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Community energy, climate action conference Saturday

For Immediate Release
December 1, 2010

Johanna Miller, Vermont Natural Resources Council and VECAN Coordinator
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Vermonters to Gather to Shape State’s Energy Future
Annual Conference Is Preeminent Confab of Grassroots Energy Leaders

Montpelier — On December 4, nearly 300 Vermonters are expected to gather at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vermont for the annual “Community Energy and Climate Action Conference” co-hosted by the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, UVM Extension, VPIRG and Peak Oil Awareness.

“This conference offers energy-interested Vermonters one of the best opportunities to learn about the most promising programs and policies to support clean energy innovation, as well as an opportunity for strategic dialogue with experts and peers about how to move those programs forward successfully,” noted Johanna Miller, coordinator for the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, one of the hosts of the conference.

Vermont’s Governor-Elect Peter Shumlin will launch the day, outlining his vision for Vermont’s energy future.

“Vermont can and must be a leader in creating jobs through developing renewable, community based power and implementing the most aggressive energy efficiency programs in the country,” noted Gov-Elect Shumlin in a recent interview. “The imperative for our planet’s future and the success of our economy is to move as swiftly as we know how. I’m looking forward to speaking with Vermonters on December 4 because I know that to accomplish this mission it will require as many Vermonters as we can enlist as foot soldiers in this transformation.”

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will also attend and, prior to the keynote, make a special announcement.

The event keynote is Jared Duval, a 10th generation Vermonter, accomplished climate action leader and author. Duval’s recently published book, Next Generation Democracy: What the Open Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change, is already receiving rave reviews.

The day also includes ‘Regional Energy Roundtables’ and over a dozen workshops, such as:
 Local Energy Efforts — A Smorgasbord of Successful Community Projects
 Communities Go Solar!
 Making Alternative Transportation a Reality in Vermont
 The Landscape of State and National Policy
 Energy Planning + The Renewable Energy Atlas = Opportunity
 And many more!

The event is open to the public. The cost for the day is $25. Find out more and register online at –

About the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network
VECAN is a network of organizations working to help start, support and strengthen town energy and climate action committees and their efforts to implement successful community-based initiatives that help advance a sustainable, clean energy future. VECAN support organizations include Community Climate Action, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Sierra Club, Sustainable Energy Resource Group, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and the Vermont Natural Resources Council.

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