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Welcome to Vermont

vermont-vistors-center.jpgI love visiting Vermont, and today couldn’t have been better because the sun came out and the daffodils were blooming. Here’s a photo from the visitors’ center just after you enter the Vermont from Massachusetts (double-click for full-size view). It’s a little strange that so-called Taxachusetts has nothing like this – a huge barn-like building surrounded by attractively landscaped grounds – 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.)

I’m on my way to visit the Gund Center for Ecological Economics, and to explore the University of Vermont campus with my daughter Rachel, who’s been accepted into the botany program. It’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 I’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, “What’s sustainability?”

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.

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