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Vermont Council on Rural Development to host climate economy community event

News Release -- Vermont Council on Rural Development
April 3, 2019

Jon Copans

(802) 225-6393


MARSHFIELD/PLAINFIELD - The Vermont Council on Rural Development will launch the Climate Economy Model Communities Program in Marshfield and Plainfield with a Kick-Off on April 30. The program, named REVITALIZING ALL MARSHFIELD AND PLAINFIELD: RAMP INTO THE FUTURE by a local planning team, will begin with a series of forums and a free community dinner that afternoon and evening. All will take place at Twinfield School, 106 Nasmith Brook Rd. This event launches a process for residents to identify and advance priorities that improve economic opportunity and affordability and strengthen the community in the face of climate change. After the April kick-off the community will gather again in May and June to choose from a list of possible action ideas brainstormed by local residents, and then will form task forces to implement the chosen initiatives.

“From our initial outreach and meetings it is clear that both Marshfield and Plainfield are towns full of engaged citizens who care deeply about their communities and are looking for ways to make them better and more resilient” noted VCRD’s Model Communities Program Director, Jon Copans. “This effort will build upon what is already a strong track record of local leadership on climate and energy issues in these two towns.”

“This process provides a great opportunity for our two towns to come together and join with some great partners as we work towards a better future” noted Rich Phillips of Marshfield. “The creativity and dedication brought by local citizens means we can get some big things done in this combined effort.”

“It will be interesting to see what ideas local citizens come up with through this process and what priorities we decide upon as a community,” said Bob Atchinson, Plainfield Energy Coordinator. “There are lots of great things about these two towns. This process will help us to build on those assets as we work to make these communities even more vibrant, healthy, affordable, and climate friendly.”

Joining community members at the Kick-Off and dinner will be an invited Visiting Team of agriculture, energy, business, recreation, and economic and community development leaders from around Vermont who will come to listen and learn about what is happening in Marshfield and Plainfield and to provide some reflection about what they have heard. Some members of the visiting team will also share Climate Economy Action Pitches during a pitch session after dinner.

As part of the preparations for the kick-off, community members are asked to fill out an online survey to provide feedback on possible action pitch topics. The survey can be found here - or a paper version is available at both the Cutler and Jaquith libraries.

Carpooling to this event is encouraged. People will be meeting at the Park and Ride in Plainfield and the Old Schoolhouse Common at 4:15 to share rides to Twinfield. This online carpooling tool can also be used to find or to offer rides - https://www.groupcarpoolcom/t/z58y3s

For more information about the Climate Economy Model Communities Program and our work in Vermont towns, visit or contact Jon Copans at VCRD at 802-225-6393 or or visit the event Facebook page at

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