We send our best to all our network members and partners as you work to navigate these unprecedented times. We want to give you an update on what EAN staff have been working on over the past few weeks.
Engaging Vermont’s federal delegation
Thanks to all who sent in ideas about possible federal action and investment in response to COVID-19 that could help lead to a “more just, thriving, and sustainable future.” In partnership with many network organizations, including the VT Natural Resources Council, we held two conversations with staff from Senator Leahy’s office, Senator Sander’s Office, and Representative Welch’s office in the past month. While Vermont’s delegation is focused on immediate response to the pandemic, their staff welcome ideas about how to include climate and energy efforts in a future economic recovery package.
Participants discussed lessons learned from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), as well as other past and present successful federal programs that could be built upon. The first conversation focused on energy efficiency, thermal energy, and electricity, and the second conversation focused on transportation. While the timeline for a federal recovery stimulus package remains uncertain, we will continue to connect Network members with federal partners to ensure that Vermont is leading the vision of a resilient, renewable recovery.
Planning for the future
Throughout March and April, a group of twenty Energy Action Network members came together to explore the question: in this pivotal moment for energy and climate action, how can we be the best, most effective network we can be in service of Vermont and our mission? Over the course of four remote meetings, the group discussed what has worked best about the Energy Action Network, both currently and in the past, and what opportunities exist to improve. We also learned about the history, culture, governance, and structure of other effective collaborative networks about the country, including the Cancer Free Economy Network, RE-AMP, and the Farm to Plate network here in Vermont.
To learn more about the findings of this group, and what it means for the next phase of our network,
read this brief summary.
read this brief summary.
Promoting our Annual Progress Report for Vermont
We continue to share the findings of our 2019 Annual Progress Report with members and partners. Executive Director Jared Duval has partnered with several Regional Planning Commissions to present and discuss the report with local energy committee members. He also recently discussed the report with the Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, which can be viewed here.
In support of changing education delivery, EAN staff member Pamela Hathaway, and EAN member Montpelier Mayor Anne Watson (who teaches at Montpelier High School) developed resources on how to share the Annual Progress Report with high school students. You can now find these resources on our website.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out for us if you interested in learning more about any of these efforts.
Stay healthy and safe,
The EAN Team