With this issue’s particular focus on celebrating Earth Day, we wanted to give some kudos to our clients who are fighting the green fight in Vermont by helping reduce some of the key environmental pressures on our communities.
First up, the Agency of Natural Resources/Department of Environmental Conservation. While the DEC issues most of the state’s environmental permits, the Department does more than just make regulations and ensure compliance. It handles water and air quality, regulates solid and hazardous wastes, and administers a number of voluntary pollution and waste reduction programs–all of which make Vermont a cleaner, healthier place for all of us. Most recently, they’re giving a heads-up to Vermonters about the new Universal Recycling law, which aims to dramatically reduce the amount of garbage in our landfills by more environmentally friendly handling of recyclables, leaf and yard debris, and food scraps.
They’re put together a user-friendly set of communication and outreach tools (you can find them here) and are providing free guidance on the program to schools, businesses and municipalities. Want to learn more about the Universal Recycling law? Contact CONTACT.
Here’s a good green fact: if all Vermonters recycled and composted, Vermont could cut its landfill waste by more than half.
Next, our friends at Go! Vermont, a division of the Vermont Agency of Transportation, are helping reduce the number of cars on the road (and increasing dollars in commuters’ pockets and cleaning up our air) by connecting commuters with everything they could possibly want to know about getting around by bus, carpool, vanpool, CarShare, bike, ferry and train. They also offer free carpool matching, vanpool services, statewide bus routes, and more. A visit to their site is definitely worth the trip.
More green food for thought: A daily commute between Colchester and Middlebury is 88 round trip miles. Trade it for a 2-person carpool and in one month you could save an average of $502 in gas, wear and tear, and other vehicle expenses. Learn more facts, tips and resources at Go! Vermont’s Facebook page.