Town Meeting Day (Re)Solutions
In 2011, the Vermont Department of Public Service established a Comprehensive Energy Plan that set out to power Vermont by 90% renewables by 2050. As of now, Vermont is far from meeting this goal. In fact, a recently released report from the United Nations shows that the worldwide effort to stem greenhouse gases has fallen short of the goal set by the Paris Climate agreement. We need to do more at the state and national level to decarbonize the atmosphere and build momentum towards renewables. That’s what 350VT’s Town Meeting Day Resolution Campaign is all about!
This campaign is about coming up with solutions to get Vermont off fossil fuels and make a fair and equitable transition towards renewable energy, electric vehicles, improved public transportation, and no more fossil fuel pipelines! This campaign is about towns making the commitment on Town Meeting day to do all they can to move Vermont towards renewable communities.
Halting Fossil Fuel Infrastructure
All across the country from Portland Oregon to Portland Maine, resolutions and policies are being passed that restrict or prevent the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure. The communities that have passed these resolutions recognize that it is time to put resources and efforts behind establishing renewable energy infrastructure and that the best way to keep the oil in the ground is not to build the pipes to transport it nor the refineries to process it. It is time for cities, towns, and states to take the bold step of not permitting any new fossil fuel infrastructure projects.
Transitioning towards Renewables
The hope is that this resolution will forward the public debate on renewable energy solutions and illustrate to legislators that Vermonters are serious about the commitment to at least 90% renewable energy by, and a more climate-friendly transportation system. By building momentum and involvement around the campaign, more Vermonters will become aware of the risks of climate change, and also what can be done at the town level to make the commitment towards a fossil free Vermont.
HOW TO GET STARTED
- Sign up and let us know you are interested in Town Meeting Day.
- Read the (Re)Generate New Solutions Packet! Hot off the presses, this covers the who, what, how and why of our (Re)Solutions work.
- Commit to pursing the resolution and finding at least 3 other people in your town to help. FIND THE RESOLUTION LANGUAGE HERE!
- Inform yourself with the all the details of conducting a Town Meeting day resolution. Call your town clerk to find out how many signatures you need to get the resolution on the Town Meeting Warning (usually, this is 5% of the registered voters in your town).
- Host a house party in your town and invite your neighbors, friends, and community members to come learn about the resolution, and recruit them to help canvass.
(Re)Generate New Solutions Packet – You can print copies of the packet here or we can send you a hard copy. If you would like us to send a hard copy, email firstname.lastname@example.org
(Re)Solutions Quarter Sheet – Find a quarter sheet including resolution language here. We’ve found it’s best when printed on green or yellow paper!
Trainings – If you’re interested in setting up a canvassing day in your town and need help getting the word out, send an email to email@example.com. Public Speaking training will be taking place the first week of February, more information soon!
Press Release – Resolutions Launched in 30 Vermont Towns Seek Climate Solutions
There are currently 30 Vermont towns pursuing (Re)Solutions for a fair and just transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable solutions! Check and see if your town is listed:
Arlington, Bennington, Bethel, Bristol, Brattleboro, Calais, Cornwall, Dorset, Dummerston, Duxbury, East Montpelier, Essex Junction, Hartford, Londonderry, Manchester, Marlboro, Marshfield, Montpelier, Newfane, Northfield, Peru, Plainfield, Putney, Salisbury, South Burlington, Sharon, Weston, Williston, Woodbury, Worcester
*Hartford is the first town to have the resolution added to their Town Meeting Day Ballot – woo! go Hartford *