These pages include studies and reports we have funded as well as web resources we've found useful. They offer creative approaches to the challenges of climate change, reducing the use of fossil fuels, promoting sustainable food systems, and resilient land use. We invite you to share other resources with us.

Recent HMF-Supported Reports

October 2016 | Watershed Resilience - Land Use and Water Quality Activity in Vermont (pdf) | This spreadsheet lists organizations working to improve watershed resilience in Vermont. We wanted to outline who is doing what to reduce flooding, erosion and pollution, and to understand how different organizations communicate with each other. This was a collaborative effort between Rebekah Weber of the Conservation Law Foundation, Kate McCarthy of the Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Katie Michels of High Meadows. Most of the organizations listed on this spreadsheet reviewed their entries. The information is consistent with what we found on websites. If you would like an Excel version of this document, please email 

February 2016 | Progress for Vermont: Vermont Climate Change Economy Council Report and Action Plan (pdf)| The Climate Change Economy Council is a group of Vermont leaders convened by the Vermont Council on Rural Development. The Council was convened in order to develop economic development strategies which "address the challenges of climate change by reducing and mitigating carbon impacts while spurring innovation and creativity, encouraging entrepreneurism, attracting youth, and building jobs for the future." The report includes their seven recommendations.

February 2016 | Vermont Forest Sector Systems Analysis (pdf)| This analysis of economic opportunities in Vermont's forest products sector was conducted by Yellow Wood Associates, in partnership with the Working Lands Enterprise Board and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. Findings called for strengthening all aspects of forest value chains, particularly in the areas of furniture and solid wood, construction, and wood energy. The report also noted the importance of marketing about the value of Vermont's forests, proper forest management, and the availability of products from Vermont's forests. 

August 2015 | Resilient Vermont Progress Report (pdf)| This report summarizes progress made towards the Resilient Vermont Network's 23 recommendations. The Resilient Vermont network seeks to strengthen social, environmental, and economic resilience in Vermont. Check out Resilient Vermont's website for up-to-date information.

March 2015| Thermal Efficiency for Low-Income Households in Vermont (pdf)| This paper, completed by the Regulatory Assistance Program with funding from High Meadows, seeks to characterize and quantify the multitude of benefits that are associated with investments in thermal energy efficiency initiatives, especially as they relate to reducing the burden on low-income households. This paper also offers promising pathways and a platform for capturing and delivering these benefits.