Climate Cabinet

The Climate Cabinet was established by Governor Shumlin in May 2011. It is comprised of senior government officials including the Secretaries of Administration, Agriculture Food and Markets, Commerce and Community Development, and Transportation; the Commissioners of the Departments of Economic, Housing and Community Development, of the Department of Buildings and General Services and the Department of Public Service. The Agency of Natural Resources is designated as the lead agency with the ANR Secretary serving as the cabinet chair.

The cabinet is charged with providing comprehensive leadership by coordinating climate change efforts, including the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, providing outreach and education as well as implementing climate change adaptation efforts across all state agencies and departments.

The Climate Cabinet was reconstituted in December 2012 by Executive Order 15-12


Since its creation in May 2011, the Climate Cabinet initially engaged in supporting the Department of Public Service in the development of the state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). With the release of the 2016 edition of the CEP, the cabinet has been working to prioritize and implement the recommendations of that report. In addition, the effects of Tropical Storm Irene have highlighted the need for additional planning and action so that our communities, landscape and infrastructure are better able to weather similar events that are predicted to become more frequent in the coming years. The cabinet is also working to implement climate change "lead by example" activities such as renewable energy and electric vehicle deployment for state government.

Climate Cabinet Members

Deb Markowitz, Agency of Natural Resources Secretary, Chair
Justin Johnson, Agency of Administration Secretary
Michael Obuchowski, Buildings and General Services Commissioner
Chuck Ross, Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets Secretary
Patricia Moulton, Agency of Commerce and Community Development Secretary
Noelle Mackay, Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development Commissioner
Chris Recchia, Department of Public Service Commissioner
Chris Cole, Agency of Transportation Secretary

Other Participating Departments

Harry Chen M.D., Department of Health Commissioner
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security