Local Analysis

Vermont Wetlands Management

Vermont Wetlands Management

October 5, 2019 at 1:04 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 10/05/19 TIMES ARGUS 10/05/19 By Michael Shank The way our society responds to problems — be they social, economic or environmental — rarely prevents that problem from occurring again. We’ll quickly treat a cough, by temporarily suppressing it with cough medicine, for example, but not change the conditions […]

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Pesticide Raises Human Health Concerns

Pesticide Raises Human Health Concerns

October 2, 2019 at 12:53 pm

ADDISON COUNTY INDEPENDENT 09/30/19 By Michael Shank The way our society responds to problems — be they social, economic, or environmental — rarely prevents that problem from occurring again. We’ll quickly treat a cough, by temporarily suppressing it with cough medicine, for example, but not change the conditions that created […]

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Brandon Environmental Film Competition

Brandon Environmental Film Competition

September 3, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Key Dates for Student Competition Competition announced on September 3, 2019 Submissions accepted until March 1, 2020 Winners announced online on May 1, 2020 Purpose of competition To encourage environmental awareness in the Brandon area To foster Brandon area skills-building in storytelling and environmental filmmaking To support young aspiring filmmakers […]

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Do We Need to Spray?

Do We Need to Spray?

June 17, 2019 at 8:50 am

RUTLAND HERALD 06/15/19 TIMES-ARGUS 06/15/19 This spring, a settlement was reached between the state of Vermont’s Agency of Natural Resources, Vermont’s Toxics Action Center office, and the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen-Pittsford Insect Control District, where I live. While it technically ends a legal dispute over pesticide spraying in Vermont, which originated due to […]

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Mosquito Control a Safer Way

Mosquito Control a Safer Way

May 18, 2019 at 11:09 am

VTDIGGER 05/17/2019 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. Last month, a settlement was reached between the state […]

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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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A Roadmap to Reduction

A Roadmap to Reduction

February 19, 2018 at 5:02 pm

TIMES ARGUS 02/16/18 By Michael Shank and Mary Falcon We don’t need a mega-prison in Vermont. We need a mega-commitment to keeping people out of prison. When Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille proposed building a new $150 million mega-prison in Vermont with taxpayer money — which CoreCivic (formerly the scandal-ridden […]

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Put a Price on Pollution

Put a Price on Pollution

December 10, 2017 at 10:26 pm

VTDIGGER 12/10/17 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, Ph.D., of Brandon, who is the communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. He writes in his personal capacity. Economists love it. Republicans love it. Democrats love it. Big multinational […]

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Why Waste-to-Energy Plants Are Problematic

Why Waste-to-Energy Plants Are Problematic

May 26, 2017 at 12:05 pm

HUFFINGTON POST  5/25/17 By Michael Shank Many Americans don’t know where their trash goes after tossing it. Out of sight, out of mind. They don’t know where their municipal landfill is located or that an incinerator is nearby, ready to burn their waste. That disconnect makes it easy for Americans […]

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Westchester Could, and Should, Lead on Renewable Energy

Westchester Could, and Should, Lead on Renewable Energy

May 23, 2017 at 10:06 am

JOURNAL NEWS 05/22/17 By Michael Shank This year is shaping up to be another “hottest year on record”, as February was the planet’s warmest month ever recorded. These aren’t anomalies. There’s a trend developing. The last few years have been surpassing previous temperature precedents, with 2016 going down as the […]

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