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Will Climate Refugees Be Heading to Vermont in the Future?

by Phil Dodd If the global climate continues to warm, as many scientists expect, Vermont will face several challenges of its own during this century, including longer-lasting storms and consequent flooding. But some parts of the country, and many places on the globe, may become uninhabitable due to hotter temperatures, higher sea levels, and desertification. […]

Fighting Climate Change with the Law

Fighting Climate Change with the Law

by Mike Dunphy “This is a fight,” says Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan, as if on the stump, rather than the well-worn sofa in his office on the third floor of the Pavilion Building in Montpelier. At stake is Vermont’s legacy of placing environmental protection ahead of industrial profit, a value that is under increasing […]

8 Questions about Climate Change for Meteorologist Roger Hill

Compiled by Mike Dunphy and Larry Floersch Since 2000, meteorologist Roger Hill has been forecasting the weather for the listeners of Radio Vermont (WDEV, WLVB, WCVT). He also contracts with Vermont Electric Power Company, the company that provides the backbone for all Vermont electrical utilities, and freelances for local municipalities, schools, outdoor event organizers, and […]

Electric Vehicles: An Emerging Marketplace Offers New Choices for Getting Around

Electric Vehicles: An Emerging Marketplace Offers New Choices for Getting Around

by Jake Brown You may have noticed a little bump over the past couple of years in the number of electric or plug-in electric cars (EVs) humming around town. Well, you are onto something. Across Vermont in the past year there has been a 50 percent jump in the number of registered EVs. As of […]

How Green Are Our Green Mountains?

by Sarah Davin “Let us live to protect her beauty,” sings our state anthem, “These Green Mountains” by Diane Martin. Just like the lyric, Vermonters love to boast about our natural beauty, and gazing at the forested mountains, listening to the dense chatter of wildlife, dipping our toes in cool swimming holes, and taking deep […]

TIF District Approved for Montpelier

City and State officials celebrated a decision by the Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) board to approve Montpelier’s application for a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district that includes the Capital City’s core downtown and Barre Street corridor. The VEPC board voted unanimously on Thursday, August 30 to approve Montpelier’s application, opening the door for the […]

Living a Car-free Life in Montpelier

by Elizabeth Parker Many Montpelier residents are choosing to become “car-liberated.” According to the 2016 American Community Survey, 530 households, or about 15 percent of Montpelier, are car free. They live side by side with those who rely on one, if not two, single-occupancy vehicles. As many seek to become more green and more carbon-neutral, […]

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TimberHomes Raises the Roof in Montpelier

TimberHomes Raises the Roof in Montpelier

by Mike Dunphy There’s no denying the pastoral beauty of Vershire, Vermont, at the headwaters of the Ompompanoosuc River in the Upper Valley. But for TimberHomes, a builder of timber frame structures, the rural location—even for Vermont—does create limitations to business and pleasure. Thankfully, success, including 100 percent growth from 2016 to 2017, has allowed […]

So Many White-Tails—Montpelier’s Deer Debate

So Many White-Tails—Montpelier’s Deer Debate

by Sarah Davin Oh Deer Think back when humans started moving into deer habitat, They probably were saying, “how dare those 2 legged creatures be so brazen!” They’re cutting down our forest! Etc., They’re ruining our food. Well, as people populate more I guess deer aren’t dumb, when they spot a meal, they want some. […]