Where the local food thrives

Where the local food thrives

By Laurie Caswell Burke Freshly picked carrots, plump blueberries, and crisp red lettuce just taste better. Vermont’s vibrant working agricultural landscape continues to thrive. Summer begins the long awaited time of year to enjoy an abundance of local, fresh produce. Whether you have a garden plot, participate in a CSA, visit the farmer’s market, or […]

Where the action is: Vermont’s Sterling College serves as role model for a sustainable future

Where the action is: Vermont’s Sterling College serves as role model for a sustainable future

by Laurie Caswell Burke This week a second earth quake rocked Nepal, twisters and tornados battered parts of five states from Texas to Iowa, and raging floods swamped several mid-west towns. It’s getting harder and harder to deny climate change. Many folks still feel that their small actions don’t matter in the big picture. But […]

Community involvement gains momentum

Community involvement gains momentum

Sustainability is in the air. It’s on the news, in our newspapers, classrooms, college campuses, and in our homes, and businesses.  Community involvement is gaining momentum. There is a renewed sense of hope that our actions, small or large, matter. We have to believe that we have the capacity to change our world.  It will […]

Living Economically: Ramp it up with Vermontivate, the game that inspires behavior change and fun

Living Economically: Ramp it up with Vermontivate, the game that inspires behavior change and fun

Last month I joined 400 Vermonters from around the state to participate in the Vermont Council on Rural Development’s Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change. Business leaders, entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and community citizens, like myself, came together at Vermont Technical College campus to collectively develop a structured plan with practical actions that […]

ASIG joins Preach-In on Climate Change this Sunday

ASIG joins Preach-In on Climate Change this Sunday

Although the weather outside is frightful, Vermonters are experiencing an old fashioned winter that offers plenty of snow shoveling, slippery and challenging driving, boots, and warm coats. We’re used to that. Boston is buried in six feet of snow from the two largest recorded snowstorms since the Civil War – it’s unprecedented. Wild weather is […]

Bike helmets rock at the Coach Barn

Bike helmets rock at the Coach Barn

Bike helmets were the hat of choice on a drizzly Sunday afternoon at Shelburne Farms Coach Barn a few weeks ago. Despite the 43 degree rain spitting weather, this lively party was in full swing bringing together throngs of loyal supporters to celebrate 15 years of nonprofit Local Motion (LM) and 10-year-old Bike Recycle Vermont, […]

Climate Change has real “people power” Shelburne residents join march to raise awareness

Climate Change has real “people power”  Shelburne residents join march to raise awareness

by Laurie Caswell Burke Climate change is here. Many debate the reasons why but fewer are denying that it is real.  The visibility of this important issue clearly ramped up this past month in a series of important actions and initiatives. Perhaps the most inspirational was the Climate March organized by 350.org that drew over […]