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The ESSEX Plan: Pricing pollution to boost Vermont’s economy

(Originally published by John Walters, Seven Days) An impressive group of business leaders, academics and policy experts has released a new proposal to lower Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions. The ESSEX Plan was unveiled at a climate summit meeting last week in Burlington. (ESSEX is an almost-acronym for “an Economy Strengthening Strategic Energy eXchange.”) And, yes, it does […]

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McCarthy: Changing the way we move in our communities

Kate McCarthy, AICP, is the sustainable communities program director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council and coordinates the Transportation for Vermonters Coalition. What if we could improve our children’s health and our communities’ bottom lines while increasing access to transportation options that are affordable and better for our environment? A proposed solution to those issues […]

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Register now for the 10th annual Community Energy & Climate Action Conference

Register today! VECAN and the University of Vermont Extension are pleased to host the 10th annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference – a day-long event aimed at inspiring, supporting, and growing the statewide network of town energy committees and building the capacity and expertise of any Vermonter interested in helping our state meet our efficiency, renewable energy, and […]

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Broad new transportation advocacy coalition launches, committed to increasing affordability, access, and sustainability

A diverse group of organizations, businesses, and institutions today announced the formation of a new coalition to advocate for a more sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation system in Vermont. “Transportation for Vermonters, or T4VT for short, is unique in Vermont because our focus is on advancing transportation programs and investments that go beyond getting from […]

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The Economy of the Future

From Brian Shupe, executive director. Originally published in the Rutland Herald.  This past September, more than 500 entrepreneurs, investors, public officials and business leaders gathered in Burlington to explore economic opportunity in the changing and uncertain world of climate change. The three-day Catalysts of the Climate Economy National Innovation Summit, organized by the Vermont Council on Rural […]

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Talking Smart Growth from Montpelier to Washington D.C.

From Kate McCarthy, VNRC Sustainable Communities Program Director Each year state and regional smart growth leaders from across the country gather for leadership development, to discuss smart growth issues, and to share innovations from our own work. This year, the ‘Smart Growth Caucus’ met in Washington, D.C. where we discussed rural and urban approaches to […]

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Community Planning Month Reading List

Community Planning Month wraps up today, but it’s never too early to start getting ready for next year! To that end, we looked through the VNRC bookshelves and put together our staff’s Top Five Favorite Planning Books (in no particular order):    Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream by Andres […]

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Promoting Wildlife Connectivity in Southern Vermont

Maintaining large blocks of forest and connected habitat is critical for the health of wildlife species in Southern Vermont. How to do this was the subject of a well attended meeting in Wilmington this autumn where citizens serving on local conservation and planning commissions joined VNRC and members of the Staying Connected Initiative to learn […]

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Songs to Celebrate Community Planning Month

Many of us in the VNRC office celebrate community planning all-day-every-day, but we wanted to help you get in the celebratory spirit by sharing with you our Top Five Community Planning Celebration Songs (in no particular order): Cities by Talking Heads Light Rail Coyote by Sleater-Kinney Boomtown by Greg Brown Sprawl II by Arcade Fire […]

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Add your voice: Investing in Vermont waters

We wanted to let you know about an important opportunity to be part of crafting Vermont’s response to pollution threats facing our waterways. Yesterday, VNRC Policy & Water Program Director Jon Groveman was on Vermont Edition to discuss a new draft report submitted to the Legislature detailing how to fund vital water clean up and protection initiatives. Vermonters have until Nov. […]

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