In the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, millions of American seniors have seen a decline in their standard of living and are struggling to survive. Unemployment among older workers doubled since 2007 while household incomes fell and medical costs rose, according to a report released Tuesday at a Senate hearing chaired by Sen. Bernie Sanders. The hearing on the recession and older Americans by the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging was held one day before the Social Security Administration is scheduled to announce whether more than 50 million retirees will receive a cost-of-living adjustment for the first time in three years. Read more »
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie, the Vermont National Guard commander, marked completion of one of the largest solar installations in Vermont and one of the largest solar projects on any National Guard base in the country. More information
Senator Sanders addressed a crowd of over three hundred people on the statehouse lawn in Montpelier. They were gathered to celebrate Moving Planet Day - a day to "move the world beyond fossil fuels and toward a clean energy future." Vermont must, the Senator noted, continue to lead our nation, and the world, as we transition to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. The Montpelier event was one of over 2000 such gatherings that took place in 175 countries on September 24th, 2011.
Senator Bernie Sanders meets with students from Middlebury College who are part of the school’s Solar Decathlon team, at an international competition sponsored by the Department of Energy to see which university team can build the best and most cost-effective solar-powered home. The Middlebury team’s entry is modeled on a classic New England farm house, and features enough solar energy to meet all of its needs. The home will return to Middlebury after the competition and will be featured as student housing and provide educational value for students interested in sustainability.