June 2020
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All meetings below will be held REMOTELY until further notice. Information about joining remotely is provided with every meeting agenda.



7/1, 5:45pm: CCRPC Executive Committee Meeting

7/7, 9:00am: Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

7/7, 11:00am: Clean Water Advisory Committee Meeting

7/7, 12:30pm:
Clean Water Advisory Committee MS-4 Sub-Committee Meeting

7/15, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting & Public Hearing Re: FY21-24 Transportation Improvement Program


8/19, 6:00pm: CCRPC Board Meeting


Take the 2020 Census Today!

The 2020 Census is happening now. Please take 10 minutes today to respond online, by phone, or by mail.


United Way of Northwest Vermont COVID-19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE

United Way is dedicated to supporting our community members through the COVID-19 pandemic and the social and economic fallout that may result from it. To support all of our neighbors, United Way is working with its existing network of partnerships and the community at large to develop a comprehensive list of community-based services and volunteer opportunities updated on a daily basis.

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2019 ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County

In an effort to track progress made on all ECOS goals, the ECOS Partnership monitors 90+ indicators over the year and compiles the ECOS Annual Report: The State of Chittenden County, a summary that highlights a number of regional trends and accomplishments.

The 2019 Annual Report is the sixth edition. For the fifth year in a row, highlighted trends and data are displayed visually in an infographic.

CCRPC  Board of Directors FY20 Membership

Bolton: Sharon Murray

Buel's Gore: Garret Mott

Burlington: Andy Montroll

Charlotte: Jim Donovan

Colchester: Jacqueline Murphy

Essex: Jeff Carr

Essex Junction: Dan Kerin

Hinesburg: Michael Bissonette

Huntington: Barbara Elliott

Jericho: Catherine McMains

Milton: Tony Micklus

Richmond: Bard Hill

Shelburne: John Zicconi

St. George: Jeff Pillsbury

So. Burlington: Chris Shaw

Underhill: Brian Bigelow

Westford: Allison Hope

Williston: Chris Roy

Winooski: Mike O'Brien (Chair)

FY20 Membership is effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. 

For more information about the CCRPC Board of Directors,  click here.

Charlie Baker, Executive Director

Dan Albrecht, Senior Planner

Pam Brangan, GISP, GIS Data & IT Manager

Jason Charest, PE, Senior Transportation Planning Engineer

Eleni Churchill, Transportation Program Manager

Forest Cohen, Senior Business Manager

Bryan Davis, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Marshall Distel, Transportation Planner

Chris Dubin, Transportation Planner

Christine Forde, AICP, Senior Transportation Planner

Amy Irvin Witham, Business Office Associate

Regina Mahony, AICP, Planning Program Manager

Melanie Needle, Senior Planner

Taylor Newton, Senior Planner

Sai Sarepalli, PE, Transportation Planning Engineer

Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager


Please Note: As of March 16, 2020, CCRPC employees are working remotely and the office is closed to visitors. Please call or email and we will respond as soon as possible. Thank you!

For bios and contact information,  click here.

Good morning,
Let us state this unequivocally: Black lives matter. Achieving a healthy, inclusive, and prosperous future for Chittenden County is the vision of our Regional ECOS Plan. However, we know we cannot achieve that future without addressing the systemic racism and inequities in our community. Addressing inequity in our community is one of the eight key strategies in our ECOS Plan to achieve our vision, and there is much work to be done.
When we developed the first ECOS Plan in 2011 and 2012, I was struck at the racial and economic disparities in our community. These disparities point out the systemic racism and classism that we must work hard together to overcome. From my position of white privilege, it is easy when we are discussing these issues to feel defensive and hope that someone else is working on addressing them. We at CCRPC are committed to working through these issues together with our member municipalities, partner organizations, employers and residents.
We believe that sustainable and healthy communities feature a tapestry of people, cultures and economies supported by a thriving built environment and healthy natural environment. We must celebrate and foster ethnic, cultural, economic and biological diversity and encourage innovative, inclusive approaches to accomplish our goals. We believe deeply that resources and opportunities -- affordable and plentiful housing, accessible transportation, quality education and health care, environmental justice, and overall quality of life -- must be allocated fairly so that all people can thrive. We must actively eliminate barriers to full, meaningful participation in community life and work tirelessly to correct past injustices.
The CCRPC stands strongly against racism. Change is needed at every level of our society, and there is much work to be done -- but words alone are not enough. We must and will do more. As we continue our work in all Chittenden County communities and beyond, here is our commitment:
  • We will seek opportunities to educate ourselves and listen intently to those whose stories and experiences with systemic racism we can learn from -- this includes through existing articles, books, podcasts, courses, webinars and documentaries by the Black community and communities of color.
  • We will not just continue on our existing path to ensure equity in all that we do -- rather, we will center our efforts on injustice and inequity by:
    1. Facilitating, providing, and/or taking advantage of educational opportunities for our staff, partner municipalities, and other local and regional partners that address inequities and advance anti-racism efforts.
    2. Examining our organization's policies, practices, culture, and services through the lens of anti-racism and white privilege to ensure they reflect our commitment to racial justice, and adjusting accordingly.
    3. Furthering our understanding of the significant historical role land use policies and transportation investments has had in systemic racism and inequity and making sure that future zoning and transportation investments in Chittenden County encourage equity and provide increased opportunities for Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and low income residents. More specifically, we will update our Equity Impact Worksheet that is part of our Public Participation Plan based on best practices around the country and will have this reviewed locally by a diverse audience.
    4. Encouraging municipal appointments on our Board and Committees that reflect the diversity of our community.
    5. Strengthening existing and forging new relationships and partnerships with Vermont organizations working to advance anti-racism efforts.
    6. Committing to advancing Strategy 8 of the Chittenden County ECOS Plan (page 48), which includes specific tasks related to tracking and analyzing inequities in all sectors of our work, prioritizing positive programs and investments to low opportunity places, and more.
As we reflect on the work we have done, we acknowledge it hasn't been enough -- and we are committed to doing our part to identify and tackle inequities in all facets of our work, learning from those whose stories need to be elevated, and acknowledging, confronting and seeking to dismantle the systemic racism that damages our communities. If you have thoughts or resources you'd like to share, or other ideas for how we and others can take meaningful action, please be in touch. We are listening, learning, and committed. We won't always get it right, but please know that we are open to feedback when we get it wrong or have an opportunity to do it better. Feel free to contact me about this at or on my cell, 735-3500.

