Orange County Meeting Minutes

Orange County Environmental Literacy Public Dialogue

Vermont Technical College

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Meeting Minutes

Participants responded to the question, “What do you see when you picture an environmentally literate community?  What’s happening?  What are individuals, schools, businesses, organizations, etc. doing in your future vision?” as follows:

  • People are more aware of interrelationships and balance.
  • We stay away from simplistic answers.
  • People process questions as a community.
  • Balance is considered that includes both human and natural resources.
  • We do long term planning/have longer visions.
  • Civil discussion is the norm.
  • The environmentally appropriate choices are doable.
  • Resource sharing is the norm.
  • Individual responsibility is the norm.
  • Environmentally appropriate choices save money/are affordable.
  • It is harder to throw away than to recycle.
  • The process of making choices is more obvious.
  • There are fewer buildings for places of business/more telecommuting.

Participants responded to the request to, “Share some of the environmental projects and initiatives that already are happening in your workplace or community that bring us closer to an environmentally literate Vermont.” as follows:

  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock has a resource person (John Leigh).
  • Hartford, NH landfill is great at policing recycling.
  • One of the Randolph schools is working on a project where they map local groundwater.
  • Peter Allison leads Farm to School (Sharon and Hartland Elementary Schools).
  • Randolph Farmers’ Market
  • The Sharon Academy (TSA) does Energy and the Environment.
  • TSA does place-based education.
  • TSA has “No idling” signs.
  • Randolph Fish and Wildlife sponsors kids to go to conservation camp.
  • Fish and Game offers hunter education.
  • Tunbridge World’s Fair – celebrates and honors existing culture, 4H, canning exhibits, hold technology, etc.
  • In Randolph there are still some old wooden water troughs to gather water.
  • VT Castings wood stoves – some have catalytic combusters.
  • People are connected to their history.
  • Sharon rest area on I-89 has water treatment education.
  • Vermont Law School
  • Vermont Technical College – student environmental group, Senator Sanders is getting a grant for biomass project, there’s a wood pellet making experiment
  • Neighborly Farms farm store – is a co-op

Participants responded to the question, “In order to get from where we are today to your future vision of environmental literacy, what more needs to happen?” as follows:

  • Solar to wind to hydrogen to fuel cell education center at Vermont Technical College – could get donations, Senators could be involved, NRG and Grow Solar could be involved, the land owner near I-89 could be involved
  • Folks who do project coordination for a living could work on environmental projects.
  • Fish and Game could do green initiatives – wind power, etc.
  • An energy company could work with the hospital (Dartmouth-Hitchcock) to get car plug-in stations installed.
  • State fairs could provide more education – educate people beforehand about who they can connect with, offer more workshops, offer discussion forums, etc.
  • Instead of turning our backs on one another, we could offer more support, training and mentoring.  This is true in terms of new people moving into the state (invite them in), as well as people who could be doing a better job at work, etc.
  • There could be other opportunities in terms of green tourism – logging, farms, other natural resources, canning, etc.
  • People could cheer each other on and offer more moral support.

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