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Champlain Housing Trust Seeks Volunteers

Champlain Housing Trust, a non-profit organization that creates and preserves affordable housing, is looking for volunteers to help with their annual two-week Community Campaign. The campaign runs from October 29 through November 9, from 5:30 to 8:30pm. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Julia Curry at Julia@champlainghousingtrust.org or call 862-6244.

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Communities Move Forward with Growth Center Planning

The Town of Colchester was recently awarded a special $40,000 State Growth Center Planning Grant. Six municipalities applied for the grant. The Town will use this grant to develop growth projections, conduct a build-out assessment and finalize its application. Town staff has asked for Smart Growth Vermont’s assistance on their preliminary application materials. Seeking guidance […]

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Training Grants Available to Communities

The Vermont Department of Housing & Community Affairs is offering small grants to help municipal boards and commissions get the training needed to help them perform their duties as defined under 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117. The Municipal Education Grant program (MEG) is designed to bring trainers directly to the community so that all members of […]

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Community Spotlight: Enosburg, VT

A spectacular view of Jay Peak is just one of many features that Enosburg, and the village of Enosburg Falls, have to offer. A small, yet vibrant community, located in northern Vermont on the Missisquoi River, Enosburg Falls is thriving once again after a fire engulfed an entire block on Main Street, displacing businesses and […]

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Safety Concerns and Development Costs Push Schools to the Outskirts of Towns

Despite U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) efforts to promote the construction and renovation of schools in centralized locations, more communities are building large complexes on the outskirts of cities and towns. The trend to build out of town is partially due to the cost effectiveness of purchasing property outside of town, rather than building within […]

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Awards Celebration Honors Smart Growth Projects

More than 130 people gathered on Burlington’s waterfront to celebrate the work of Vermonters whose projects and plans create economic opportunities, housing and a sense of community in a way that respects our unique landscape. “Each of these projects is a story of how Vermonters breathed new life into their community in a way that […]

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The World Water Crisis and the State of Vermont

October 2007 MY PERSPECTIVE: A RUNNER’S WORLD VIEW ON WATER By Dot Helling Last summer when I applied to become a member of the Blue Planet Run Team, there was no question that it was an opportunity I could not miss if chosen. Not only did the event fulfill my passions for running and traveling, […]

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Presentation Addresses Systems Thinking and Sustainability

Burlington College will offer a public presentation on Systems Thinking and Sustainability, with Lance Polya, Tuesday, October 16, from 6:30- 8:00pm. The presentation is one of a four-part series on Sustainability: Principles and Practices. For more information, call 802-862-9616.

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Walkable Communities Reduce Carbon Footprint

A group of planning researchers have recently published the book, Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change, which indicates that an increase in walkable neighborhoods would significantly decrease the nation’s carbon footprint. While fuel-efficient cars, including hybrids, are helping to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and resulting emissions, this is only […]

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VTrans Hosts Public Meetings on Circ Draft EIS

VTrans will hold two public hearings Thursday, October 4, for citizens to comment on the recently published Circ-Williston Draft EIS. The first meeting will take place from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the Champlain Valley Expo. An evening meeting will also be held at 6:30pm at the Williston Central School Auditorium. For more detailed information on […]

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