EPA awards 3 environmental merit awards to Vermont recipients

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 8:59am -- tim

Today, the US EPA 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.

USDA marks Earth Day in Vermont with $1.4 million in water and wastewater funding for Plainfield and Lyndon

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:02am -- tim

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday celebrated Earth Day by announcing record support for 116 projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment. Two Vermont towns, Plainfield and Lyndon, will receive a total of $1.4 million to help the communities install new water lines and make wastewater system upgrades. 

Vermont employers honored for worksite wellness

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:24am -- tim

Business leaders at 91 Vermont worksites received awards March 27 for their onsite efforts to promote physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance. Governor Peter Shumlin, state health commissioner Harry Chen, and Janet Franz, chair of the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, presented the awards. More than 300 people attended the ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in Burlington.

Through the awards, the council acknowledges efforts made to enhance productivity, bolster a healthy environment, and improve the lives of Vermont citizens.

Center for Cartoon Studies Commencement Speaker: Kazu Kibuishi, illustrator of new Harry Potter covers

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 5:54am -- tim

The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) Eighth Commencement Ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 17 at 11am, at Northern Stage Theater (at the Briggs Opera House) in White River Junction, Vermont. This year’s speaker is the creator of the bestselling Amulet series and illustrator of the Harry Potter book covers, cartoonist Kazu Kibuishi. A special opening reception for the Thesis Exhibition, featuring the graduating students’ original artwork, will take place immediately following the ceremony.