Climate Solutions Caucus Doubles in Membership!

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

Media Release

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