Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources (VT ANR) has provided a Climate Change web site which includes information on existing initiatives in Vermont, a general background and history of climate science, Vermont's greenhouse gas emissions data, a library of climate change related materials (including the Governor's Commission on Climate Change archive), a news and events section, suggestions for what citizens can do to make a difference, and the roster of climate change team members.
VT ANR is developing a climate adaptation plan to protect the most vulnerable resources, areas, and sectors in the state. A set of Adaptation White Papers can be accessed from their website, providing an overview of the climate change impacts affecting various sectors of Vermont, what programs are already in place to address those challenges, and what steps need to be taken next to continue adapting to these impacts. The white papers address the agriculture, water resources, recreation, forestry, public health, public safety, fish and wildlife, and transportation sectors of the state.
VT ANR has also established a Climate Change Team from various VT ANR divisions and departments. The duties prescribed for the team include, among others, to identify climate-related threats, to act as liaison to other agencies, and to continue public outreach to explain climate changes, the impact on the future environment, and actions that can be taken to reduce an individual and business’s carbon footprint. Adaptation measures addressed by the team are to understand what changes in climate are expected to occur for the state, to identify their potential impact, and to make recommendations on policies and planning to adapt to these expected changes. The Climate Change Team projects to date include the Community Climate Change Grant program (2009), and the Northeast Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
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