The Vermont Village Greens Initiative

Date and Time:

April 23, 2015 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Vermont’s village greens, steeped in history and tradition, serve as the physical and cultural heart of our communities. Historically located where roads converged, meeting houses were established, commerce concentrated and homes clustered, village greens hold a special place in community life. Village greens provide Vermonters a place to gather, to recreate and celebrate and to engage in commerce and community.  Today, human pressures and developmental changes to village greens have affected the longevity and well-being of these beloved gathering spaces. Preserving and revitalizing Vermont’s village greens is of utmost importance, as the greens are cherished community spaces in our villages and downtowns that reveal the collective history and culture of Vermont. 

Our April lunchtime webinar was a presentation on the Vermont Village Greens Initiative (VVGI). The Village Greens Initiative aims to raise awareness, appreciation and understanding of these revered community gathering spaces across Vermont. Since the fall of 2013, two interns and over 60 students in UVM community service-learning courses have engaged in a variety of projects. Presenters: Amie Schiller and Kate O'Brien, VVGI interns, and Richard Amore with the VT Department of Housing and Community Development.  The VVGI is a collaborative effort between the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program, the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development, and the Preservation Trust of Vermont.