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Randolph Region Re-Energized (R3) next meeting June 11 - VTC President Patricia Moulton to serve as initiative chairperson
RANDOLPH REGION RE-ENERGIZED (R3) NEXT MEETING JUNE 11 – VTC PRESIDENT PATRICIA MOULTON TO SERVE AS INITIATIVE CHAIRPERSON RANDOLPH - The Randolph Region Re-Energized (R3) initiative will convene on June 11 as four task forces focused on community... more
Pownal farms put out the welcome mat
By Cherise Madigan, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/pownal-farms-put-out-the-welcome...? POWNAL — Are you ready to discover Pownal? With a slew of events planned for this summer — including farm tours and... more
Randolph Picks Its Missions: ‘Re-Energized’ Project Inches Toward Goals
By Tim Calabro, as seen in the Randolph Herald: https://www.ourherald.com/articles/randolph-picks-its-missions/ Though the volume of people filling the RUHS cafeteria Monday night was slightly less impressive than the hundreds that took part in the... more
Harrison Bushnell: Vermont's climate economy: The moment is now
By Harrison Bushnell, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/harrison-bushnell-vermonts-clima... My first food was a testament to Vermont's economy. As a baby, the story goes, my parents held me as we admired the... more
Randolph Gets Re-Energized: Hundreds Talk Revitalization
BY TIM CALABRO, as seen in the Randolph Herald: https://www.ourherald.com/articles/randolph-gets-re-energized/ Gary Holloway of the Vermont Housing and Community Development Department moderates a discussion about lodging and tourism at Chandler’s... more
R3 Randolph Region Re-Energized to kick-off on April 10 with forums and a community meal
RANDOLPH - Vermont Council on Rural Development will launch the Climate Economy Model Communities Program in Randolph with a Kick-Off on April 10. The program, named R3 - RANDOLPH REGION RE-ENERGIZED by a local planning team, will begin with a... more
Climate change group seeks test neighborhood
As seen in the Addison Independent: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201803climate-change-group-seeks-test-... MIDDLEBURY — The Energy Task Force of the Greater Middlebury Climate Economy Initiative is searching for a neighborhood to participate... more
Community forum: Two takes on climate change
By Steve Maier, as seen in the Addison Independent: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201802community-forum-two-takes-climat... This week’s Community Forum is by Middlebury resident Steve Maier, Chair of the Greater Middlebury Climate Economy... more
Randolph Wins Energy Economy Competition: A ‘Climate Economy’ Boost for Development
By Sandy Vondrasek as seen in the Randolph Herald: https://www.ourherald.com/articles/randolph-wins-energy-economy-competit... With the recent closure of several Randolph businesses— including Belmain’s, a retail anchor in the downtown— concern... more
Randolph Selected for the Climate Economy Model Communities Program
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) joined with partners Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power to announce that Randolph has been selected as the next community to participate in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. In... more
Vermont Council on Rural Development Invites Community Applications for 2018 Climate Economy Model Communities Program
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) invites communities interested in charting a path to a more prosperous and self-sufficient future to participate in the 2018 Climate Economy Model Communities Program. A collaboration of VCRD,... more
Pownal volunteers combat roadside dumping
By Jim Therrien, as seen in VTDigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/11/10/pownal-volunteers-combat-roadside-dumping/ POWNAL — A brigade of volunteers has once again carted away a mound of bulky, nasty refuse from Pownal’s infamous Indian Massacre... more
Pownal Business Network plans launch meeting, website
By Jim Therrian, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/pownal-business-network-plans-la... POWNAL — A new business support group called the Pownal Business Network will hold its first meeting on Nov. 8 and... more
Group readies Middlebury for climate change economy
By John Flowers, as seen in the Addison Independent: http://addisonindependent.com/201710group-readies-middlebury-climate-cha... MIDDLEBURY — Advancing public transportation, hiring more local staff to coordinate energy-related activities and... more
Our opinion: Time for other voices to be heard in Pownal
Editorial as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/our-opinion-time-for-other-voice... Well, we've heard from those Pownal residents pushing a libertarianistic viewpoint at meetings for the Empower Pownal program... more
Climate opportunity: Initiative seeks creative innovations in new economy
By Yvette Shi, as seen in the Addison Independent: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709climate-opportunity-initiative-s... MIDDLEBURY — How does a community position itself to reap the benefits of the new climate economy? That was the core... more
