danielle Owczarski by email or by mail at 1 National Life Drive, Main 2, Montpelier VT 05620-3522. Comments will be accepted through end of business day (4:30 pm) on December 2, 2016. Comments received by this date will be addressed in a responsiveness summary.