Low-Tech Solutions are a High Priority for the Green New Deal

Low-Tech Solutions are a High Priority for the Green New Deal

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.

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New Feature Story: Growing Local Food Sales in Face of New Marketplace Challenges

New Feature Story: Growing Local Food Sales in Face of New Marketplace Challenges

We are in a precarious moment where gains made by Farm to Plate and Eat Local initiatives to grow and diversify Vermont’s agricultural opportunities are threatened by consolidation in the retail food industry. This feature story, longer than our typical blog post, explains why High Meadows is committing its time and financial resources to helping nonprofit food hubs scale up to better connect modest-scale farms to consumers who want both healthy food and a fair wage to the farmer. We expect to learn a lot from our partners in this work.

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This Energy Policy Targets Vermont's Largest Emissions Sources: Heating and Transportation

This Energy Policy Targets Vermont's Largest Emissions Sources: Heating and Transportation

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.

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What "Forest Health" Means To Us

What "Forest Health" Means To Us

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?”  

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Sometimes the Problem is Us

Sometimes the Problem is Us

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. 

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