Articles by: Michael Shank

USDA Upgrade Opportunity

USDA Upgrade Opportunity

February 27, 2021 at 11:35 am

RUTLAND HERALD 02/27/21 TIMES ARGUS 02/27/21 By Michael Shank Since receiving President Joe Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack has indicated he’s newly committed to a USDA that prioritizes sustainable, regenerative and climate-resilient agriculture. It’s a welcomed shift from previous stints as USDA secretary under […]

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USDA Far More Open Now to Sustainability Practices

USDA Far More Open Now to Sustainability Practices

February 23, 2021 at 10:32 pm

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 […]

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The US is Ripe for Climate-Friendly Diets

The US is Ripe for Climate-Friendly Diets

February 23, 2021 at 10:28 pm

THE HILL 02/23/21 By Michael Shank Since receiving President Biden’s nomination for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack is indicating that he’s newly committed to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that prioritizes sustainability, regenerative and climate resilient agriculture. It’s a welcomed shift from previous stints as […]

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Animal Welfare in Rutland County

Animal Welfare in Rutland County

February 1, 2021 at 11:10 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 01/29/21 By Michael Shank For those who have been following this story in Brandon regarding our recently dismissed Animal Control Officer (ACO), a story the Rutland Herald covered recently, there’s some additional information and background that will be helpful in both unpacking what happened and preparing and equipping […]

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Methane Is More Dangerous Than Carbon Dioxide — the Gas Index Can Help

Methane Is More Dangerous Than Carbon Dioxide — the Gas Index Can Help

January 2, 2021 at 11:54 am

THE HILL 01/01/21 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 — which Burlington, Vt., ranks in the middle of — takes into account methane […]

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Getting Off Fossil Gas

Getting Off Fossil Gas

January 2, 2021 at 11:50 am

VTDIGGER 12/30/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who is communications director for the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. This month witnessed the launch of the first-ever “Gas Index,” which ranks American metropolitan […]

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Electricity is Cleaner and Healthier

Electricity is Cleaner and Healthier

December 27, 2020 at 7:27 pm

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 […]

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Social and Climate Issues Top Local Writing Contest

Social and Climate Issues Top Local Writing Contest

December 23, 2020 at 9:39 am

RUTLAND HERALD 12/23/20 By Keith Whitcomb Jr. Staff Writer  PITTSFORD — Police, climate change and LGBTQ issues were the topics that the winners of the first Brandon Writes contest chose to focus their essays on. Brandon Writes is a contest put on by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who was behind […]

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

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

November 14, 2020 at 11:46 am

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 […]

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

Working Toward Thriving Communities

November 5, 2020 at 10:49 am

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 […]

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