The Future of Vermont Yankee: What does the land tell us?

Antioch University New England, through the Center for Climate Preparedness and Community Resilience, has entered a strategic partnership with NorthStar and the Town of Vernon to create an innovative model of collaboration for site restoration planning that will support redevelopment efforts at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant site once it realizes decommissioning. This type of unprecedented collaboration and partnership will yield multiple benefits to the Town of Vernon, State of Vermont, Antioch University, NorthStar, and other stakeholders involved in the decommissioning and site restoration process. Overall lessons learned will be instrumental in guiding best practices moving forward for subsequent site decommissioning(s) and arrangements for restoration and redevelopment.

Graduate students have been diligently working on the project to create successful outcomes. A team of GIS students created an interactive StoryMap that can be viewed by the public and all stakeholders for the future of the site. To view the interactive StoryMap, please click this link. In addition to the storymap, you can watch a presentation on the storymap here:

The next phase of the project will finalize the storymap based on stakeholder input and create new layers of information to help inform the future of the site. This phase of the project will run through the spring of 2021.

Anyone interested in the project can contact Christa Daniels, Ph.D., AICP at

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