Living Green

"Tis The Season

Tis the Season of Thanks, and for Giving

In an effort to help support our local food shelf, Lamoille Community Food Share, we invite you to join us this holiday season, in donating to this vital community organization. LCFS is always in need of food donations, as well as monetary contributions, for our neighbors in need.

Feel free to drop off either of those to our office, located in the center of downtown Stowe Village, and we will make sure they receive. If you would rather send a monetary donation directly, you can send to:

LCFS, PO Box 173, Morrisville, VT 05661

Alternatively, you can donate online here: 



For their wish list of food items, you can go here: 



Thank you for your interest and generosity in helping support our neighbors in need, and ensuring food security for our community.

We wish you the very best for this holiday season,
Jeff Beattie and Everyone at Coldwell Banker Carlson Real Estate

Stowe Land Trust Partnership Milestone

Honor the Past, Peserve the Future

In 2013, Trapp Family Lodge and Stowe Land Trust aligned to form a partnership focused on informing visitors and the Stowe community of the importance of protecting land for future generations to enjoy.  Through the partnership, Trapp Family Lodge guests donate $1 per occupied room night as a contribution to Stowe Land Trust to assist with land conservation.  To date, this partnership has raised almost $50,000 for Stowe Land Trust.

Four generations of von Trapps have set their roots in Stowe, owning and managing Trapp Family Lodge, continuing the tradition of active farming and forestry, and providing unparalleled opportunities for visitors to get out and enjoy the mountains and valleys.   Continuing the family's true pioneering spirit, Johannes von Trapp helped establish Stowe Land Trust 29 years ago, and through this commitment, the family has permanently conserved over 1,500 acres.  In the years that have passed since Stowe Land Trust's inception, the von Trapp family has continued in their commitment to conservation and stewardship in Stowe.

About Stowe Land Trust

Stowe Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest lands for the benefit of the greater Stowe community. The work of Stowe Land Trust, in conjunction with the community, partners, and supporters, has been a critical force in shaping the Stowe landscape.

Learn more about the Von Trapp Partnership or Stowe Land Trust.

Stowe's Newest Conservation Project

The Stowe Land Trust has a long and successful history of land conservation and stewardship in the Stowe, VT area. The Stowe Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation of scenic, recreational, and productive farm and forest lands for the benefit of the greater Stowe community. 

The lastest project undertaken by the Stowe Land Trust is the preservation of The Kaiser Family Farm as a productive working farm. The Kaiser Family has maintained their farm in the scenic Nebraska Valley for decades. Stowe Land Trust is working with Vermont Land Trust and Christine Kaiser to conserve the 49-acre farm. Stowe Land Trust and Vermont Land Trust have arranged to purchase an easement on the Kaiser Farm, which will forever protect the farm from development and ensure that the farm will remain affordable to future farmers. The farm is one of the last remaining working farms in Stowe, and is a reminder of the town’s agricultural heritage. Through Vermont Land Trust's Farmland Access Program, a local farm family will be able to purchase the farm at an affordable price. 

The total cost of the project is $372,000, which includes the easement purchase, project related costs, and a contribution to Stowe Land Trust's Stewardship Endowment fund.  With the support of additional donors, The Stowe Land Trust has secured more than 85% of the necessary funds.  Now they need our help to raise the remaining funds.

Give today to help protect one of the last working farms in Stowe and support the next generation of Stowe farmers.


Mandatory Recycling Comes to Vermont

As of July 1st of this year, all recyclable materials have been banned from Vermont landfills. With the adoption of the Universal Recycling law (Act 148), Vermont has taken an ambitious step to reduce the amount of material being sent to the landfill. This landmark law was passed unanimously by the Vermont Legislature in 2012 and sets a goal to keep 50% of the current “trash” out of landfills by 2020.

Among other mandates, the law bans recyclables from being buried in the landfill starting this summer. It also phases in the ban of leaf and yard debris, food scraps and clean wood from the landfill over the next five years. The goal of this law is to increase the diversion of valuable materials from the waste stream and to provide convenient and consistent recycling and disposal options for all of Vermont.

The first phase of the legislation started on July 1, 2014. Under the Universal Recycling law, the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District  (LRSWMD) here in lamoille County began accepting recycling at our facilities at no cost to residential customers. Since then, there has been an increase of over 45 tons of recycling compared to the same time frame last year.

The Universal Recycling law will continue its phased-in approach to materials management this year. Starting July 1, recyclables are banned from the landfill. It will be against the law for you to knowingly include papers, cardboard, plastics, aluminum materials, steel cans or glass jars in with your trash. Please empty and rinse all containers, flatten and beak down cardboard boxes and remove handles from bag and buckets. All of these materials are collected in the same bin in the LRSWMD. There is no cost to you to recycle these items at our facilities so please make the right choice when choosing how to discard your items.

Another important piece of the Universal Recycling law affects customers who receive curbside services from solid waste haulers. Also on July 1 this year, haulers must offer residential collection to all costumers they service. Haulers who are in non-compliance risk state sanctions, losing their hauling license, or potential fines. If you have an experience where a hauler is not providing recycling services to you after July 1, please contact LRSWMD at 888-7317.

The Universal Recycling law brings benefits to Vermont, some of which including stimulating economic growth, reducing the need for landfill space, conserving energy and reducing resource consumption. Since Vermont was the first state to pass statewide material management law, the nation is looking to us to do it well and to be successful. Your actions will help to ensure that we maintain a quality recycling stream and successfully meet the goals of the law. Be part of the process; recycle – it’s what we do here.

 For more information call LRSWD at 802-888-7317 or go to

Vermont Implements Universal Recycling

Shawn Wright Photo

The State of Vermont has passed a new law that will move the state's residents and businesses in phases toward universal recycling by the year 2020. Currently the state estimates that it recycles 36 percent of all the waste it produces. Of the remaining 64 percent that goes into our landfills (which are nearing capacity) the state estimates half is still recyclable. House Bill 485, which was signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin this summer,  bans batteries from Vermont's landfills immediately and phases in the mandatory recycling as follows:

By July 1, 2015 all recyclable materials including plastic and glass containers, cardboard and paper.

By July 1, 2016 all yard waste including leaves and garden waste, etc. which are compostable materials.

By July 1, 2020 all organic materials including kitchen waste which are also compostable materials.

According to the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation Vermonters are throwing away up to $7.6 million worth of waste that could be recycled or composted.

The state has two landfills, one in Moretown which is nearing capacity and one in Coventry which has approximately 20 years of space left.

Items previously banned for Vermont's landfills include lead-acid batteries, waste oils, tires, paint, nickel-cadmium batteries, mercury added products, electronic items and e-waste.

Once again, Vermont is leading the way into the 21st century with evolved thought and responsible pro-activity!