Middlebury – How does a Vermont community become a national model by pioneering initiatives that increase economic opportunity and affordability while also tackling climate change? The citizens of Middlebury and surrounding towns will begin to answer that question on October 26 when they come together to choose priorities and line up for action as part of the Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative.
“This process is a great opportunity to think creatively about our community’s future. Hopefully people of all ages, from all parts of Middlebury and the surrounding towns, and with a variety of perspectives and experiences will join us and add their voices to the conversation,” noted Andrea Murray, Middlebury resident, architect, business owner, and member of the planning committee for the initiative.
The October 26 Community Meeting is the second step in the Climate Economy Initiative process. It builds from the Kick-Off event on September 18 that attracted over 100 local citizens to forums on topics ranging from transportation efficiency to local food and agriculture. At those forums, people reflected on the assets and challenges within the community and then brainstormed ideas for community improvement.
For the Community Meeting, the ideas from the September 18 forums will be compiled and presented back to the community. Using dot voting, community members will decide on three priorities for action that they believe are both transformative and achievable.
Date and Time: Thursday October 26 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM
Location: American Legion Post 27, 49 Wilson Road, Middlebury
ALL members of Middlebury and surrounding towns are invited to participate.
The detailed notes from the September 18 Kick-Off are available for review here – (http://vtrural.org/sites/default/files/Middlebury-Kick-Off-Notes.pdf). For those wishing to add ideas for consideration at the Community Meeting, please e-mail those to Jon Copans at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 20. For more information, visit www.vtrural.org, contact Jon at 802-225-6393 or visit the event Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/175804126316988
The Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative is a community-driven process with local leaders, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD), Green Mountain Power, Efficiency Vermont and other partners to cultivate economic development, innovation and affordability in the face of climate change. The Climate Economy Model Communities Program is made possible thanks to financial support from VLITE, the High Meadows Fund, and VCRD’s donors.
VCRD is a non-profit organization supporting the locally-defined progress of Vermont’s rural communities. To learn more, visit us at http://vtrural.org.
Contact: Jon Copans