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NVU Professor Helped Produce Climate Action Plan as Part of Vermont Climate Council

NVU Professor of Atmospheric Sciences Jay Shafer co-wrote 10 pages of the state’s Climate Action Plan focusing on extreme weather and climate impacts in Vermont in his role on the Science and Data Subcommittee of the Vermont Climate Council. The plan, published December 1, 2021, is the first step in climate action set by the passing of the Global Warming Solutions Act (Act 153 as Enacted). This initial plan addresses the first requirement of the Act — reducing greenhouse gas pollution to 26% below 2005 levels by 2025 — and includes an implementation section for legislators and other state-level stakeholders to inform decision making. “It was an exciting process to participate in and I was glad I had the opportunity to provide my expertise where it was needed,” Shafer said. The Climate Action Plan will be updated at least every four years. Learn more at