Transitioning to renewable energy in transportation

A wide variety of actions can help us reverse the growth in Vermont’s greenhouse-gas emissions that occurred from 2012 to 2015 (the last year for which data are available). Check out the Energy Action Network’s 2018 Annual Progress Report, here, for some of the opportunities. Others will be addressed in the meetings below.




Minimum Parking Requirements

The Burlington Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments two minimum parking requirements in Burlington.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:45 pm

Community Room at the Burlington Police Department, 1 North Avenue, Burlington.

I-89 2050 Study – Public Meeting

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) is looking for your input to help shape the future of the I-89 corridor through Chittenden County.  Staff will present the project’s background, an overview of the issues, and review its goals and objectives. This is a first step toward adding lanes to the interstate, and your chance to speak out against auto-dependent transportation investments.

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6:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Williston Town Hall, 7900 Williston Road, Williston, VT, 05495

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Winooski CIty Hall, 27 West Allen Street, Winooski, VT, 05404

Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) Public Meeting  (Rescheduled)

Vermont state officials and regional planning commission staff are hosting a public-information meeting to discuss the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI), a regional program that would place a cap on emissions from fossil-fuel companies and use revenue raised to help participating states invest in cleaner transportation options.

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street

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Contact Charlie Baker –

Data-Driven Community Mobility

Dr. Mina Sartipi, University of Chattanooga

If, as predicted, the 21st century is an urban living century, with about 2/3 of the global population living in urban environments by 2050, increased action-based, data-driven, and collaborative research with private and public partners will be required to address community challenges, directly or indirectly enabling us to improve citizens’ lives and create an environment that is livable, accessible, and healthy for all. Dr. Sartipi will reflect on a multi-part research focus on mobility (to connected vehicles and multi-modal mobility), smart healthcare, energy (anomaly detection and smart buildings), and next-generation wireless communication to increase connectivity and observability.

Free and open to the public

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 4:00-6:00 PM

University of Vermont UVM Davis Center Livak Ballroom Burlington, VT (map)

Climate Dispatch from the Climate Solutions Caucus

Click here to watch this week’s dispatch – Representative Selene Colburn outlines the Global Warming Solutions Act and provides an update on the work being done by the Climate Solutions Caucus.

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This scheme of combustion to get power makes me sick to think of – it is so wasteful. We burn up wood and coal, as renters burn up the front fence for fuel.  ~ Thomas Edison, 1910

Rick Wackernagel
(He, him or his)
Itinerant climate activist, 802-578-4907
262 South Prospect St  Apt 2, Burlington VT  05401