Middlebury residents concerned about climate change, but differ on what to do about it
By Lou Varricchio, as seen on True North Reports: http://truenorthreports.com/middlebury-residents-differ-on-response-to-c... MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — A meeting held Monday on “creating a climate economy” revealed that Middlebury residents are concerned... more
‘Climate economy’ initiative divides Pownal, Middlebury next
By Michael Bielawski, as seen in True North Reports: http://truenorthreports.com/climate-economy-initiative-coming-to-middlebury One community has become divided after the Vermont Council on Rural Development visited with its Climate Economy Model... more
Editorial: How Middlebury's Climate Initiative will make you richer
By Angelo Lynn, as seen in the Addison Independent: http://www.addisonindependent.com/201709editorial-how-middleburys-cimate... A week from Monday, on Sept. 18, residents of the greater-Middlebury area will kick-off a discussion on how to transform... more
Fear of empowerment: In a Vermont town, goal of ‘climate economy’ draws support, resistance
By Evan Lawrence, as seen in the Hill Country Observer: http://www.hillcountryobserver.com/2017news/sept2017pownal.htm POWNAL, Vt. - This spring, the rural town of Pownal became the first in Vermont to embark on a new planning initiative aimed at... more
VCRD Announces Middlebury as the next Climate Economy Model Community: Kick-off event and free community dinner September 18
As seen in Vermont Business Magazine: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/2017/september/03/vcrd-names-middlebury-n... MIDDLEBURY - Vermont Council on Rural Development, joined by partners Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power, announces that... more
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,... more
Pownal program not something to fear
As seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/pownal-program-not-something-to-... Some Pownal residents are highly suspicious of the intent of the Vermont Council on Rural Development's Climate Economy Model Communities... more
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... more
Empowering Pownal: Meeting draws over 100
By Jim Therrien, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/empowering-pownal-meeting-draws-... POWNAL — More than 100 residents turned out for the launch of Empower Pownal, the state's first initiative under the... more
First ‘climate economy’ town begins charting its course
As seen in vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/05/14/first-climate-economy-town-begins-charti... POWNAL — About 30 residents turned out last week to begin planning how to foster a healthy local economy in an era of climate change. Pownal is... more
First Climate Community initiative launched in Pownal
By Jim Therrien, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/first-climate-community-initiati... POWNAL — The Vermont Council on Rural Development launched its first Climate Economy Model Communities initiative Tuesday... more
Pownal chosen as first climate economy model community
As seen in Business Vermont of the Rutland Herald/Times Argus: http://www.businessvermont.com/pownal-chosen-as-first-climate-economy-mo... POWNAL — Shannon Barsotti, Pownal Planning Commission member, loves to sit on her porch and watch the Hoosic... more
First model climate economy town
By Jim Therrian, as seen in the Bennington Banner: http://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/first-model-climate-economy-town... POWNAL — Pownal has been selected as the first Vermont town to receive planning assistance through the Climate Economy... more
Press Release: Pownal Selected as First Climate Economy Model Community
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) joined with partners Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont to announce that the town of Pownal was selected as the first to participate in the Climate Economy Model Communities Program. VCRD and... more
Commentary ~ Jon Copans: Modelling a local and vibrant climate economy
As seen in the vtdigger.org: https://vtdigger.org/2017/03/06/jon-copans-modelling-local-vibrant-clima... With a national political conversation that seems to become more divisive and fragmented with each passing day, engaging locally to create... more
Climate Economy Model Communities Program Launched: Vermont Communities are Invited to Apply
As seen in the Vermont Business Magazine: http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/february/scott-vcrd-utilities-look-develo... The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) joined with Governor Phil Scott and partners including Green Mountain Power,... more
Jon Copans named director of VCRD's Climate Economy Model Communities Program
The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) announced today that Jon Copans has joined the organization as Director of its Climate Economy Model Communities Program. The Program, starting in 2017, will work with Green Mountain Power and other... more