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Posted on November 15, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The third and final step in the Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative — creation of task forces — will take place this Thursday, Nov. 16, 6:30-9 p.m., at Middlebury Union High School

Citizens of Middlebury and surrounding towns gathered on Oct. 26 as part of the Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative to prioritize action ideas that will guide the work of the communities moving forward. Lively discussion and voting resulted in the whittling down of a list of community-generated ideas from 22 to 3 key priorities.

Now Task Forces will be formed to develop and implement plans for each of the selected action ideas. They will join another Task Force already formed focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities for homes and businesses in the community.

On Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at MUHS each Task Force will be joined by a visiting Resource Team of experts to develop action plans and identify resources that will help to move these plans forward. There will also be a discussion about developing an overarching vision to guide the process moving forward.

All people in the Middlebury area are invited to attend. Feel free to sign up for a task force by e-mailing Jon Copans at [email protected] or just come to the high school tomorrow evening.

The 4 focus areas and Task Forces are:

• Advance public transportation, facilitate more ridesharing, and make Middlebury and surrounding towns the best possible place for biking and walking.

• Increase staff capacity at the local and regional level to coordinate climate change and energy related actions.

• Help farmers transition to organic and regenerative practices.

• Advance Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Opportunities for Homes, Businesses and Other Buildings.

You can read more detailed descriptions of the Task Forces by clicking here www.vtrural.org/programs/model-communities/middlebury/rm-day.

Jon Copans, Model Communities Program Director for the Vermont Council on Rural Development, asks people to please join the conversation on Nov. 16. And please invite your friends by forwarding this e-mail or share the event on Facebook by clicking here - facebook.com/events/1999222713688026/

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