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Resiliency Takes Many Shapes and Approaches

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This post first appeared in the Resilient Vermont blog and is reprinted with permission by the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Much of the work in combating rising sea levels and flooding entails building stronger walls and barriers, so Netherland’s approach to water management and flooding by letting the water in at times really caught my more…

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Implementing Vermont’s Roadmap to Resilience

As you may have noticed, Slow Communities’ blog has been quiet.  That is because at the beginning of this year Slow Communities partnered with the Institute for Sustainable to work on building resilience in Vermont.  The following  post and the next few will bring you up to speed on what we at Slow Communities are more…

Transformation is a Citizen Away

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I’ve been watching a Vermont town experience the ill-effects of a traditional planning approach.  It frustrates me to no end because it is both disrespectful to the community and unnecessary.  Chris Dede of Harvard once said that it is easier to move a cemetery than an educational institution–sometimes I’ve wondered if it is harder yet more…

Resilience Takes Time and Action

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I recently participated in a Resiliency Summit hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), and by pure coincidence the summit was held on a day when Colorado experienced devastating flooding.  It brought me right back to Vermont’s own terrible floods two years ago when Hurricane Irene laid waste to many of our rivers, roads more…

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Cumulative Impact Reflects the Concepts of Slow

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In 2009, Vermont passed forward-looking legislation aimed at the twin goals of  improving access to healthy, local food and supporting the State’s food and farm sectors. This is no easy task due to over-lapping structures, complicated and un-integrated food systems, and major gaps in areas such as regional hubs and distribution centers. I’ve recently had more…

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Why “Slow Communities”?

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To launch Slow Communities I am delighted to write an inaugural blog post about why we’ve chosen this name. The concept of “slow” is probably best known in conjunction with the Slow Food movement, which Wikipedia describes as “[striving] to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and promotes farming of plants, seeds and livestock characteristic of the more…

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