I love visiting Vermont, and today couldnâ€™t have been better because the sun came out and the daffodils were blooming. Hereâ€™s a photo from the visitorsâ€™ center just after you enter the Vermont from Massachusetts (double-click for full-size view). Itâ€™s a little strange that so-called Taxachusetts has nothing like this – a huge barn-like building surrounded by attractively landscaped grounds â€“ but instead nothing more than the usual joyous highway signs of welcome to the state. (The stone at the front says, “Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature,” John Muir.)
Iâ€™m on my way to visit the Gund Center for Ecological Economics, and to explore the University of Vermont campus with my daughter Rachel, whoâ€™s been accepted into the botany program. Itâ€™s been a long, long day, so no more tonight. But I imagine the Gund Center is going to provide some blog material, as I refocus on our huge Sustainability Project, the foundation of which is a 10=volume Encyclopedia of Sustainability.
By the way, one of the best conversations Iâ€™ve had recently was with a well-informed and successful technology guy. I happened to mention the Sustainability Project and he disconcerted me by asking, â€œWhatâ€™s sustainability?â€
As I responded, I could see him grasp the basic concept: that we should make choices today that will enable our grandchildren, and their grandchildren, to live and prosper. This is a broad way to look at, and connect, a myriad of environmental, social, and economic issues.
And the next time I talked to him he told me that he now saw the word sustainability everywhere.