Pioneers in the green building movement

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Thirty years ago, the word sustainability did not even exist when Lisa Steele and I began our work re-developing property on the Burlington Waterfront.  There was never even a mention about the environment.  Developers told us that the windows in our buildings can’t open because of the HVAC system.  We told them we would develop buildings with operable windows because we had to follow our hearts and create buildings that “made sense”.

Burlington Free Press on 3Squares Challenge with Melinda

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The Burlington Free Press recently ran an article about the 3Squares Challenge, a program that encourages otherwise well-off individuals to feed themselves on only $36 each week – the maximum granted by the 3Squares VT program (formerly Food Stamps).

“I don’t know how people do it,” Moulton said midway through her weeklong effort to live on the same budget recipients of 3SquaresVT receive. “I am hungry a lot.”

Moulton of Huntington was among some 200 Vermonters who took the 3Squares Challenge the week before Thanksgiving. Participants agreed to live for a week on an average food stamp budget that boils down …

2013 Marianne Metropoulos Humanitarian Award Alison Forrest

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Classic film series returns this month at Main Street Landing in Burlington

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Classic film series returns this month at Main Street Landing. Check out the schedule here.

First Words

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Ignite Burlington 2012

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Melinda’s Q/A with the Burlington Free Press

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Recently, Melinda had a chance to sit down with Dan D’Ambrosio of the Burlington Free Press for an interviewabout her successes in Burlington and as CEO of Main Street Landing. When asked, “Why Vermont?” Melinda had this to say:

I have been in Vermont for 40 years. I’ve been here since I was 22 years old. I am in Vermont because I love the people, I love the natural environment, I love the independence and the entrepreneurial spirit of Vermonters, and I love the forward-thinking politics of Vermont. I feel at peace. I feel very peaceful in Vermont. I …

Main Street Landing: “Thirty years and counting”

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 Main Street Landing has been in business since 1982. We are entering our 30th year of being on Burlington’s Waterfront creating positive change. Thirty years ago the Burlington Waterfront was a place that most parents told their children to stay away from. It was full of rail tracks, barbed wire fencing, a scrap metal yard, grainery with a handsome rat population, empty brick buildings, and overgrown weeds and shrubs. Just imagine living in Burlington during that time and never going to the waterfront because it just wasn’t a place where people were supposed to go. The Union Station was then owned by The Green Mountain Power Company, and the Haigh Mill and McKenzie Buildings were abandoned. The Pease Grainery and McNeil Power Plant were still in operation, but soon to be closed down. The tall brick chimney at the Haigh Mill reached lonely into the sky as did the Pease Grain Tower. Both structures were considered historic although in disrepair. It took years before the City of Burlington would allow Main Street Landing to have them removed. They were icons of a time long ago when the Burlington Waterfront hosted Presidents and yachtsmen, children on sleds, and ladies in big hats arriving from New York by train or steamship.

Rail service, if it really does come, will transform the economy of Burlington, and Vermont

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Sitting in my office on the third floor of Union Station, looking out over the waterfront and the empty train tracks running in front of the building, I can’t help but remember when 200 people sang “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” as the Champlain Flyer chugged into Burlington. I often reminisce about Twentieth Century Fox filming “Me Myself and Irene” with Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger in Union Station, and my tears of joy as Amtrak pulled into the station and sat there for three days as the back drop to Carrey’s hysterical antics.

Let’s face it, Burlington deserves passenger train service. Wouldn’t we all benefit from being able to leave our cars at home and travel in the comfort and freedom of rail? I believe most people love trains and will ride them. So why is it that I’m still waiting for the train?

Look at the rich history of rail in Burlington. It was in 1850 that the Rutland Railroad established a straight rail route north to Burlington, known as the Western Corridor — this was 160 years ago. Burlington grew up and around rail, and it was rail that helped define …

Melinda Moulton: Innovation comes from new ways of thinking

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Innovation to me means developing and implementing new ideas, policies and procedures that change our way of thinking, our products, our communities and our world. Focusing your vision toward a goal that strongly references your values and ethics can create a truly inspirational and innovative business.

Main Street Landing for the past 30 years has focused the redevelopment of Burlington’s waterfront on ecology and social justice. Our commitment to localism and community, public transit, economic empowerment, the arts, green development, healthy and energy efficient buildings, and public access grew out of our deep and profound connection to the earth and the human condition. Companies that landed here decades ago were founded by a generation steeped in environmentalism and social justice, and they are rocking our economic world. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield created an empire with an idea that ice cream should be made with pure local products, housed in bright Holstein packaging, with funny and cool (no pun intended) names and recipes that touch the child within us.

Jeffrey Hollander and Alan Newman, co-founders of Seventh Generation, decided in 1988 that cleaning products should be made of ingredients that won’t harm the environment, and that everyone should honor the American Native belief that we should protect the environment for the next seven generations.

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, founded by Beth Sachs and Blair Hamilton in 1986, is dedicated to reducing the economic, social and environmental costs of energy consumption through cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable technologies.

American Heart Association 2011 Go Red for Women Luncheon

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Economic Footprint of the Arts in Vermont Study and Press

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THE STUDY

Main Street Landing commissioned Doug Hoffer to provide a study that looks at the

Economic Footprint of the Arts in Vermont.  Download and Read the PDF

BURLINGTON FREE PRESS ARTICLE

On November 17, 2010, Main Street Landing was featured in the Burlington Free Press for the study on the economic impact of the arts on Vermont.