In an article recently published by the Burlington Free Press, Jenny Gundy (right) — who teaches Roots of Success for Vermont Adult Learning and the Community College of Vermont in Winooski — argues for the democratization of the environmental movement through education; and explains how training programs like hers ensure that participation in the emerging green economy is an option for all people, even those without advanced degrees.

“Environmental literacy is important,” Gundy argues, “because research has shown that green employers prefer to hire people who are fluent in the larger issues surrounding the green economy.” Vermont Green hopes that by certifying members of their staff to teach Roots of Success, and incorporating it into their various job training and economic development programs, they can ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in the green economy.

Roots of Success is being taught in programs throughout the State of Vermont, including Vermont Works for Women, YouthBuild, Vermont Adult Learning, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity and many more. To reach a Vermont Green career development counselor, visit or call 477-5086.