Climate panel to hear testimony in Manchester, Brattleboro

MANCHESTER — The Vermont Climate Action Commission, a panel commissioned by Gov. Phil Scott to formulate the state's response to climate change, has scheduled two of its four public listening sessions in southern Vermont.

The 21-person commission will hold a listening session on Thursday, Sept. 21, at Burr and Burton Academy's Hunter Seminar Room, and another on Thursday, Oct. 5, at Marlboro College Graduate School, at 28 Vernon St., Brattleboro. Both sessions are scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sessions are also slated for St. Johnsbury on Thursday, Sept, 13, and St. Albans on Thursday, Sept. 28, also from 6 to 8 p.m.

The commission is charged with unifying the state's ambitious renewable energy goals - using 90 percent renewable energy by 2050 - and its goal of growing the renewable energy industry.

"Vermont's response to climate change presents a tremendous opportunity to continue growing the state's economy while protecting the environment and improving our quality of life," Peter Walke, deputy secretary of the state Agency of Natural Resources, said in a release announcing the listening sessions. "We want to know how this issue is affecting Vermonters and to hear their ideas for how we can address climate change in ways that align with Governor Scott's goals to strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect the most vulnerable."

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