We are pleased to welcome the Planning Department's first summer planning intern, Gina Clithero. Gina is joining us May 15 through August 11. She was selected among a competitive pool of applicants through the University of Vermont's Rubenstien School of Natural Resources Perennial Internship Program, which funds 120 hours of the internship. Milton joins Williston and Colchester as host municipalities benefiting from this well-structured program.
Gina is native to central Vermont and comes to us as a well-recommended junior, pursuing a major in natural resource planning with interdisciplinary coursework in sustainable development, human geographies, environmental science, ecological economics and environmental policy. True to Vermont, Gina has a special interest in agriculture and has conducted behavioral science research and outreach on institutional food systems at UVM. This work shows a commitment to advancing our working lands, an important sector of our economy.
This project-based natural resources planning internship will build on Gina's system thinking by focusing on stormwater public policy choices. With support from the Town's planning staff and the regional planning community, part of Gina's week will be spent investigating how federal, state and local actions interact to govern and manage stormwater in Vermont communities in order to produce an advisory report (in partnership with volunteer boards and commissions) that makes justified recommendations on four elements:
1) Long-term green stormwater infrastructure and low-impact development GOALS for the Comprehensive Town Plan.
2) Infrastructure TECHNOLOGIES for the Public Works Specifications and/or Development Regulations, under review by the Infrastructure Standards Committee.
3) Low impact development REGULATIONS for the Development Regulations.
4) Three specific, public, demonstration PROJECTS (and potential grant-funding sources) for consideration by the Selectboard in the 2019-2024 Capital Improvement Plan.
The final deliverable will educate and offer a platform for action, framing choices the Town’s leadership can make to lessen development impact, protect water quality, and reduce municipal expense and liability.
The other part of Gina's time will be assisting with the Town's 2018-2026 Plan update, implementing Plan outreach materials that enable the Town to gather quantitative and qualitative feedback from citizens and stakeholders in a way that efficiently informs the Plan, guiding structure, content and decisions about community priorities. More about this project soon!
From questions about how rip rap is installed to provisions in Vermont's Clean Water Act, Gina may be reaching out and asking questions to learn from your expertise and account for the realities we each face in a growing Town.
Stop by to introduce yourself and welcome Gina to the team!