VLITE Board of Directors Meeting
December 17, 2019
(1:00 PM – 4:00 PM)
VT State Colleges Offices at 575 Stone Cutters way, Montpelier.
(Lunch is provided)
- Welcome 1:00 PM
- Minutes from September 10, 2019 Board meeting 1:10 PM
- Treasurers report 1:15 PM
- Grant presentations: 1:20 PM
- Vermont Housing & Conservation Board – Grant change of scope
- BGS grant discussion
- Ongoing Grant Funding Update
- Meeting Closure 3:00 PM
- Board Discussion with DRM Gabrielle Malina and Patti Komline
concerning VLITE future direction. 4:00 PM
In Middlebury, residents of one neighborhood went door to door to promote free visits by home energy experts. In Randolph, volunteers have banded together to strengthen the downtown business district. In Swanton, Efficiency Vermont is working closely with the town to deliver services directly to homes and businesses — and in Marshfield and Plainfield, locals are promoting walking, biking, and other options for energy-efficient transportation.
These initiatives are among the first outcomes of the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. Coordinated by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), the program launched in early 2017 after securing a substantial, three-year funding commitment from VLITE. The project has global goals with a local focus: help make it possible for selected Vermont communities to strengthen their economies in ways that also reduce energy use and carbon emissions.
“Vermont can take the lead in modeling economic solutions to climate change,” VCRD declares on its website. “The Vermont Climate Economy Initiative is designed to make the state a destination for entrepreneurs who want to be at the center of the climate change movement.” The VLITE funding was critical to the program’s startup: it provided stable long-term support, and helped the Council on Rural Development secure financial commitments from several foundations.