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Revitalization of the Moscow Village

Stowe, Historic Moscow Village, Lamoille County, VT

The Stowe Electric Department is headquartered on a parcel along the Little River in the historic Moscow Village. It is currently the only public power utility in Vermont to receive Smart Energy Provider designation. Although the historic Village of Moscow has made great progress in increasing renewable energy sources through the development of a small hydro-electric generator in the base of the Seaver Saw Mill, more work is needed to ensure that all residents are able to reduce their energy consumption. Additionally, access to inclusive and welcoming social and recreational gathering spaces is very limited in the village.

Project Goals Statement: 

Using existing space, Stowe Electric Utility sought to restore the Seaver Saw Mill to house a community center focused on programs that cultivated an interest in the arts and history and increased recreational and educational offerings, and service as a building site for its WindowDresser weatherization program (a program that builds window inserts for low-income residents). Program partners also sought to expand the function of an existing office building to create a demonstration space for renewable energy projects and expand its availability of affordable, ADA-friendly office space.

Partner Organization:
Stowe Electric Department

Equity Focus
Community space; renewable energy

Special Populations of Focus
Rural, low-income

Health Assessment Outcome:

The Moscow Community Health Equity Assessment collected input from community members on their top contributors to health, health issues, and health behaviors. The survey also assessed community members’ knowledge and support of local renewable energy efforts.

Top 5 Most Important Factors for a Healthy Community

  • Places and opportunities for community connection
  • Affordable housing
  • Low crime / safe neighborhoods
  • Good jobs and healthy economy
  • Access to healthcare

Top 5 Most Important Health Problem in the Community

  • Mental health problems
  • Aging problems (e.g., arthritis, hearing/vision loss, etc.)
  • Cancers
  • Lack of health insurance
  • Domestic Violence
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Infectious Diseases (e.g., COVID-19, flu, TB, etc.)

Top 5 Most Important Behaviors That Impact Overall Health

  • Unsafe driving (e.g., speeding, driving under the influence, reckless driving)
  • Substance abuse/drug abuse
  • Lack of exercise
  • Not getting shots/vaccines to prevent disease
  • Being overweight
  • Poor eating habits

Most respondents expressed their level for supporting renewal energy efforts by participating in a community planning process and engaging University of Vermont student groups to study the historic properties and ecology of the Stowe Electrical Department municipal plot, and developing a recreational path or trail connecting Moscow Village to Waterbury. Community members were less supportive of the village’s suggestions to organize a WindowDresser build and implement a program where funds come from voluntary contributions such as donations and rounding up utility bills to support local projects.

Technical Assistance:

  • Technical Assistance:
  • Planning and Programming
  • Outreach and engagement
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Fundraising and Grant Support

Technical Assistance Outcome:

The technical assistance received by Stowe Electric will be used to develop a community-led project concept. The community partners will use the technical assistance pilot’s programming, fundraising, and communication resources to further develop their plan to create an inclusive and welcoming social and recreational gathering spaces using existing community assets.

Pownal, VT

Demographics

Census Population

  • 2022: 5,291
  • 2020: 5,223
  • 2010: 4,314

There’s an increase of 22.65% from 2010 to 2022.

Age Profile

  • 0-14: 16.8%
  • 15-64: 55.2%
  • 65+: 28.0%
  • 47.8 – Median Age

(Resource: 2021 ACS 5-Year Estimates)

  • 1-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous year):13.3%
  • 5-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous 5 years): 90.3%

(Resource: ACS 5-Year Estimates from 2017 to 2021)

Population by Sex:

  • Male 51%
  • Female 49%
  • 1-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous year): 0%
  • 5-Year Mobility (Residents that have moved within the previous 5 years): Not available

(Resource: 2021 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates)