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 will identify the gaps, barriers and opportunities to grow our climate workforce. This information will be summarized and prioritized to develop an implementation plan with execution beginning next year.
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, and the full coalition meets the second Monday of each month noon-1:30 on Zoom. If you are interested in getting involved, please let Cara know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Network members and partners working on this effort:
- Legislators (Representatives Gabrielle Stebbins, Scott Campbell, Charlie Kimbell)
- VGS (Dylan Giambatista)
- Vermont Works for Women (Rhoni Basden)
- ReSOURCE (Tom Longstreth)
- VYCC (Breck Knauft)
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 email@example.com.
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.