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Costello Commentary: Coming Together to Answer Climate Change

As seen in the Times-Argus: https://www.timesargus.com/articles/answering-the-climate-challenge/

This week saw yet another disturbing climate change report in the news—this one authored by U.S. Government officials—highlighting the grave danger humanity faces from climate change. To answer the challenge, we will need leadership, entrepreneurship and creativity. That creativity is all around us in Vermont.

Hawken to keynote national climate innovation summit

Montpelier, VT – Environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist and author Paul Hawken will be the keynote speaker at the Catalysts of the Climate Economy: National Innovation Summit, (cc:econ). The National Innovation Summit is a three-day event being held in Burlington, VT September 6-8. The Summit will bring together leaders from across the country who are working to build economic solutions to climate change.

Pownal's opportunity to lead

By Ted Brady, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/pownals-opportunity-to-lead,514507

Rural economies across America are struggling to recover from the Great Recession, with economic progress stalling, populations declining, and families questioning whether their children have a future in their communities. I for one believe rural Vermont can serve as a model - where leaders, entrepreneurs, and families band together to define their communities.

Some object to Pownal initiative, call for town vote

As seen in vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/07/21/object-pownal-initiative-call-town-vote/

POWNAL — Vermont’s southwestern-most town in April became the first selected by a statewide program aimed at helping communities address the challenges of climate change.

But the designation of Pownal by the Vermont Council on Rural Development isn’t being welcomed by everyone in town, with some calling for a vote by local residents on whether to participate.

Country Stores, a New England Institution, Are Going Dark: Across New England, classic rural general stores are on the decline amid new competition, but some are finding ways to fight back

By Jennifer Levitz, as seen in the Wall Street Journal: https://www.wsj.com/article_email/country-stores-a-new-england-instituti...

For 203 years, the Francestown Village Store served its tiny New Hampshire town, selling everything from fresh-baked bread and live fishing bait to winter hats and groceries while offering a place where residents could gather and gossip.

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