Climate Change

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a cooperative effort by nine Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to limit greenhouse gas emissions. The nine states participating in RGGI -- Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- are implementing the first mandatory cap-and-trade program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Reduction Efforts

While there remains much to be done in controlling air pollutants, Vermont has been proactive in developing and implementing programs to reduce hazardous air pollutant emissions. These programs include:

Greenhouse Gases

For more than a century, concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) have been rapidly increasing in Earth’s atmosphere.

What You Can Do

While there are many threats to clean air, there are many things individuals can do to help keep air clean. The list that follows offers some clean air tips.

Air Quality and Climate Division

The Vermont Air Quality & Climate Division (AQCD) of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) implements state regulations and the federal Clean Air Act. As part of this implementation, the AQCD monitors ambient air quality and air pollution emissions from sources, proposes regulations to improve existing air quality, ensures compliance with the regulations, and issues permits to control pollution from sources of air contaminants across the state.


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