Vermont has a major moral imperative, economic opportunity, and legal requirement to achieve our 2025, 2030, and 2050 energy and GHG emissions reduction commitments in ways that “create a more just, thriving, and sustainable future” for Vermonters. That is why EAN seeks pitches for promising opportunities to help Vermont rapidly, cost-effectively, and equitably reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas pollution.
Four pitches have been selected to present at the EAN Summit September 22, 2022. In order to ensure that selected pitches lead to concrete action, EAN staff will provide winning pitches with support to form Network Action Teams made up of Network Members and Public Sector Partners who will work together to co-create the best strategies for moving the pitch ideas forward.
One or Two pitches will be selected to receive full EAN staff support which can include organizing and facilitation of meetings, project planning, and research, as well as seed grants of up to $15,000. Up to two additional Network Action Teams will receive support from EAN in the form of regular check-in consultations as needed, templates for supporting the work, and seed grants of up to $5,000. After they are selected, both types of Network Action Teams will be expected to designate a chair or co-chairs to coordinate with EAN, and will provide a workplan and budget for use of EAN funds. Examples of the Network Action Teams selected at the 2020 and 2021 EAN summit can be seen here.
Pitch Selection Criteria
EAN’s mission is to achieve Vermont’s climate and energy commitments in ways that create a more just, thriving, and sustainable future for Vermonters.
With that mission in mind, we are seeking strategic interventions in the energy system that will:
- Promote energy equity – that all people should have access to reliable, safe, and affordable sources of energy; protection from a disproportionate share of negative impacts or externalities associated with building and operating our energy supply and distribution systems; and equitable distribution of and access to benefits from these systems.
- Align with and/or be consistent with recommendations and pathways in the VT Climate Action Plan.
- Provide significant reductions in fossil fuel use and GHG pollution from energy, which are highest in the buildings (thermal) and transportation sectors. Pitches related to cross sector GHG emissions reduction, or from beyond the thermal and transportation sectors, will also be welcome.
- Create a stronger and more just Vermont economy.
- Helps fill jobs in the clean energy/climate workforce.
- Help Vermonters become more energy-secure and resilient.
- Promote or protect public health.
- Support an energy landscape that both benefits from and protects our natural resources and working lands.
- Have committed leadership from multiple network member organizations and/or across multiple sectors (ie energy, health, education, etc.).
The deadline for 2022 pitch submissions was August 2nd, 2022. Those who submit a pitch are committing to work on moving it forward throughout the year, with support from EAN staff and other Network members. You can find the Pitch Submission form here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is a pitch?
A. EAN approaches our work together through five strategic leverage areas to enable systemic change at a scale and pace necessary to achieve Vermont’s energy & emissions commitments: Policy & Regulatory Reform, Public Engagement, Workforce Development/Workforce Re-Training, Technology Innovation, Capital Mobilization. Pitches can address any of these strategic leverage areas. Previous pitches have included policy proposals, pilot projects, and new program ideas.
Q: Do you need to have a full team to submit a pitch?
A: You do need to have at least 3 EAN members or potential members to submit a pitch. However, these member do not all have to be representatives of an EAN member organization to submit a pitch. EAN staff will help ensure that selected pitches are supported by members and partners who can move them forward, and Action Teams can (and in some cases should) include participants from outside the network as well. Joint pitch proposals from multiple network organizations are encouraged and priority will be given to pitches with multiple network members already committed – especially for Level 2 and Level 3 pitches.
Q: What am I committing to if I submit a pitch and it is selected by the EAN members and Board to move forward? If your pitch is selected, it is expected that you will work with other EAN members and partners and EAN staff to establish a Network Action Team to move the concept forward over the following year. Network Action Team leaders moving forward pitches from the 2020 and 2021 Summits have committed 1-4 hours per week on their projects. Most of the projects have established a steering committee and an advisory committee (or coalition). Some have also established additional work groups.