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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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Happy Community Planning Month – Our Top 5 Resources!

October is National Community Planning Month! Community planning helps shape sustainable, vibrant communities, and this annual celebration is a welcome opportunity to reflect on some of our favorite community planning resources created over the years. In no particular order, here are our Top Five Community Planning resources:   Community Planning Toolbox The Community Planning Toolbox introduces […]

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We’re hiring: Part-time office associate

The Vermont Natural Resources Council (VNRC), a non-profit environmental advocacy organization founded in 1963, is seeking a part-time Office Associate to join our team in Montpelier. This half-time position will provide general office support with broad duties including coordinating travel and meeting arrangements, assisting with membership appeals, copying and filing and other assignments as needed. We are […]

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Share your story with the Climate Action Commission

If you haven’t already shared your perspectives with the Governor’s Climate Action Commission, you still can, and we want to make sure you know: as clean energy advocates, your story and recommendations are particularly valuable and important. Background: The Vermont Climate Action Commission was created by Governor Scott this July, and it was charged to develop […]

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Tune In: Saving Our Waters

Get out the popcorn! ✨ We’re tuning into Vermont PBS at 8:00 p.m. tonight for the premier of Saving Our Waters, a three-part documentary series examining the state of the Lake Champlain Basin today with an eye toward practical solutions to keeping Vermont’s waterways clean in an age of extreme weather events. In addition to the documentary, they will […]

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