STRATTON, VT – Stratton Mountain Resort is proud to announce the first Vermont Solutions Festival, held in collaboration with the state of Vermont to celebrate sustainability, sport and wellness.
“The Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing is excited to be a partner in the new development of the Vermont Solutions Festival," said Steve Cook, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism. "This event will showcase the Southern Vermont region, Stratton Mountain Resort and its long-time commitment to sustainability and it will also exhibit Vermont's efforts in developing global solutions with global impacts."
Those events marry education with entertainment, collecting ideas, inspiration and movement from diverse events, including a keynote address from Vermont author Bill McKibben, a real-world display of bicycle practicality at the Embrocation Cycling Journal Farm Stand Ride, a workshop on sustainability-outreach for students from the Race to Replace coalition, a panel discussion including environmentalist and NHL Hall of Famer Mike Richter and live music from the Del McCoury Band. Both nonprofits and local businesses will partake in this first of a kind Solutions Festival Exposition.
"It is no accident that the biggest global climate moment out there (350.org) had its roots in Vermont for a very long time," McKibben said. "The Green Mountain State has been helping set the green pace for the whole world."
Stratton is no stranger to sustainable solutions, having won five Silver Eagle awards for 'excellence in energy conservation' and a pair of Vermont Governor's Awards for its efforts. The Stratton Green Team works year-round to bring about improvements in sustainable measures from recycling initiatives to cleaning products, efficiency measures to greener purchasing, all themes within the events of the festival, a zero waste event.
"I'm excited to see an event of this magnitude, that aligns with so many of our causes, come together," said Sky Foulkes, President and CEO of Stratton Mountain Resort. "I think the different events are going to appeal to a lot of folks on a number of levels."
General admission is free to the festival; however, tickets are required for Friday's Local Gourmet Dinner and for the Del McCoury Band on Saturday Night. For more information or to make your reservation for this historic event, stay tuned to www.stratton.com, or call 1-800-STRATTON.