Sustainable Communities

Smart growth is a pattern of land development that creates compact, walkable, transit-accessible communities with a range of affordable housing opportunities and choices. In Vermont, it builds on and maintains the state’s historic settlement pattern of higher-density downtown and village centers surrounded by farm, forest, and natural areas.

Using smart growth principles as a guide, VNRC promotes land use planning that creates communities that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and resilient. To do this, we ensure the continued strength and effectiveness of Act 250, Vermont’s landmark development review law, as well as complementary state policies that promote smart growth and reduce sprawl. And we support the state’s farming and forest economies to ensure long-term land availability and economic health.

For questions or inquiries:

Kati Gallagher, Sustainable Communities Program Director

802-223-2328 x114

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Transportation for Vermonters

VNRC coordinates T4VT, a statewide advocacy coalition dedicated to a sustainable & accessible transportation system for Vermont.

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Upcoming Sustainable Communities Events, Resources, and Opportunities

Learn more about upcoming opportunities to strengthen resilience and sustainability in your community.

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Policy Position: Act 250

Read more about how VNRC is working to modernize Act 250 in 2024!

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Smart Growth News

Two Things: An Environmental Justice Webinar and a Last Call for Small Grants for Smart Growth Applications

Two Things: Inviting you to a webinar on an equitable approach to Vermont’s clean energy transition, and reminding you we’re still accepting Small Grants for Smart Growth applications!  Stay informed,…

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Two Things: Small Grants for Smart Growth and See You in the State House in 2024!

Two Things: We’re accepting Small Grants for Smart Growth applications, and looking forward to kicking off the legislative session in the New Year! Stay informed, stay connected – two things….

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Two Things: Small Grants for Smart Growth and our Mollie Beattie Internship!

Two Things: We’re accepting applications for this year’s Small Grants for Smart Growth program and looking for our next Mollie Beattie Intern.  Stay informed, stay connected – two things. Apply…

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Small Grants for Smart Growth

Need funding for a smart growth project?

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Arthur Gibb Award for Individual Leadership

Honoring supporters of smart growth

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Transportation for Vermonters

Transportation for Vermonters

Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT) is a diverse coalition of individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions committed to working together, creatively, and across sectors to achieve a sustainable, accessible transportation system in a rural state. T4VT takes a research-based approach to identify and advocate for transportation programs and investments needed to improve air quality, health, economic vitality, and mobility, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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People, Places, and Transportation

Check out our People, Places, and Transportation blog about how to shape a cleaner, greener, more accessible, and more sustainable transportation future in Vermont. This is the next incarnation of the blog formerly housed at Sustainable Transportation Vermont, now co-hosted by VNRC and the Transportation for Vermonters Coalition. Stay awhile!

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