Working To Be Green
Concern for the environment has long been part of what living in Vermont is about. But climate change has created a new imperative for us to examine how we live. And recently, high fuel prices have given us yet another reason to change our habits and lessen our impact on the environment.
As part of an ongoing series on Vermont Edition, we thought we'd look at what individuals and organizations in our state are doing to respond to climate change in a series of special stories.
Click on the headlines below to read and listen to their stories.
VPR visited a non-profit company dedicated to preserving the environment. It decided it needed to do more to change the way it and its employees operated, from composting with worms, to getting rid of vehicles.
Richard Wiswall owns and operates Cate Farm in Waitsfield with his wife. He's been working to cut down on his use of fossil fuels by converting much of his operations to biodiesel or electric. VPR's Jane Lindholm visited Cate Farm to get a first-hand look at the operation.
UVM Engineering Dean Domenico Grasso says science and engineering should be retooled to deal with environmental challenges.
Jessica Andreoletti, who works for the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District advoactes rain gardens as a way to divert and thereby reduce storm water runoff. That's one of the big culprits of non-point source pollution, especially in Lake Champlain.
As part of our ongoing "Green Series" we drove to the Sharon rest stop to see the "Living Machine" and discovered how every flush of the toilet helps the facility stay green.
Today a look at how school kids are lessening their carbon footprints. Jane Lindholm checks in on the Safe Routes to School program that encourages walking and biking, rather that driving to school.
Vermont climate change activist Dee Gish was one of a 1,000 people who received training from Al Gore in how to teach people about global warming.
VT Edition Interview: Fernando Pages on economical green building
Fernando Pages is a designer with more than 30 years of experience who says building high quality environmentally-friendly homes doesn't have to come with a high price tag.
VPR Photos/Jane Lindholm