Climate Matters: False solutions or a greener path for Vt.?

This has been a brutal year for many Vermonters, with waves of extreme weather driven by climate change.

Rain prompts Middlebury road closures, early school dismissal

Persistent rain flooded some roads in Middlebury on Monday, prompting the Addison Central School District to close schools in town early.

Student survey explores energy-efficiency efforts

Several students at Middlebury College spent part of their fall semester out in the community rather than inside the classroom, speaking with the owners and managers of nonresidential properties across Addison County.   

Community forum: All must stand united for the Earth

For years, my generation has been defined as the “climate generation,” the generation that will fix all of the damage done to global health and climate change post-Industrial Revolution.

Climate Matters: It’s time to prepare for climate migration… now

I fear that, in some important ways, we Vermonters have our heads in the sand about climate change and its likely impacts. 

Clippings: Are we smart enough to survive?

I was excited to tell you how much my family has loved watching “Life on Our Planet,” the new Morgan Freeman-narrated nature doc on Netflix — a great activity for the whole fam! But then we watched the final episode, and it wasn’t fun and fascinating anym … (read more)

Lawmakers talk progress on climate bills, future work

Two state lawmakers are urging Addison County folks not to ease up on efforts to battle climate change.

Farming and climate the focus of UVM study

From planting cover crops to transitioning toward no-till or reduced-till approaches, farmers throughout the state are implementing a variety of practices aimed at keeping phosphorus and other nutrients on their land and out of nearby waterways. 

Environmentalists call for low-emission electricity from socially just sources

BILL MCKIBBEN VERMONT — The grassroots climate justice organization 350Vermont is seeking to pressure utilities to sell energy using renewable sources while producing fewer or no greenhouse gasses. The organization will do this by ratcheting up pressure o … (read more)

ACORN to host climate change talk

At its annual meeting on Nov. 28, the Addison County Relocalization Network, or ACORN, will host a panel discussion on “Farming on the Forefront of Climate Change.”

College advances its climate goals

Middlebury College continues to work toward meeting the goals for addressing climate change outlined in its Energy2028 initiative. 

College’s Climate Action Program gets a boost

The Climate Action Program supports students in their efforts to tackle climate change through paid fellowships, connections with Middlebury alumni and a variety of other offerings.

Climate Matters: A conversation with Rep. Amy Sheldon on the Renewable Energy Standard

The Renewable Energy Standard, passed by the state Legislature in 2015, sets targets for the amount of renewable energy used in Vermont, states how much of that energy must be generated in Vermont, defines what kinds of energy count as renewable energy, a … (read more)

Play Every Town musician stops in Starksboro

In May 2022 composer-pianist David Feurzeig embarked on Play Every Town: 252 free concerts in each of Vermont’s 252 towns to confront climate change through the power of community and music. On Friday, Oct. 20, he will perform in Starksboro.

Editorial: More reasons for YOU to take action on climate

Important news on the local climate front this week came when Vermont State Treasurer Mike Pieciak spoke in favor of proposed legislation that would divest the state’s pension fund from investments in fossil fuel companies.