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St. Johnsbury, VT, 05819
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Vermont as a Model for Sustainable Living & Economics

The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and the Shambhala Meditation Center of St. Johnsbury are delighted to present an inspiring and interactive dialogue among experts in the fields of economics, leadership, climate action and community building.Join these presenters for an evening of food, conversation and creative thinking:

  • George Lakey, author of Viking Economics
  • Jane Arthur, former director of Vermont Leadership Institute
  • Gwendolyn Hallsmith, founder of Vermonters for a New Economy
  • K.C. Whiteley, board member from

Vermont can be the forerunner, and lead the nation toward a sustainable future!

People often say that Vermont is too small and our footprint is relatively insignificant, therefore there's really not much we can do to affect change. In fact, our political system, economic structure, and way of life are more conducive to positive change, for those same reasons. 

Vermont has what it takes to be a forerunner in establishing a sustainable lifestyle in the face of climate disruption:

  • We have the financial infrastructure that could readily lend itself to establishing a state bank. A state-owned bank could retain millions of dollars in Vermont for construction of roads and bridges, to fund our schools and agricultural enterprises, retro-fit our homes for energy efficiency, and invest in alternatives to fossil fuels.
  • We have young people coming to Vermont with energy and ideas for local sustainable farming practices and distribution of nourishing foods.
  • Our legislators are accessible and we have a reverence for Nature--Vermont could actually be a model for the rest of the nation.

The goal of the evening is to join our minds and hearts in the spirit of moving forward--moving things in a better direction!

Refreshments will be provided. The only other ingredient is you.