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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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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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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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Broadband for All

Broadband for All

October 7, 2020 at 3:34 pm

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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Education and Life Skills

Education and Life Skills

September 19, 2020 at 8:36 am

RUTLAND HERALD 09/19/20 By Michael Shank As a university professor who has worked for educators in the U.S. Congress and was raised by high school teachers, I’m constantly thinking about the education system and how best to equip the next generation of leaders. I’ve also been interviewing educators throughout Vermont, […]

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My Motivation: Make Vermont Even Stronger

My Motivation: Make Vermont Even Stronger

August 25, 2020 at 4:11 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 08/25/20 By Michael Shank I’d like to tell a story I’ve never told in print before. I’ve written hundreds of policy-oriented pieces for local and national newspapers — including the Rutland Herald, regarding Vermont-specific policy — but I’ve never told this story because it’s very personal. I’m telling […]

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A National Bipartisan Conversation on Racism

A National Bipartisan Conversation on Racism

August 11, 2020 at 9:33 am

RUTLAND HERALD 08/10/20 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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Local Environmental Film Contest a Success

Local Environmental Film Contest a Success

May 28, 2020 at 9:36 am

RUTLAND HERALD 05/28/20 By Keith Whitcomb, Jr.  BRANDON — Flooding, mosquito spraying and littering were the winning topics for the inaugural Brandon Environmental Film Competition. The competition was announced last fall by Brandon resident Michael Shank, a volunteer at the Neshobe Elementary School library, communications director for the Carbon Neutral […]

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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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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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