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Funders Discuss the Future of Resilience

By Bill Roper of Slow Communities One of Irene’s biggest lessons was the power of communication and collaboration to solve big challenges. When neighbors, towns, or agencies worked together to find creative solutions, they moved mountains. It’s also true of…

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Why Vermont Needs COADs

by Anne Goodrich, Director of Upper Valley Strong After Tropical Storm Irene, temporary Long-Term Recovery Committees popped up across the state to help coordinate support for flood victims. Upper Valley Strong (UVS) was one. When a localized flood hit the…

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CROs: Building Resilience with Pie & Parades

By Rebecca Sanborn Stone, Resilient Vermont Network Coordinator and Principal at Community Workshop LLC Vermonters know all too well what disaster looks like. Whether our communities are hit by summer microbursts, paralyzed by winter ice or flooded by rising spring…

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The State of Resilience in Vermont

By Rebecca Sanborn Stone, Resilient Vermont Network Coordinator and Principal at Community Workshop LLC How does Vermont measure up on resilience? What’s working? Where should we go in 2016? The Resilient Vermont Progress Report, released this summer, evaluates progress on…

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40 Ideas to Advance Vermont’s Climate Economy

By Jenna Whitson, Community and Policy Senior Associate, Vermont Council on Rural Development 1) What are Vermont businesses doing today that make them leaders in the climate economy? 2) What are some ideas to promote business, economic development, and job…

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Staying Ahead of the Storm

By Elizabeth Gribkoff, ECO Americorps member with Watersheds United Vermont, and Marty Illick, Executive Director of the Lewis Creek Association One muggy Fourth of July in Burlington, while at a friend’s backyard barbecue, a huge rainstorm broke. As we frantically moved…

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Reflections on Irene, four years later

It’s a beautiful day in Vermont, blue skies and just a few puffy clouds. A far cry from the steady downpour of August 28, 2011, when Tropical Storm Irene made its way up the eastern seaboard and angled northwest through Vermont. The storm sent relentless rain into rivers and streams, and when the flooding came, it was violent and devastating.

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Press Release: Resilient Vermont Progress Report

Institute for Sustainable Communities Releases Resilient Vermont Progress Report Resilient Vermont Network Will Advance Statewide Action Montpelier, VT– August 19, 2015 – Nearly four years after Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) announced the release…

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Building Resilience at the Watershed Level

This spring, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) and Slow Communities teamed with the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Planning Commission, White River Partnership, and Vermont River Conservancy to host a resilience workshop in the Upper White River Watershed. This area of the…

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