Vermont Demonstrates the Power of Subnational Integration

One of the first executive orders that Republican Governor Phil Scott signed when he took office in 2017, was to establish the Vermont Climate Action Commission. Today, this diverse commission is capturing feedback and recommendations from all sectors to create an action plan with specific strategies that accelerate the new economy to achieve Vermont’s GHG emission reduction targets of 40% by 2030 and 80-95% by 2050 (vs. 1990 levels).

The progress of climate actions on the ground is demonstrated by Burlington and the capital city of Montpelier. Both are making significant progress towards becoming net zero communities by 2030. In fact, in 2014 Burlington became the first city in the in the U.S. to run on 100% renewable electricity.

Governor Phil Scott (R-Vt)

Mayor of Montpelier, John Hollar

Mayor of Burlington, Miro Weinberger