On June 20th, 2017, Mayor Miro Weinberger, Governor Phil Scott, and other community leaders launched a statewide coalition – the Vermont Climate Pledge Coalition – to help Vermont achieve the goals set by the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement.
The Coalition will work to mitigate the impact of the Federal government’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. All Vermont municipalities, non-profits, colleges and universities, and businesses are invited to join the Coalition and do all they can to reduce carbon emissions in an effort to help Vermont meet the U.S. commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions levels from 2005 by 26-28 percent by 2025. The Coalition will also work to achieve the goals set by the state of Vermont in its 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan “of meeting by mid-century 90% of Vermont’s energy needs from renewable sources while virtually eliminating reliance on oil.”
To do this, the Coalition has partnered with Energy Action Network to update and improve its Community Energy Dashboard for use by Coalition members. In order to become a member of the Coalition, participants will add pledges and actions to the Coalition’s campaign page on the Dashboard, and formally register as a member on the Coalition’s website.