Burlington, VT – Today, Mayor Miro Weinberger released the following statement:
"With tonight’s passage of a mandatory weatherization ordinance Burlington joins just a handful of cities that require existing buildings to be brought up to modern insulation and air sealing standards. This ordinance replaces outdated regulation with new, stringent, enforceable requirements that will dramatically lower tenant utility bills and reduce the fossil fuel emissions in hundreds of Burlington homes over the next few years. The new ordinance will also support job creation and retention for weatherization contractors and help the broader Vermont clean energy economy.
The City Council has now approved four of the five policy reforms I called for following our 2019 Mayoral Housing Summits. I look forward to continued collaboration with the Council to advance progress toward our ambitious Net Zero Energy City goals and to address our housing crisis in the months ahead by passing short-term rental reform and then hosting another Housing Summit this summer."