Addison County business leaders discuss adapting to climate change, March 9

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MIDDLEBURY — Three Addison County business leaders will discuss how their companies are adapting so they can survive and thrive during climate change, during a panel this coming Monday, March 9.

The panel in Middlebury, called “Doing Business in a Changing Climate,” is organized by the Climate Economy Action Center of Addison County.

The panel and business networking event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Danforth Pewter, located at 52 Seymour Street in Middlebury.

Moderating will be Amy Sheldon, a natural resource planner and one of Middlebury’s two representatives in the Vermont House of Representatives.

“The role of our local business leaders will be crucial if Addison County is to successfully adapt to the changing climate and have a sustainable local economy,” said Steve Maier, board president of the Climate Economy Action Center.

Here are the panelists for Monday’s event:

Bram Kleppner:

As CEO of Danforth, Bram has turned around a loss-making business and led the company to eight straight years of growth and profitability.

Sarah Kaeck

Sarah founded Bee’s Wrap in 2012. Searching for an alternative to disposable plastics in her own kitchen, she developed an all-natural, reusable food wrap designed to replace plastic wrap.

Spencer Blackwell

Spencer is co-owner of Elmer Farm, a conserved 90-acre farm located in East Middlebury. They grow 8 acres of mixed vegetables, grains, and flowers.