Thursday, October 18, 2012

Vermont Environmental and Land Use Law, October 18, 2012

October 18 Aiken Lecture to Address Feeding 9 Billion on One Planet, UVM

Over the next forty years — if we are to feed the planet’s burgeoning population — we must produce as much food as we did over the last eight thousand years.

This is Jason Clay’s fundamental challenge to the world. And it’s the reason he thinks small-scale change in our food system won’t solve the problem.

“In Vermont and around the world,” he says, “business as usual and incremental change will not get us where we need to go.”

That’s why he’s a passionate conservationist who works closely with some of the largest corporations in the world — helping them re-imagine the ways they produce and purchase food.

“This increase in production is so dramatic,” Clay says, “that if we don’t find the right places and ways to grow food, the earth will be unrecognizable.”

Jason Clay will deliver the 2012 Aiken Lecture, “Feeding 9 Billion, Maintaining the Planet,” at the University of Vermont’s Ira Allen Chapel at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 18.

The event is free and open to the public.


Rep. Klein Proposing State Land Use Plan, VPR

East Montpelier Democrat Tony Klein says it's time to bring back an idea from the past.

Klein, who chairs the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, said Vermont needs to consider a statewide land use plan that could spell out where development could go.

He pointed out that when the Legislature passed the Act 250 development review law in 1970 it also considered the land use plan.

"And it's my intention to re-introduce that exact bill with some updating on it," he said. "I think it's a good time that the state of Vermont has a conversation about what it wants to look like in 50 or 100 years. And I think it absolutely should include our ridgelines, our forest lands, our agricultural lands and our river valleys."

 

Vermont to Help Communities Reduce Stormwater Runoff, Burlington Free Press

BURLINGTON — The state of Vermont wants residents and communities to try new techniques to control stormwater pollution that can carry pollutants from driveways, parking lots and roads, the small but widespread sources of pollution that have bedeviled efforts to clean up Lake Champlain and other waterways.
 
Rather than large plants to treat stormwater, the state's Green Infrastructure Initiative suggests a variety of localized projects that could, for example, allow rainwater to seep into the ground instead of flowing into rivers and streams. The local practices and small pollution control techniques would complement the traditional methods, such as sewage treatment plants.