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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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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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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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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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Legislative Internship Opportunity with VNRC & VCV

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking a Legislative Intern to help us move forward-looking environmental legislation in the Vermont State House in early 2018. The intern will assist VNRC and our partner, Vermont Conservation Voters, in tracking legislation moving through the Statehouse during the 2018 legislative year (January through early May). Duties will include: […]

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Art Gibb Award winner draws attention to environmental challenges

By Yvette Shi, Addison Independent MIDDLEBURY — Facing President Donald Trump’s agressive agenda against environmental policies, it’s fitting the Vermont Natural Resources Council honored  Ripton resident Warren King for his lifetime of environmental stewardship this past Thursday. King, whose career has spanned the globe, now heralds action at the local level as the best course […]

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Community Planning Toolbox Updated: Strip Development

In a rural state like Vermont, it might be tempting to assume we don’t experience sprawl or strip development. Strip development – auto-oriented development along highways outside our community centers – can negatively affect the vibrancy of those centers, the function and safety of our roads, and our state’s carbon footprint. This incremental development of gas […]

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