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Board and Commission Public Application Form

Thank you for your interest in a public appointment by the Vermont Speaker of the House.

Speaker Jill Krowinski and her staff will process your application and contact you if necessary.

Questions about the public appointment application can be directed to: 

The Environmental Justice Advisory Council was created by Act 154 to provide independent advice and recommendations related to environmental justice to Vermont state government, including the integration of environmental justice principles into State programs, policies, regulations, legislation, and activities. The Council will also evaluate the potential for disproportionate environmental burdens or benefits as a result of State actions.

The 11-member Advisory Council will meet no more than eight times per year, with at least four meetings occurring jointly with the Interagency Environmental Justice Committee. Meetings may be held in person, remotely, or in a hybrid format. The Advisory Council will have the administrative, technical, and legal assistance of the Agency of Natural Resources.

Most volunteers who are not otherwise receiving a state salary for board or commission service will be eligible to receive a per diem of at least $50 per day for their service.

A list of towns that meet criteria for a census block group  designation can be found here. 

In 2020, the Vermont Legislature passed the Global Warming Solutions Act (Act 153 as Enacted), which created legally binding emission reduction targets.

The Act was created in response to concerns around Vermont’s changing climate and the magnitude of what must be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the impacts of climate change on Vermont’s landscape.

The Act requires Vermont to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to 26% below 2005 levels by 2025. Emissions would need to be 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below by 2050.

In addition to the emission reductions required by the statute, the law also directs the Council to consider opportunities for conservation through long-term carbon sequestration and identify actions Vermont communities can take to better prepare for more extreme weather.

The 23-member Vermont Climate Council was established by the Vermont Legislature. They are responsible for drafting the Climate Action Plan by December 1, 2021. The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources is supporting the work of the Climate Council which includes gathering input from Vermonters to inform the Action Plan.


The Speaker is seeking to appoint individuals from around the State and from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The Speaker is also seeking a diversity of expertise related to the mission of the board/commission, including lived experience, volunteer experience, professional experience, and technical/academic experience. Applicants with non-traditional work and career paths are encouraged to apply for any appointment where they believe they would excel. 

Ideal candidates will have experience working with a diverse group of partners toward a shared goal, be solutions-oriented problem solvers, have excellent critical-thinking skills, and will serve as connectors between their communities/networks and the work of the board/commission.
Please list two persons unrelated to you that we can contact as a reference for your appointment:

The following information is elicited in order to ensure that the Speaker considers the talent and creativity of a diverse pool of candidates. In addition, specific backgrounds for qualifications are legally required for appointment to some boards and commissions. 
Conflict of Interest

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