Three years ago this weekend, Tropical Storm Irene brought devastation to Vermont and upstate New York that can still be felt today. That same autumn, BreakShuttle began in a Middlebury College dorm room with the goal of taking college students around the country “back home” for Fall and Thanksgiving breaks (on chartered buses). BreakShuttle is now the largest provider of collegiate academic break transit services in the United States. They will run over 150 trips between now and Thanksgiving all from their office in Burlington, VT. In the past year, the concept of demand responsive transit has evolved into the launch of Bridj. 

With the damage caused by Irene, close to 1,000 Vermonters and Vermont’s environmental organizations are mobilizing to join the People’s Climate March in New York City this weekend to call for action on climate change. A broad coalition of Vermont organizations and grassroots community leaders are collaborating to bring busloads of Vermonters to New York City on September 21 for the People’s Climate March. Bridj and Breakshuttle are proud to be sponsoring a bus for 350Vermont to bring 56 of those people to this landmark event.

Vermont’s efforts are being led by 350Vermont, the Sierra Club, the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Post Oil Solutions, and numerous other Vermont grassroots community based organizations and leaders. Nationally, over 850 (and counting) organizations are marching together to show both solidarity, and to call on the United Nations to take more significant action to curb carbon pollution.

Read more about the People’s Climate March in Bill McKibben’s op-ed. Bill is a founder of and a scholar-in-residence at Middlebury College, and lives in Vermont with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, and their daughter.