We design, facilitate, and implement adaptive and action-oriented planning at the industry and systems levels.
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s approach to positive, systems-level change efforts incorporates various types of strategic planning to identify outcomes and map the process and actions to reach those outcomes. Our strategic planning approach lays the groundwork for how we address the sustainable development of the market sectors we serve (agriculture and food systems, forest products, waste management, renewable energy, and environmental technology).
Farm to Plate Strategic Plan
By many accounts, Vermont has developed the most comprehensive food system plan in the country and the first of its kind in New England.Read More +
VSJF convened a 15 person process team to advise staff on the overall approach for developing a stakeholder engagement process and on writing Vermont’s food system plan. We consulted with more than 1,200 Vermonters through regional summits, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews with content specialists. Input from the stakeholder engagement process was paired with extensive analysis of existing state and national data sets, resulting in a plan that is grounded in objective data trends but contextualized with the personal experiences and expertise of food system stakeholders. In total, the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan identifies 25 food system plan goals and articulates a shared vision aimed at strengthening all components of Vermont’s food system by the end of 2020.
Rooted in Vermont Grassroots Campaign
In 2013, consumer education and marketing members of the Farm to Plate Network began conversations to address how to increase local food purchases to 10 percent by 2020 and reach the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan local food consumption goal.Read More +
Vermont Forest Sector Systems Analysis
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Executive Director, Ellen Kahler, played an important planning role as a member of the Vermont Working Lands Enterprise Board when they commissioned the Vermont Forest Sector Systems Analysis to identify the biggest challenges and opportunities facing Vermont’s forest products industry.Read More +
Climate Change Economy Council Report and Action Plan
Progress for Vermont: Climate Economy Report and Action Plan, was produced by the Vermont Council on Rural Development with strategic planning input from the Vermont Climate Change Action Council.Read More +
Vermont Bioenergy Initiative
The Vermont Bioenergy Initiative marked the first strategic planning effort to reduce Vermont’s dependency on petroleum through the development of homegrown alternatives.Read More +