Goal: Advance a collaborative process to identify the highest impact investment opportunities, in terms of cost-effective and equitable greenhouse gas reduction strategies and actions, for clean transportation revenue in Vermont.
This Network Action Team started by looking specifically at “what are the possible benefits – and who are the prioritized beneficiaries – if Vermont were to join the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P)?” However, in November 2021 several partner states put any action on TCI-P on hold, leaving Vermont without a current path forward on TCI-P (read more here). At that point the Network Action Team revamped their plan, while continuing to focus on advancing transportation equity in the state.
This group will now bring together a diversity of stakeholders and experts – including low-to-moderate income Vermonters, state policymakers, BIPOC community leaders, and businesses with local supply chains and fleets. The group will co-develop a process and draft a joint proposal/concept paper outlining potential framework, process, and pathways to identify specific investment opportunities for clean transportation revenue and to advance cost effective and equitable greenhouse gas reduction strategies in Vermont’s transportation sector. The process will include looking at what other states have done – Massachusetts in particular – to ensure an enhanced equity-focused process to support pollution-reducing strategies that serve lower income, overburdened communities.
This group has recently put together an RFP for greater understanding about Vermonters’ needs and challenges in clean transportation sector programs. You can find the RFP here.
Network members and partners leading this effort:
- Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (Jordan Giaconia)
- Capstone Community Action (Amanda Carlson)
- Vermont Natural Resources Council (Johanna Miller)
- Vermont Clean Cities Coalition (Peggy O’Neill-Vivanco)
- Bennington Regional Planning Commission (Callie Fishburn, Mark Anders)
- VPIRG (Liam O’Sullivan)
- GMT (Jordan Posner)
- VEIC (Jennifer Wallace-Brodeur)
- Plus advisors from the Agency of Transportation, the Agency of Natural Resources, VPPSA, and other individuals.
About the Transportation & Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) with many relevant links.
If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in this project, please contact Jordan Giaconia (jordang at vbsr.org), Amanda Carlson (acarlson at capstonevt.org), and/or Cara Robechek (cara at eanvt.org).
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.