Public invited to comment on Burlington's Climate Action Plan

BURLINGTON - Burlington's effort to rewrite the City's Climate Action Plan is now well underway with the first set of draft recommendations -- generated by working groups composed of dozens of residents, business leaders, non-profit representatives, City staff and others - available online for additional input and feedback. To review and weigh in on these ideas, please visit http://www.cedo.ci.burlington.vt.us/legacy/cap.html

The Climate Action Plan re-write process has involved the formation of 8 working groups, lead by members of the Mayor's Energy and Environmental Coordinating Committee (E2C2) and the Burlington Sustainability Action Team (BSAT), the Municipal group charged with implementing changes at the City Level. These 8 working groups began meeting in September to form their initial list of recommendations on how the City can reduce its carbon footprint and meet its greenhouse gas emission target of 20% reduction by 2020. These ideas were shared during the December 9 Legacy Town Meeting, when over 200 people gathered to celebrate Burlington's successes and where invited to weigh in on the plan.

The seven key areas to be covered by the Climate Action Plan include:

•Policy, Research, and Education

•Energy Efficiency in Buildings

•Transportation, Telecommunications, and Access

•Renewable Energy Resources

•Waste Reduction and Recycling

•Forestry and Carbon Offsets

•Local Farms, Gardens, and Food Production

For additional information on the Climate Action Plan, and how to share your ideas and input, please contact Sandrine Thibault, Comprehensive City Planner, at sthibault@ci.burlington.vt.us (tel: 865-7193), or Jennifer Green, co-coordinator of the Burlington Legacy Project at jgreen@ci.burlington.vt.us (tel: 865-7532). The Burlington Legacy Project is part of the City's Community and Economic Development Office and focuses on environmental sustainability and social equity issues.

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