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Vermont Could Lead a National Bipartisan Conversation on Race

Vermont Could Lead a National Bipartisan Conversation on Race

August 11, 2020 at 9:29 am

VTDIGGER 08/10/20 By Michael Shank Editor’s note: This commentary is by Michael Shank, of Brandon, who teaches at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs and George Mason University’s Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which passed the U.S. House […]

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Vermont has a Chance to Show how Bipartisanship can Tackle Systemic Racism

Vermont has a Chance to Show how Bipartisanship can Tackle Systemic Racism

July 31, 2020 at 2:42 pm

THE HILL 07/31/20 By Michael Shank The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now needs bipartisan Senate support, is the bellwether for what’s possible in tackling systemic racism in America. The bill, which targets racial discrimination and excessive use of […]

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COVID-19, Vermont and GMP

COVID-19, Vermont and GMP

May 10, 2020 at 10:47 am

RUTLAND HERALD 05/09/20 TIMES ARGUS 05/09/20 By Michael Shank In Vermont’s all-hands-on-deck response to the COVID-19 crisis, no stone is left unturned. And it’s incredibly inspiring. Everyone is chipping in, helping neighbors with grocery deliveries, donating goods to local food shelves and banks, making homemade masks for health workers, and […]

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Make it Possible to Transfer Net Meter Credits to Those in Need

Make it Possible to Transfer Net Meter Credits to Those in Need

April 29, 2020 at 8:56 am

VTDIGGER 4/28/20 By Michael Shank n Vermont’s all-hands-on-deck response to the Covid-19 crisis, no stone is left unturned. And it’s incredibly inspiring. Everyone is chipping in, helping neighbors with grocery deliveries, donating goods to local food shelves and banks, making homemade masks for health workers, and even donating government stimulus […]

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COVID-19 and Environmental Policy

COVID-19 and Environmental Policy

April 29, 2020 at 8:52 am

RUTLAND HERALD 4/28/20 By Michael Shank and Carter Dillard While we recognize the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in Vermont, social distancing in nature, the world made a baseline mistake in developing environmental policy decades ago. It chose to treat nature as an unlimited resource for humans. This baseline allowed […]

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Keeping Renewable Energy Credits Local

Keeping Renewable Energy Credits Local

February 27, 2020 at 2:35 pm

VTDIGGER 02/25/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Recently, Vermont’s biggest power utility – Green Mountain Power – launched a peer-to-peer energy sales platform that will allow businesses to buy locally generated renewable power from other Vermonters. […]

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Solar Peer-to-Peer Trading

Solar Peer-to-Peer Trading

February 8, 2020 at 2:57 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 02/08/20 TIMES ARGUS 02/08/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green energy innovation, there are few American states that innovate like Vermont. Recently, Vermont’s biggest power utility — Green Mountain Power (GMP) — launched a peer-to-peer energy sales platform that will allow businesses to buy locally generated […]

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Brandon, Vermont — The Birthplace of EVs

Brandon, Vermont — The Birthplace of EVs

January 24, 2020 at 11:10 am

VTDIGGER 1/23/20 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 adjunct faculty at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. He is co-organizing the EV Festival on July 11 from noon-10 p.m. at […]

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EVs Celebrated

EVs Celebrated

January 18, 2020 at 12:31 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 01/18/20 TIMES-ARGUS 01/18/20 By Michael Shank When it comes to green technology, Vermont has been and continues to be a national leader. Whether it’s the cutting-edge partnership between Tesla and Green Mountain Power to roll out Powerwall batteries across the state — ensuring resilient homes for Vermonters while […]

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Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

Vermont Actions to Slow Climate Change

December 22, 2019 at 10:50 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 12/21/19 TIMES ARGUS 12/21/19 By Michael Shank Given the climate inaction among national governments — from America and Australia to Brazil and Britain — there’s been a big focus on actions individuals can take — in Vermont and beyond. This pivot is helpful because it does, in fact, […]

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