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  • Wild West Condition

    Wild West Condition

    RUTLAND HERALD 09/27/21 TIMES ARGUS 09/27/21 By Michael Shank A local zoning administrator once told me — when I served as chairman of the Brandon Planning Commission — that Vermont was the “Wild West” when it came to rules and regs. He’s not wrong. I’ve witnessed this in the lax […]

  • Protecting Federal Lands Should be a No-Brainer

    Protecting Federal Lands Should be a No-Brainer

    THE HILL 03/19/21 By Michael Shank Undoing former President Donald Trump’s legacy of environmental damage and degradation — and his administration’s many regulatory rollbacks — has been high on President Joe Biden’s 100 days to-do list. The impressive lineup of environmental leaders appointed across energy, transportation, environment and interior departments […]

  • It’s Time to Reshape the Food Pyramid to Save the Climate

    It’s Time to Reshape the Food Pyramid to Save the Climate

    FAST COMPANY 03/09/21 By Michael Shank Now that Tom Vilsack is back at the helm at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for his second stint as secretary, receiving Senate confirmation last month, he’s been promoting conservation and a new bank to convince farmers to support climate action by paying […]

  • Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic

    Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic

    Conflict Resolution after the Pandemic Building Peace, Pursuing Justice Edited By Richard E. Rubenstein, Solon Simmons 2021 Book Description In this edited volume, experts on conflict resolution examine the impact of the crises triggered by the coronavirus and official responses to it. The pandemic has clearly exacerbated existing social and […]

  • USDA Far More Open Now to Sustainability Practices

    USDA Far More Open Now to Sustainability Practices

    VTDIGGER 02/23/21 By Michael Shank This commentary is by Michael Shank of Brandon, communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. Since receiving President Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is […]