Best regards,

Charlie Baker
Executive Director, CCRPC
Of Note
CCRPC FY21 Annual Work Program & Budget Adopted
The CCRPC Board adopted the FY21 UPWP and Budget at its meeting on May 20, 2020. The FY21 UPWP will be effective July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. Learn More »
Municipal Response to COVID-19
The CCRPC is working with member municipalities to compile one list of municipal government response to COVID-19. This list is updated regularly. Learn More »
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Lend Your Voice to Vermont: Take the National Commute Survey by July 3
The commutes of many Vermonters have changed significantly due to COVID-19, with many shifting to telecommuting. Now that workplaces are starting to open back up, transportation planners in Vermont are interested in understanding the potential changes in work travel.
The CCRPC, CATMA, and Vermont Agency of Transportation invite you to provide feedback on how COVID-19 may impact your commute to work.  

Results from the survey will provide important information to CCRPC, transportation providers, policy makers, and employers on how to meet the needs of commuters and help ensure your return to the work site is safe and reliable.
The survey is open until July 3, 2020.  The survey can be completed by all individuals currently working or planning to return to work in the coming months.
The survey was developed by the Association for Commuter Transportation and Center for Transportation Demand Management, with results being shared with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, Vermont's regional planning commissions, Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association, and Upper Valley Transportation Management Association. Thanks in advance for your participation.
Take the 10-Minute 50+ Cycling Survey 
The experiences and preferences of older bicycle riders can inform local leaders about the cycling infrastructure and services that are needed for people of all ages. Answer the 50+ Cycling Surveyadministered by Carol Kachadoorian, an expert in active transportation and founder of dblTilde Collaborative. It is funded in part by AARP Livable Communities. Learn More »
VTrans 2020 Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program Delayed
Due to uncertainty caused by COVID-19, the grant solicitation for new projects will need to be delayed until more is known. Learn More »
2020 VT Walk/Bike Summit Postponed to October 16
Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the VT Walk/Bike Summit is postponed until October 16, 2020. The event website will be updated when more details are available.
More Transportation Projects & Updates
For a full list of transportation projects, visit the CCRPC Transportation Advisory Committee website; a full project list is provided in every TAC agenda and is updated regularly. View the latest TAC agenda »
Implementing ECOS Strategy 1
Travel Restrictions to Vermont Eased as of July 1
In early June, Vermont started opening up to visitors from "safe" Northeast counties - those with fewer than 400 cases of Covid-19 per million residents. As of July 1, Vermont will begin to open for quarantine-free travel to visitors who drive from counties with low rates of the virus in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Virginia and Washington, D.C. A map of counties that meet Vermont's requirements is updated weekly on the Agency of Commerce and Community Development's website. Learn More »
Guidance for Employers Regarding an Employee Testing Positive for COVID-19
Businesses should be prepared in the event that an employee tests positive for COVID-19. Refer to this guidance from the Vermont Department of Health to find complete information.
COVID-19 Business Impacts in Vermont
ACCD wants to hear from all Vermont businesses impacted by the response to the COVID-19 virus. Please share these impacts via the ACCD Business Impact Form, which will help assess the full impact as we work toward solutions. Learn More »
Chittenden County Brownfields Program Accepting Applications
If you own or wish to develop a property that is contaminated or suspected to be contaminated, please apply. To get started, read the information on different types of assistance and fill out and send us a site nomination/assistance request form. Learn More »
Energy & Natural Resources
Implementing ECOS Strategies 3 & 4
Vermont Food Scraps Ban Effective July 1
Act 148, Vermont's Universal Recycling Law that's sometimes referred to as the food scraps ban, will enact its final provision beginning July 1. That's this week!  The state will prohibit all food scraps going into the landfill. To comply with the ban, there are several options. Your trash hauler may be adding on a route to retrieve organic matter from its customers, or you can compost your organic matter! Visit the Department of Environmental Conservation website and the CSWD website for more information, backyard composting tips, and much more Learn More »
Farm to Plate 2.0 Survey: The Future of Farming and Food in Vermont
