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Environmental Conservation Planning

Strategic Planning and Priorities

Planning is an integral part of the Department’s infrastructure as it ensures transparency around our environmental priorities and helps us measure success towards those efforts and goals.  This is done through establishing strategic priorities aimed at achieving various milestones and improving related outcomes.  The Department’s Mission-Driven Priorities are organized into five simple categories:  Our Air, Our Water, Our Land, Our Customers and Our Communities.

Please preview the Department’s current mission-driven priorities.

Performance Accountability

Performance Accountability complements the Departments planning and budgeting process.  A summary report is created annually to demonstrate the Department’s progress in meeting our priorities.  Other performance data is reported through the Agency of Administration and the Environmental Council of States (ECOS) dashboard.

Recent report:

2019 Environmental Indicators and Trends Report


In Partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the department enters into an agreement every three to four years called the Performance Partnership Agreement (PPA).  It serves as the work plan and list of environmental related deliverables that the Department generates for the State of Vermont.  EPA in turn provides the Department with federal funding to accomplish some of this work.  The PPA covers a number of programs including the Clean Air Act, The Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act.

FY24-FY27 Performance Partnership Agreement