Building Vermont’s Climate Workforce to Achieve Vermont’s GHG Emission Reduction Goals

To achieve Vermont’s required greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, we need to train thousands of Vermonters with the skills to electrify our transportation sector, install clean energy solutions, weatherize homes, build net zero commercial buildings, and sustainably manage our working lands, forests and waterways. Right now we are not building and sustaining this climate workforce pipeline. While there have been past efforts to address workforce shortages, we need a laser focus now on equitably and inclusively growing the climate workforce, specifically if we are to comply with state laws.

Through outreach and interviews with employers, workers, educators, Vermont youth and others, we have been working to identify the gaps, barriers and opportunities to grow our climate workforce. We have also been analyzing data on the climate workforce.  This information is being summarized and prioritized to develop an implementation plan.

We know that reaching our emissions targets will be hard; without workers, it’s impossible. We must focus now on developing this pipeline to capture the opportunity inherent in the climate crisis: meaningful careers that help Vermonters re-invest in our communities.

This Network Action Team started in October of 2021.  If you are interested in getting involved, please let Cara know at  

Network members and partners working on this effort:

  • State Legislators 
  • Advance Vermont
  • Associated General Contractors of Vermont
  • Efficiency Vermont
  • Laborer’s International Union of North America
  • OEO Weatherization Assistance Program
  • Neighborworks of Western Vermont
  • Renewable Energy Vermont
  • Vermont Adult Learning
  • Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Vermont Technical College
  • Vermont Works for Women 
  • VGS 
  • VYCC 
  • and others


Recording of the first meeting of the full coalition December 6, 2021 with 42 attendees

Video of this Pitch at the October 2021 EAN Summit

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in this project, please contact Cara Robechek

Note: Network Action Team projects were selected by the Network membership through a competitive process at the EAN annual summit.  Although Network members may support specific policy actions as part of their work on these Action Teams, EAN staff serve in the role of neutral convener and refrain from advocating for specific policies.

Contact EAN

  • Jared Duval

    Jared Duval

    Executive Director
  • Cara Robechek

    Cara Robechek

    Deputy Dir. & Network Manager
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