Project Updates

Environmental Literacy Vermont Updates

We’re very excited that the Roadmap to Environmental Literacy for Vermont Now Online!   Thanks for visiting our site, and enjoy the Roadmap!

Roadmap to Environmental Literacy for Vermont Coming Soon!

Please visit this site often, as soon we’ll post the document in which we have compiled many of the fascinating stories that we gathered at last winter’s public dialogues.  This online document will introduce you to the project and the Roadmap will take you on a journey through each of Vermont’s 14 counties.  In each county, you will find descriptions of two or three successful and replicable environmental projects and initiatives.  Our hope is that as you and others read the vignettes you find there, you’ll not only be proud of what your neighbors are accomplishing, but you’ll be inspired to get involved in some of these things yourself or be motivated to start something important and new.

Unable to attend a public dialogue?  Share your thoughts and ideas!

While we’ve wrapped up our public dialogue process, we’re still interested in hearing from folks.  If you were unable to attend one of our public dialogues, but you’d like to have your voice heard, we’d love for you to contact us!  Please click here to find out how you can still participate in this project.

“Something that I learned tonight is…”

At many of our public dialogues, we asked participants to write down something that they learned during the course of the evening that was exciting to them.  Participants wrote their responses on small sheets of carbon paper.  They left one sheet of the paper with us, and they took the other sheet home to hang on their fridges, stick on their bulletin boards, etc.  Their answers to the question are varied.  Some responses included helpful feedback for our process, others contain websites that the participant hoped to look up when he/she got home and still others serve as a reminder for what the participant wants for his/her community or daily life.  You can read the responses here.

April 27, 2010

You just never know what the weather will do in Vermont!  It snowed to beat the band on this night, and while we didn’t cancel our fourteenth and final public dialogue, no participants joined us at Brighton Elementary School in Essex County.

April 26, 2010

Our thirteenth public dialogue was not unlucky at all!  Instead, the Lamoille County dialogue, held at Green Mountain Technology and Career Center proved to be lively and informative.  Thanks so much to all who participated!  You can read minutes from the dialogue linked to the Roadmap page by county here.

April 19, 2010

Thank you to the participants who joined us on a beautiful spring evening for our Windham County public dialogue!  We appreciated the energy and insight that everyone brought to the Brattleboro Senior Center.

April 14, 2010

The participants who attended our Caledonia County public dialogue were so engaged that it was hard to pull them away from their conversations!  Thanks to everyone who enthusiastically joined us for our eleventh dialogue at The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury.  You can read minutes from the dialogue here.

April 7, 2010

We gathered lots of great information from folks in Orleans County at our tenth public dialogue.  Thanks so much to our group of engaged participants who joined us at the State Building in Newport, Vermont!  You can read minutes from the dialogue here.

April 1, 2010

There was some fooling during our April Fools’ Day public dialogue, and a lot of great work was done too!  Thanks to all of the participants who made the Hartland Public Library buzz with activity during our Windsor County dialogue.  You can read minutes from the dialogue here.

March 30, 2010

We’re over halfway there!  Thanks so much to the group of dedicated individuals from Franklin County who gathered at the St. Albans Educational Center for our eighth public dialogue.  You can read minutes from the dialogue here.

March 24, 2010

Lots of residents from Chittenden County and the surrounding areas joined us on another beautiful night for our seventh public dialogue.  Thanks to all of our energetic and enthusiastic participants!  You can read minutes from this dialogue here.

March 15, 2010

Folks turned out on a beautiful evening at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury for our Washington County public dialogue.  Thanks so much to everyone who attended!  You can read minutes from this sixth dialogue here.

March 11, 2010

We continue to make progress with our environmental literacy dialogues!  We hosted our fifth public dialogue in Orange County at the Vermont Technical College.  Thanks so much to our diverse group of participants for your valuable thoughts and ideas!  You can read minutes from the dialogue here.

February 25, 2010

Due to snow and rain, the Windsor County public dialogue was postponed.  The dialogue has been rescheduled, and now will be held on Thursday, April 1st from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Hartland Public Library.  Please click here for the full schedule of our dialogues.

February 23, 2010

Another snowy evening brought folks together for good conversation!  Sterling College in Craftsbury Common invited us to lead a conversation on environmental literacy with some of the students there.  Thanks to the college for the invitation and to the students for their inspiring thoughts and ideas!  You can read minutes from the conversation here.

February 16, 2010

Despite a snowy evening, we had a wonderful turnout at our fourth public dialogue!  We hosted this dialogue at the Rutland Free Library in Rutland County.  Thanks to all of the participants, not just for sharing your knowledge with us, but also for choosing to brave the elements to work together!  You can read minutes from the dialogue here.

February 9, 2010

We completed the third of our fourteen dialogues at the Manchester Elementary Middle School in Bennington County.  As always, thanks so much to all of you who joined us to share your insightful thoughts and ideas!  You can read minutes from the dialogue here.

February 2, 2010

We hosted a second public dialogue at the South Hero Congregational Church in Grand Isle County.  While the number of participants at this dialogue was fewer than at the first one, the conversation was equally rich and informative.  Thanks to our participants for your time and thoughtfulness!  Minutes from the dialogue can be found here.

January 27, 2010

The dialogue process takes off! On Wednesday, January 27th we hosted our first environmental literacy public dialogue at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. Thanks to the dedicated individuals from Addison County and other nearby areas who joined us to discuss the great environmental projects and initiatives already going on in Vermont as well as what more we can be doing together! Minutes from that dialogue can be found here.

November 4, 2009

Practice makes perfect. At the SWEEP Fall Forum at St. Michael’s College we had the opportunity to practice a public dialogue and to receive feedback on the process. Thanks to the almost 40 people who attended and shared their time, thoughts and ideas with us!

Summer and Fall 2009

The project begins! Thank you so much to The Canaday Family Charitable Trust for funding this project. With funding secured, we were able to begin by recruiting folks from across Vermont and from a variety of occupations to be members of our Steering Committee. The Steering Committee met twice this fall to plan the public dialogue process and to start to spread the word about this exciting project.