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  • Electricity is Cleaner and Healthier

    Electricity is Cleaner and Healthier

    RUTLAND HERALD 12/26/20 TIMES ARGUS 12/26/20 By Michael Shank This month witnessed the launch of the first-ever “Gas Index,” which ranks American metropolitan areas on the leakiness of the gas supply chains that service their cities. This new index — of which Burlington ranks in the middle – takes into […]

  • The Future of Global Affairs: Managing Discontinuity, Disruption and Destruction

    The Future of Global Affairs: Managing Discontinuity, Disruption and Destruction

    The Future of Climate Action: From Systems Change to Behavior Change 2021 By Michael Shank Editors: Ankersen, Christopher, Singh Sidhu, Waheguru Pal (Eds.) Explores agency beyond the nation state in Global Affairs, focusing on the role of coalitions, alliances and international organizations Imagines the future of Global Affairs in a […]

  • Drone photo during summer of Rutland, Vermont and the Green Mountains.

    Working Toward Thriving Communities

    VTDIGGER 11/04/20 By Michael Shank  Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, who is vice chair of the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and the chair of the Brandon Planning Commission. He was an independent candidate for a Rutland District seat in the Vermont State Senate. When the […]

  • Broadband for All

    Broadband for All

    RUTLAND HERALD 10/07/20 By Michael Shank Many things in life are easier when done together. Whether it’s education, economic development, everyday chores or even emergency response, when you have more hands and more help, the work is more efficiently executed and more effectively implemented. It takes a village to lighten […]

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    A Roadmap for a Resilient Rutland County

    By Dr. Michael Shank Published: September 20, 2020 Protecting our infrastructure – physical, economic and social – from shocks to the system should be everyone’s priority. It’s compromised by increasingly extreme weather, extreme economic hardship and extreme ideologies. Committing to a repair and reinvestment strategy, then, should be on everyone’s […]