Articles by: Michael Shank

Brandon Looks for Good Solar Sites, Builds Questionnaire for Developers

Brandon Looks for Good Solar Sites, Builds Questionnaire for Developers

November 30, 2018 at 8:41 am

RUTLAND HERALD 11/29/18 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. BRANDON — The town Energy Committee is working on a list of properties ideal for solar development as part of an energy plan in development. Committee Chairman Michael Shank said Thursday that the group has put an ad in The Reporter, a weekly […]

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Babcock Pulls Plug on Brandon Solar Project

Babcock Pulls Plug on Brandon Solar Project

November 30, 2018 at 8:35 am

MOUNTAIN TIMES 11/29/18 By Russell Jones BRANDON — In a surprise announcement Thursday, Nov. 15, Babcock Solar Farm, LLC, filed documents that put an end to its proposed 2.2 MW solar project that would have been built near Park Street and Country Club Road in Brandon. The formal initiative requested […]

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Moving to Action on the Climate Front

Moving to Action on the Climate Front

November 29, 2018 at 10:16 am

VTDIGGER 11/28/18 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. He serves on Brandon’s planning commission and energy committee. Environmentalists have long depended on good data and sound […]

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Energy Leaders Gather for Dec. 1 Conference Focused on Vermont Action

Energy Leaders Gather for Dec. 1 Conference Focused on Vermont Action

November 28, 2018 at 8:59 pm

VTDIGGER 11/28/18 By Johanna Miller As Warnings on Climate Change Intensify, Energy Leaders, Business Innovators and Policy Makers Gather for a Dec. 1 Conference Focused on Vermont Action Montpelier, VT (November 27, 2018) – VECAN’s 11th Annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference will take place on Saturday, December 1 […]

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US Energy Policy Needs Aboutface

US Energy Policy Needs Aboutface

October 31, 2018 at 2:52 pm

VTDIGGER 10/29/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and U.S. Rep Lloyd Doggett. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Doggett, a Democrat, represents Texas communities from San […]

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ECOSOC, UNGA Committee Discuss Leveraging Circular Economy to Advance SDGs

ECOSOC, UNGA Committee Discuss Leveraging Circular Economy to Advance SDGs

October 17, 2018 at 12:07 pm

IISD 10/16/18 By Nathalie Risse 10 October 2018: During a joint meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), UN Member States, experts and stakeholders considered ways to leverage the model of a circular economy to advance the […]

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  holds a sign supporting coal during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER        (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)

The Trump EPA’s Watered-Down Emissions Standards Will Make Us Less Healthy and Less Wealthy

October 11, 2018 at 5:47 pm

FAST COMPANY 10/11/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Lloyd Doggett When it comes to choosing the right energy to power America’s communities and economies, it’s safe to say that most Americans, if given the option, would choose an energy source much like they might choose a neighborhood in which […]

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The Climate Crisis is Real

The Climate Crisis is Real

October 11, 2018 at 5:41 pm

VTDIGGER 10/10/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank and Rep. Hank Johnson. Shank, of Brandon, is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. Johnson, a Democrat, represents Georgia’s 4th congressional district and […]

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Our Climate is Not For Sale

Our Climate is Not For Sale

October 11, 2018 at 5:32 pm

THE HILL 10/07/18 By Michael Shank and US Congressman Hank Johnson As President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency drops “climate change”, and its impact on children, from its latest rule on hydrofluorocarbons, it is time to talk honestly about science. Americans are busy working, taking care of their kids and loved […]

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Activists participate in the sHell No Flotilla part of the Paddle In Seattle protest.  Nearly a thousand people from country gathered May 16, 2015 in Seattle's Elliot Bay for a family-friendly festival and on-land rally to protest against Shell’s Arctic drilling plans.  Photo by Greenpeace

Ramping Up Action by the Climate Community

September 20, 2018 at 9:43 pm

VTDIGGER 09/20/18 By Michael Shank and Former US Congressman Michael Honda The latest frightening climate study, predicting a devastating rise in sea levels in the lifetimes of babies born today, isn’t generating the sense of urgency that it should. Many more people need to be alarmed and engaged and there […]

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