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Vermont, RGGI states propose additional 30% emissions cap cut by 2030

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 3:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The New England and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first market-based regulatory program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, today announced consensus on a set of draft program elements that will guide the RGGI states as they conduct final economic analysis and establish a post-2020 path forward for the program. The RGGI states propose a regional cap trajectory that will provide an additional 30 percent cap reduction by the year 2030, relative to 2020 levels.

Donna Taft Memorial Golf Tournament raises $2,000 for the Cancer Center at SVMC

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 12:47pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The Ladies League at the Lake Saint Catherine Country Club hosted the 4th Annual Donna Taft Memorial Golf Tournament on June 17, 2017. The event raised $2,000 to benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. An additional, $2,000 donation was made to Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Foley Cancer Center.

Scott names Rachek executive director of the Vermont Lottery

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 12:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced Daniel “Danny” Rachek will become the next executive director of the Vermont Lottery. “I thank the Vermont Lottery Commission for its diligence in identifying such a qualified leader for this role,” said Gov. Scott. “Danny’s extensive public service and financial experience provides a level of expertise and a professional commitment that will set the standard in the Lottery’s future efforts.”

In 5 months Vermont Gas signs up over 500 in Addison County

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 12:09pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Gas announced today that 507 families and businesses in Addison County have signed for service. Vermont Gas said these new customers will save money and reduce their carbon footprint by switching to natural gas service. The company has been installing service lines in Middlebury and Vergennes this summer since officially completing the Addison Natural Gas Project in April. Vermont Gas said will continue installing service lines into new communities in the coming years including Monkton, New Haven and Bristol.

EatingWell Magazine announces inaugural American Food Heroes awards

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:54am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine EatingWell, a publication dedicated to making healthy eating a delicious way of life, today releases its first annual American Food Heroes awards as part of the September/October issue. Telling the stories of innovators, creative problem solvers and visionaries since its inception in 1990, the list is an extension of the EatingWell mission and recognizes the top individuals making an outsized difference in the biggest food, sustainability and nutrition issues of today.

UVM and Champlain College students return to campus Friday

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 10:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fall is approaching and the University of Vermont and Champlain College in Burlington are preparing to welcome students back to their campuses. Beginning on Friday, August 25th, residence halls for both institutions will be opening for first-year students, with returning students arriving over the weekend. Plans will be implemented to manage the traffic and parking challenges associated with the move-in process, including organizing hundreds of student, faculty, and staff volunteers to help move students in quickly, hiring of extra traffic control at key intersections, providing off-campus parking areas for faculty and staff, and assigning scheduled move-in times to students.

Vermont landlords settle claims for lead law violations

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Attorney General’s Office settled with four landlords in Vermont for violations of consumer protection and lead laws. Vermont’s lead law protects all Vermonters, especially children, from the harmful effects of lead poisoning. Every landlord with pre-1978 rental properties is required to submit annual compliance statements which show that the landlords have performed the essential maintenance practices (known as EMPs) and the properties are in compliance with the lead law.

Weinberger appoints Cindi Wight as new Parks director

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today announced the appointment of Cindi Wight as the new director of the Burlington Parks, Recreation, & Waterfront Department (BPRW). Wight brings over 24 years of experience, including four years as the Superintendent (Director) of the Rutland Recreation & Parks Department, where she oversees all aspects of the department, including budgeting, long-range planning, grant writing, and community partnerships.

Vermont boasts two of the three 'coolest' colleges in US

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 3:07pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new ranking of environmentally-focused colleges reveals that New England is home to the greenest colleges in the nation. College of the Atlantic, Green Mountain College, and Sterling College were awarded the top three spots in Sierra magazine’s “Cool Schools,” the recently released ranking of the greenest colleges and universities in the US. The Cool Schools ranking is among the most well-known and prestigious sustainability rankings in higher education. The rankings recognize the colleges’ commitment to sustainability, which encompasses academics, research, operations, and engagement.

Vermont hospitals reveal top salaries

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont hospital executives and surgeons make the most money, not surprisingly, with Dr John Brumsted, the CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network, the top earner in the region at over $2 million a year. More than half of his income was from bonuses and other compensation. Dr James Weinstein, who recently stepped down as CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in West Lebanon, NH, has the highest salary at $1.2 million, with a total compensation of $1.5 million.

Gifford’s Last Mile Ride raises record $105,000 for end-of-life care

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 1:17pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nearly 400 runners, walkers, and motorcycle riders from all over the region gathered in Randolph on August 18th and 19th and raised $105,000 for the 12th annual Last Mile Ride. The popular two-day fundraiser has raised $646,000 thousand dollars over the years to support unique end-of-life services provided by Gifford Health Care. Starting in 2006, when 74 motorcyclists rode the very first Last Mile Ride route, the event has expanded into a two-day celebration that includes a timed 5K run and 1- and 2.5 mile walking routes.