The most significant event addressing climate change in Vermont's history.


Catalysts of the Climate Economy (cc:econ) is a three-day national innovation summit in Burlington, Vermont to bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders pushing toward the next stage of economic development and prosperity in a low-carbon future. We worked with the Vermont Council on Rural Development to build the identity, branding, website, content, and marketing strategy of the summit from the ground up. Our goal? Attract a national audience of change-makers seeking to leave their mark on the planet (figuratively) .

Brand Identity 
Strategy Consulting
Partnership Acquisition
Social Media Management
Publicity & Public Relations
Creative Direction
Web Development
Graphic Design

After establishing a base of creative work including video, imagery, and writing, we began plotting strategies for partnerships, press, social media, advertising, and engagement with speakers and attendees.

Over several months, we advanced through our tactics and built a network of support across the globe. The summit received attention on social media, blogs, and industry publications from the likes of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the World Bank’s Connect4Climate initiative, 1% for the Planet, Green America, the American Sustainable Business Council, and over one hundred other organizations seeking to create a brighter future.


One of our objectives was to attract young entrepreneurs to the summit. We developed the #FutureFormula Pitch Contest that resulted in start-up companies from across the country submitting ideas to compete for seed funding. We connected with Green Mountain Power (a previous client) to sponsor the contest by offering access to Inspire Space, a coworking facility inside the GMP headquarters built for young, innovative energy companies. The contest resulted in ten startups traveling to Burlington to pitch the hundreds of attendees and a specially curated panel of judges from organizations including the California Clean Energy Fund, Connecticut Green Bank, Vermont Works, and others.


“The leadership and ingenuity of Vermont businesses has sparked tremendous growth of renewable energy jobs in Vermont. We are pleased to host this national gathering of thought leaders who are intent on addressing climate change and supporting economic development.”

Governor Phil Scott


Outreach Partners

  • 1% for the Planet
  • ACTION New England
  • Alliance to Save Energy
  • American Council on Renewable Energy
  • American Sustainable Business Council
  • Boardwalk Sustainable Investments
  • Build It Green
  • Business Council for Sustainable Energy
  • California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy
  • Center for Agricultural Development & Entrepreneurship
  • Ceres
  • Clean Energy States Alliance
  • Climate Action Business Association
  • Connect4Climate
  • Elemental Excelerator
  • Energy Storage Association
  • Environmental Business International
  • Gaye Symington, High Meadows Fund
  • Green America
  • Green Business Network
  • Greentown Labs
  • Gross National Happiness USA
  • Home Performance Coalition
  • ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Innosphere
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Invest with Values
  • National Association of Development Organizations
  • NECEC Northeast Clean Energy Council
  • Network for Business Sustainability
  • NextEnergy
  • New England Clean Energy Council
  • NH Sustainable Energy Association
  • Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
  • Northeast Rural Research Center
  • Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
  • Northeastern Center for Entrepreneurship Education
  • Northern Forest Center
  • Oregon Best
  • Partners for Rural America
  • Powerhouse
  • Prospect Silicon Valley
  • Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Seventh Generation
  • Solar Energy Industry Association
  • SSTI State Science & Technology Institute
  • Sustainable Business Consulting
  • Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts
  • Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
  • UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • University of Vermont
  • Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
  • Vermont Community Foundation
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corp
  • Vermont Law School
  • Vermont League of Cities and Towns
  • Vermont Natural Resources Council
  • Vermont State Colleges
  • Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • VoteSolar
  • VT Department of Tourism and Marketing
  • Worcester Clean Tech Incubator
  • Young Professionals in Transportation
  • Sponsors

  • Union Mutual of Vermont: Localvore Dinner
  • Vermont EPSCoR: #FutureFormula Pitch Contest Prize
  • GroSolar: Student Scholarships
  • VoteSolar: Reception Sponsor
  • Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce: Refreshment Break Sponsor
  • Inkind Product Donations
  • Keurig Green Mountain
  • The Alchemist
  • Flaghill Farm
  • Sap!
  • Vermont Community Foundation: the Acorn Fund, the Johnson Family Foundation Fund, and the Sustainable Future Fund.
  • The Alchemist
  • Cabot Creamery Coop
  • Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
  • Community Bank
  • Green Mountain Power
  • Intervale Center and its Intervale Conservation Nursery
  • King Arthur Flour
  • Lintilhac Foundation
  • Native Energy
  • SunCommon
  • UVM's Center for Research on Vermont
  • UVM's Rubenstein School Environmental Program
  • UVM's Gund Institute for the Environment
  • Vermont Electric Coop Community Fund
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • Main Street Landing
  • TideSmart Global
  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous
  • Ben & Jerry's
  • Burlington Electric Department
  • National Grid
  • Northern Reliability
  • Northfield Savings Bank
  • Sugarbush Resort
  • Vermont Economic Development Authority
  • Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • City of Burlington
  • Seventh Generation
  • Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development
  • VSECU Vermont State Employees Credit Union
  • Bay and Paul Foundations
  • High Meadows Fund
  • National Life Group and National Life Charitable Foundation
  • NRG Systems
  • University of Vermont
  • Vermont Low Income Trust for Electricity (VLITE)