We are Wild About Williston!

Come join us as we celebrate the huge progress Williston has made conserving open space and natural resources since the ERF was created in 1989 with door prizes, maps, lively discussion, and CAKE!

– Come learn more about past, present, and future conservation initiatives with contributing experts including Trust for Public Land, Vermont Land Trust, VT Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Vermont Master Naturalist Laura Meyer, Williston Planning Dept, and Williston Conservation Commission.
– Come get involved in planning the future of conservation in Williston; setting our town’s conservation goals in the next Town Plan (currently being drafted), identifying reliable funding sources, and improving public outreach.
– Doors open at 6:45 on Thursday, December 7 for mingling and light refreshments, formal presentation will start at 7pm, and there will be a chance to mingle with guest experts after the presentation.

If you missed us at Town Meeting Day, check this out!

Here’s what Marcy had at the table for Town Meeting!
Sustainable Williston is an open, grassroots group of Williston residents who identify opportunities to decrease our town’s consumption of natural resources and to create resilient solutions to environmental challenges.
  In other words, Sustainable Williston is a bunch of kind and welcoming people who want to do something together about climate change on a local level, for all Williston residents.
We do hands-on things like plant trees and fight the good fight against invasives.
We worked hard to get a town energy committee and energy coordinator, and now we’ll be working with them.
We care a lot about using less plastic and conserving energy.
We meet and chat about what to do next and how to do it. Over chips and cookies. Or beer at our socials.
Join us at our meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month or our socials on the second Thursday of the month!


“Powering up the town energy plan”

Check out the front page article of this week’s Williston Observer for an in-depth article covering our support of the energy plan and it’s implementation at recent selectboard meetings. Great quotes by our very own Brian, Caylin, and Kevin! Join us on Tuesday 10/5 at the next meeting as we continue to support energy plan action!

Support Energy Committee at Selectboard meeting Tuesday 9/21

Town of Williston LogoMany citizens of Williston signed a letter to the Williston Selectboard in July 2020 supporting the adoption of the Energy Plan. The Selectboard will be discussing the Energy Committee at their meeting on Tuesday, September 21 at 8:15pm. We invite you to attend in support!

Members of Sustainable Williston will be speaking and will ask anyone who is joining in support of the Energy Committee to raise their hand (either on Zoom or in person). If you join on Zoom we encourage you to also make a short comment in the chat indicating your support, ex: “I’m here tonight to support moving forward with the proposed Energy Committee.” We recommend arriving/joining by 8pm in case the meeting is running early.

This link will take you to the Town website with the meeting agenda, additional meeting materials and instructions for joining on Zoom.

We know from experience that community turnout at Selectboard meetings makes a real difference. We hope to see you there!

Come to the Electric Vehicle Show and Tell

Interested in learning more about electric vehicles? Want to hear how your neighbors are benefiting from driving EVs? Come join us! Sustainable Williston’s Environmental Forum Series continues with an Electric Vehicle Show and Tell on September 26 from 1-3pm at the Williston Town Hall. A variety of electric vehicles (and an electric bike!) will be available for you to explore. Have an electric vehicle that you would love to display? Please contact Kevin Thorley at elron8711@gmail.com.

Backyard Climate Change Solutions Workshop

We are kicking off our fall Environmental Forum Series with a Backyard Climate Change Solutions Workshop Thursday 9/9 at 6:30pm.

Help fight climate change throughout your property! Reduce emissions and sequester carbon using regenerative gardening techniques: learn tips for growing your own organic food, composting, rewilding your lawn with native plants, and cover cropping. This will be a hands-on workshop run by Deborah Miuccio in her backyard. Deborah is a Sustainable Williston member and Gardener’s Supply employee who is experienced in these solutions. Social will follow.

Sign up here by Wednesday 9/8/21 to receive an email with the event’s address.

Youth addresses Climate Action with Selectboard

“It is my generation that will be dealing with the worst effects of climate change…You have a responsibility to us and the power to do something about it.”

-14 yr old member delivers public comment on climate action to Selectboard at August 17 meeting. To see the full video, click here.

It’s been a year since the Town Energy Plan was adopted yet nothing has been accomplished. This has not been placed as an agenda item for the Selectboard despite repeated requests from residents.

The first step in the Energy Plan calls for the Selectboard to hire a Town Energy Coordinator and create a Town Energy Committee, as over 100 other Vermont towns have done.

Please stay tuned for the September Selectboard meeting where we will continue to urge them to take action!

Support a Town Energy Coordinator and Committee at Upcoming Selectboard meetings

Sustainable Williston worked hard last summer asking the Selectboard to adopt the Energy Plan that they were considering, and they did! Our group is small and this effort was only successful because we were able to bring in new people and excitement through a letter of support signed by almost 100 residents.

This letter emphasized that having a plan isn’t enough — that an Energy Coordinator would need to be hired and a Committee would need to be formed in order for the plan to be put into motion.

Now that in-person Selectboard meetings are happening again, Sustainable Williston is making an effort to attend regularly and speak up about this during public comment. We’re asking supporters to join us at the Selectboard meeting on the Jul 27 or Aug 17 at 7pm and stand when our speakers ask who in attendance supports the Energy Coordinator/Committee effort.

Please join us for either of those dates! The speakers would love having your friendly face in the audience for support!

Sustainable Williston plants trees!

Sustainable Williston volunteers recently planted 20 bare root trees (sycamore, silver and sugar maple, hackberry, and elm) donated from 350VT. The Town of Williston suggested a parcel of land along the Allen Brook across from the fire station. This area has beaver activity and was in need of help. It is also private land that belongs to a condo development. Chapin first scouted the area and then received permission for the planting. All hands were needed to plant the trees in heavy clay soil.

Next steps include making a sign to place near the trees explaining the project. We will need to watch for dry spells and water trees as needed. Weeding around the trees a couple of times this season will help with crowding. In 5 years, we should remove hardware cloth. We will continue to work with the town to designate a place for more planting, form an energy committee, and hire an energy coordinator

So glad we could pull this off! Thanks everyone!

Cheers to carbon sequestration, soil erosion prevention, wildlife habitat enhancement, run-off reduction for Allen Brook protection, and climate change mitigation.