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Updates, News, and Getting Involved

After a year of outreach and collaboration, the Open Space Addendum is adopted. Now the work begins! 


Did you miss the Community Summit on Climate Solution Using Nature that was held on March 29th? 

Watch a recording of the Summit.

View Slides from the Summit.


  • What is the data behind carbon capture in NBS (this was a repeated theme)
  • Are some strategies more cost effective than others.
  • Job training with these efforts.
  • Can we have a strategic "lack of development and forest growth" i.e. the land for sale next to barge canal that is almost undevelopable.
  • What strategies need to be employed to increase the canopy cover in BTV?

  • Can greenbelts and other spots be used as community orchards and food sources.  
  • Do we have staff that support & guide community groups who want to plant wildlife corridors, trees, gardens and edible forests. Often that guidance is needed to succeed.


  • Can the waterfront shoreline be modified to create wetlands?
  • How do we improve lake health?  
  • Continue to improve shoreline redevelopment in terms of NBS for example can Moran Frame have a model "shoreline" plantings

  • Incentives (were a huge theme) for natives, tree planting, pollinators and low mow.
  • Can we redefine or refine the idea of grassland...not really native to the east.

  • Incentives for removing impervious pavement.
  • Incentive in terms of decreased storm water bill for installation of green infrastructure
  • Policy that leads to conversion of parking spaces to  pervious and carbon sequestering areas.
  • More Green roofs.

Burlington supports strengthening the Urban & Community Forest program.


Beyond the Summit and the Addendum Process

Participating in ongoing work in your neighborhood and community that supports nature based solutions is central ot the ongoing effort to adapt to climate change.  Check out the volunteer opportunities listed below.  Please reach out to Dan Cahill ( if you have something to add to this list.  


Burlington Parks Recreation and Waterfront Volunteer Opportunities


Intervale Center Volunteer Opportunities


Rock Point Volunteet Opportunities


Support Food Not Bombs Burlington


Get Involved with Tap ONE



Support Vermont Releaf Collective