Climate Economy Action Center of Addison County

At A Glance


Steve Maier


Middlebury, Vermont

Primary Issue Area:

  • Climate Change & Energy

Active since:


Tax Status:


Our Purpose

Our Mission: The Climate Economy Action Center (CEAC) works with partners to promote a healthy, sustainable local economy. Our mission is to achieve deep reductions in local greenhouse gas emissions as a result of community awareness and actions. We are a non-profit that is dedicated to supporting a thriving ecosystem of people, businesses and institutions in our rural area. Our Vision: The climate crisis is the foremost challenge facing the planet. We work to raise awareness and motivate local action by:
  • Establishing CEAC as the county’s information clearinghouse for efforts to reduce local emissions of greenhouse gases
  • Supporting community work that links economic and social health with greenhouse gas reduction
  • Collaborating on projects and public education with entrepreneurs, activists and organizations
  • Advancing economic opportunities that arise as our county sustainably adapts to climate change.
Our Story: Addison County is home to a world-renowned college that is an environmental leader, a growing local food network, extensive open space, a working landscape and an economically diverse and engaged community. As such, the Town of Middlebury was chosen to participate in the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Climate Economy Model Communities Program in 2017. This months- long process involved more than 150 area participants and resulted in the formation of CEAC, which expanded to a county-wide focus.