Sustainability in South Burlington
South Burlington, for many years, has been making strides towards long term sustainability. That work has taken – and continues to take – many forms. Some have applied the label of sustainability, others have focused on the project or the product itself.
Climate Action Plan [Under Development 2021-2022]
The City is beginning the development of its first-ever Climate Action Plan. For more information, see the Climate Action Task Force and Climate Action Plan project webpages.
The City's Open Space / Conservation Fund
The Voters, in 2000, established an Open Space / Conservation Fund, levying $0.01 on the tax rate for the conservation / acquisition of open spaces. In subsequent years, voters approved widening the scope of the fund to include acquisition of lands for recreation and for maintenance and enhancement of our Nature Parks. Learn more about the Open Space / Conservation Fund, how it has been used, and its current and past financials.
Champlain Valley Conservation Partnership (CVCP)
On July of 2019, five municipal partners came together and committed to working collaboratively to conserve and manage land at a regional scale. These partners included: South Burlington, Williston, Shelburne, Hinesburg, and St. George. The partners began meeting in the spring of 2019 and immediately recognized that natural resources cross municipal boundaries and their conservation and management should be looked at similarly. The partnership meets monthly, with the first project being to create a standardized set of language that is used to define conservation parcels throughout the region, and then create a map of regionally conserved land that can help the partnership identify opportunities for conservation. Read the full press release here. Click on the following link for more information about the CVCP and their current projects.
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