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and Farm to Plate Network are in the process of updating the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan - Vermont's legislatively enabled statewide food system plan. Your input is needed to develop a new vision for farming and food, and prioritize how food and agriculture is supported in the next decade Learn More & Take the Survey »
Vermont Fuel Tank Inspection Deadline: August 15
Vermonters who heat with fuel oil are encouraged to get their tank inspected this summer.  According to Vermont regulations, tanks that have not been inspected within the past three years can not be filled after August 15, 2020.  Contact your fuel provider to confirm that your fuel oil tank has been checked by a Vermont Certified Tank Inspector. If your tank has not been inspected, schedule an appointment soon.   Learn More »
Vermont State Parks Now Open
All of Vermont's state parks are open for public use effective June 26th. Mandatory health and safety guidelines are in effect. Day use activity will be managed to ensure sufficient physical space is available for social distancing, and amenities will be scaled back. State park campgrounds will be limited to tent, RV and lean-to camping; a new and improved web-based reservation system is also now availableLearn More »
New Content Available on the Clean Water Projects Website
The Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program (CWIP) is excited to announce new content on the State of Vermont Clean Water Projects website, including the Tracking and Accounting webpage, the Best Management Practices Verification webpage, and the Clean Water Portal webpage.  Learn More »
Efficiency Vermont Summer Energy Savings Tips 
Using an air-conditioner isn't the only answer to beating the heat during Vermont summers. When temperatures are rising, and the sun is shining, you can still stay cool without spending more on your energy billsLearn More »
Rain Barrel Workshop: August 15
Join us this August for a Build-Your-Own Rain Barrel Workshop in Essex with the Rethink Runoff Stream Team. Rain barrels  to "slow the flow" of stormwater to help keep Lake Champlain clean and provide you with water for washing tools or irrigating flower beds. Registration is $40. Learn More »
Quality of Place
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Take the Census Today! 

Chittenden County Census Response Rate is Only 71%; Vermont is only 55% Overall
The 2020 Census is happening now. You can respond online, by phone, or by mail. The Census counts every person living in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and five US Territories. Results from the 2020 Census will be used to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services, as well as help our communities prepare to meet transportation and emergency readiness needs. Take the Census »
Emergency Management
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Vermont Emergency Management Website
The Vermont Emergency Management website is a useful resource during this time. View the Governor's latest Executive Orders, a variety of public and health resources, and more at
Vermont Alert
VT-ALERT is the state system that notifies Vermonters of emergency situations, weather alerts, road information, and more. Register for a free account at .
Social Community
Implementing ECOS Strategy 2
Hunger Relief During the Coronavirus: How to Access the Food You Need
Keeping yourself and your whole family well nourished is one important way to support your health and our whole community. In this stressful time, no one should be stressed about having enough food at home. Hunger Free Vermont wants you to know that there are a number of food resources available to help you and your neighbors. Learn More »
VPR: How Vermont's Multilingual Communities Are Providing Grassroots Translation, Resources For COVID-19
What is it like to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic in Vermont within a community that's relatively new to the U.S., where English might not be spoken widely?  VPR digital producer Abagael Giles began reaching out to Chittenden County residents about COVID-19, translation and grassroots solutions in April. She reported on activists, community members and leaders, all volunteers to some degree, who have spent long hours during the heart of Vermont's lockdown to support the people around them. They provided translation, cultural interpretation and a sense of connectedness. Learn More »
United Way Releases $1.5M in Year 3 Program Funding
United Way of Northwest Vermont has issued its third round of program funding grants to 50 local nonprofit organizations serving Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, finalizing a three-year funding commitment that collectively totals $4.5 million in community investments. Learn More »
Statewide Opportunities to Volunteer & Donate
If you want to find a way to help, there are many opportunities. At the state level, there is now a central website where Vermonters can volunteer:
If you have any questions, feedback, or suggested content for upcoming issues, please contact Emma Vaughn, Communications Manager: or (802) 846-4490 x *21.