Feb 072014
 

ECV: What We Want

Public Comment Period Closed March 11, 2014

Many of our communities are residential in nature and serve as bedroom communities to a few regional job centers. Because our job centers tend to lack housing that is affordable for a wide spectrum of people, those who can least afford it often live the furthest away. This has led to an environmentally and financially unsustainable commuting pattern and placed additional strain on disposable income which in turn stifles economic growth.

 

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 Posted by at 10:08 am on February 7, 2014
Feb 072014
 

ECV: What We Want

Public comment period closed March 11, 2014.

Overall, the state of Vermont is approximately 80% forestland.2 The East Central Vermont Region (ECV) is very similar, also showing approximately 80% forestland.  However, the Region is by no means a simple arrangement of four-fifths forest monocultures and one-fifth commercial, industrial and residential land.  But rather, it is a patchwork of villages, rural residential areas, commercial and industrial areas, working landscapes, forest types and successional stages.

 

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 Posted by at 9:57 am on February 7, 2014
Jan 312014
 

Equity and access to opportunity are critical underpinnings of the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program. Grantees are creating a more inclusive conversation on regional issues, with a particular emphasis on engaging those who have traditionally been marginalized from the community planning process. A way to determine if these disparities exist and address them is the Fair Housing and Equity Assessment (FHEA), which program participants are required to complete.

Parameters for producing a FHEA are defined by HUD.

Public Comment Closed on June 7, 2013.

 

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 Posted by at 2:23 pm on January 31, 2014
Jan 302014
 

ECV: What We Want

Public comment period closed March 11, 2014.

The accumulation of our past actions has already brought us a certain amount of change. This chapter of the plan centers around actions we can take to be resilient to these changes that we can anticipate will occur under the best scenario, as well as additional adaptation actions prudent in the face of continued emissions, which would only worsen effects.

 

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 Posted by at 12:56 pm on January 30, 2014
Jan 282014
 

ECV: What We Want

Public comment period closed March 11, 2014.

Like the rest of Vermont, the East Central Vermont Region is a cold place for half the year, consequently, we heat our homes a lot, and generally use fuel oil to do so.  Less than 8% of housing in the US is heated with oil, but in our region almost half (48%) use oil to heat. If our houses were newer construction, this would not be so bad, but the region’s housing stock is old, the percent of all units built before 1939 is double the national average.  Work needs to be done to assist as much as possible with community efforts to ramp up conservation and efficiency measures, as well as the use of renewables.

To that end, working with a group of interested residents from across the region, we have developed the following goals, policies and actions.  We welcome your input and comments. 

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 Posted by at 3:42 pm on January 28, 2014
Jan 132014
 

The Transportation Plan has been approved by the East Central Vermont Sustainability Consortium.

The Transportation Plan was presented at the July 24, 2013 consortium meeting. Since that time, it was opened for public comment for six weeks. Members of the consortium, transportation workgroup, other workgroups, TRORC and Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission (SWCRPC) staff provided input and comments. Those comments were incorporated into the plan.

We would like to thank the Transportation Workgroup. They worked hard to create a usable document of which we can be proud. Workgroup members include: Workgroup Chair, Aaron Brown (Vital Communities); Rita Seto (TRORC), Jason Rasmussen (SWCRPC), Van Chesnut (Advance Transit), and Anila Hood (Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont).

Download the plan from here: ECV: What We Want – Transportation Plan

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 Posted by at 11:50 am on January 13, 2014
Nov 272013
 

This is a case study, provided by the Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG), of a homeowner who participated in Efficiency Vermont’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR.  Once the home is tested, a list of needed improvements is provided, the homeowner hires an approved contractor to complete the work and the home is tested again to ensure it meets specified efficiencies.

 

 

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 Posted by at 3:05 pm on November 27, 2013
Nov 272013
 

This is a case study, provided by the Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG), of a homeowner who participated in Efficiency Vermont’s “Do-It-Yourself” program that offers financial assistance to homeowners who hire a participating Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contract to test their home.  Once the home is tested, the contractor provides a list of needed improvements and they provide guidance as the work is completed.

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 Posted by at 2:53 pm on November 27, 2013