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Town of Hinesburg holds climate change forum with climate experts

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HINESBURG, Vt. (WCAX) – Hinesburg is working to update its town plan, and officials there want to ensure the community is resilient in the face of climate change.

The Hinesburg Planning Commission held a forum Wednesday night with three local climate experts to help develop ideas for the plan.

Marian Wolz and Staci Pomeroy from the Agency of Natural Resources and UVM professor and climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux responded to questions about how Hinesburg community members and the local government should plan and adapt to changing conditions, and how to best care for each other during the uncertainty.

“Having people and having a people-centered approach means that we are a part of the equation. We are a part of walking on the landscape and walking on the land and so we just need to remember that as we step through. Hard conversations, yes, but they affect us all,” said Dupigny-Giroux.

This was the second community forum. The town planner says they will keep getting feedback from residents and experts as they move forward.

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