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Vermont Community Leadership Network – Local Approaches to Strengthen our Communities and Confront the Global Climate Challenge – 2/9 – 8AM MST – Online

February 9 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Vermont Community Leadership Network

Connecting and Supporting Local Leaders

Workshop Next Tuesday: Local Approaches to Climate Change
Dear Russ,

We hope this note finds you well and weathering the cold and snow.

We hope you’ll join us for our next online workshop titled: Local Approaches to Strengthen our Communities and Confront the Global Climate Challenge, Tuesday, February 9th at 10:00am. Across Vermont, local leaders are coordinating actions that reduce contributions to climate change while also making communities more prosperous and prepared for the future. We’ll hear about a dramatic cut in fossil fuel use at a hockey rink, building a great new regional green business website, leading a local energy committee and how to work with partners like Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power. As always, the presentations will be followed by an opportunity to connect with others and share from your own experience. Here is the link to register. We encourage you to share with anyone else you think might be interested!

Looking ahead, at noon on February 18th, we’ll host our 3rd VCLN Lunch Break. Our first two lunch breaks have been refreshing (no pun intended) opportunities for members to come together informally, share stories from their lives and their work, and discuss timely topics. We hope to see you there!

For a schedule of other upcoming workshops including one Feb. 23rd titled Sustaining Motivation, Purpose, Cohesion and Focus Amongst our Teams, please visit our VCLN webpage here. We also are building out our calendar of future workshops. Please e-mail me [email protected] with suggestions for timely topics to cover.

Recent VCLN Happenings

On January 12th, VCLN members met for a workshop on Building & Sustaining Community through the Pandemic, and on January 26th, VCRD’s own Paul Costello led a session on Developing Budgets and Fundraising. As with all of our workshops, full recordings and copies of the chat are available here.

Get to know VCLN Members – Member of the Month: Heather Alger

Heather lives with her family in a commercial property in downtown St. Johnsbury. She’s deeply committed to fostering connection and the vibrancy within the community, which she approaches with an entrepreneurial spirit and flexible, adaptive, scrappy approach emblematic of the NEK sensibility. She’s been able to deliver a wide variety of powerful placemaking experiences, from sit down dinners, interactive art installations, a tiny library, art gallery, to typewriter station, hands-on experiential learning, kindness rocks, and other opportunities to bring local folks together to learn from each other in ways that bring vibrancy to the community. Check out her work and learn more on Facebook.

We would love to feature you and your work in an upcoming newsletter. Fill out this form to make that happen.

Updates from VCRD

Are you looking for ways to connect your community and build unity during these challenging times? Are you hoping to build engagement and set priorities for community initiatives or projects? VCRD’s Virtual Community Visit program, offered free of charge to communities, provides a platform for engagement and decision-making that is customized to each community’s needs. It includes a deep process of community invitation to engage the full community in identifying action for forward momentum, and builds connections to resources and technical assistance to support the work moving forward. Learn more on our website, or contact Jenna at [email protected].

Also a reminder that we’re still gathering input on the Vermont Proposition, a non-partisan set of action priorities for Vermont’s future. If you haven’t already had the chance, check out http://www.futureofvermont.org to learn more about the initiative and share your thoughts!

Other Opportunities from our Partners

Looking for ways to help catalyze local recovery? Vital Communities, in partnership with The Local Crowd Monadnock, is hosting a series of workshops call Put Your Money Where Your Life Is, focused on ways to invest locally and catalyze community innovation. Learn more and register for the sessions on their website.

Funding is now available for organizations and projects across the state of Vermont through the Spark Connecting Community competitive grant program at the Vermont Community Foundation. Spark supports projects that nurture community and build social capital. The program prioritizes community resilience and strength, increased civic engagement, and collaboration among organizations. Awards range from $500-3,000. Learn more and apply by March 29th here.

As always, we appreciate all you do in your communities across the state and we’re thankful for your continued engagement with this network.

See you soon,


Jon Copans

Program Director, Climate Economy Model Communities Program


[email protected]

Vermont Council on Rural Development

PO Box 1384, Montpelier VT 05601

802-223-6091 | vtrural.org

Vermont Council on Rural Development | PO Box 1384, Montpelier, VT 05601-1384


February 9
8:00 am - 9:30 am

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