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Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

The author writes, "Burlington requires vaults and a five-foot grave depth at its two active cemeteries, Lakeview and Greenmount." That is true, except for the Muslim section of the cemetery, which has no such requirements

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Posted by Angela Moore on 07/22/2017 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

Hi Kate,

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of your mother's burial. It is exactly the kind of thing we are trying to make accessible in Vermont. As of right now there are no designated green burial sites in Vermont.
The mission of Green Burial Vermont is to help people like you be able to have a burial that fits with their ethics and values. In some Vermont cities and towns this will lead the creation of new sites, and in others, that don't have land available, cemeteries may find a way to hold green burials within their existing cemeteries. There are also sites in the works that will fit the conservation model of green burial. We are working at all options to serve all Vermonters interested in green burial.
Please do not hesitate to email greenburialvermont@gmail.com with any questions or concerns, or to share your experience.
Sincerely, Michelle Acciavatti co-founder of Green Burial Vermont

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Posted by EndingWell on 07/21/2017 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Three and a Half Feet Under: Cemeteries Are Wary of Green Burials

My mother was buried in a cardboard coffin in a designated green burial site in the U.K. Which is one of several green burial sites in South West Devon which has been going for at least ten years. There are no cut flowers allowed, no upright gravestones. You can plant a tree in a nearby area (not on the plot) I understand that there is already a designated green burial site in Vermont. I hope that when my time comes it has taken hold here in VT as I can't be transported back to the U.K. Without being embalmed which doesn't fit with the green burial guidelines. Perhaps rather than trying to establish this practice at existing cemeteries a new site could be established?

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Posted by Kate Smith on 07/20/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Despite 'Ick Factor' and New Fees, Drop-Off Composting Catches On

I agree. Sooooohhh "new" Vermont. I live in a rural area and try to "oblige" the new ways by composting in my back yard. Like many of my neighbors, I have been visited multiple times by bears who are drawn to not only, compost, but also chicken coops and beehives. I decided I would be doing the right thing by taking my food scraps to the local waste facility, Casella in E. Montpelier. Imagine my disappointment when the waste employee charged me $2.00 PER GALLON, for my measly 1 month's accumulation of 2 gallons (which I had kept frozen), for a total of $4.00!!!!! NEVER AGAIN. The folks in charge need to come up with a better plan for residential food scrsp recycling, lest there be garbage on the streets.

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Posted by Cheryl Bean on 07/16/2017 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Despite 'Ick Factor' and New Fees, Drop-Off Composting Catches On

I will never Pay hard earned money to drop off old food that won't hurt anything to begin with. Its all about the $$$$$$

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Posted by kawksw on 07/08/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Despite 'Ick Factor' and New Fees, Drop-Off Composting Catches On

That's sooooo Vermont! a $1.50 to drop it off (byLaw) and then they sell it back to you as compost soil for a small fortune! - Awesome ...

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Posted by kawksw on 07/08/2017 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Meet the 79-Year-Old Man Who Will Oversee Vermont's Energy Future

Vermont Set To Enact Cape Cod Commission -Massachusetts 10 X Wind Turbine Setbacks

https://patch.com/vermont/burlington-vt/ve…

Vermont Proposes Cape Cod Commission Ma. Wind Turbine Setbacks 10 X Times
Vermont Like 21 Communities In Massachusetts Are Plagued By Thousands Of Complaints From Wind Turbines Too Close To Residential Homes
Burlington, Vermont June 12, 2017

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Posted by Frank Haggerty on 06/15/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Meet the 79-Year-Old Man Who Will Oversee Vermont's Energy Future

South Dakota Adopts Wind Turbine Setbacks Similar To Cape Cod Commission
Testimony and cross examinations around the world show wind turbines generate several types of noise know since Boone, North Carolina 1987
https://patch.com/massachusetts/falmouth/s…

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Posted by Frank Haggerty on 06/15/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Manure Storage Wars: In Ferrisburgh, Flower Power Fights Big Dairy

these open pits are create flies on steroids. IF you live within 200 yards of one of these expect everything you own to be covered with fly poop. Your house, your clothes if you hang the outside, and forget every sitting outside except in the dead of winter.

Posted by Linda Himber on 06/14/2017 at 9:26 PM
Posted by Toby Record on 05/27/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Vermonter Aims to Save Our Water — One Laundry Load at a Time

How do I preorder?

