Much of what I’ve read about the Green New Deal has been about the expansion of clean technology, renewable energy, and electrification. Indeed, a foundational premise for the Green New Deal resolution is that the United States has the advanced technological capacity to transform our energy and economic systems. But this isn’t the whole solution.Read More
Vermonters need to carry the spirit with which they celebrate Ceres towards actually addressing the future of agriculture. Otherwise, our agricultural identity could become just a myth that we wear and share superficially, rather than existing in the landscape, in rural livelihoods, and in how people connect to and support each other.Read More
With these changes and threats coming at Vermont from so many directions, where should High Meadows focus its time and money? Does our work match the urgency of the Fourth National Climate Assessment?Read More
Our board of directors values continuous learning. We dedicate nearly half our time together in conversation with our grant and investment partners and other experienced practitioners. Our partners point us towards new and more effective ways for High Meadows to use its resources— our financial and human capital.Read More
A new report by Energy Futures Group takes a look at a fairly recent component of Vermont’s energy policy. The report focuses on “Tier 3” of Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard, which the legislature passed in 2015. This set of policies requires utility companies to draw a certain amount of energy from renewable sources. While other pieces, or tiers, of the Renewable Energy Standard increase renewable energy in the electrical grid, Tier 3 is about helping Vermonters clean up heating and transportation. High Meadows provided support for this report because we wanted to better understand how Tier 3 works and what the policy looks like in practice.Read More
Earlier this month, High Meadows hosted a day of learning for our board and other funders interested in forest health and integrity. We gathered at the Green Mountain Club Visitor Center, in Waterbury Center, and started the day with a morning walk guided by Steve Hagenbuch, conservation biologist and forester with Audubon Vermont. The trail we walked began in the bright meadow surrounding the Green Mountain Club. Just as we started, Steve asked, “Are we in a forest now?”Read More
When I rowed in college, a bajillion eons ago, I held one oar on the port side of a nine-person boat. When we fell out of balance, my first assumption was that the problem came from starboard— I blamed the four rowers holding oars on the other side of the boat.
These days, I row alone in the early morning on Lake Champlain, before the wind kicks up. I row with an oar in each hand – I’m holding both starboard and port oars. So, now if something’s causing the boat to drift off course, I have to figure out how to come back into balance. It’s one of my lessons of getting old— I’m starboard. The problem is likely coming from me.Read More