THETFORD, Vermont (AP) – Public meetings will be held this month as a plan to commit Vermont to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years is drawn up.
The Global Warming Solutions Act was passed last year despite Gov. Phil Scott’s veto. The legislation has set up a climate council to analyze ways Vermont can reduce emissions.
A virtual meeting to gather feedback from farmers takes place Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The climate council will then hold face-to-face public meetings in Elmore on September 21; East Dorset on September 22; Island Pond on September 23 and in Colchester on September 26, the Natural Resources Agency announced.
The council is in the early stages of drafting the plan that will be presented to the legislature on December 1, Valley News reported.
There will be plenty of comments and revisions until January 2022, said Administration Secretary Susanne Young, who is chair of the board.
Some of the strategies considered by the expert panel are recommendations for carbon capture and sequestration on Vermont farms; programs to encourage Vermonters to purchase electric or low-emission vehicles; promote compact communities to reduce travel distances; and building on Efficiency Vermont’s work to tamper with more homes, among other strategies, the newspaper reported.
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