More and more Vermonters are working to ‘relocalize’ their communities, which means they are working to produce more food, energy and goods locally. Many relocalization efforts are aimed at increasing community energy security by advancing strategies to generate or save energy at the local level. Other relocalization efforts, which also save energy and help minimize greenhouse gas emissions, are focused on building community food networks, strengthening local economies, and protecting and enhancing the environment and shared community resources. The goal of relocalization is to make communities and individuals as self-supporting and independent as possible on a variety of fronts.
There are many great relocalization organizations and resources to help town energy communities think about energy- and carbon-saving creatively. And to implement those creative ideas. Below find a list of ‘relocalization’ models and resources you might want to consult.