The solution to reducing Vermont;s carbon footprint will happen community by community. VTCHA is working with a variety of groups across the state on local projects that will drive carbon pollution down.
One example is a VTCHA led collaboration between the Burlington Department of Transportation, UVM, Local Motion and the Vermont Public Health Association (VtPHA). The Department is working hard to implement a vision for increasing "active" transportation - getting people out of their cars and walking/biking. Our project will gather feedback from Burlington's residents about the plan, and create a set of health related messaging ideas designed to overcome barriers. Since 42% of Vermont's carbon footprint comes from transportation, cutting down on driving is a key part of the solution.
A similar project (again a collaboration between VTCHA, VtPHA and UVM) is looking at local attitudes about carbon pricing. Again, the idea is to survey residents and develop health based communication messaging that will bolster support.
Another project began earlier this year is about helping communities understand the connections between climate change and health equity. As we're seeing across the United States, the most vulnerable Vermonters (the elderly, children, the poor and the chronically ill) are being hit first and hardest. We have teams in Montpelier, Burlington, and St. Johnsbury working to bring this message to the people in these towns.
Three other community project proposals are being reviewed by potential partners and funders. More to come on these if we're successful in our efforts to build support.