The Vermont Community Foundation has hired Kilawatt Technologies to slash its energy use. With its sophisticated suite of hardware and software tools, Kilawatt will remotely monitor the energy use patterns in the Community Foundation’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and identify areas of hidden waste. Then, it will eliminate that waste and save the Foundation a significant amount of money.
The Vermont Women’s Fund, a component fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, awarded $105,098 through its competitive grant round this spring to 13 organizations working to improve the lives of young women and girls in Vermont. The grants support programs that provide young Vermont women ages 15-25 with positive relationships and role models; development of self-advocacy skills; and opportunities to learn life-skills, job-readiness, and traditional and non-traditional education and vocation.
The US EPA has recognized three organizations and/or individuals from Vermont at the 2014 Environmental Merit Awards ceremony. The Vermont awardees were among 26 recipients across New England honored for contributing to improving New England’s environment.
Each year EPA’s New England office recognizes individuals and groups whose work has protected or improved the region’s environment in distinct ways. The merit awards, given out since 1970, honor individuals and groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts.
The House Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a medical marijuana dispensaries bill, endorsing an amendment that will study potential tax revenue from legalizing and taxing pot. Another amendment, which would have added post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of conditions that qualify a person to obtain medical marijuana, was withdrawn on the floor.