NEWS RELEASE — Vt. Council on World Affairs
May 10, 2013
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Council on World Affairs is hosting a group of eight visitors from Europe here to learn more about what Vermont is doing to address climate change and clean energy. There will be further discussions concerning energy policy issues in Europe and the US, including energy efficiency and the development of alternative energy sources.
Vermonters will highlight for the Europeans the local initiatives to create centers of economic activity around green technology and products, such as in computer technology, agriculture, green buildings, green nanotechnology, energy usage and electric mobility. Vermont currently hosts a broad mix of public, private and public/private initiatives.
Among other sites, the Europeans and hosts from the Vermont Council on World Affairs will visit Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, the UVM Sustainability Team, and the cow-powered methane digester at Blue Spruce Farm in Middlebury.
Global climate change is shown to be largely connected to human production of atmospheric pollution and is expected to affect most regions of the world. Vermont will not be immune to this impact, with influences being felt in tourism, agriculture, natural resources and industry. Mitigation of climate change will require a global effort, and thus the Vermont Council on World Affairs is interested in facilitating learning and action by leaders here in Vermont and from around the world.
More broadly, the Vermont Council on World Affairs promotes an awareness and understanding of the world and its people through public forums, through its work with partners in education and business communities, and by working with the US State Department to host over a thousand international visitors in the past ten years.