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Net Zero Vermont, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization established to help Vermont communities create and put into action a shared vision for a sustainable future. Sustainable Montpelier 2030 was the organization's first community design competition project.
How can we entice architects and planners to develop alternative visions of sustainability for the state's capitol city? Then how will we break through government mistrust, the deluge of information, and demands for the public's attention to engage citizens in evaluating and voting for alternative visions for a sustainable future?
A sustainable design competition with a significant cash prize, a winner to be selected by local citizens, inclusive outreach and voting — all supported by a collaboration of nonprofits, local businesses, and government officials — will be different, fun, engaging, and attract media attention.
When people from diverse backgrounds and situations become deeply engaged in a new-to-them subject, and they are then asked for their opinion, we need to allow lots of time to listen deeply.
I did not have time to look at everything, but I was attracted to the plans that emphasized green space, that looked at ecology, especially of the river, a cultural center of some kind. I was not attracted to those plans that made Montpelier look and feel like just another big city, with huge looming buildings that are not going to match what we already have. Many interesting and creative efforts.