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Gund Institute for Ecological Economics

Gund Common Asset Trusts Video Takes Second Place at Regional Film Fest

The Gund Institute is proud to announce that we have been awarded second place in the "Issues and Political Process" category at the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region film fest for, "The Groundwater Bill: A Case Study". Hillary Archer created the film as part of a Gund production and in conjunction with instructors and students from the UVM PA-395 Vermont Common Asset Trust (VCAT) course.

The course examined the theory and ethics behind Common Asset Trusts and provided background research necessary for Vermont's citizens and legislators to make informed decisions about VCAT. Working closely with state politicians and NGOs and building on previous research, students identified what common assets should be included in the trust, how the trust should manage and allocate these assets, and how much revenue the trust could generate.

The Gund is excited about this honor and our on-going collaboration with RETN who submitted the video to the festival. Thank you and congratulations to Hilary Archer for her excellent work on this film, which can be viewed here: