VTDIGGER 11/28/18
By Johanna Miller

As Warnings on Climate Change Intensify, Energy Leaders, Business Innovators and Policy Makers Gather for a Dec. 1 Conference Focused on Vermont Action

Montpelier, VT (November 27, 2018) – VECAN’s 11th Annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference will take place on Saturday, December 1 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. This year’s theme is Mobilizing Leadership to Make Bold Progress.

The event is open to the public. You can register today and join local energy leaders, business innovators, policymakers and others for a day of learning and problem-solving on how we can #ActOnClimateVT for a greener, cleaner future. Register here: www.regonline.com/VTEnergy2018. Tickets are $50.

“The latest federal climate assessment makes it clear that climate change threatens society as we know it over the next century, from infrastructure collapse to dramatic economic loss,” said Johanna Miller, Energy & Climate Action Program Director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council. “The scientific consensus is that we have 12 years to make transformative change. It’s never been more important to convene leaders and thinkers around how we can take serious steps to mitigate climate change here in Vermont and worldwide.”

This year’s keynote speakers will be Bill McKibben and Michael Shank. Bill McKibben is a world-renowned author, environmental activist, and founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. Michael Shank, Ph.D., is Communications Director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.

The one-day conference will feature 14 informative, action-oriented workshops on the following topics, and many others:

· The Path to a Green Transportation System

· Making Solar Accessible to Vermonters with Low Incomes

· The 2019 Legislative Look Forward on Climate and Clean Energy

· Communicating Beyond the Choir

WHEN: Dec. 1st, 9:00am – 4:30pm
WHERE: Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT.
REGISTER: www.regonline.com/VTEnergy2018. The cost is $50 and includes a light breakfast and lunch (vegetarian, vegan options and local food featured).

Learn more about VECAN and the annual VECAN conference at https://vecan.net/.