Sustainability asks the questions “What kind of world do we want?” and “How can we effect change to create that world?” In order to know how to make Vermillion a more desirable place to live, we need to know what people who live in Vermillion would love to see in our community. Through a Community Innovation Grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation and in partnership with United Way of Vermillion, Greening Vermillion engaged with people in Vermillion to ask them “What is your vision for Vermillion?”
We gathered visions for Vermillion by talking with people through a series of scheduled sessions and through a mobile visioning station. These visioning sessions began in August 2015 and continued through December 2015. Following the visioning sessions, we synthesized the results and shared these visions with the community at a Visioning Vermillion Day celebration as part of Earth Days 2016 in late April. With all of this community input, we created a booklet of our Vermillion visions – Visioning Vermillion: Shared Stories of Our Future.