Recognizing the profound implications that global warming and climate variation could have on the economy, environment and quality of life in Vermont, Governor Jim Douglas issued Executive Order 07-05 establishing the Governor’s Commission on Climate Change (GCCC) and asked it to:
- Examine the real and potential effects of climate change on Vermont, including, but not limited to the impact of climate change on public health, natural resources and the economy.
- Produce an inventory of existing and planned actions that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont.
- Educate the public about climate change and develop educational tools that will help Vermonters understand how they, as individuals, can play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Request input from representatives of the business, environmental, forestry, transportation, non-profit, higher education, municipal and other sectors regarding opportunities to reduce emissions and conserve energy.
- Develop recommendations to the Governor to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont, consistent with Vermont’s need for continued economic growth and energy security.
The Governor further asked that these recommendations, and all other pertinent information, be included in a Climate Change Action Plan to be submitted to him in October 2007.