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Climate Resilience: What's Happening and What's Needed?

Virtual Conversation Weds. October 4 on Zoom. RSVP now.

Will you miss it? Scroll down to see our discussion questions and add your thoughts in a comment below.

As Vermont gets warmer and wetter, our communities must adapt and build climate resilience for all. This summer's floods devastated so many Vermont communities, and many are still reeling.

The bad news? Flooding is far from the only climate risk we face. The good news? Vermont people and communities are already hard at work taking action and finding solutions.

Flood-proofing and weatherizing buildings, resilient grids and clean energy, watershed restoration, urban street trees, invasive species removal, neighborhood organizing.

  • What climate resilience projects and actions are having an impact in your community?

  • What work is needed most? What's getting in the way?

  • What projects or models have you seen in other places?

Vermont's state downtown, village center, and other designation programs offer a variety of benefits now that could help, but what more could they offer to support climate resilience? Help us imagine and redesign stronger programs for the future.

Designation 2050, the Vermont Climate Action Office, and Vermont Natural Resources Council are hosting a Virtual Conversation next week to explore what's working now, what's needed, and how Vermont's designation programs can support climate resilience and adaptation.


Want to read up? Check out these resources.


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS. What do you think? Add your thoughts in a comment below.

Round 1 Discussion: What are Vermont communities doing to support climate resilience today?
  • What projects and actions have had a positive impact on mitigating flooding or strengthening local climate resilience?

    • In community centers and developed areas?

    • Rural areas?

  • What's getting in the way of local climate resilience progress? What's needed to speed it up?

  • Are you interacting with Vermont's designation programs? If so, how are they working to support climate resilience? Where are they hard to use or access, or falling short?

Round 2 Discussion: Looking ahead to the next 25 years, what climate resilience work is most needed? How might we reform or reimagine designation programs to help?
  • How might we prioritize and empower impacted and frontline communities? How can we ensure that climate resilience is equitable, and builds opportunity for all?

  • What are the most important benefits or resources that designation programs could offer to support climate resilience action and reduce barriers on the ground?

  • What are your biggest, wildest ideas to reform designations and support climate action? What are the smallest, easiest changes that would make a difference?


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