Springfield Workshop

When Governments Cooperate - State Government Municipal Day

A Morning of Workshops for Vermont's Local Government Officials

This half-day, workshop took place on October 25 in Springfield.  You can see the agenda below or download the printable version which includes contact information for the workshop presenters.  If you didn't get a chance to join us, we hope to see you next year.

8:00 – 8:30 Registration, Coffee and Pastries

8:30‐ 9:15 Opening Remarks: Intro to Your Regional Permit Specialist and Enforcement Officer
John Fay and Dan Mason (Department of Environmental Conservation)

Workshop Presentation (opens as a pdf)

9:15‐9:45 Communities in Action: River Corridor Protection for No Adverse Impact
John Broker-Campbell (Department of Environmental Conservation)

Flood Training website (opens in a new window)

Where is development okay in the River Corridor? Why is “no adverse impact” important in our town? What are other communities taking to protect River Corridors and Floodplain functions? Sample new videos and resources for Zoning Administrators and community leaders on our website.

9:45‐10:00 Break

10:00‐11:00 Using BioFinder for Land Use Planning, and How (and Why) to Start a Conservation Commission
Monica Przyperhart (Fish & Wildlife Department)

Workshop Presentation (opens at a pdf)
BioFinder website 

Learn how to use the new BioFinder to get prioritized natural resource information about your town to better inform your town’s land use planning process. Participants will walk through a step-by-step example of using this free, online tool for accessing inventory information. Case studies of successful integration of natural resource information into a town’s planning process will be highlighted.
How does a Conservation Commission fit into the structure of a town? How can the town benefit? Would a Conservation Commission be a good match for your town? And… how do you actually get one started? This workshop that will provide both the big picture vision and some nuts & bolts.

11:00‐11:15 Break

11:15‐12:00 The Next Frontier for Universal Recycling
Mia Roethlein (Department of Environmental Conservation)

Workshop Presentation (opens as a pdf)

Over the last five years, Vermonters successfully implemented many aspects of the Universal Recycling (UR) law, including the many municipalities that worked hard to make recycling and food scrap collection more convenient for their residents and businesses. This workshop will provide a brief overview of how the UR law impacts municipalities and what work still needs to be done. There will also be plenty of time for a Q&A, where participants can ask their questions about the UR requirements, recycling right in Vermont, operating and permitting a transfer station, and any other solid waste topics.

12:00‐1:00 Brown‐bag Lunch Discussion

Automated Wood Heat: Heating Municipal Buildings & Schools with Local Fuel
Emma Hanson (Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation)
Andrew Perchlik (Department of Public Service)

Workshop Presentation (opens as a pdf)
Incentives Handout (opens as a pdf)

Learn how to improve your town’s bottom line by switching from fossil fuels to automated wood heat! Automated wood heat is the local, renewable fuel that creates jobs and retains local wealth. Fully automated systems allow buildings to be heated with the same hands-off convenience as propane or oil, but without all the fossil fuel negatives. This presentation will focus on options for municipal buildings and schools, and also touch on residential options. We will cover costs, rebates, financing, and the many benefits to Vermont’s forests and economy.