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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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Smart Growth Vermont Offers Training on Land Use Challenges

Do you want to encourage neighborhood development in your downtown or village? Would you like to protect farmland and forests from future development? Smart Growth Vermont offers 2 to 2 ½ -hour trainings for municipal staff and volunteer boards on specific land use planning issues. If you are interested in scheduling a training session in […]

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Report Details Housing Challenges Facing Aging Vermont Population

Vermont is graying rapidly, and that demographic fact presents major challenges in housing, supportive services and transportation, according to a new issue paper by the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA). The new publication, “Housing and the Needs of Vermont’s Aging Population,” is the third in a series of VHFA issue papers on affordable housing issues. […]

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New State Office Complex Proposed for Bennington

Applejack Real Estate has just unveiled plans for a new State Office Complex to be built in downtown Bennington. The proposed complex would be a “green build” and would hold a LEED Certification, meaning it would be designed to maintain maximum energy efficiency. The development would occupy the former Tuttle’s Hardware store site, along Depot […]

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2007 Renewable Energy Conference

The 2007 Renewable Energy Conference and Trade Show will be held October 17 in Burlington, VT. The conference will offer workshops about alternative energy sources and policy matters. Displays and exhibits will also be presented by a variety of businesses. For more information, or to register, visit revermont.org

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Annual VBSR Fall Conference

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility will be hosting their 2007 Fall Conference Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at Marlboro College in Brattleboro, VT. Event details are posted on their website. For more information, call 802-862-8347, or email RITAB@VBSR.org

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Municipal Planning Grants Deadline Approaching

If your community needs assistance with planning tasks, such as updating local bylaws, you may be eligible to apply for a state Municipal Planning Grant. The Municipal Planning Grant Program supports planning efforts such as preparing municipal plans, drafting and updating local bylaws, encouraging citizen participation and education, and other local planning initiatives. Municipalities may […]

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California Bill Tackles Growth Issues

In an effort to reduce the threat of global warming, California legislators have introduced a bill that would provide incentives to cities that encourage development in high-density areas, making alternative transportation a more viable option for people. Read more…

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Smart Growth in Action

AppleRidge, a new housing development under construction in Bennington, will offer new homeowners a neighborhood close to downtown shops, restaurants and schools when it is complete. Local developer Jack Appleman is building this 42-unit project adjacent to Bennington’s designated downtown. It will connect to the existing street network, including Routes 7 and 9. A unique […]

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