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Cameron McMahon: Marine, Student, Entrepreneur

By Chrissy Bellmyer, Student Services Coordinator
Marine, Student, Entrepreneur
In 2012, I completed my service to the United States Marine Corps Infantry. Thanks to the GI Bill, I was finally in a place financially where I was able to pursue my plans full time.  I had heard of Yestermorrow for years and even helped a friend tow an outhouse that a class built over the Ap. Gap to their home. Admittedly, I didn’t...

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Beyond the Valley

By Mike Crowley, Executive Director
Yestermorrow students are do-ers. Whether they’re professionals, aspiring professionals, changemakers or do-it-yourselfers, they represent a movement of people who actively build the world they want to occupy. Our new blog series, Beyond the Valley, celebrates the many achievements of the Yestermorrow community and introduces...

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LED Lighting Saves Kilowatt Hours Every Day

By Kate Stephenson, Executive Director
New woodshop fixtures

Last winter Yestermorrow partnered with Efficiency Vermont's ReLight program to undertake a comprehensive lighting audit of our facilities and we are now finally seeing the results in our electric savings.

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Timber Frame Class Contributes to Village of Waterbury’s Flood Recovery

By Dan Eckstein, Curriculum Director

The village of Waterbury was one of the communities hardest hit when Tropical Storm Irene pounded the state of Vermont in August of 2011. Swamped with eight inches of rain, the Winooski River, which parallels Main Street, overrode its banks and left much of the community under water, damaging or destroying 220 homes and businesses, as well as a state office complex that hosted 1500 workers in a variety of state agencies. In the years since, Waterbury has shown remarkable resilience and progress, renovating or rebuilding nearly all the damaged structures, but also going beyond that, by improving and expanding the town’s infrastructure and amenities, and seeking ways to continue fostering the strong community spirit that arose in the flood’s aftermath.

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Claire Adams: On the right path

By Dan Eckstein, Curriculum Director

Growing up in Manhattan, Claire Adams has always had a fascination with buildings and urban spaces. The juxtaposition of old versus new, of density versus public space. Her high school sat on the artificial landscape of Battery Park City, literally reclaimed from the Hudson River; yet the historic neighborhoods of Soho and Chinatown were a short walk away. This interest led her to formal academic studies in landscape history, urban studies, and landscape architecture at Smith College, which has proved fulfilling to a point. But she was nagged by an intrigue in how those buildings and spaces were created – a desire to participate in the actual experience of ‘making.’ She tracked down and enrolled in Yestermorrow’s Semester in Sustainable Design/Build during her junior year. It offered the opportunity to get the hard skills she sought, while still allowing her to earn academic credit toward her degree.

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