Earth Day is April 22: What will you do to celebrate?

Earth Day is April 22: What will you do to celebrate?

A streak of warmer weather has offered us hope that spring might have finally arrived in the green mountain state. This past weekend many of us spent time in our yards and gardens, raking and digging. Flats of pansies and other spring flowers were plentiful at gardening centers. For others, a walk in the woods […]

Living Economically

Laurie Caswell Burke, Wind Ridge columnist Miss the Paris Climate Summit? Here’s an opportunity much closer to home. A second climate summit in Randolph takes place on Feb. 22. Last February, the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) hosted the first Vermont Climate Economy Summit at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. I attended this gathering […]

Make 2016 the year of buy less and reuse more

This era represents the highest amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere for all of human history. As we begin a new year together, it is always a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. It’s also a great time to renew our pledge to work toward a more sustainable future […]

A few tips from the greener Grinch

A few tips from the greener Grinch

By Laurie Caswell Burke The holiday music has arrived. A blown-up Santa and a fully decorated holiday tree have been spotted on a shopping mall green. Parking lots are filling up as people fill baskets with bundles of gift items for the holidays. At the same time, Iceland had a major ice cap break off, […]

Keep it in the ground

Keep it in the ground

By Sue Dixon If you happen to run into Laurie Caswell Burke, be careful because you might find yourself writing her column for the Shelburne News. The other day I saw Laurie walking at Meach Cove Farm with her friend Faith. I stepped on the brakes, tipping over the flower arrangement on my passenger seat. […]

Fall brings new changes for Living ECOnomically

Fall is here and we have been fortunate to have experienced an unprecedented stretch of Indian summer weather during the past few weeks. It is always welcome, as we are well aware that winter chill will soon arrive. With the change of seasons students are back at school, swimming in the lake is winding down […]

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 […]