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Posted by חַנָּה רָחֵל on 05/07/2017 at 11:00 PM

Re: “Vermonter Aims to Save Our Water — One Laundry Load at a Time

I hope it works. Good luck.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 05/04/2017 at 9:38 AM

Re: “Former Soldier Set to Marshal Gov. Scott's Energy Policy

"It's not about me and my views," Ms Tierney said. "It's about public policy." So. Nothing new here. Ms Tierney should have called it "POLITICAL POLICY" not "public policy. Because the public has made it clear how they feel about the fracked gas pipeline and wind and it admittedly doesn't factor into the decision making process. I applaud the efforts to remove herself from the process...but this overlay of policy over everything else...including ANR's scientific analysis...has got to stop. Members of the Department of Public Service have instructed the public that the way to change the policy is to elect those that share your views. This is a blatant admission that science does not matter. Just doing what they're told. We have some impressive people in the administration. Let's let them do what they do well. Make decisions based on SCIENCE and FACTS and public opinion, not the whims of the politicians who are obviously swayed by corporate pressure.

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Posted by Nathan Palmer on 03/11/2017 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Vermont Animal-Rights Activists Aim to Keep Pets Safe From Traps

My grandfather was a sexual abuser of children. So was my father. It's one of those things. It's part of growing up here in Vermont and not moving here from Connecticut.

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Posted by Matt Medium on 12/23/2016 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Vermont Animal-Rights Activists Aim to Keep Pets Safe From Traps

Lifelong Vermonter here. Time to stop trapping. I would give my eye-teeth to see a bobcat on my property, to know that there's a family of bobcats up there on the hill. To think that there are people causing these animals or any animals to die tortuously for the sake of their fur makes me WEEP. You say you have a right. What about my right to see wildlife?
And if Lynx just duck in from Canada once in a while, what are two doing in Southern Vermont?
I don't think we should make it impossible for off-grid people who actually walk-the-walk to survive off the land. But I can't see any positives about trapping.

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Posted by Matt Medium on 12/23/2016 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Arborist Warren Spinner, an Urban Forest Hero

Great article about a great guy! Warren really does know every tree planted on every street in Burlington. We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful green town!

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Posted by Eva Sollberger on 10/07/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Arborist Warren Spinner, an Urban Forest Hero

Warren is a great guy, mentor and leader. I had the pleasure of working for him and the tree dept. for five summers throughout my college years (I was the seasonal worker they couldn't get rid of). All together, It was a real eye opening experience, I had the opportunity to learn how to climb trees, run a wood chipper, engage with residents, inventory and plant trees throughout all of the neighborhoods in Burlington. I feel connected to Burlington in a way that most people cannot understand, having pruned trees on almost every street in Burlington. I imagine Warren and other city employees feel that connection too, they are the workings of the city and the people who make the parks what they are today.

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Posted by Shaun Boyce on 10/06/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Arborist Warren Spinner, an Urban Forest Hero

It would be useful if there was ano icon link to share this article on linkedin. Many of my connections are in the horticulture industry.

Posted by Steven Goldstein on 10/05/2016 at 12:02 PM

Re: “My Side of the Mountain

Any discussion of wind turbines should include the context of sheer numbers that the industry wants to install. It's a lot like global warming as a future threat. It could become a "death of four million cuts" if people like Stanford's Mark Jacobson get their way. He sees turbine number limits because so much wind would be interrupted that efficiency would fall off, not because he cares about lost scenery or dead birds & bats. But he's a professor on environmental topics. It's insane.

Another stark example is Bill McKibben, who penned "The End Of Nature" and put a dead bird on the cover, but is now a wind turbine advocate. Were such people ever deep environmentalists, or was it just something to write about? They have become traitors to the physical landscape which many of us see as integral to the environment.

Posted by Alec Sevins on 09/18/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Winds of November: Windham, Grafton to Weigh In on Turbine Project

Hoo boy!

The Iberdrola PR guy says, "We don't normally encounter the kind of divisive, visceral tone and tenor that seems to be present."

Nonsense! The wind developers create the divisions, stoke them up, and exploit them. That’s the first lesson in the wind playbook.

And then Blittersdorf says, "It's an extremely small amount of people who are extremely vocal. It becomes a mob."

David, it's either small or it's a mob. Which is it?

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Posted by Mark Whitworth on 09/07/2016 at 8:50 PM

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