Climate Catalysts - A Community Leadership Program - 2020 Program Application
The Climate Catalysts Program will bring together 10 local leaders from Vermont communities for a year-long process focused on building peer connections, strengthening leadership skills and providing project development support.
Participants will design and implement a local project as a focus of their program participation. The cohort will include a mix of new, emerging, and experienced leaders from a variety of large and small communities who have ideas for projects that are both ambitious and achievable. Program partners will provide material support and expertise. In addition to four in-person gatherings, the cohort will receive training, peer connections, and consultative support as they develop their projects.
We are looking to build a diverse mix of participants for this inaugural year of the program. Ideal candidates may come from all walks of life and have leadership experience ranging from decades to none-at-all. Your focus and project may be part of paid work or something you are doing as an elected/appointed leader or as an unaffiliated volunteer. All that we ask is that you have a deep commitment and time to dedicate to your project.
Possible projects could include a neighbor-to-neighbor weatherization campaign, a community solar project, energy improvements at a school or municipal building, electrification of vehicle fleets, mowers, or heating systems, strengthening downtown, starting an energy committee and developing an energy action plan, hosting an e-bike lending library, modern wood heating projects, hosting a series of workshops, or whatever else participants imagine that grows the economy and tackles climate change.
Applications for the Climate Catalysts Leadership Program are due January 27, 2020. This application is not intended to be overly complex or time-consuming. An informal writing style and/or the use of bullet points are fine.
Contact Jon Copans at
or (802) 225-6393 with any questions
Town of Residence
Your Age Range
10 - 20
41 - 50
51 - 60
61 - 70
71 - 80
In under 200 words, describe your formal or informal leadership experience
Select from this menu of options to describe the focus of your project:
Transportation - transit and rideshare
Transportation - biking and walking
Transportation - electric vehicles
Thermal efficiency (heating and cooling buildings)
Renewable energy generation
Food systems and agriculture
Strengthening downtown/village core
Heating alternatives including heat pumps and modern wood heating
Reducing school or municipal energy use
Providing efficient housing
Developing a community energy action goal or plan
In under 200 words, please describe the project you hope to work on as part of the Climate Catalysts Program.
If you have already been working on this project, please briefly describe your progress thus far.
Why do you want to take part in this program?
Please list the name of a person who supports your participation in this program and describe your connection to them. (this could be anyone, from a friend, spouse, parent, co-worker, committee member, elected leader....)
The four program gatherings will take place in Central Vermont from 5:00 to 9:00 PM on Feb 13, April 9, June 4, and Sept. 17. Please confirm that you can attend all sessions:
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