Last week, the Vermont Climate Solutions Caucus reached 64 members, more than doubling its membership from just a month ago! Below is a press release put out last Friday by the Climate Solutions Caucus leadership.
To see the full list of the Senators and Reps who are members of the Climate Solutions Caucus — and to thank your legislator for joining (or encourage them to join if they haven’t yet) — visit this page.
Full press release:
February 24, 2017
The Climate Solutions Caucus of the General Assembly today announced its leadership and initial membership for the 2017-18 legislative biennium. Founded in 2012, the non-partisan Climate Solution Caucus supports legislation that promotes Vermont’s economy while reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
In the 2017-18 legislative biennium, the Climate Solutions Caucus has doubled in size to 63 members and represents 34% of the House of Representatives and 40% of the Senate.
“In an era of rapidly rising temperatures and reality denial in Washington, DC, the need for Vermont leadership on climate solutions has never been more urgent,” said Sen. Richard McCormack, Caucus Co-Chair.
Representative Mary Sullivan, Caucus Co-Chair, added, “Vermont’s economy benefits by addressing climate change. Our clean energy sector is creating jobs ten times faster than the workforce as a whole. This is good news for the economy and the environment. The Legislature should build on this success.”
Senator McCormack has represented Windsor County for 25 years and serves on the Senate’s Appropriations and Health and Welfare committees. He is a former Majority Leader and past chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. His work on behalf of Vermont’s environment and economy has earned awards from the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.
Representative Sullivan of Burlington is a past chair of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife in this biennium. As Communications Director for the Burlington Electric Department she promoted the utility’s first-in-the-nation transition to 100% renewable energy.
Representative Selene Colburn is the Caucus Clerk. As a Burlington City Councilor she has led the charge for fossil fuel divestment. In her first term in the General Assembly, Rep. Colburn serves on the Judiciary Committee.
The Climate Solutions Caucus meets each Thursday at 12:00 during the legislative session in Room 10 of the State House.
Initial membership for the 2017-18 biennium includes the following senators and representatives. New members are welcome:
Sen. Claire Ayer, Addison County
Rep. John Bartholomew, Hartland
Sen. Philip Baruth, Chittenden County
Rep. Bill Botzow, Bennington
Sen. Chris Bray, Addison County
Rep. Tim Briglin, Thetford Center
Sen. Francis Brooks, Washington County
Rep. Susan Buckholz, White River Jct.
Rep. Mollie Burke, Brattleboro
Sen. Brian Campion, Bennington County
Rep. Stephen Carr, Brandon
Rep. Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Middletown Springs
Rep. Kevin Christie, Hartford
Rep. Brian Cina, Burlington
Sen. Allison Clarkson, Windsor County
Rep. Selene Colburn, Burlington
Rep. Daniel Connor, Fairfield
Rep. Sarah Copeland-Hanzas, Bradford
Rep. David Deen, Westminster
Rep. Johanna Donovan, Burlington
Rep. Betsy Dunn, Essex Jct.
Rep. Rachael Fields, Bennington
Rep. Diana Gonzalez, Winooski
Rep. Sandy Haas, Rochester
Rep. Helen Head, South Burlington
Rep. Jay Hooper, Brookfield
Rep. Mary Hooper, Montpelier
Sen. Debbie Ingram, Chittenden County
Rep. Kimberly Jessup, Middlesex
Rep. Kathleen Keenan, St. Albans
Rep. Charlie Kimbell, Woodstock
Rep. Martin LaLonde, South Burlington
Rep. Diane Lanpher, Vergennes
Sen. Virginia Lyons, Chittenden County
Rep. Terence Macaig, Williston
Sen. Mark MacDonald, Orange County
Rep. Jim Masland, Thetford
Rep. Curt McCormack, Burlington
Sen. Richard McCormack, Windsor County
Rep. Jim McCullough, Williston
Rep. Alice Miller, Shaftsbury
Rep. Kiah Morris, Bennington
Rep. Michael Mrowicki, Putney
Rep. Daniel Noyes, Wolcott
Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, Burlington
Sen. Chris Pearson, Chittenden County
Sen. Anthony Pollina, Washington County
Rep. Paul Poirier, Barre
Rep. Barbara Rachelson, Burlington
Rep. Robin Scheu, Middlebury
Rep. Amy Sheldon, East Middlebury
Rep. Trevor Squirrell, Underhill Center
Rep. Valerie Stuart, Brattleboro
Rep. Mary Sullivan, Burlington
Rep. Maida Townsend, South Burlington
Rep. Matt Trieber, Bellows Falls
Rep. Chip Troiano, Stannard
Rep. Tommy Walz, Barre
Rep. Kate Webb, Shelburne
Rep. Cynthia Weed, Enosburg Falls
Rep. Theresa Wood, Waterbury
Rep. David Yacovone, Morrisville
Rep. Mike Yantachka, Charlotte