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Rethinking the Urban-Rural Relationship


To begin the process of bridging the urban-rural divide through the lens of a bioregional, longer-term time frame, EcoCiv has begun a multi year project on Rethinking the Urban-Rural Relationship. This program will include a series of local events in cities and towns across North America and will expand to include multi-city and eventually multi-national conversations that address the urban-rural relationship from a global perspective.



Vermont 2050

Sunday, September 15 - Middlebury College  - Bread Loaf Campus


When we think about the critical issues associated with the environmental crisis and our survival, what immediately comes to mind are things such as the warming temperatures, rising sea levels, and the decimation of our biodiversity. But there is another issue that will also play a deciding role in our quality of life going forward, depending on how we respond to it: the urban-rural divide.

Vermont Voices

Join Vermont leaders and community partners in agriculture, education, business, the nonprofit sector and civic organizations from across the state in creating a long term plan for a sustainable Vermont.  Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, along with State Senators and Representatives, will participate in the discussion.

Follow Up Conversations

October 8, 2pm

Zoom Call with Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman on next steps for longer term cross-sector planning at the state level.

December 9, 11am-3pm

A face-to-face meeting in the Lt. Governor's conference room to continue the conversation.

Our Sponsors

Middlebury College
Environmental Affairs and Environmental Studies

Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology


TSE Foundation

For more information on the Vermont 2050 event or the Urban-Rural project,
contact Jesse Knapp at

Event Graphics & Documents

Click on the links below to access photos of the graphic recordings from Graphic Facilitator Karina Branson and additional documents.

High-res photos of the larger graphic recording sheets:

  • Welcome and opening talks
  • A Vision for 2050
  • Looking across sectors
  • Where to from here?

Summary of the visioning discussion for Vermont 2050 listing the categories of vision statements and a summary of the individual notes included under each

PowerPoint slides on EcoCiv and our Urban-Rural project presented by Andrew Schwartz

PowerPoint slides presented by Nick Richardson of Vermont Land Trust

PowerPoint slides presented by Marc Lapin from Middlebury College
on bioregional thinking

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