2013 at Green Island

Sustainable Valley Group

January 2013 Newsletter

“Great Things Can Happen
If Everyone Takes Part”
The Sustainable Valley Group Membership Drive 2013
By becoming a member of SVG, you are expressing your desire for positive, responsible change, from the way we use energy to the quality of the food we eat. You will help to support the creation of local, quality jobs for working people and development of our vast renewable energy assets in a way that is in harmony with the environment. If we all do our part, we will make our community a better place for tomorrow.
All members receive the monthly email updates and voting rights at our annual meeting.  Friend of SVG Basic Membership- $10 
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The Sustainable Valley Group “Outlook 2013”
We are excited about building on our many successes from 2012. Looking to the new year; SVG is committed to completing the 30 Island Street facility, moving in our tenants and producing sustainable jobs for our local economy.
Some of our other projects we have been working on include:
•          Bio-Fuel Production- SVG has been in negotiations with multiple investors, farmers and industry people to bring a bio-fuel business to our area. We hope to be in some form of production by years end.
•          Local Food System- We are working with the Windham Farm and Food Network, and collaborating with food-hub folks in Cheshire County, NH, Franklin County, MA and Windham County, VT who are all developing local food systems and exploring mutually beneficial joint ventures. SVG’s lead on the project is our director Gary Fox.
•          Single Sort Recycling- SVG has been working with a solid waste company in conjunction with the GM Rail Road to build a facility on the old Steam Town property. This is another complex plan that will require a regional solid waste plan on both sides of the river in order to make the facility profitable. Hal Wilkins is the point contact for SVG.
•          Kayak Center/Natural Preserve- SVG is in process of securing a 3+ acre property along the mouth of the Williams River where it joins the Herrick’s Cove property. We plan on offering Kayak rentals, lessons, tours, fishing guide services and more! We will be making an application to the local Zoning Board this winter. Additional future plans may involve camping sites and a large pavilion to host events.
 •          SVG makes plans to acquire historic rail car- Green Mountain Railroad is offering to gift an historic wooden rail car; a coach with velvet seats, beautiful woodwork, stained glass monitor and a baggage car section.  Installing the Historic Rail Car as an attraction is part of the bigger picture of rejuvenating the Island in Bellows Falls.  Through the Green Island Project, SVG is rehabilitating dilapidated industrial buildings from as far back as the 1800’s, providing training and job expansion in the process.  Both aspects pay homage to the Island’s rich culture and history as a thriving industrial and transportation hub with numerous companies and job opportunities.  Today, this will support a local economy as both a jobs generator and tourist attraction.
SVG will continue to follow its core mission of facilitating our local green economy. We have many other projects coming in the pipeline and will be making our progress known as these developments move forward. We will continue to work with State, local and regional development groups and governments. We will continue to aggressively pursue new opportunities and invite all who share our vision to please join us!
Become a member of the Sustainable Valley Group and enjoy retail, social, environmental and investment benefits.  Prius program, Solar Kiosk, Localvore Food Buying Club (see the July 2012 Newsletter for details), Sustainability Project, Coop Power and the GI Jobs Bond Program (see September Newsletter for details).  Call for information on the other benefits.  802-376-9534

Workers at 30 Island Street
Gary Fox, SVG Executive Director, speaks at train station.
Solar Panels installed at
30 Island St
SVG Board and guest speakers
30 Island Street interior


Sustainable Valley Group
PO Box 406
Bellows Falls, VT 05101

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