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Miller: Upcoming conference promotes 'Climate Change Economy'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:43am -- tim

by Ron Miller The Vermont Council on Rural Development is holding a major statewide conference, “Creating Prosperity & Opportunity Confronting Climate Change,” in Randolph on February 18. The gathering will launch VCRD’s new Climate Change Economy initiative, which aims to stimulate the growth of small businesses that can prosper by addressing various aspects of the climate change scenario.

Image Outfitters unveils new tool to aid social and environmental responsibility

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:10am -- tim

Image Outfitters, an advertising specialties company has implemented a new product portal on their website that makes it easy for companies to make responsible choices when searching for branded merchandise that is ‘Sustainable’, ‘Recycled’ or ‘Made in the USA’. Image Outfitters is the first and only advertising specialties company in the United States to become a certified B Corporation and has been championing social responsibility through their iShare Charitable Donations Program.

Markowitz: Working together to clean up Vermont’s waters

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:19am -- tim

by Deb Markowitz, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources This past month, Governor Shumlin opened the legislative session with an unprecedented focus on the environment. Understanding that global climate change threatens our way of life, the Governor announced new initiatives aimed at continuing to expand our renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors; creating jobs, saving Vermonters money and doing our part to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. He also talked at length about our Clean Water Initiative and Lake Champlain restoration plan.

Gaz Métro increases its credit facility by $200 million

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 3:13am -- tim

Gaz Métro inc (GMi) has announced it has entered into a first supplemental agreement to the credit agreement it entered into onMarch 2, 2012 with its bank syndicate providing for an increase of the initial revolving credit facility amount committed by the lenders from $600 million to $800 million and an extension of the maturity date to March 2, 2020. The First Supplemental Agreement is guaranteed by Gaz Métro Limited Partnership (Gaz Métro).

Twincraft opens second Vermont manufacturing facility

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:11pm -- tim

A Winooski soap company is expanding its manufactring into a second plant in Essex. When Twincraft Skincare opened its doors in 1978 the company formulated and manufactured bar soap. Now widely recognized as one of the most innovative and progressive contract manufacturers of prestige and specialty bar soap for the past 40 years, Twincraft continues to manufacture over 37 million bars of soap annually in the Winooski facility.

Weinberger wants 82 percent increase in sidewalk funding, part of $3.3 million in capital spending

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:44pm -- tim

Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger today highlighted more than $3.3 million worth of projects under way or completed in the past 13 months that make necessary repairs and energy efficiency improvements to city assets, and also announced $375,000 in additional sidewalk improvements funding for this spring. These projects, along with previously announced Penny for Parks projects, represent important steps in a long-term effort to responsibly maintain the City’s many physical assets.

Sanders introduces $1 trillion bill to rebuild America’s infrastructure

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:03pm -- tim

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has introduced far-reaching legislation to rebuild America’s crumbling network of roads, bridges and transit systems and other infrastructure projects. The five-year plan would invest $1 trillion and create or maintain at least 13 million jobs, said Sanders, the Senate Budget Committee ranking member. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), the ranking member of the appropriations committee, and it is backed by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the AFL-CIO and others.

Gun rights group, Shumlin oppose Senate gun bill

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:42pm -- tim

by Morgan True Gun Owners of Vermont President Ed Cutler thinks there are already too many gun laws in Vermont, and he strongly opposes background check legislation introduced in the Senate last week. The overarching issue for Cutler and many gun rights’ proponents, who gathered at the Statehouse on Tuesday wearing blaze orange clothing, is that they view any new gun law as a step toward criminalizing lawful gun ownership.