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Political Disenfranchisement is Fueling Environmental Injustice

Political Disenfranchisement is Fueling Environmental Injustice

April 9, 2021 at 10:45 am

THE HILL 04/09/21 By Michael Shank Everyone in America deserves the right to clean air, clean water and clean environments in which to live. Achieving these basic human rights for all of us would be a major milestone in building an environmentally just and equitable society — and unfortunately, we’re […]

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

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

March 9, 2021 at 10:48 am

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 […]

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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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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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The Herald Candidate Questionnaires: Vt. Senate, Rutland District

The Herald Candidate Questionnaires: Vt. Senate, Rutland District

October 8, 2020 at 1:58 pm

THE HERALD 10/01/20 Rutland County District (Three Seats) The Rutland Senate District covers the White River Valley town of Pittsfield. The Herald sent out questionnaires to area candidates running for state representative and state senator. Each was given space to respond to the following questions: As a result of the […]

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Speaker Series Offers Career Advice

Speaker Series Offers Career Advice

September 15, 2020 at 8:24 pm

RUTLAND HERALD 09/15/20 By Jim Sabataso CASTLETON — A new speaker series aims to share professional career advice for navigating the coronavirus pandemic. The Rutland Rising Job Talk series is being organized by Brandon resident Michael Shank in partnership with Castleton University. The free series, which launches at noon Friday, […]

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Rutland Rising: Professional Job Talks & Advice

Rutland Rising: Professional Job Talks & Advice

September 10, 2020 at 9:25 pm

On Fridays this fall, at 12 noon ET, Dr. Michael Shank, in partnership with Castleton University, will host a professional development series featuring successful leaders in the business community, in city, state and national government, and in the nonprofit sector. Speakers will discuss how to successfully market yourself in today’s […]

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Rutland Roundtables: Your Story, Your Vision

Rutland Roundtables: Your Story, Your Vision

September 1, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Sign up below to share your story and your vision for Rutland’s future! Hosted by Dr. Michael Shank, the Rutland Roundtables take place virtually over Zoom/phone every Wednesday evening in September at 6 p.m. ET. After filling out the form below, you’ll be emailed the zoom/phone call-in information for the […]

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Why I’m Running for Vermont State Senate

Why I’m Running for Vermont State Senate

August 12, 2020 at 7:25 am

My Lens on Life I think about everything through the lens of sustainability. Meaning, can we sustain these policies for the next 5 decades and the next 5 generations? Since policy decisions require financial, human and natural resources, we need to ask: Do we have enough resources to last? Are […]

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Brandon Man Leading Way in EV Fast-Charging

Brandon Man Leading Way in EV Fast-Charging

March 19, 2020 at 7:27 pm

VERMONT EAGLE 03/19/20 By Lou Varricchio A Brandon man is leading the way to increase awareness about electric vehicles (EVs) and to expand fast-charging stations around the area. Dr. Michael Shank is a leading advocate for EV transportation. When Green Mountain Power (GMP) announced on March 9 that it is […]

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