PLATFORM

Climate Action

The science is very clear: we must make drastic reductions in emissions over the next twelve years to avoid the most extreme climate scenarios. We can’t afford to hope the federal government does it for us. Let’s work at the local level to:

  • Achieve 100% clean energy in all sectors (electricity, heating, transportation, agriculture) by 2030
  • Basic Efficiency Standards
  • Prioritize vulnerable populations in the transition off of fossil fuels

Affordability

We need to make sure that Burlington is a place that people of all income levels can afford to live in, for both homeowners and renters. As we push for a statewide minimum wage increase, let’s also push locally to:

  • Hold UVM accountable to providing reasonably affordable housing options for students, thereby easing the pressure on the entire Burlington housing market
  • Ensure balance of single-family homes and apartments
  • Support renters’ rights and hold landlords accountable
  • Strengthen inclusionary zoning
  • Build new affordable and/or public housing

Responsible Development

As we develop Burlington, let’s make sure the community benefits from this development, and that we are thinking long term. This means:

  • Supporting local businesses
  • Protecting and strengthening public assets 
  • Public involvement in development decisions

Revitalizing Local Democracy

We believe that by including a wide range of voices in the process, we end up with better outcomes. Some ways this can be done include:

  • Strengthening and empowering NPAs
  • Public participation in decision-making
  • Ranked-choice voting
  • Participatory budgeting

Social Justice

Actively incorporating anti-oppression into city processes, communications, and policy to work towards:

  • Racial justice
  • Restorative justice
  • Gender equality
  • Equal access regardless of physical ability
  • Investments in mental health

Quality of Life

We need to make sure that the basics are provided to all residents: trash and recycling pickup, reliable utility services, safe roads and quality infrastructure, and efficient response systems when issues do arise.

  • Code enforcement and safe living conditions
  • Improving systems of trash and recycling disposal
  • Bridging gaps between students and long-term residents to ensure respect among neighbors
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