Transition Town Montpelier February Newsletter

Transition Town Montpelier Events

Third Thursday Talk

Thursday, February 16, 6:00-7:30, Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier

The New Community Project with Pete Antos-Ketcham

This talk will cover the work of the New Community Project (NCP). An international non-profit working to join hands with other people around the world and locally to work for compassion, justice, and ecological healing as a foundation for building a non-violent culture.

Come learn about how NCP is trying to figure out ways that we can divest from destructive systems that we have in our culture and build things that give people something to say “yes” to and get excited about at our Sustainable Living Centers. These sites are where NCP puts our principles into practice. They model, teach and advocate for energy efficiency, eco-building principles, sustainable transportation, engagement with their communities, and hospitality/outreach to people on the margins of society.

Originally from Middlebury, Pete Antos-Ketcham developed his interest in working to solve social and ecological issues while at the Keewaydin Environmental Education Camp in Salisbury and as a backcountry caretaker in the Green and White Mountains. In 2015, he and his family started the New England Sustainable Living Center for the New Community Project on their homestead in Starksboro.

Here’s a short video Pete did explaining renewable energy initiatives he helped develop at the Green Mountain Club:

This talk is free and open to the public

Community Events and News

Moving Forward on Climate – Without Washington
A Reality Check with Senator Bernie Sanders
WEBINAR: Wednesday, February 8th at 7 p.m.

Join a LIVE webinar with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, February 8 at 7 p.m. for ideas on how to tackle global warming.

Hear what Bernie thinks a fossil fuel-favoring administration and a Congress dominated by climate deniers means for the world’s most pressing environmental challenge – and what we can do about it.

All you need to do is register and you can participate from anywhere with an internet connection.

Senator Sanders will be joined by Addison County State Senator Christopher Bray and a few of Vermont’s leading environmental advocates. Beyond the federal framework from Bernie, you’ll get an overview of the 2017 legislative outlook and some ideas on what you, as a concerned citizen, can do to continue forward momentum on climate change – in Vermont – and beyond.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear directly from Senator Bernie Sanders. Register today and join Bernie and hundreds of others at 7 p.m. on February 8th.

NOFA Winter Conference

BEYOND BORDERS: Our Role in the Global Food MovementFebruary 18-20, 2017, Davis Center, University of Vermont

This should be an amazing conference with keynote speakers Dr. Fernando Funes Monzote from Cuba, and Indian scholar and environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva.  Learn more and register here.

Montpelier Parklet Pilot Project Ending

The parklets have been in Montpelier for two years now.  It was a pilot program, and now we have to decide if we keep it going as a permanent part of the downtown landscape.  Surveys of people downtown have shown that visitors enjoy a place to sit and relax, but some business owners have complained that parking for cars is more valuable.  The City Council will discuss this issue on Wednesday, February 8.  The meeting starts at 6:30 at City Hall.  If you like the parklets and want them to continue, this is your chance for public input.

Climate Politics in the Years of Trump with David Orr
Monday, March 6, 7:00 PM
At Goddard College in the Haybarn Theater

Visiting scholar David Orr will speak on climate change and climate policy in the Trump presidency, and how we can grow and implement practical visions of sustainability and resilience. This talk is free and open to the VT community. Copies of some of David Orr’s books will be available for purchase at the talk.
David Orr is the Counselor to the President and the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies & Politics, Emeritus at Oberlin College. He is the author of eight books, including Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward (Yale University Press, 2016.) In the past twenty-five years, he has served as a board member or adviser to ten foundations including the Rocky Mountain Institute, Bioneers, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He is currently a Trustee of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the WorldWatch Institute. He has been awarded eight honorary degrees, a Lyndhurst Prize, a National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, leadership awards from Second Nature (2012) and from the U.S. Green Building Council (2014), and a lifetime achievement award from Green Energy Ohio.  Transition Town Montpelier is a sponsor for this event.

Carshare Leaving Montpelier

Carshare will be ending in Montpelier April 30.  This was a two year project partially funded by VTRANS. Funding has run out and participation was not strong enough to make the project viable.  This is very unfortunate for the users of the service, many of whom have made the conscious choice to live without a car.  Thank you, Carshare.  Thank you, Carshare users.  And thanks to those who tried to promote this service.

One thought on “Transition Town Montpelier February Newsletter

  1. To Whom it May Concern:

    I couldn’t find a Contact page so I figured a Comment would work.
    This is just a head’s up that the link to this community via the main Transition Town Network website does not work.
    It looks like a simple url mistake and would be super easy to fix for whomever manages that.
    Super pumped to follow y’all. Hoping to make a move up to VT in the near future.



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