A group of about 10 Vermont Upward Bound students met with Senator Sanders to discuss their recent participation in a successful high school greening competition hosted by Johnson State College. The students, from high schools throughout northern Vermont, each submitted a formal proposal detailing projects they would undertake to make their schools greener. They also held creative performances illustrating their understanding of current environmental challenges.
The Upward Bound program prepares students for success in high school and enrollment in college by offering a range of academic, counseling, social, and recreational activities.
Senator Bernie Sanders met with Kacey O'Brien of Burlington, Vermont who was chosen to participate in the People to People World Leadership Program. The program organizes and promotes global educational travel opportunities including to Washington, D.C. where top students in grades 5-8 meet with government leaders and public speakers.
Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood was in Vermont on Friday April 17th, at the invitation of Senator Bernie Sanders and they conducted a Town Hall Meeting on Rural Transportation with a large group of Vermont transportation stakeholders. Earlier in the day, Secretary LaHood presented the State of Vermont with $6.2 million in stimulus funding for repairs and upgrades to Knapp Airport in Montpelier.
Senator Bernie Sanders announced today the launch the largest solar energy project at a Vermont public school.
The Camels Hump Middle School in Richmond will develop a massive array of solar photovoltaic cells to serve as a statewide model. Sanders secured more than $260,000 to help establish a 75-kilowatt array of solar photovoltaic cells.
“This project will not only help Camels Hump Middle School reduce its electric bill and carbon footprint, but will be a major step forward in moving our state toward a greener economy which relies more and more on sustainable energy,” Sanders said.